Metal pipes are long, hollow tubes that are used for a variety of purposes. The most common application is to convey liquids and gases from one location to another. Common uses of pipe include, Structural Applications such as columns and handrail. Pipe is produced in either a welded or seamless manufacturing process.
Tubing is available in many forms and specs. All tube comes welded or seamless and can be purchased as round, square or rectangle. Seamless tube is generally for high pressure operations where as welded is used in structural and support applications. There are different types of finishes available such as Mill Finish, 180 Grit Polished, Sanitary OD/ID polish, Polished and Buffed etc.
Pipe fittings and flanges are the specialized components used to connect pieces of pipe together. The main types of pipe fitting connections are Butt-Welded, Threaded, Socket Welded and Grooved end. Other specialized types of connections include Belled-End, Compression and Press. Commonly used flange options include Slip-on’s, Weld Neck’s, Blind’s, Socket Weld, Threaded and Lap Joints.
A valve is a device that regulates, directs or controls the flow of a fluid (gases, liquids, fluidized solids, or slurries) by opening, closing, or partially obstructing various passageways. Valves are technically fittings, but are usually discussed as a separate category.