The Tube & Pipe
6 Editor’s Angle
The world’s largest metal forming and fabricating
expo, FABTECH®, has a long history in Chicago, and
the tradeshow returns to the Windy City again this
year. Editor Eric Lundin discusses some of the many
events that will take place at this year’s show.
8 Product Highlights
12 Industry News
34 In the Know
44 FABTECH® Product News
51 Product News
64 Classified Ads
65 Advertisers’ Index
66 Industry Snapshot
Vol. 27 No. 7
16 COVER STORY
Check fixtures assist bending projects
from aerospace to deep space
When the staff at Clark Fixture Technologies got a cold call
from a Lockheed Martin engineer about making a tube-checking fixture for a component for a NASA project, it had
no idea that it would become a supplier to the latest U.S.
space exploration project, Journey to Mars.
No stranger to speed
Goodridge, a manufacturer of aftermarket hose, fittings, brake
lines, clutch lines, fuel lines, and oil lines, has built a reputation for producing high-quality parts and it does so quickly.
The company attributes some of its success to a specific model of crimping machine.
Exploring NDT options for energy-related
tube, pipe products
Drilling for oil and gas has changed over the years. The locations are more remote, the distances are greater, and the wells
are deeper than ever before. For tube and pipe producers involved in this international market, accurate and reliable nondestructive testing is a requirement.
28 Company Profile
Tube producer uses proprietary equipment,
tooling to build a diverse business
In 1982, industry veteran Robert Gilreath founded a company
to produce small-diameter corrosion-resistant tubular products. Unsatisfied with the equipment available at that time,
Gilreath did something few would consider: He developed
his own tube mills, tooling, straighteners, and cutoff machines.
36 FABTECH® Preview
The world’s largest metal forming and fabricating expo
returns to Chicago with several new events on the agenda.