Tube Loading Systems

Automatic Tube Loaders

Hautau builds a complete line of automatic tube loading systems for our cutoff machines and for integration into tube processing cells. Our automatic tube loaders include both chain and strap-type bundle loaders, indexing chain conveyors plus custom tube transfer systems for continuous tube processing  from tube mill operations. We offer systems for loading tubes from .75 inch to 9 inch diameter, in lengths up to 60 feet.

  • Chain-type tube loaders for banded bundles
  • Strap-type tube loaders for banded bundles
  • Double-side loaders for high production
  • Indexing-chain loaders for short runs
  • Inclined-table loaders for heavy tubes
  • Indexing-dial loaders for square and rectangular tubes

By including a tube bundle loading system, you’ll increase your unattended runtime and get the highest production from your tube cutoff machine.  And if our standard loaders aren't right for you, we'll work with you to build a custom system that's just right for your unique application.


Automatic Tube Bundle Loaders

Tube Diameter Capacity: 0.75 inch to 9 inches
Bar Diameter capacity: Up to 3 inches
Weight Capacity: Up to 10,000 pounds
Tube Lengths: 10 to 24 feet, optional up to 60 feet

  • All motions are hydraulic with adjustable overload protection.
  • Sequencing and diagnostics are integrated so no adjustments for diameter change.
  • Full bundles are raised by chains or nylon straps allowing tubes to roll into a magazine.
  • All loaders feature a fully-welded frame with a stiff, “box-tube” construction for quick installation and proper alignment.
  • Chain loaders never require strap replacement or adjustment, and are recommended for most applications.
  • Strap loaders come with nylon tube stops for use with plating-quality tubing or soft materials such as aluminum or copper.

Bundle Loader Features & Benefits:

  • Open-front design for easy fork truck access
  • Oversize load area for handling large bundles
  • Cushioned tube stops for smooth operation
  • Durable urethane tube support wheels
  • Automatic tube diameter adjustment

Double Side Loaders

Double side loaders allow you to switch quickly from one size to another. Keep a high-volume size on one side and short runs on the other side.

  • Powered V-wheels move the tube so there’s no overhead drive wheel.
  • Setup and load one side while feeding from the other side.
  • Great for cutting long lengths of large tubing

Inclined Table Loaders
These rugged loaders are built for the handling heavy-wall tubing used in bearing and gear production. We've added special tube stops and transfer mechanisms that release the tubes smoothly and reduce impact and noise. And the  table angle can be lowered to return uncut tubes for removal.

  • Automatic diameter setup, so there are no adjustments
  • Powered load table tilts up or down.    
  • Built-in scale measures random-length tubes
  • Compact design takes less floor space



Long Length Tube Handling

These systems are designed for DOM tube-mill and pilger mill applications and long tube processors. The servo pinch-rolls  feed the tube to precise length based on actual tube length.

  • Recut 60 foot lengths into three 20 foot lengths
  • Automatic diameter setup
  • Built-in scale measures random-length tubes
  • Automatic sorting and off-loading of lengths

Shaped Tube Loaders

Our shaped tube loaders provide the solution to the challenges of trouble-free loading of square and rectangular tube bundles into our Dual-Blade Shear tube cutoff machines.

Servo Dial Loader
Tube Capacity: 0.375 inch to 3.0 inches
Bundle Lengths: up to 24 feet
Bundle Weight: up to 4,000 pounds


The servo dial loader is the ultimate solution for delivering rectangular, square and round tubing to the SC30 shear tube cutoff machine.

  • These compact loaders feature a fully-welded frame with a stiff, “box” construction, so the loader installs quickly and maintains alignment
  • Tube angle is maintained consistently and in proper alignment with the cutoff die
  • Sequencing and extensive diagnostics are integrated into the cutoff control system.
  • A single hand wheel adjustment is all that’s required for diameter change
  • Multi-nest dials are servo-controlled and handle up to 24 different tube profiles, reducing setup time so short runs are profitable
  • When the bundle is tilted, the tubes slide off in neat rows; the servo dial rotates, capturing the tube in the appropriate slot
  • The cutoff machine feeder grips and advances the tube into the cutoff machine

Servo Dial Loader Advantages:

  • Use fork truck or crane to load
  • No changeover for different shapes
  • Load up to 24 different tube shapes with one dial set
  • Consistent orientation of shaped tubes
  • Smart sensors detect bent tubes
  • Nylon dials protect the tube surface finish
  • Load new bundles while cutting

Indexing Chain Loader

Hautau indexing chain loaders offer an alternative tube loading solution for shaped tubing and small diameters. 

These loaders also offer unique features for handling tubes that are too small or flexible to load from bundles or tubes that have a critical surface finish.

Tube Capacity: 0.375 inch to 3.0 inches (2.75-inch square)
Bundle Lengths: up to 24 feet; 42 feet available
Bundle Weight: up to 10,000 pounds; Individual tube limit is 2,000 pounds

How it works:

  • Tubes are placed on the indexing chains.
  • The chains advance tubes to the lift rolls.
  • Shaped tubes are tilted for shear cutoff.
  • V-rolls raise and rotate the tube.
  • Pinch rolls push the tube into the cutoff machine.
  • The cutoff machine grips and advances the tube.

Indexing Loader Features & Benefits:

  • Open-front design ensures easy fork truck access.
  • Up to 40 tubes can be staged for continuous cutting.
  • Four parallel chains automatically index the tubes.
  • Urethane V-wheels protect the tube surface finish.
  • No changeover is required for diameter change.
  • Tubes separated by chain links— don’t rub together.
  • Used for plated or polished tubes; also for short run applications.