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The Types Of Industrial Valves

May 15, 2014 in Valves and Fittings by

Industrial valveValves open or close to regulate the fluid flow in a pipe. They’re integral to our daily lives, found not only in industrial applications, but also in household devices like washing machines, dishwashers, sinks and more.

There are many different industrial valve types, each with its own advantages. Here are a few of the most popular:

Gate Valves

The most popular valve in the industry, gate valves work by opening and closing a gate that can obstruct the flow of a fluid. They’re often used to isolate pipe systems as a block valve, and they’re designed to be fully open or fully closed.

Gate valves can be operated with a air powered diaphragm, electric motor, piston actuator or a hand wheel. They’re often selected for applications when a straight-line flow and little restriction are desired. When open, gate valves don’t obstruct the flow path at all, causing little friction loss.  Read More

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Inconel Nickel Alloy Tubing

April 30, 2014 in Products by

Nickel tubingThe Basics

First developed by researchers at Wiggin Alloys in England in the 1940’s, Inconel is a family of nickel-chromium alloys. Because of their high performance properties, these alloys are often used in extreme environments. Sometimes called “Inco”, inconel also has a variety of trade names, including Inconel 625, Chronin 625, Altemp 625, Haynes 625, Nickelvac 625 and Nicrofer 6020.


The composition of different Inconels can vary greatly, but they all are predominantly composed of nickel and chromium. For example, alloy 625 is 58% Nickel and 20-23% chromium.


Inconels are resistant to both oxidation and corrosion. Read More

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Fully Programmable Band Saw in Action

April 24, 2014 in Blog by

Here is some footage of our Cosen C-320GNC Fully Programmable Dual Column Automatic Band Saw cutting through round bar for a recent project.

Need custom fabrication for an upcoming job? Contact us for a quote.

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Krohne Optisonic 7300 C EX Flow Meter for Nigeria

April 21, 2014 in Jobs/Projects by

Here are some photos of a Krohne Optisonic 7300 EX Flow Meter that was built for a project in Nigeria:

Krohne Optisonic 7300 C EX flow meter
Krohne Optisonic 7300 C EX flow meter
Krohne Optisonic 7300 C EX flow meter

Looking for an Optisonic flow meter,
or other materials for an upcoming project?
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An Introduction To Flanges

April 16, 2014 in Blog, Valves and Fittings by

FlangesFlanges are an integral part of piping systems. Let’s take a look at what they do, what they’re made of, and some of their advantages and disadvantages.

What is a flange?

A flange is one method of connecting pipes, valves, pumps and other equipment in piping systems. They’re usually welded or screwed, and flanged joints are built by bolting two flanges together with a gasket between them to create a seal.

What are they made of?

Flanges are made of many different materials. There are cast iron flanges, aluminum flanges, brass flanges, high pressure steel flanges, etc. However, the most popular material for flanges is forged carbon steel. The material that the flange is made of is often selected to match the material of the pipe it will used with. Read More

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Welded Pipe Fittings: Advantages and Applications

April 02, 2014 in Blog, Pipes Valves and Fittings by

Welded pipe fittingPipe fittings are used in piping systems to change direction of the liquid flow, connect pipes of different sizes, change pipe diameter and branch the liquid flow from one pipe into multiple pipes.

Integrating fittings into piping systems is a various important task. After all, it’s at the connections between pipes where the system is most susceptible to leaks and failure. As such, many pipe fitting connection methods require special training to be executed.

From soldering, to threading to brazing, there are many types of connection methods. One of the most popular, however, is welding.

Welded Pipe Fittings, Defined

Welded pipe fittings are much like what their name suggests: the fittings are welded directly onto the pipes. Trained and licensed professionals often carry out this difficult feat, fusing the fitting to the pipe by carefully melting their metals together. Usually, the fitting and the pipe need to be made of the same or very compatible materials. After the welding is complete, the fittings are often tested to ensure their integrity.


Welded pipe fittings offer many advantages. Read More

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What’s an I-beam?

March 19, 2014 in Blog by

I-beamAn I-beam, also known as an H-beam, W-beam, rolled steel joist or double-T, is a structural support material commonly used in civil engineering and construction.

I-beams get their name from their distinctive shape. They’re comprised of a long, vertical piece of metal called a ‘web’ and shorter horizontal pieces called ‘flanges’. These pieces fit together to create a beam whose cross section looks like the letter ‘I’.

