TPT March 2022

The international magazine for the tube and pipe industry

The international magazine for the tube & pipe industries

MARCH 2022

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Grind Master Machines......................52 Hystar.................................................63 ICR Integrity.......................................60 Infosight. ............................................16 IMS Messsysteme GmbH..................17 ISTech................................................18 Kent Corporation..................................7 Magnetic Analysis Corp. ....................31 Magnitogorsk Metallurgical Combine........................................17 Metalube............................................27 Müller Opladen...................................10 My Steel.............................................52 Parker Hannifin ..................................56 Prestar. ..............................................38 Rafter Equipment Corporation...........35 Reika..............................................6, 34 Rohmann GmbH................................43 Saet Emmedi. ....................................38

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The March Issue Welcome to the latest issue of Tube & Pipe Technology magazine.

March/April 2022 Vol 35 No 2

With the world economy steadily stabilising after Covid-19, and many countries lifting restrictions, it appears to be leading to some record breaking machinery orders for a number of companies, which you can read more about starting on page 6. Fives Group has signed several orders for the delivery of Bronx straighteners to countries including Mexico, Spain and Russia and these should be delivered by the second quarter of 2022. Over in Germany Reika has announced that it has received the biggest order in the company’s history. The new mill will be equipped with a complete Reika finishing line and production is planned to start at the new plant in 2023, which is located outside European borders. Meanwhile in the US, Kent Corporation has celebrated its 50th year of business by setting a new company record for equipment sales. This record was achieved through above average sales in almost all product lines so congratulations to everyone at the company for the fantastic mile stones. Next up we have our Tube Düsseldorf Show Issue in May. With the event now being held in the summer in Germany it should ensure the smooth and successful return for the biggest event in our industry. The team from TPT magazine is looking forward to seeing you all there. Rory McBride – Editor in chief


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On the cover . . . Adda Fer Meccanica is a leading Italian company specialising in the engineering and manufacturing of plants for the production of electro welded tubes and coil processing equipment. Its business was initially based on second-hand equipment sales but soon expanded into servicing, repair and the overhaul of machinery and lines. The implementation of a full

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technical department followed this, which was allowed to develop new machinery. The results achieved by the company during recent years confirm that the choice, made just a few years ago, to focus its activity on engineering and manufacturing of brand-new equipment, instead of overhauling and servicing second-hand lines, was a successful and important step. With expert know-how and a clear orientation towards the international market, Adda Fer Meccanica has supplied several production plants around the world, increasing the popularity of the brand, which is now synonymous with quality and reliability.


Fives celebrates multiple international orders of Bronx tube finishing equipment

As well as this, a European heavy industry solution provider has agreed an order for the fifth Bronx section straightener with equipment delivery scheduled for early 2023. It is a fully automatic, fully motorised 11-roll straightening machine equipped with the very latest Compass, a computer automatic setting system, customised to provide management, maintenance and quality control information.

subsidiary designing and supplying finishing equipment worldwide. “The machines are rigidly constructed and designed to meet high standards of straightness and surface finish for reliability and accuracy of seamless and welded tubular products,” he added. A heavy-duty 10-roll straightener has also been contracted by a global steel pipe manufacturer for a plant located in south-eastern Russia. The new fully motorised machine will process high- yield seamless stainless steel pipes up to 280mm in diameter and wall thicknesses of up to 30mm.

