Krauss-Maffei: Metal composite pipe

Krauss-Maffei (KM) will build plastic metal composite pipe production systems in cooperation with THE Thomas Machines.

KM has signed a cooperation agreement with the Swiss firm to produce the machines and equipment for the pipes, which have an aluminium or a steel outer layer and typically a PE-X inner layer. Production systems for plastic metal composite pipe up to 110mm in diameter will be available immediately from KM.

KM said these composite pipes were “increasingly preferred for applications from drinking water pipe, radiator connections and underfloor heating to gas and fuel supply lines”.

The company said its “Latig” unit combined all components required for two longitudinal weld processes – laser welding and inert gas welding with a tungsten electrode (TIG welding) – switching between the two as required.

KM said the cooperation between the two companies had produced a wide portfolio of machine variants.

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