Types of Industrial Pipe and Steel Pipe Fittings

December 14, 2011 in Blog, Manufacturing, News & Articles, OCTG, Pipe, Pipes Valves and Fittings, Valves and Fittings by

Industrial Pipe and SteelIndustrial pipe and steel pipe fittings come in all shapes, sizes and material. For years they have been mixed with other substances for improved strength and durability, depending on the specific purpose. Because of its high heat resistance, it is typically used in projects that involve flammable gases.  Here are a few different types of industrial pipe and steel fittings and a little advice on how to choose your supplier.

Types of Industrial Steel Pipe:

Line Pipe: These hollow tubes are used for long distance piping projects. Steel line pipes tend to have a higher resistance to corrosion and are used for the transportation of oils and gases.

Seamless & Welded Pipe: Standard seamless pipes are more commonly used than welded pipes and they tend to be more pressure resistant. Because of their lighter weight and thin walls, they are used in liquid transportation. Welded pipes are not typically used in high-pressure projects and are heavier than seamless pipes. They transport gas more often than liquid.

Types of Steel Used for Pipe Fittings:

Galvanized Steel: This is typically used for all piping projects within a building. It is designed to carry liquid, including water, but not for gas supply lines. Galvanized steel is basically coated with zinc that works to protect it from rusting.

Carbon Steel: This is a strong and durable variety of steel. Depending on the amount of carbon in the steel will ultimately dictate the strength and durability. These fittings can be used in projects that involve liquids and oils as well as gas. These fittings are used in residential, commercial, shipbuilding and other construction areas. Some of the different types of fittings include:

  • Reducing Elbow
  • Tee
  • Cushion & Target
  • Cap
  • Reducer

Domestic or International Pipe Supply?

Once you understand what you are doing with your project, you may be trying to decide whether to choose domestic or international pipe supply.  Here are a few factors to consider when making this decision.

Turnaround Time: Choosing a domestic pipe over an international company will help you get your products quicker. Instead of having to ship your pipe supplies over seas that could take time, you’ll have a better chance of getting your products in a timely manner. If you have a quick turnaround time on a project, you may want to consider a domestic supplier.

Cost: Typically, the cost is less for a domestic supplier as well. Be sure to total the costs that make up the price like packaging and shipping costs and anything else that may arise from using an international supplier. Once you’ve calculated a total, whichever is less expensive may play an important role.

St. Louis Pipe and Supply is one of the largest international pipe supply companies, delivering industrial pipe and steel. Contact us to request a quote and find out how we can help you meet your project needs.

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