Stainless Steel Pipe Supplier

Stainless Steel Pipe Supplier

Stainless Shapes offers a wide variety of grades in stainless pipes. Stainless and Alloy pipes are used for Food and Dairy Processing, Furniture, Grab Bars, Handrails, Medical Equipment Tubing, Oven and Refrigerator Door Handles, Pharmaceutical, Restaurant Equipment, and Structural Applications. Not sure what you are looking for? Contact us.  As an experienced and trusted stainless steel pipe supplier, we will provide quick delivery and competitive prices.

Types of Piping Offered

Seamless Pipe – Seamless piping are formed when drawing the billet over a piercing rod to hollow out the shell. By piercing the metal through the center, you never create any structural deficiency because it never loses that integrity and never diminishes the hull.

Welded Pipe – Welded pipes are made by rolling the plates and connecting them together. This process can be necessary if there is the requirement for extremely long pieces of pipe.

Comparing the Two – Seamless pipe might be preferred over jobs with excess corrosive materials. The welded pipes are able to match seamless pipes in all manners, but the welding can be more vulnerable to corrosive erosion when compared to stainless steel tubing.

Stainless Steel Pipes

Stainless Steel Pipes Finishes

Mill Finish – This is the standard finish for stainless steel pipes.

180 – 180 grit, known as brushed or satin finish, is the most common polished finish. The 180 grit is typically circumferential. The polish is usually completed by belt or wheel.  Finely polishing the grit lines in a uniform and directional appearance.

240 – This is also called the dairy or sanitary finish. When you use a 240 grit belt, you can buff out the ridges in a way that bacteria cannot grow in the crevices.  These are often seen as the surfaces for food service industries.

320 –  Also known as the #7 finish, this creates a bright appearance with minimum haze. These are buffed before, known as a flawless buff. This will create a mirror finish with minor reflections in the metal.

Buffed – The brightest shine possible with some mirror reflections, but unclear elements.

Mirror Buffed – This is buffed to such an extent that you can see a mirror reflection through the steel.

Stainless Steel Pipes

Stainless steel offers an ideal material for fabricating piping systems. There are three main kinds of stainless steel. Austenitic stainless steels have the highest corrosion resistance but the lowest structural strength. Ferritic steels are less corrosion resistant than austenitic steels, but also stronger. Martensitic steels are the strongest stainless steels available, but they have the weakest corrosion resistance. Hybrids of ferritic and austenitic steel are also increasingly common.

Stainless Steel Pipes

Types of corrosion-resistant stainless steel pipes include:

  • Pressure pipes. Stainless steel pressure pipes are either ferritic or austenitic. They have wide diameters to accommodate high temperatures and can be either seamless or welded.
  • Hydraulic line pipes. Fuel line and hydraulic system pipes tend to have smaller diameters. They require high strength and are generally made from austenitic steel.
  • Sanitary pipes. Pipes for industries such as food, medical, pharmaceutical, and water treatment must meet sanitary standards. Stainless steel sanitary pipes are easy to clean and don’t tarnish.
  • Mechanical pipes. These pipes are used for bearings, cylinders, and other hollow parts. They are available in a variety of shapes, including cylindrical, square, and rectangular.

Stainless steel pipes and tubes are different and suit different use cases. When compared to tubes, pipes have both advantages and disadvantages.

  • Pros. Pipes cost less than tubes and can be made more quickly. Pipe sizing is standardized, so it’s easy to find the right fit for a project.
  • Cons. Pipe joints generally bend at 45° or 90° angles, and these sharp turns add turbulence to the fluid flow. Pipes also rely on relatively low-tech connecting and sealing techniques, which increases the chance of leaks.

Stainless steel pipes are useful in a variety of industries and applications, including:

  • Appliances
  • Furniture
  • Food processing
  • Grab bars
  • Handrails
  • Medical equipment
  • Pharmaceutical equipment
  • Restaurant equipment
  • Structural applications

Stainless Steel Pipes vs. Tubes

Pipes don’t come in standardized sizes, but they do come in a wide range of shapes. Pipes and tubes both carry fluid, and they’re similar enough that the terms are often used interchangeably. However, there are significant differences between pipes and tubes:

  • Pipe sizing focuses on the pipe’s capacity and interior diameter. Standard pipe sizes are measured using the nominal outside diameter sizing system.
  • Tube sizing is more concerned with structural strength, so tubes are measured based on their actual outside diameter and not the nominal outside diameter. This is especially important for applications that require narrow, precise widths, such as hypodermic tubing.

Stainless Steel Pipes From Stainless Shapes, Inc.

At Stainless Shapes, Inc., we offer stainless steel pipes in a range of grades. Some of our most common stainless steel pipe solutions include:

  • Seamless Pipe. The pipe is created by piercing the metal through the center to ensure the outer diameter has no weak points. This type of pipe is best for applications where the pipes will be exposed to corrosive media. 
  • Welded Pipe. Welded pipes are ideal for applications that require very long sections of pipe.

About Stainless Shapes, Inc.

Stainless Shapes, Inc. is a lead supplier of stainless steel tubes and pipes. We have 25 years of experience providing competitive prices, fast delivery, and top-notch customer service. We have sales offices in Illinois and Florida and the capacity to ship anywhere in the United States. We specialize in hard-to-locate and custom items—if we don’t have it or can’t create it, we’ll find it for you.

Stainless Shapes is ISO certified, and our metal distribution industry affiliations include the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Welding Society, the Association of Steel Distributors, and the FMA Tube and Pipe Association.

To find out more or request a quote, contact our Florida or Illinois offices today. We look forward to working with you!

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