Installation begins for cold-form tee-press manufacturing facility
Weldbend Corporation announced that installation has begun at its manufacturing facility near Chicago on the largest cold-form Tee-Press in the Americas and Western Europe. The Tee-Press will significantly expand Weldbend’s forging capabilities. The machine will be able to forge up to a 20-in. XS Tee with material grades including Y70. Today, the company can cold forge a 6-in. Tee. Weldbend’s products are used in mechanical systems and oil and gas pipelines.
“This cold-formed Tee-Press has a new, innovative design that deploys the latest technologies and far surpasses the capabilities of traditional Tee-Presses,” said Weldbend president James Coulas. “We believe this is the largest investment by an American fittings manufacturer in this type of production equipment in recent years. We are making this commitment to expand our capabilities and enable us to better serve our customers.”
As the display in the plant reads, the machine is “HUUUGE.” It weighs in at 1.2 million pounds and contains five miles of wire. Its concrete foundation includes 80,000 pounds of rebar. Mike Rowe, the TV star of “Dirty Jobs,” helped make the announcement with his keynote address.
– Edited from a Weldbend press release by CFE Media.