INDUSTRIAL engineering group Fives has signed several orders for the delivery of Bronx straighteners to countries such as Mexico, Spain and Russia. A new 6-roll straightening machine has been ordered by a steel manu- facturer for its tube facility in Mexico. The Bronx machine, designed for mechanical tubing processing, is scheduled for the delivery in the second quarter of 2022. “Our successes are built on three pillars – reputation, reliability and experience,” said Jon Dunn, chief executive officer of Fives Bronx, a Fives’

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Reika announces record breaking order for new tube and pipe mill project

Seamless stainless steel tubes in the diameter range of 42 to 273mm are the major production program on the fully automatic line, consisting of two parallel straightening lines followed by a cut-off line and an API chamfering line. Hans-Jörg Braun, Reika’s managing director, said: “Further orders can be concluded with the stainless steel tube

REIKA has announced that it has received the biggest order in the company’s history. A manufacturer of seamless stainless steel tubes opted for Reika for its new tube and pipe mill. The new mill will be equipped with a complete Reika finishing line and production is planned to start in the new plant in 2023 outside European borders.

apparently Reika’s experience in this sector for more than 50 years and our reference projects at Sandvik, Valinox, Chelpipe and Tubacex, just to quote a few, are well known. In other words, top quality tubes deserve top quality technology.” The rugged quality of the straightening machines with a straightness of up to 0.5mm/m over the entire tube length as well as the cutting performance of the RingSaw ® were also factors in this project. The entire finishing line will be supplied as a “turnkey” solution to ensure smooth and fast integration into the production process.

giant at short notice. Particularly within the seamless stainless steel tube sector there is great demand –

The new mill will be equipped with a complete Reika finishing line and production is planned to start in 2023



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Contrôle Mesure Systèmes acquires new non-destructive testing company

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control in Thailand, but also designed and delivered a large combined line of eddy current and ultrasonic equipment in Asia to inspect steel bars. Sofratest specialises in ultrasonic for automated inspection of welded tubes and pipes both in ERW and SAW. CMS will also participate in the tube and wire

KENT Corporation has celebrated its 50 th year of business by setting a new company record for capital equipment sales. This record was achieved through above average sales in almost all product lines and included a record number of Floop vertical accumulator sales. The Floop was originally designed in 1971 and was the machine that started Kent Corporation as a company. It has been described as a ‘game changer’ in the tube and pipe industry due to its small in-line footprint and compared to larger footprint horizontal accumulators it offers advantages in storage and allows operators to run with smaller size coils. The Floop is available for a CONTRÔLE Mesure Systèmes (CMS) has announced that it has acquired ultrasonics and eddy currents non- destructive company Sofratest. The acquisition has allowed CMS to expand its range and supply of products in non-destructive testing (NDT) equipment. French company CMS specialises in the design of NDT equipment by eddy current and ultrasonic and offers a range of products including electronical instruments, which feature their own systems, probes, accessories and software. The company has a presence in about 20 countries in Europe, Asia and America through a network of agents. Last year, the company delivered several NDT systems worldwide such as an eddy current turnkey system to detect surface defects on titanium tubes, carbon steel tubes, copper wires

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Kent Corporation celebrates 50 th anniversary with a record company sales milestone

to the tube mill industry. Kent has also grown in its 50-year history to not only be an original equipment manufacturer of tube manufacturing equipment, but also a partner of eight European companies. This has expanded Kent’s product lines to include high frequency welders, ANTI-Rust spray equipment, coolant filtration systems, complete tube mills, high speed recutting and deburring cells and robotic slitter tool storage systems. With its continued growth in the tube industry, Kent now offers a complete line of consumables for welded tube mills and recut facilities.

wide variety of applications from .020" – .250" strip and a wide range of material widths. “With all the success of the Floop vertical accumulator, we have also received several orders in the past year for its horizontal style accumulators, double uncoilers and strip end welders. “These orders included several hands- free complete entry lines that limit the amount of operator interaction needed to feed the accumulator. This success has positioned us as a top tier supplier of coil handling and strip processing equipment throughout the world,” Kent Corporation said in a statement. As its 51st year begins, Kent continues to focus on being a single source supplier

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60,000 visitors at EMO 2021 EMO MILANO 2021, the trade show dedicated to the metalworking sector held at the Exhibition Centre of fieramilano Rho, took place in late 2021. Promoted by CECIMO, the EuropeanAssociation of Machine Tool Industries, and organised by the operational structures of Ucimu- Sistemi per Produrre, the Italian machine tools, robots and automation systems manufacturers’ association, EMO Milano 2021 registered more than 60,000 visitors arriving from 91 countries.

