TECH TIP – End Preparation Squareness

Tri Tool Inc. designs all standard ID mounting weld end preparation products to machine the end square to the mounting surface within .002″ per diameter inch and flat within .005″. Tri Tool does not test and certify each tool to meet the criteria, but the initial production lot is verified...

Preparing Tube Ends for High-Purity Welding

by William Sandford Autogenous welding (fusion welding without the use of filler metal) joins the tubing used for most high-purity and sanitary tubing systems. These systems require very high-quality weld joints, with emphasis placed on obtaining a smooth inside surface to avoid contaminant traps and on all the normal structural...

Automatic Tube Welding for High Purity Systems

by Bill Atkinson   Background Over the years, the equipment used for welding, testing, and certifying welds has become more complex. This is evident in the use of computers by welders for the study, design, and control of welding processes. Technology has provided us with an intimate understanding of the...

2007

Tri Tool Expands Corporate Headquarters Tri Tool expands into a 128,000 square foot facility in Rancho Cordova, California which serves as its corporate office and main manufacturing plant. It is the base of operations for our engineering, production planning, research & development, as well as sales and administration, rental and...

2006

ASME Code Welding Tri Tool Power Services obtains in ASME Code welding stamps to perform turnkey welding services. This allows TPS to support nuclear welding projects, from weld preparation, all the way to successful completion.

2004

Alaska Pipeline Project Tri Tool is called upon to work on the Alaska Pipeline, Pump Station #1 in Prudhoe Bay, AK. For this solution Tri Tool used a custom designed 600 Series Clamshells with high-speed double milling heads.

2002

PFM Introduced To answer the growing global petroleum demand, Tri Tool introduces the PipeMASTER Pipeline Facing Machine. These tools set the industry standard, as one of the fastest, most powerful pipe facing machines on the marketing.

2001

Tri Tool Power Services To provide a conduit to perform union machining work under the jurisdiction of the UA via the National Specialty Agreement, Tri Tool Power Services is formed. Tri Tool Power Service instructors train union members on the operation of specialty pipe beveling tools.

2001

9/11 Relief Efforts After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), fabricators and distributors responded with expertise and equipment to help in the cleanup efforts. Tri Tool answered the call by providing products like our OD mounted clamshells to sever tube and pipe.

1997

Rancho Seco Project Tri Tool is contracted to assist with the Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant decommissioning. Concerns were raised over the potentially toxic vapors associated with the thermal cutting of stainless steel tanks, tanks internally contaminated, and tanks painted with lead based paint.  Tri Tool was able to provide...

1997

Durabit Introduced The patented Durabit is introduced to meet the industry’s need for premium cutting bits.  The Durabit was engineered with superior material and coating technologies, expert heat treating, and use of premium base metals. This process ensured that the Durabit out cuts the competition.

1989

BEVELMASTER® Tools The new BevelMASTER tools were the next evolution of the ID Mounted tools They were designed to perform three function end preparations, accept their torque through the mandrels, and have integral drive motors set at right angles to the pipe.

1987

Ekofisk Platform Raised in the North Sea Norway’s Ekofisk oilfield was slowly sliding into the North Sea. Tri Tool and our 600 Series OD Mounted Clamshells were called upon to help with raising six huge platform decks, perched on steel legs driven into the sea floor, up approximately 6-1/2 meters.

1981

First Clamshell OD Mounting Lathe The introduction of these clamshells allowed for single step severing and beveling; the ability to eliminate heat affected zones (HAZ) from the cutting process. This revolutionary product allowed weld removal operations without pipe or component replacement, as well as eliminating problems in machining high chrome...

1980

First Tube End Squaring Tools Tri Tool introduces the first of a series of Tube End Squaring tools. These tools are designed primarily to meet requirements to prepare stainless steel tubing for autogenous automatic welding with a flat, square and burr-free end.

1974

Pipe Beveling Lathes – ID Mounted These three function end preparation lathes with integral pneumatic, electric or hydraulic motors incorporated such features as full cutting torque acceptance through the mandrel, auto feeds and specialty mounting mandrels such as Tri Tools patented miter mandrel.

1972

Tri Tool Established In 1972, Dr. George Wernette was one of three co-founders who responded to the challenges facing industries involved in preparing and welding pipe. Tri Tool first introduced advanced portable machine tool technology, in the form of pipe and tube cutting and squaring, to the nuclear construction industry,...

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