Tube Mills structures that transform raw materials into manufactured products. These structures use mechanical tapered cutters to cut, measure, and press raw materials like metal, plastic, aluminum, steel, and fiberglass into sheets and rolls. Tube Mills can be horizontal, vertical, or inclined. These structures also come in many sizes from small to large. This article will discuss the different types of these machines.
Horizontal Tube Mill: The main difference between horizontal tube mills and other similar machinery is the height of the cutter head. A horizontal mill operates at the same depth at which it is mounted. They are ideal for precision and smaller-scale applications. They often have adjustable cutting heads that can be changed to achieve different thicknesses.
Vertical Tube Mill: The most common application for this type of mill is the manufacture of bent steel tube wire. It is generally set up on a vertical position, similar to a lathe. However, the work piece is mounted in a completely horizontal position. These machines are designed to reduce waste and increase productivity. They often require level attachment to a supporting structure such as a building.
Rotary Tubes: Also known as rototubes, these machines combine features of both a horizontal tube mill and rotary press. They usually incorporate an adjustable cutter that has a variable-speed drive. Unlike a rotary press, the work piece does not move vertically through the center of the circle, but rather spins in a circular motion inside the confines of the barrel. This increased geometric accuracy and reduced friction lead to a reduction in cycle time, as well as lower power requirements for welded roll form systems.
Sheet Metal Circular Tubes: These machine tools are sometimes referred to as ‘sheet metal tubes.’ Like rotary roll form machines, these machines use rotating cutting tools to cut sheet metal into desired shapes. However, the work piece moves along a linear axis, instead of across a rotary axis. These shapes are typically spiral, although they can be flat or tubular. This type of tube mill is most commonly used to cut rolled and die stamped components.
All of the above tube mills are based upon the same general framework. There are four main types of tube mills – cylinder, barrel, spun wheel, and spiral. Each machine type has its own particular characteristics, such as high precision and speed. In general, all tube mill varieties can be used to fabricate any diameter range of piping. In fact, if you want a custom-made machine, you can even design your own!