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cent were from abroad. Students also confirmed their interest for the event. Young visitors were 1,300, including students from technical high schools, universities and ITS-higher technical schools, who visited the exhibition accompanied by their teachers. Beside the technology offering, EMO Milano 2021 featured numerous side initiatives, such as EMO Digital, the exhibition area focused on digital technologies; EMO Additive Manufacturing, dedicated to one of the most promisingfieldsof themanufacturing production; EMO Start-Up, which offered an overlook of new enterprises working on the development of products and projects related to the world of production systems and metalworking. The Speakers Corner offered over 80 speeches and in-depth analyse and discussion by exhibitors and organisers. In addition, 20 meetings were hosted within the EMO Additive area, arranged by AITA-Italian association of additive technologies. Over 2,000 attendees registered for the meetings, in addition to about 3,000 remotely connected users (for an average of 500 users per day), who, over the six exhibition days, were able to follow the events held at the trade show thanks to the live streaming service. The interest in the exhibition is highlighted also by the consultation statistics of the exhibition website. Over 800,000 views were recorded on from Italy, Germany and Switzerland, followed by the USA, France, Spain and Japan. These figures are added to the 600,000 views registered on the Smart Catalog, the official catalogue of the exhibition, viewed mainly by mobile phones. The next edition of EMO Milano will take place in October 2027.

Luigi Galdabini, general commissioner of Emo Milano 2021, said: “The exhibition data confirms the value of the event, considered as the appointment of reference for the worldwide manufacturing industry of machine tools, robots and automation systems.” “In such a complicated, historic moment, where the public health emergency is not yet completely over,” added Mr Galdabini. “EMO showed its importance, drawing all those operators to Milan, who could have the green light to move from their countries of origin. Moreover, the participation of the operators, coming not only from Europe, also proves the attractiveness of Italy, regarded as one of the most interesting and promising markets, as well as a leading manufacturing country in the sector.” Alfredo Mariotti, director of the exhibition, said: “A very large number of exhibitors have expressed their full satisfaction with the results achieved over these six exhibition days. The work carried out by the EMO team has been appreciated by Italian and foreign operators.” Despite the mobility restrictions still in force, EMO Milano confirmed its international importance. Foreign exhibitors accounted for 60 per cent of the total, whereas foreign visitors made up 30 per cent of the overall number. Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Austria, Slovenia, Turkey, Poland, Russia and Denmark were the most represented countries at the trade show, which was also attended by numerous operators from Finland, Croatia, Estonia, Lithuania, Hungary, Czech Republic, the US, UK, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Ireland and Egypt. Besides registering the users’ interest, EMO Milano 2021 attracted the attention of the international press: about 400 accredited journalists, of whom 40 per

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are trained and experienced with the machine and its set-up.” The machine improved efficiency in the production process and the internal operations on-site have decreased. The pipes from the supplier now come straight to the stock near the 3D pipe cutting machine in the shop, where they can immediately undergo 3D cutting. “The internal route through the factory has become a lot shorter now that we perform length measurement, 3D cutting and bevelling on the Müller Opladen machine,” Mr Mulder explained. “After this, we immediately transfer the pipes to the welding hall where the assembly is welded. We used to have to handle a pipe four times before welding it. Now, when a pipe comes from the pipe supplier, it is only twice we have it in our hands. This is a significant difference in time, especially if you consider it on a project basis. Another big advantage is that we have fewer leftover lengths, because the CAD/ CAM software has a nesting function that can be used to indicate how to minimise the number of leftover lengths in a project.” “In the end, it was a MO 900/6 Compact machine and we are delighted with it. The machine does highly precise 3D cutting with its 6-axis design.” The 3D cutting machine has enabled GEMA Apparatenbouw to tap new markets and it is now doing cutting work for third parties. “We offer a cutting service for the 3D cutting of steel pipes up to 36" diameter and up to lengths of 12m,” continued Mr Mulder. “Our 3D pipe cutting machine is capable of both oxy-fuel and plasma cutting. This means that we can use our machine to cut carbon steel, stainless steel and alloys. “We can read in the customer’s CAD files for 3D cutting and then cut them with the correct dimensions and shapes. We focus on short throughput times with good and reasonable pricing.”

