Pipe fittings are essential in many industries, and due to their various uses, they come in many different sizes, shapes and materials. One of the more common fittings is stainless steel fittings which are generally categorized into three groups: threaded (screwed), butt-weld and socket-weld. Read on to learn more about the different types of stainless steel weld fittings.
Socket Welded and Threaded Fittings
Small diameter pipe sizes 2” NPS and lower generally use threaded and socket weld fittings. The mechanism behind socket weld fittings allows the pipe to firmly align itself through the deep socket of the fitting and provide a seal-tight connection. Depending on the application, you might need screwed fittings that have female (internal) threads or male (external) threads. Some of the most common configurations for threaded and socket-weld fittings are:
- Caps and Plugs
- Outlet Fittings
- And more.
Socket-weld and threaded fittings are manufactured using high-quality stainless steel in order to ensure that the connection will be leak-free and tightly sealed, no matter the pressure or temperature of the fluid.
Butt-weld fittings are also manufactured using stainless steel for optimum performance and to ensure the safety of the application and the crew. Butt-weld elbows can be manufactured in three standard radii 90º, 180º and 45º. When contacting your supplier, you must clarify what type of radius your application requires to ensure the best possible performance. For instance, a “long radius” means that the centre of the fitting to the end dimension is one and a half times the size of a nominal pipe. On the other hand, requesting a fitting with a “short radius” means that the centre to end dimension of the fitting is equal to the nominal pipe size. If you’re looking to make a branch from a pipeline, then you should be asking your supplier for butt-weld tees. For every application, you will need a different configuration of stainless steel butt-weld fitting, and it’s crucial to inform your supplier of the exact dimensions on the fitting chart.
Stainless Steel Weld Fittings For You
For more than four decades, Hy-Lok Canada has manufactured and supplied exceptional quality stainless steel weld fittings for many industries across Canada. Our team of specialized engineers has designed and manufactured an extensive inventory of stainless steel fittings suitable for the oil & gas, rigs & platforms, biotechnology and instrumentation industries. At Hy-Lok, we are dedicated to providing all our customers with the best quality of products and ensuring the longevity of all our fittings. Our leak-free, tight-seal connections are manufactured in a range of dimensions, including ⅛” to 1” for tube-to-tube connections and ⅛” NPT to 1” NPT for tube-to-male and female pipe configurations. No matter the dimensions or the application, we manufacture our products to ensure efficient and effective results.
Our manufacturing facility focuses on providing industries Canada-wide with high-quality products that guarantee the highest calibre of fittings. Since all our products are manufactured in-house, we are able to customize the type of fitting you need using almost any material that you require. We are able to supply our wide range of fittings quickly and effectively within any deadline. No matter how remote your location is, you are sure to find what you’re looking for at any of our distributors’ locations.
Contact us today for more information on our stainless steel weld fittings.