Category Archives: News & Events

Tube Cutoff After Bend Final

At Proto-1 Manufacturing, one of our primary goals is to help educate those within the tube and pipe industry. Each month we will be releasing new content focused on educational topics within the tube and pipe industry. This month we will take a look at the different ways to cut-off

Virtual Fabtech Thumbnail

With the cancellation of Fabtech 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Proto-1 Manufacturing decided to bring part of our Fabtech display to you virtually to showcase the capabilities of our various lines of tube end forming machines. Within this showcase, you will find a featured tube end forming machine from

PDM Digital Storage with Drawing

*For the sake of this article, all customer names have been removed from any pictured documentation* This year Proto-1 has been making strides to radically reduce the use of paper within the company. In the past, almost every aspect of our processes involved some form of paper with physically handing

Rotary End Form Tooling

Tube cut-off is the process of cutting a tube to length to be used for another application or process. There are many ways to cut-off tube and pipe, but the most used cutting method is typically completed by a band saw. Band saws are widely used after tube bending applications.

Contract Machining

Controlling Lead Times In early 2019, Proto-1 Manufacturing received its ISO 9001:2015 certification. Through our certification process, we were able to streamline and standardize our processes to increase efficiency, minimize errors, increase throughput, and improve quality.  Many of our processes regarding the creation of tube end forming solutions and equipment

Tube Flange

Tube flaring can be found in many of the items that we use on a day to day basis. From automotive exhaust to plumbing and HVAC lines inside homes, tube flaring is used in conjunction to make these connections possible.   There are different ways to form tube flares depending upon the

Tube End Forming Machine Refurbishment

Tube End Forming Machine Refurbishment Proto-1 Manufacturing offers rebuild and refurbishment services to those who have well used Proto-1 equipment. Refurbishment is a cost-effective way to save capital while also updating your equipment to run for many years to come. Here is how our refurbishment/rebuild process works at Proto-1. Once

Custom CAM and RAM Tube End Forming Machines

During the course of this pandemic, Proto-1 has continued to operate and serve our customer base through this difficult time. We have installed safeguards for our employees to operate in a safe work environment so we can continue to support essential manufacturing. All our safeguards that we have put in

Rotary Flare End Form Tooling

Continuous Improvement: New Flare Tooling Design At Proto-1 we always strive to improve upon our processes and techniques. In a recent project, Proto-1 Manufacturing was tasked with a new challenge. A customer had approached Proto-1 to design a tube end forming solution that could produce 70°, short length, 0.065” wall,

Deburr Tooling

Tube deburring can be done in many ways such as using a belt sander. This method poses many issues such as safety concerns and not producing a repeatable process. Proto-1’s deburring equipment and tooling was designed for better operator safety and a more repeatable process. One of the biggest issues