needed to adapt to market needs. The cutting of tubes for the loading arms always used to be outsourced, but now it is done in-house. “Because we now have our own 3D pipe profiling machine on-site for cutting, we can fine-tune our internal planning and exercise better control over delivery times,” added Mr Mulder. “And this in turn is important for our customers. We are now much more in control of our own processes and are no longer dependent on outside parties. In addition, we are now generating more work for our plant and thus for our production staff.” GEMA has been producing loading arms for 30 years, but wanted to keep innovating because the market is changing. Mr Mulder continued: “The 3D pipe profiling machine makes us more flexible in handling different applications. We used to saw everything ourselves and did the welding, while all the 3D cutting was outsourced. We then decided to do this in-house to have more control over the whole process.” Cutting with the Müller machine allows GEMA to make many different types of 3D cuts to use in its pipe-to- pipe connections. The machine also cuts a good bevel as preparation for the welding process and using the CAD/ CAM software package allows GEMA to read in CAD files and edit or check them where necessary. When the drawing is ready for cutting, it can be sent straight to the machine. Mr Mulder explained: “Our work planner receives the drawing package from our customer with STEP files of the complete loading arm we have to manufacture. He first analyses these drawings from pipe to pipe connections to check the joints before cutting. “Then he can read the STEP files into the CAD/CAM software, which sends them to the machine. Because the CAD/ CAM software 3DPP is very useful in making it easy to upload different kinds of CAD drawings. All functions for the performance of our work are included in this software. If you need to work in a really detailed and precise manner with more complex 3D cuts, the 3DPP software really offers benefits.” “We are surprised how fast the machine works now that the operators

manufacturer GEMA Apparatenbouw has reported successful results after a recent purchase of a pipe profiling machine from German manufacturer Müller Opladen. The company said that the 3D cutting machinehasopenedupnewpossibilities, increased production speed, enabled more control, reduced costs and it has generated more business in its own production department. “We can now target new markets because we can offer a wide range of 3D cuts in the field of round pipe profiling,” said production manager, Peter Mulder. GEMA Apparatenbouw specialises in making loading arms for the petrochemical industry. These are used for loading mainly liquid products on ships, trains or trucks and used to be mainly petroleum products. However, as demand is now shifting to loading arms for the loading of gas and low- temperature liquefied gas, the company

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Combilift awarded the Energia Family Business of the Year Award 2021

This means so much to our team here in Combilift and their families, we are all very proud, and will celebrate accordingly.” The awards, which celebrate gen- erations of families who work together, focused this year on honouring businesses that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and resilience throughout the Covid-19 pandemic while continuing to thrive and grow. Around 200 family business entries were submitted for consideration by the judging panel. Criteria for success was a business which has drawn on its family values to build a successful company, one which acts as a great ambassador for the sector and makes a significant contribution to society and the wider economy.

and Engineering Family Business of the Year. The company claimed gold in both of these categories, which meant that it was therefore eligible for the top award, the Energia Family Business of the Year 2021. Combilift’s CEO and co-founder, Martin McVicar, said: “Combilift is thrilled to receive both category awards and of course the overall family busi- ness award. We would like to thank

SUPPLIER of 100 per cent Green Energy in Ireland, Energia, recently hosted its bi-annual awards ceremony virtually, with 19 awards being presented to Irish family businesses. Combilift was delighted to be recognised as the overall winner of the Energia Family Business of the Year 2021. Combilift were nominated for two categories, the Innovative Family Business Award and Manufacturing

the sponsors of our awards, Energia and also NSIA, and the jury for recognising our compa- ny and its achievements with these prestigious accolades.

