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Guide to Stainless Steel Flanges and Fittings

When high durability and corrosion resistance are required, stainless steel flanges and fittings are often suitable choices. Stainless steel offers improved longevity over hot dip galvanized steel as it’s stronger and more corrosion-resistant. When selecting the appropriate stainless steel flanges and fittings, consider the specific manufacturing technique used to produce the stainless steel—the most common options are […]

Guide to DIN Flanges

In the United States, flange standards are set by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and American Water Works Association (AWWA) but a variety of international standards also apply to flanges outside the USA. Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN) is one such system that complies with European and International […]

Advantages of Grooved Piping Systems

A grooved piping system is a durable, long-lasting option that can often be used in areas where flanged connections or welding aren’t possible or convenient. Explore the benefits of a grooved piping system and learn how grooved pipe fittings can make installation quicker, easier, and more cost-effective. What Is a Grooved Piping System? A grooved piping system […]

How to Choose a Flange Distributor

Sourcing piping system components—from flanges to other standard and non-standard pipe fittings—is easier when you have a dedicated distributor. We cover the 5-key points on how to choose a flange distributor. Flange distributors should ensure you’re getting the right parts, and you should look for a supplier who offers attentive service and helps you get the best […]

Flange Facing Options and How to Choose

When choosing flanges, flange facing type and finish—in addition to flange material and class—are important considerations. Without the correct facing type and related options, your piping system may not meet the minimum requirements, leading to leakage or failure. How do facing type and finish affect flange performance? Explore this guide to flange facing types to learn […]

How Are Flanges Manufactured

Flanges are manufactured using three main techniques: casting, cutting from rolled plate material, or forging. No matter the technique, the basic flange production includes processing raw materials, then forming them to the appropriate specifications. Flanges are finished to meet the applicable standards for fit and seal, then flanges are packaged and shipped to the customer. […]

Common Uses and Features of Blind Pipe Flanges

Blinds are flanges without a center bore (hole or opening) and are available in both Raised Face (RF) and Flat Face (FF) styles. While most flange types create a connection point that allows the flow of liquid, gas, or air, blind flanges are used to seal the end of a piping system and prevent flow. Blind flanges […]

Beyond Flanges: Other Pipe Fittings & How They Are Used

When it comes to piping system needs, there’s more to consider than flanges alone. Other articles in our Resource Center cover flanges, but this article covers the other fittings used in a piping system. Pipe fittings and connectors are integral pieces of a complete system. Each pipe fitting or accessory must meet specific requirements for […]

How to Choose Pipe Flange Materials

Flange tolerances

When purchasing flanges, you must consider the flange material in addition to physical measurements and bolt hole alignment. The chemical composition and physical properties are important in determining whether a material will be appropriate for a given application. You can look to a combination of standards to guide your decision. What are the different types of […]

What are MTRs and How Do I Read Them?

A Mill Certification Report is a certified record of the physical and chemical properties of raw materials and is used in the metal industry—more specifically, for steel, stainless steel, and alloy materials. This quality assurance document certifies that the metal has been produced to meet the minimum requirements set by manufacturing standards, such as ANSI, […]

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