Pipe & Tube Charlotte 2016 Showcases Best Practices and New Technologies

Pipe & Tube Charlotte 2016: Racing to the future with best practices and new technologies, Sept. 20-22, 2016 in Charlotte, N.C. is the conference you can’t afford to miss.

The Tube & Pipe Association, International® (TPA), presents the 6th installment in this popular conference series devoted to updating seamless and welded tubular product technology and processes.

Twenty-four dynamic, informative technical sessions, and a tube and pipe market overview will deliver the latest industry information and show you how to boost your profitability!

Along with an industry focused keynote, an informative tube and pipe market overview from Preston Publishing Company, exclusive tour and networking lunch at Joe Gibbs Racing, and tabletop exhibits, there will be multiple networking events to facilitate industry connections and increased business opportunities.

The Tube & Pipe Journal® Industry Award Winner for 2016 will also be presented at the event.

Speaker_Jim_Williams“I presented at Pipe & Tube Houston and was impressed by the professionalism and relevance of the attendees and the amount of interaction I had with them. I was able to connect with current customers as well as reach potential ones, making my participation well worth it”

Jim Williams, Sales Director
Starrett-Bytewise Measurement Systems, Columbus, Ga

Special Keynote

SPEAKER_Mark-BringleMark Bringle
Technical Sponsorship and Marketing Director at Joe Gibbs Racing

Mark will share what’s involved to keep a premiere racing organization running, from NASCAR involvement to manufacturing top quality racing cars to team motivation. Joe Gibbs Racing currently has four teams in the NASCAR Cup series, three entries in the NASCAR Xfinity series and three entries in the Motocross/ Supercross series.


Session Speakers Have Been Selected!

The call for speakers process is completed. Congratulations to the 24 session speakers chosen to present at Pipe & Tube Charlotte!

Tom Adams, Unison Tube, LLC – Improving Pipe Shop Productivity through Correct Data Extraction & Simulation

Terrance R. Banach, Vanishing Point Education, LLC – Meeting the Challenges of Ultrasonic Inspection of Ultra-Thin Wall, Small Diameter Tubing

Joseph F. Baldauff, Magnetic Analysis Corp. – Practical In-Line Eccentricity Monitoring

George Boy, SMS Technical Services, LLC a part of SMS Group – Seamless Tube Technology Modules

William A. Byrd, Sr., P.E., C.S., Columbia Corrosion Control Company – General Corrosion Problems in Tubing and Piping Installations

Johnson H. Cutchin, Sr., Palmetto Plating Co., Inc. – Electropolishing Applications and Techniques

Christopher Fletcher and David Kinnard, Tower Oil & Technology Co. – Increased Profitability & Performance through Chemistry – Understanding Pipe/Tube Mill Lubrication

Brian J. Fluth, Diversico Industries, Inc. – Rotary Swaging

Maxine Gomez, Belden Universal – What is Beyond Universal? A Journey into Customizing Universal Joints

Gus Griffin, Superior Tube Products – Tube Forming – Best Practices

John Hodges, T-Drill Industries – Mechanically Formed Outlets in Schedule 40 Pipe

Andrew Houghton, Promet Consulting, Ltd. – A Holistic Approach to Cold Pilger Tooling Design

Pierre Huot, Invisual E, Inc. – Differences between Quality Control and Quality Assurance

Wynn H. Kearns, Indiana Tube Corp. – Tube Fabrication Operational Improvement by Usage of Coiled Tubing in a Straighten to Cut Process Application

Greg Miller. Tubular Solutions, Inc. – Modern Tube Bending Machinery

Michael Moist, GE Inspection Technologies – Advanced Phased Array Technology for Tube Inspection

Chiranjib K. Mukherjee, Superior Tube Company – Grain Size Control for Stainless and Inconel Alloy Tubing – Need, Control Techniques and Pitfalls

Iwao Nakata, Nakata Mfg. Co., Ltd. – ODF Technology of Pipe Forming Using steel Plate as Raw Material