Types of I-beams

Steel I-beams are the most prevalent type, but it’s also common to find I-beams made of a variety of other materials, including aluminum and wood.

In addition to being classified by material type, I-beams are also classified by their dimensions. The nomenclature varies from country to country, but in the US I-beams are referred to by using the distance of the beam from the outer face of one flange to another and by the beam’s weight per foot. Hence an ‘11×20’ would have a depth of 11 inches and a weight 20 lbs per foot.

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Protecting Your Industrial Steel Pipe: Galvanized & FBE

March 05, 2014 in Blog by

Galvanized pipeIndustrial pipe, particularly industrial steel pipe, can be vulnerable to corrosion. Thankfully, there are certain ways to protect your pipe from this cruel fate. 

Here’s a look at two popular types of pipes that have been specifically manufactured to stand up to corrosion.

Galvanized Pipe

Often, you need a pipe that can hold up to the acidic, hot or salty conditions of certain environments. In those cases, galvanized pipe is a solid choice.

Galvanized pipe is usually industrial steel pipe that has been coated with a layer of zinc. This coating is most often applied by hot dipping: the metal is lowered into and immersed in a bath of hot zinc.

How do galvanized pipes offer increased protection against corrosion? The zinc coating will corrode first, and not until the zinc is completely corroded will the metal beneath it begin to corrode. This means that the pipe will remain functional for much longer.

Furthermore, galvanization is often less expensive than other types of corrosion protection, which make galvanized pipes more cost effective.  Read More

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4 Things To Know About Carbon Steel Pipe

February 19, 2014 in Blog by

Carbon steel pipeWhat is it?

The first thing to consider about carbon steel pipe is simply what it is. Carbon steel pipe is pipe comprised of carbon steel. But what is carbon steel? Here’s how the American Iron and Steel Institute defines it:

Steel is considered to be carbon steel when no minimum content is specified or required for chromium, cobalt, niobium, molybdenum, nickel, titanium, tungsten, vanadium or zirconium, or any other element to be added to obtain a desired alloying effect; when the specified minimum for copper does not exceed 0.40 percent; or when the maximum content specified for any of the following elements does not exceed the percentages noted: manganese 1.65, silicon 0.60, copper 0.60.

That’s a mouthful. To put it more simply, carbon steel is steel in which the main alloying component is carbon. Interestingly, most of the world’s steel falls into this category.

What are the different types of carbon steel? Read More

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Quick Facts About Galvanized Pipes

January 29, 2014 in Pipe by

Galvanized steel pipeFor most projects, you want to use materials that will last, because pipes that fail create headaches and added expense.

In certain situations and environments, steel pipes and fittings quickly begin to rust. And once they begin to rust, failure isn’t very far behind.

In those conditions, galvanized steel pipe may be your solution. Galvanized pipes are coated in a layer of zinc, making them resistant to rust and corrosion. Here are some basic facts about galvanized pipe that will help you decide whether it’s right for your next project:

  • The galvanization process involves hot-dipping a steel, iron or aluminum product in zinc, which completely coats the metal in zinc. Once the materials are in use, rusting will still occur, but the zinc layer will rust before the material underneath. This means that galvanized steel pipes remain usable for much longer.
  • Although galvanized pipe can be used outdoors, it’s typically used for indoor projects.
  • Galvanized pipe is designed to carry liquids, like water, but is not typically a component in gas supply lines.
  • In extremely corrosive environments, galvanized steel pipe usually lasts between 50 and 100 years. To determine a more precise lifespan for your galvanized pipes, you should think carefully about the environment you’re placing them in and speak with a galvanized pipe distributor about your particular project.
  • Although the cost of galvanized pipes will vary depending on your project, over time galvanized pipes are often more cost effective than a typical paint project. Some opt to repaint their pipes to maintain their appearance, but if your pipes are corroding, galvanization is a better solution.
  • You can buy an array of different supplies made out of galvanized steel. Because galvanized steel is used in a wide variety of projects, you can find valves, nuts, fittings, bolts, I-beams, H-beams and other materials all made of galvanized steel.

Are you starting a project in a potentially corrosive environment? Do you want pipes with a long life span that will save you money over the long haul? Then galvanized pipes are probably right for you. Get in touch with us to learn more about our offerings and to get a quote. We’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

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