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What Is Mechanical Joining?


Mechanical joining is a quick and easy process for creating leak free joints between tubular products and fittings, when compared to welding or brazing operations. This makes it well suited for high vibration and high-pressure applications like aerospace and heavy equipment.

What Is Mechanical Joining?2024-05-15T13:30:14-05:00

How To Retube A Locomotive Boiler


Historically, many railroad companies used steam locomotives for transportation. Today, most steam locomotives are reserved for private rails, museums, and other charity organizations. As these systems age, they present several unique maintenance challenges that can arise due to the design and location of these units. Understanding the composition of locomotive boilers, as well as the maintenance needs, can make restoration jobs a little bit easier.

How To Retube A Locomotive Boiler2023-12-08T10:03:56-05:00

Choosing The Right Tube Puller


When it comes to removing tubes, there are many different options to choose from. Hydraulic or automated pulling options can be a great way to speed up the job, reduce tube sheet damage, and improve operator ergonomics. However, before selecting a pulling package, it’s important to consider the vessel type, tube condition, and space constraints

Choosing The Right Tube Puller2023-07-26T09:41:27-05:00

Increase Tool Life On Tough Materials: Benefit Of Tapping Spears


In recent years, the use of exotic materials in heat exchanger tubing has become a lot more common. While these materials are great for working in tough conditions, they can have be very challenging to work with as they often require more tooling and job time. This is especially true in tube removal where pulling spears are used. Tapping spears have become an effective way to overcome many of these issues.

Increase Tool Life On Tough Materials: Benefit Of Tapping Spears2023-07-24T07:52:22-05:00

3 Ways Operator Training Can Benefit Your Organization


Training programs can benefit to all organizations, especially, those in competitive markets. From improving operator retention, boosting productivity, and cutting job costs, training is a great investment to ensure your staff is up to date on all the latest industry practices.

3 Ways Operator Training Can Benefit Your Organization2023-03-21T10:14:13-05:00

Elliott Announces A New Solution For Expanding Tubes In Air Coolers


Elliott Tool Technologies, a USA based tube tool manufacturer, announced the launch of a new condenser expander collar design. The air cooler collar ring is designed to prevent costly damage to the plug hole threads and reduce the pressure put on the header box face.

Elliott Announces A New Solution For Expanding Tubes In Air Coolers2023-03-21T10:16:14-05:00

What’s The Deal With SA-105?


Welding has become fairly common practice in pressure vessel fabrication and maintenance. From tube ends to plugs, welding can provide additional strength or sealing coverage if done correctly. When it comes to tube plugging, many customers are facing questions about plug materials and special requirements to ensure vessel specifications are met. In this article we will discuss the changes to the ASME code, material types and nomenclature, and impacts to the welding process.

What’s The Deal With SA-105?2023-04-21T12:40:11-05:00

Overcoming Challenges When Expanding Small Tubes


Tube expansion can be challenging regardless of the application. From inconsistent wall thicknesses to exotic materials, a lot of factors can influence the quality of an expansion. In smaller applications, there can be some additional complexity to the process which makes choosing the right expander more critical.

Overcoming Challenges When Expanding Small Tubes2023-02-02T10:43:32-05:00

3 Tips For Optimal Pneumatic Tool Performance


Pneumatic tools are utilized in a variety of tube tool applications from expansion to cleaning. While the power source is often determined based on operator preference, there are some applications where air may be required or preferred over electric. However, to get the best life and performance out of pneumatic tooling, it’s important that the quality of air and the amount used is regulated correctly.

3 Tips For Optimal Pneumatic Tool Performance2023-02-02T10:45:09-05:00
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