The surfaces obtained in the drawn tube depend on the condition of the rough-hewn tube, as during hot drilling, the tube takes on a spiral shape (fig. A), which it retains, albeit to a reduced degree, after hot rolling and drawing (Fig. B).
Traditional honing and rolling processes follow this spiroidal pattern and, while achieving the required tolerance, achieve the result of not changing the spiral defect of the tube in contrast to the coaxiality principle of the STEM/PISTON/SLEEVE assembly. The photo demonstrates the extreme straightness of the internal processing of ALTA’s finishing system (see fig. C).
Producing a tube with reduced internal machine allowance leaves spots of rough appearing (darker spots in the photo) because those areas are outside the maximum tolerated straightness due to the spiral shape of the tube.
To overcome this, ALTA uses tubes with greater oversize than required by the standard (up to 3mm in diameter) by removing the necessary amount, ensuring greater straightness, roundness and surface cleanliness than traditional methods.
|OD 42 mm to OD 305 mm | Thickness from 5 mm to 25 mm
available in stock in metric and imperial sizes
|up to 12 m
(fixed lengths or custom cuts on request)
|H8 | H9 | H10 | H11
|E355 | E410
other materials on request