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Paul Vivian and Rick Preckel of Preston Pipe take a look at current affairs in the tube and pipe industry and the increasing slowdown in manufacturing. Getty Images The primary pipe and tube category that Preston Pipe analyzes that is of interest to The Tube & Pipe Journal readership is mechanical tubing. This category includes conduit, off-the-welder tubes with wall thickness less than 0.156 inch, hot-finished seamless, cold-drawn seamless, and drawn-over-mandrel products. The applications are broad, as is the manufacturing base. This isn’t to exclude other tube and pipe products. Indeed, all pipe and tube products are significant contributors to the U.S. economy. In total this year, pipe and tube shipments from domestic mills will represent about 14 percent of steel manufactured in this country. To put this into perspective, based on data researched by Preston, auto manufacturing will consume a similar amount of steel this year. While it is likely that some steel used for domestic pipe and tube production was imported, it is clear that pipe and tube products make a substantial contribution to the steel economy. Durable goods manufacturing continues to weaken overall. Accor...

China develops ‘crowd control’ sonic device which causes dizziness and headaches – World News

The portable machine, to be used for ‘riot control’ can cause dizziness, headaches, vomiting and even heart attack China has claimed to have developed the world’s first portable sonic device for crowd disperse, a research shows. Researchers at the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Science said the device, which uses low frequency sonar, has passed their assessments including a trial test on the body. The project is a joint effort from the academy, the People’s Liberation Army medical centre, and police research lab. Sonic devices used in other countries can cause extreme discomfort such as dizziness, headaches , vomiting, organ damage and even heart attacks. However, researchers did not state the effects the newly developed weapon could pose on a human, according to their website . Professor Xie Xiujuan, who led the research, said the device was powered by a tube-shape vessel containing an inert gas. When heated, the gas particles vibrate and a deep, monotonous sound is emitted, according to South China Morning Post. The team has passed the budget proposal at a meeting on September 4, and approved it for mass producti...