Rick Olson, Roll Machining Technologies and Solutions – Tube/Pipe and Roll Form Set Up Techniques and Processes and Using New Technology for Reliability, Repeatability and Accountability

Chris Peitchinis, Tube-Mac Piping Technologies, Ltd. – Non-Welded Methods for Joining Tube and Pipe

Cornelius Sawatzky, Xiris Automation, Inc. – Correlating Weld Bead Geometries to Weld Process Variations

Wally Tonra, xTuple – Manufacturers: Satisfying Your Customer Intimacy Issues

Dan Ventura, Ventura & Associates – ID & OD Scarf Chopping for the Tube & Pipe Producers of Mechanical-Structural & API Pipe

Robert Want, Tools for Bending – Rotary Draw Bending Tool Solutions

Optional Tour

Location: The Speedway Club – Charlotte Motor Speedway (transportation provided)
Date/Time: Tues., Sept. 20, registration 4:30-5:00 p.m., event 5-9 p.m. (approximate time)

Get to know your colleagues and make valuable business connections during the Speedway Club Networking Reception and Dinner event featuring the opportunity to take a couple laps around the track in an official NASCAR pace car.

The Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of the world’s most unique entertainment venues. Featuring a view that overlooks the famous Charlotte Motor Speedway, it is a popular event site for racing enthusiasts.

$100 with conference registration/$100 guests

Plant Tour

Joe Gibbs Racing Headquarters, Huntersville, N.C. is owned and led by three-time Super Bowl winning and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs. The 400,000 sq. ft. facility produces over 2,000 different parts which make 90 % of the cars and bikes made there. With over 70 engineers, the company works constantly to design parts to make cars lighter, stronger and faster.

JGR is home to four Sprint Cup teams, three Xfinity teams, three moto cross teams, and more than 540 employees. The 2015 NASCAR championship resides with the group. The tour will feature 75 cars in different stages of completion.

Conference Venue

Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park

5700 Westpark Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28217


The location of this Charlotte Convention Center hotel makes it a great base for business travel. The Crowne Plaza hotel in Charlotte also sits within easy distance of many of the country’s top offices and headquarters, including the Bank of America Financial Center and Time Warner Cable. From a warm welcome in the updated lobby to free Wi-Fi and late checkout, Crowne Plaza has taken care of every detail to eliminate any travel stress.

Group Room Rates

Reserve by September 6, 2016 to get TPA’s discounted rate of $164 per night. Call (866) 380-0612 and use the group code PAT or reserve online.


Conference Fees

FMA/TPA Members Best Value! Non-Members
Standard $725 $895
See Conference Policies Join FMA to Save $170!

Questions? Speak with an FMA customer service representative at 815-399-8700, or via email.


TPJ’s Industry Award 2016 presented by TPA

Each year the Tube & Pipe Association, Int. (TPA) presents The Tube & Pipe Journal® Industry Award recognizing exceptional performance. The award is open to companies or individuals in the tube and pipe fabricating and producing industry that have successfully improved operations, attained business success, and contributed to both the local and industrial communities.

To learn more about the award, see past winners, or apply, visit the website here.

Tabletop Exhibits

A tabletop display during Pipe & Tube Charlotte 2016 will provide highlighted exposure and allow your company to interact one-on-one with conference attendees, giving you opportunity to make contacts and do business instantly on site.


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Pipe & Tube Charlotte 2016 Committee Roster


Phil Meinczinger
Magnetic Analysis Corp.

Vice Chair:

Frank Joy
Global Nuclear Fuel


Ron BochatInnovo Corp.
John Reinhart – Reinhart Consulting, Inc.
Joe Ryan – Miller Electric Mfg. Co.
Walter Sperko – Sperko Engineering Services
Dan Ventura – Ventura & Associates


Audrey Long, FMA
Jen Christian, FMA
Eric Lundin, FMA
Jim Warren, FMA

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