Today we have shots from the pipe factory in Russia, it’s always fun to see how the stuff is being made.
The story of each pipe begins with a steel tape roll.
In the beginning of the pipe making machine the tape loads in.
Then special frames fold the tape. Those frames can be tuned for different pipe size.
This crunced piece of metal goes thru another machine where it is being heated. Thanks to heat the seam is being closed.
The next stage is to cover the pipe with plastics. Those are plastic covered metal pipes. Granulated plastic is being put into two tanks, later they are being mixed up together and molten.
Those are the barrels with different sorts of plastics.
Granulated plastics looks like rice.
That’s a vaccum pump which sucks all those puppies from the barrels.
Then all of them go to a machine which molt them and use the outcoming substance to cover the pipes.
If something goes wrong it can get some fine tuning right in place, without stopping the process.
Also, some setups can be made in more delicate way.
Then the plastic covered pipe is being put in special closed water tank for some cooling. Afterwards it goes to a printer which puts the necessary markings on it.
Now the pipe is being put into the actual pipe rolls.
Workers control the rolling process to go right.
So that the ready made product looked neat.
And that’s a control panel.
Here’s big panoramic image of the factory, you can click for a larger size version.