Industrial Pipe and Steel

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. 

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The History of Industrial Pipe and Steel

September 25, 2013 in Pipe by

Industrial Steel PipeIndustrial pipe and steel is so ingrained in today’s world, that it’s hard to imagine we ever lived without it. It’s found underground, transporting water and gas to our homes, used for refrigeration and heat transfer, and integral to the oil and gas industries. Its strength and durability has made it an important part of our daily lives, but its evolution has been a long way coming.

The use of piping traces back thousands of years, and clearly it didn’t begin as the industrial pipe and steel we know today. It began fairly crudely, with reed pipes used by ancient cultures to divert water from rivers and streams into fields, helping grow crops. Eventually, the Romans would take this system and improve on it with their infamous aqueduct system, which used lead and ceramic piping to carry drinking water into the Rome, and provide fresh water to public baths, fountains and private households. It also carried waste out of the city, using a complex sewage system to help keep Rome clean. To this day, the aqueducts remain a modern marvel of engineering, and a select few are still in partial use. But they certainly weren’t without fault, and more improvements to piping systems would carry it to the state we know in modern times. 

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Sheet Metal and Steel Sheet Prices: What You Need to Know

January 02, 2013 in Blog, Industry Trends, News & Articles by

Stainless Steel SheetAt St. Louis Pipe & Supply, we do more than just assemble industrial pipe and supply it to customers throughout the world. We also specialize in structural steel products like plate, bars, sheet and beams.

Today, we’ll focus on sheet. In addition to offering competitive steel sheet prices, we ship sheet orders to anywhere in the world. But first, let’s explore what sheet is.

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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:

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