When embarking on a new, large-scale industrial project, it’s important to take into consideration a few factors that are imperative for your company success. But, where do you start? We’re going to walk you through a few of the most important areas to think about before choosing a supplier, type of material and investing time and energy into your project.
Domestic vs. International Supplier
There are advantages to choosing both a domestic and international pipe, valve and fitting supply company, but we are going to focus on the domestic route. Choosing to work with a domestic supplier has many advantages including:
Lower Cost: Often times, the price of the actual pipe, valve and fittings supply that you need for your project tend to be cheaper overseas. However, that doesn’t factor in the price of shipping, disease prevention and any other travel costs.
Turnaround Time: If you’ve got a project coming up that’s under a tight deadline, you may want to consider shipping domestically.
Easier Communication: Language barriers can create a bit of difficulty when shipping industrial valve and fitting materials overseas. Domestically, there will be no cost for a translator and less likely that the order will be incorrect due to language barriers.
Less Damage: The further away your supplier from your project site, the more probable that there could be damages. Unfortunately, more damages leads to higher costs and delayed project time.
Type of Supplies
When deciding which type of pipe, valve and fittings supply to choose, you need to think about things like environmental conditions, whether the piping will be visual, and how large the project will be. Let’s explore the different types of metal and their uses.
Carbon: The most common type of metal used in large-scale projects is carbon steel industrial valve and fitting supplies. Due to its strength and durability, it’s a typical choice for many companies. It tends to be used more often in shipbuilding and industrial projects.
Chrome: Chrome is a metal that is used most often in the automobile industry due to its design capabilities. When added to carbon steel piping, chrome adds strength and resistance to corrosion.
Copper: Copper is seen most in residential homes in the transfer of hot and cold water. Soft copper can bend easily whereas rigid copper does not.
Cast Iron: This type of piping may not be used too often, but for projects within the city – like sewer systems, it’s the best option. It’s very resistant to abrasive elements that can typically be found within sewer systems.
St Louis Pipe & Supply has a history of over 20 years of customer satisfaction and has become one of the largest domestic and international valve and fitting supply company. Let us help you find the right industrial valve and fittings for your next big project.