Combilift was nominated for two categories, the Innovative Family Business Award and Manufacturing and Engineering Family Business of the Year



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Forever Machinery ERW tube mills ordered for South Korean manufacturing facility

several engineers to travel abroad to provide additional assurance to the customer and safeguard the production process. Design and configuration of the new tube mill line meet the strictest requirements regarding product prec- ision and changeover time. Forever Machinery’s custom design of horizontal roll stands and vertical roll stands is carefully engineered to achieve a precise dimensional tolerance of ±0.03mm. The hydraulic-driven quick change system installed for the HG159 tube mill line is also engineered to allow for a much faster changeover time than traditional tube mills, significantly boosting the production efficiency of the heavy-duty structural tubes and increasing product flexibility.

ments in South Korea’s ERW tube industry. The seven precision ERW tube welding lines include three sets of HG38 ERW tube mill lines, three sets of HG76 ERW tube mill lines and one set of HG159 ERW tube mill line with quick change system. The new steel tube manufacturing plant will be capable of producing high precision ERW tubes ranging from 1 / 2 " to 6" with a thickness from 0.6mm to 8mm upon successful commissioning. Boasting an annual production capacity of up to 250,000 tons, this project consolidates E&G Steel’s leading position in Korea’s ERW tube industry and further boost its competitiveness in the global market. With travel restrictions and quarantine measures imposed, dispatching commissioning engineers to site posed additional challenges and uncertainties. Forever Machinery has arranged for

SOUTH Korea-based ERW tube manufacturer, E&G steel has contracted Forever Machinery to supply seven precision ERW tube welding lines to complement its product range. Located within 100km of South Korea’s capital Seoul, the 40,000m 2 newly constructedmanufacturing facility will be one of the largest private invest- The hydraulic-driven quick change system installed for the HG159 tube mill line is engineered for a fast changeover time

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Along the way he became a licensed amateur radio operator with the callsign W8JUD, and later W8JR, maintaining a lifelong friendship with childhood friend and fellow amateur K9PMV. Mr Robertson worked in a number of jobs including repairing TVs, fixing Heath Kit projects after their owners had given up, as a station engineer for a broadcast station in Chicago, and as a technician at Fermi Labs. John later earned a PhD in electrical engineering and physics from the University of Illinois, starting his classes at Navy Pier and finishing his research in Champagne. Upon graduation in 1969, Mr Robertson was recruited by Mead Corporation Central Research in Chillicothe, turning down an offer from Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard to work in Silicon Valley. While at Mead he received his first ten patents and became recognised as a world expert in high-speed ink jet technology. John took an extended leave of absence to attempt sailing around the world in a 42ft sloop that he painstakingly rebuilt. He returned periodically to do some consulting, but eventually accepted that seasickness had won. With his special knack of seeing opportunity in every adventure, it is reported that an agency of the US government was able to put the wooden hulled boat to good use. Mr Robertson returned to land in Chillicothe where he founded Telesis as an invention-on-demand laboratory that produced as many as 50 unique products per year. Early patents involved data entry terminals and electrostatic length measurement devices. Some of his more fun projects included controlling electrostatic discharge from hovering helicopters and electronic tuners for steel guitars. Eventually Telesis found its niche focusing on product marking and traceability. In 1993 Mr Robertson sold Telesis and, along with 13 employees who loved custom design, founded InfoSight. In 2018 Mr Robertson achieved his dream of leaving a legacy for the employees of Infosight by completing the transition to being 100 per cent employee owned.

