Butt-Weld Fittings and Their Applications

Whether the pipe is buried in the earth or exposed to the elements, butt-weld pipeline fittings are a key component of oil and gas transportation architectures. A steel butt-weld fitting plays a crucial role in keeping the pipeline from failing from the massive pressure flows. Butt-weld fittings allow directional changes in the liquids or gasses … Read more

The Value of Carbon Steel Pipe Fittings

Carbon Steel

The properties of the materials that flow through pipeline structures vary, making your choice of pipe materials critical for the success of your project. Rigidity and wear and tear as well as chemicals exuded from the pipe materials over time all play a factor in the choice of materials for a pipeline project. Take carbon … Read more

Why Domestic Production Is Critical to the Steel Supply Chain

Global Vs. Domestic Supply Chain

COVID taught us a lot of lessons, and one of them is that our steel supply chain is vulnerable to upheaval. Why? Because of our increasing dependence on foreign manufacturing production companies. From computer chips to energy, our reliance on sources other than domestic production hurts every industry that is dependent on non-U.S. resources. This … Read more

A History of the PHMSA 192 Mega Rule

PHMSA 192 Mega Rule

On September 9, 2010, a buried high-pressure natural gas line exploded in the City of San Bruno, California. On December 11, 2012, a natural gas pipeline in Sissonville, West Virginia suffered an explosion. Both of these incidents, and others, changed the regulatory rules governing the transmission of these hazardous substances. By October 2019, the Pipeline … Read more

The Dangers of External Corrosion of Oil & Gas Pipelines

External Corrosion of Oil & Gas Pipelines

Both internal and external corrosion of oil and gas pipelines are a major concern. While internal corrosion is more frequent (and can be harder to address), external corrosion still accounts for a large number of corrosion-related incidents. Furthermore, most organizations are able to plan for and directly mitigate internal corrosion, whereas external corrosion may be … Read more

What Is the ASME B16.9 Standard?

What Is the ASME B16.9 Standard

What are some of the most common components a pipe-fitter might use when welding? Buttwelded fittings, of course. But have you ever wondered why it’s usually so easy to find fittings that work? When it comes to factory-made buttwelding fittings, there are specific standards that need to be met during manufacturing. The most popular are … Read more

Domestic Steel Fittings vs International: What’s the Big Deal?

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Much has been said about domestic steel manufacturing vs. international steel manufacturing. Let’s be clear: It’s usually an issue of cost. International steel manufacturing is seen as being more affordable and plentiful compared to domestic options, but that isn’t always the case. When it comes to domestic steel fittings and international steel fittings, companies can … Read more

Pipe Fittings: Quick Turn vs Stock Orders

Pipe Fittings: Quick Turn vs Stock Orders

When it comes to pipe fittings, there are two major types of fulfillment: quick-turn manufacturing and stock orders. While there may be some edge cases, which type of fulfillment is best will usually be obvious depending on the part and its use. Here’s what you need to know about these different types of ordering parts, … Read more

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