Why You Should Buy I-Beam Steel and 304 Stainless Steel Bars

October 05, 2011 in Blog, Manufacturing, Structural by

About I-Beam SteelI-beam steel

I-beams are beams with an I- or H-shaped cross section; the vertical structure is referred to as the web, while the horizontal structures of the beam are referred to as the flanges. While the web resists forces, the flanges resist the bending movement brought upon the beam.

There are two I-beam structures that are typically seen:

  • A rolled I-beam, which, depending on the material, is formed by cold rolling, hot rolling or extrusion
  • A plate girder, which is formed by welding, riveting or bolting plates

Most commonly, I-beams are made of structural steel. Sometimes, though, they may be formed from aluminum or a variance of other materials.

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316 Stainless Steel Sheets and Pricing

September 28, 2011 in Blog, Manufacturing, Structural by

Pricing for Stainless Steel Sheets316 Stainless Steel Sheets

Stainless Steel sheet prices vary, depending on a number of factors, such as:

  • Size
  • Quantity
  • Dimensions
    • Measured in Ga. units
  • Sub metal type
    • e.g., 304-2B Mill Finish
    • 309-2D Mill Finish
    • 316 Mill Finish
    • 430-2B Mill Finish, etc.

Typically, stainless steel sheets run anywhere between $200-$800, dependant upon the aforementioned factors (and, namely, quantity).

To request a quote for your specific needs, please contact us today .

What is 316 Stainless Steel?

Unlike conventional chromium-nickel austenitic stainless steels, Alloy 316 is a molybdenum-bearing austenitic stainless steel, which means it’s more resistant to chemical corrodents, marine atmospheres and to general corrosion and pitting and crevice corrosion. 316 stainless steel sheets offer higher creep, stress-to-rupture and tensile strength at elevated temperatures.

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OCTG Pipe Sales for Petroleum Industry

August 10, 2011 in Manufacturing, OCTG, Pipe by

St. Louis Pipe and Supply is a leading supplier of any and all types of pipes, no matter the application, including Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG). As a leading OCTG tube distributor and OCTG pipe sales company, we supply seamless casing, tubing and drill pipes used for on-shore and off-shore oil and gas exploration, drilling and extraction, and other pipes and connectors.

If you are looking for an OCTG tube distributor, here are some of the casings and tubes we regularly supply:

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Guide to Buying Stainless Steel Pipe

July 06, 2011 in Blog, Manufacturing, News & Articles, Pipe by

Buying stainless steel pipe, and buying tubular steel pipe in particular, can be an imposing proposition. There are many types of stainless steel. Even if you know the size of pipe you need, there’s a range of grades. And even the classifying systems vary by region of the globe and by organization.

Below is a table comparing stainless steel designations.

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5 Questions and Answers About Carbon Steel Pipe

June 29, 2011 in Blog, Manufacturing, Pipe, Pipes Valves and Fittings by

What is carbon steel?

As defined by the American Iron and Steel Institute, carbon steel is:

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.

Most the steel produced in the world falls into the category of carbon steel.

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Alloy Pipes Delivered Globally

June 22, 2011 in Blog, Manufacturing, News & Articles, Pipes Valves and Fittings by

The Solution to Overseas Sourcing

Clients overseas sometimes have trouble sourcing the supplies they need. This is especially true in developing nations such as those in South America, Africa and Asia. Whether they’re looking for alloy pipe suppliers or straight iron steel suppliers, contractors stationed at job sites in these countries don’t necessarily need to look locally for their supplies. We here at St. Louis Pipe and Supply can solve all sourcing and shipping issues.

Increasing Global Demand

We often get inquiries about shipping pipe and supplies to far off corners of the globe. With the increased usage of natural gas, there has been an increase in inquiries about certain alloys of pipe, in particular, for the construction of natural gas refineries and filling stations. Builders can’t always find the specific type of pipe they need locally because there are no alloy pipe suppliers near the job site. Some builders resort to buying their supplies at their usual supplier that may be many thousands of miles from where the supplies are needed. The logistics of then getting those supplies to the jobsite can be overwhelming and take up man-hours that are far more valuable when used elsewhere.

Taking Care of Logistics

St. Louis Pipe and Supply is well versed in logistics. We can quote you a price based on getting the supplies you need to the port that is closest to you. We have a warehouse and shipping yard in Houston, Texas where most orders are put together and shipped. If we’re able to save you time and money by bypassing our Houston yard and shipping directly to your site from one of our suppliers, we’ll handle it that way.

Houston to Karachi

Whether shipping to Kansas City, Kansas or Karachi, Pakistan, St. Louis Pipe and Supply can handle the logistics. As one of the largest alloy pipe distributors in the world, it’s no problem for us, but it’s a big solution for clients. It’s something we do every day and we’re proud to be able to make someone’s job easier while still keeping them well within budget.

If you need of a alloy pipe supplier or any other pipe supplier for that matter, anywhere in the world, please contact us for a quote or to answer any questions you may have.

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Special Concentric Reducers

March 23, 2011 in Manufacturing by

Here are some pictures of some special concentric reducers we made for a customer in Singapore.


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Line Pipe Price Hikes Stall In US Market

June 15, 2010 in Blog, Manufacturing, News & Articles by

Line pipe prices appear to have halted their upward trend for the time being, Steel Business Briefing learns.

Small-diameter pipe destined for natural gas transmission systems, in particular, has fallen short of expectations, according to one market observer in the middle south region of the US.
An early June price hike by TMK Ipsco of $100/short ton for diameters

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Chinese OCTG Maker Saw $27M Net Loss In Q1

June 09, 2010 in Blog, Manufacturing, News & Articles by

WSP Holdings, a major Chinese producer of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) reported a net loss of $27m in the first quarter (Q1) of 2010, due to low demand in both its domestic and international markets, Steel Business Briefing learns from its Q1 report.
“We expect to see a recovery in sales volume and prices in the second half of 2010 from the current low level driven

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