Innovations in Tube and Pipe – Symposium held at Gurgaon, near New Delhi, India
As part of its events programme ITA-India Chapter held a one day Symposium titled Innovations in Tube and Pipe was held on 26th Sept 2015 at Hyatt Place, Gurgaon, India. The symposium was inaugurated by Mr. Vikram Kasbekar, Senior Vice President –Operations and Supply Chain, Hero Motocorp, India .
Presentations were made on the following topics
- Latest Technologies for Competitive Seamless Tube Production by Mr Vincenzo Della Rocca of Danieli, Italy
- Innovations in Non-Destructive Tube and Pipe Testing : From Large to Small-Meeting Growing Needs for Testing Tubes : Mr. Casey Sumers , Magnetic Analysis Corporation, Chicago, USA.
- Innovations in Structural Steel Tubes and Structural Design - Mr. Hariharputhiran, Tata Steel – Tube Division, India.
- "Controlling HAZ (Heat Affected Zone) on HF Tube & Pipe Welding" : Mr. Vijay Joshi, Director, Inductotherm – Thermatool, India.
- Innovations in Tubing for Automotive Applications : Mr. K. Murali, Tube Products of India.
The authors covered the latest trends in the industry the manufacture and application of tube and pipe. The delegates comprised of the people involved in manufacture, technology, machine building, software and testing areas for tube and pipe in India and was well attended. Interesting themes comprised of the latest technology in the manufacturing of seamless tubes by which saving of material and therefore reduction of cost is possible. This could result in potential long term benefits using this technology. The session also featured the latest developments in controlling the temperature in the heat affected zone of ERW tubes at the time of welding. The paper presented on Automotive applications was very informative in the tube makers’ efforts to reduce the weight of automobiles by implementing innovative methods in the usage of steel raw material and in the heat treatment processes. The aim of such development was to improve the fuel efficiency and the safety aspects of automobiles. The paper on Non Destructive Testing of Tube and Pipe featured the ever increasing size range and the improvement and capabilities of their non-destructive testing instruments through ultrasonic and magnetic flux methods of defect detection. The paper on Structural Tubes highlighted the growing market for tubes and how innovative structural design can actually widen the application base for the steel tubes.
This symposium was held alongside the first Annual General Meeting of International Tube Association – India Chapter. The next and bigger event would be at the Tube Fair in 2016 to be held in Mumbai at which time a one day global symposium is planned to be held in association with Messe Dusseldorf India.