Tri Tool History

Tri Tool History

TRIMAX – The Dawn of a Game Changer

“A remarkable achievement. TRIMAX’s state-of-the-art bearing design is a game-changer and makes all competing machines obsolete in terms of safety, stability and outstanding cutting results.” TRI TOOL introduces the Safest, Most Innovative Split-Frame Machining System In The World, perfect for in-line severing, beveling, counterboring and much, much more. You asked...

Passing the Torch

In an age of manufacturing conglomerates and rampant acquisitions, Tri Tool remains a proud privately held firm that continues to prosper following the original mission of providing quality manufactured industrial equipment, built around solid engineering and backed by unequaled customer support. Dr. George J. Wernette, President and Jerri Wernette, Executive...

Congressman Ami Bera Visits Tri Tool

Congressman Ami Bera visits Tri Tool’s manufacturing facility to better understand the challenges facing manufacturing with skilled labor shortages. He suggested that some of our government resources be used to train our young people, in public schools and community colleges, the technical skills required to work in manufacturing facilities and...

2015

High Production CNC Counterbore Service With no manual pipe handling, the CNC Counterbore delivers unprecedented accuracy and superior finishes through a true seven axis CNC machining capability.

2014

Image of Welding Award Tri Tool was recognized with the prestigious Image of Welding award in the small business category by both the American Welding Society (AWS) and the Welding Equipment Manufacturers Committee (WEMCO).

2014

Largest Tri Tool PFM One of our largest portable machines, this pipe facing machine can deliver optimal surface finish for facing and counterboring on 48” through 76” pipe.

2014

Expanded Houston Facility Opens To meet the increasing demands of the onshore and offshore Pipeline and Oil & Gas industries, Tri Tool opens a 15,000 square foot facility to serve as a staging base for providing rental and service solutions.

2012

AdaptARC® Welding System First introduced for international sales, the durable and versatile mechanized AdaptARC orbital welding system offers multiple processes for Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding pulsed spray (GMAW-P), modified short arc (GMAW-S), and Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW).

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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