German machine technology by Graebener Maschinentechnik remains the ultimate solution for the global players of the large pipe industry. Following the Mexican global player Tubacero, the internationally successful Cimtas Group from Turkey also banks on Graebener for the new LSAW pipe production line.
For the new pipe mill of the subsidiary Cimtas Pipe located in Turkey’s seaport town, Gemlik, the German machine building company delivered six customized machines between January and July 2017: a pipe forming press, a post-bending press, a long seam milling machine, a continuous root tacking machine, a CNC pipe end beveling machine and a first-time built combined calibration, straightening and crimping press. Thanks to this newly developed 3-in-1 machine technology, Cimtas Pipe, as first pipe manufacturer worldwide, will be able to realize the crimping of plates as well as the calibration and straightening of pipes using only one single machine. Considering the ever changing market requirements, Cimtas Pipe can manufacture even smallest lot sizes in a highly flexible and economic way in Carbon, Stainless & Alloy Steel– all this of course in adherence to ASME and API requirements. The production range comprises a pipe length between 6 and 12.2 meters, a wall thickness between 8 and 65 mm and pipe diameters between 16 and 60 inches.
From the perspective of the global player Cimtas, Graebener Maschinentechnik offered the ideal package of experience, know-how, flexibility and service. "Graebener delivers above standard. That was important to us. From day one, Graebener never approached us as a "mere" machine supplier but as a partner who supported us with vast experience. Both parties benefit from the close professional exchange and we are sure that together we have found the optimum solution for our new production line", Cimtas Pipe advised at the grand opening ceremony of the new Cimtas Pipe Works in September 2017. As early as during the project and engineering phase, Graebener closely collaborated with Cimtas Pipe and supported them with the planning and realization of the production line, even before the layout of the production halls was finalized.
Graebener is specialized in customized machine concepts. Starting point for each solution is an ambitious challenge far from any standard. For Cimtas Pipe, the challenge not only entailed planning a competitive LSAW pipe production line on a brownfield site within a very short time, but also realizing a flexible pipe production customized for small as well as large lot sizes in order to meet the ever increasing market requirements. The parties are also seeking for Industry 4.0 solutions on the path forward.