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IMS Messsysteme GmbH named as ‘The Best Supplier 2021’ at business awards

STEEL manufacturer, the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK), has honoured its most dependable business partners and winners of its ‘Best Supplier 2021’ contest at a festive ceremony. IMS Messsysteme GmbH, represented by its Russian subsidiary IMS Service LLC, received this award as ‘The Best Supplier 2021’ in the category ‘The Leader of Unique Digital Solutions for Production’. MMK currently works with more than 2,250 active suppliers, fromwhich the respective winners were selected and honoured in 13 categories over the course of the competition. The partnership between IMS Messsysteme GmbH and Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works has enabled the installation of state-of-the-art measuring systems in MMK’s production facilities in recent years. A spokesperson from IMS Messsysteme GmbH said in a statement that it was proud of the award it has received and the associated confidence in its systems, which once again underpins the leading position of the Heiligenhaus- based company on the market for measuring systems for metallurgical processes.

Alexander Radaev, IMS Service LLC, accepts the “Best Supplier 2021” award

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Interview: ISTech looks towards 2022 CEO of ISTech Alessandro Rescaldani describes his experience of the metal cutting industry and how it looked at the end of an unusual 2021 and looks ahead to 2022. 2021 was a special year, marked by the recovery of many industrial sectors and at the same time by supply difficulties: how did it go for ISTech? Signs of recovery were clear and tangible, undoubtedly supported by the incentives provided by the New Sabatini directive for investments in technologieswith a 4.0 perspective. There have been supply problems for many raw materials we use, but for some reason it has not affected all suppliers equally; our policy of diversifying supply channels has enabled us to fulfil our orders. Many companies have coped with the supply problem by increasing their stocks. In our case, this is difficult, as our production involves customised solutions, but we have increased stocks of the most commonly used components. The combination of these logistics management policies has enabled us to continue to deliver machinery and tools while limiting delays. Industrial automation has undergone considerable development: does this also apply to your sector? There is no doubt that the automation sector is continuing to grow; the trend is widespread in all industries, and even in the metal cutting segment there are many companies that are adapting their production to the new standards of efficiency and competitiveness of the industry. The upswing has been seen in all the segments we cover, but we have noticed a particular liveliness in the cut-to- length companies, the resellers of steel and steel products, the production of valves and other components and semi- finished products. What was more interesting for ISTech in 2021, the domestic market or exports? Most of our production falls within the scope of the regulations on incentives for the purchase of 4.0 capital goods, and this has undoubtedly helped us in terms of sales in Italy, but even abroad, although we cannot count on similar incentives, we have noticed a renewed dynamism in the sector. In particular, also thanks to the ability of our dealer, the Scandinavian markets have shown considerable receptivity to our solutions. As for Klaeger, the brand has confirmed its usual good performance in the German-speaking markets. Are there any innovations in the pipeline for 2022? Yes. First of all, a considerable expansion of the usable space in our headquarters thanks to a renovation. Thanks to the new incentives, we have also been able to envisage the purchase of a new machining centre, which will allow us to automate the mechanical machining.




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Buehler celebrates 85 years in testing as it moves to new German headquar ters

independent specialist laboratory deal- er in Germany, the latter took over the warehousing for the diverse systems, spare parts and consumables used in material analysis as well as customer service at the end of 2020. The laboratory is equipped with technology for the preparation of materialography samples as well as the latest generation of hardness testers. It is available for the solution of specific tasks and problems of national and international customers as well as for seminars and training courses. The first test run took place at the beginning of the year with the start of the SumMet courses, in which Buehler will impart specialist and detailed knowledge on the preparation and evaluation of material samples. Buehler ITW Test & Measurement

has been part of Illinois Tool Works (ITW) since 2006, with worldwide distribution to currently over 100 countries and 45 Buhler solutions centres. Eugenio Calderón, vice-president of Buehler, said: “85 years of success in the market are based on our innovative and robust full-lab solutions, reliable service, and access to the knowledge that comes from serving the industry over this long period of time. “We thank our customers for their loyalty and partnership, which will enable us to remain a global leader in instrumentation, equipment, consu- mables and application solutions for materials preparation and analysis.” The move of HQ also happened in time for the celebration of the anniversary, and the new premises offer the 12 em- ployees space on two floors. From this location Buehler also coordinates with its Bremen-based partner OMNILAB. As an

BUEHLER ITW Test & Measurement has celebrated 85 years working in the preparation and testing of equipment for materials including metals, ceramics, glass and plastics in key industries such as aerospace, automotive, metal and electronics. Buehler was founded in 1936 by Swiss immigrant, Adolph Buehler, who saw a need for metallographic sample prepa- ration equipment and optical inspection instruments for the steel and automotive industries in the Midwest US. In the 1960s, the company expanded to Europe, and since 1979 it has also been represented in China. InAsia, there are subsidiaries in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong. In November 2021, the company relocated its German-based European headquarters from Esslingen to Leinfelden-Echterdingen. With brands including Reicherter, Wolpert, Rockwell and Wilson hardness testers, Buehler

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Cavitar receives ‘The Best in Welding 2020’ award from WSF

and when combined with machine vision, can serve as part of the whole quality assurance process.” The 2020 awards should have been handed out at Nordic Welding Expo early on in 2020, but due to the global pandemic, the award

FINNISH company Cavitar has received the ‘Hitsaushuippu 2020’ award or ‘The Best in Welding 2020’ award from the Welding Society of Finland. The judges presenting the award, which was in the ‘Welding Development Company of the Year’ category, said: “The company has developed Cavitar Welding Camera system, which brings significant improvement for the quality monitoring of automatised and mechanical welding. The small and compact device has both camera and laser illumination integrated in it, which together with a monitor shows to the welder, or a researcher, what happens during the welding process – without the disturbing brightness the process itself generates. The Cavitar Welding Camera system can record the welding event,

The education manager Juha Kauppila from the Finnish welding society presented the award to Cavitar’s CEO Dr Taito Alahautala

welding equipment and consult in welding); welding research, develop- ment and inspection companies; and welding education and training organisations.

ceremony was postponed. Cavitar’s CEO, Taito Alahautala, received the award at the Subcontracting fair 2021 (Alihankinta messut) in September 2021. The SHY awards are given in the fol- lowing categories: welding companies (companies that do welding, supply


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SVAROG uses Sikora measuring device for high pressure hose extrusion in Russia

measuring device in 2021, the customer was measuring only the outer diameter. With Sikora’s X-RAY 6000 PRO it is also possible to measure the wall thickness of the outer layer after the metal wire braiding and also the inner layer of the hose on the mandrel. The real-time measuring values provide the customer the necessary information on the product to meet required specifications. For maximum benefit SVAROG also plans to integrate the device into the production line controller in order to implement an automatic control of the production process. This will lead to further process optimisation, the highest product quality and efficiency.

SVAROG, a specialist in the production of rubber high pressure hoses based in Novokuznetsk in Siberia, Russia, has been using the X-ray based X-RAY 6000 PRO from Sikora for the measurement of the wall thickness, eccentricity and diameter of high pressure rubber hoses during the extrusion process. The device has been installed in a rub- ber high pressure hose production line in Russia and the cooperation between the two companies is based on the demand for precise measurement and automat- ic inline control to ensure the highest hose quality and optimal processes. Quality requirements of rubber high pressure hoses are high and are determined by standards. Therefore, since 2007, when the plant started its operation, SVAROG has been focusing on manufacturing high pressure hoses in accordance with the European standard DIN EN. The high quality demands also

led to the cooperation with Sikora, a German manufacturer of innovative measuring, control as well as inspection and sorting technology. The product range of SVAROG includes different types of rubber hoses with an outer diameter from 9.4 to 54mm with one or multi-layer metal wire braiding. Before deciding for the X-ray Vladimir Amelchenko, general director at SVAROG, and Konstantin Kozyrkov, chief technologist at SVAROG, with the X-RAY 6000 PRO from Sikora




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