Pipe is used to carry a variety of materials in an industrial or manufacturing setting. Whether the pipe is transporting a liquid or a gas, the right fittings will be required to help customize the layout of the pipe network.
Choosing the right pipe fittings requires that you understand how each of the various fittings available on the market can impact your pipe network. This information lets you make an educated choice when selecting pipe fittings that will help you construct the best pipeline possible.
Tees and Crosses
Some of the most basic pipe fittings that you should consider incorporating into the design of your pipeline are tees and crosses. These fittings are designed to allow for the division of a single stream of gas or liquid.
Tees and crosses can be very beneficial when you need to supply multiple pieces of equipment within a warehouse or production facility with the liquid or gas being carried in your pipeline. You can install a tee or cross to direct some of the contents of the pipe from the main pipeline to your individual pieces of equipment.
Another basic type of fitting that you will probably want to utilize when constructing a pipeline in your facility is the elbow. Traditional pipe comes in straight sections, so elbows allow for curves or bends in the pipeline.
Elbows have two opening situated at either 45 or 90 degree angles from one another. You can maximize the use of space within your facility by using elbows to keep the path of a pipeline contained.
Plugs or Caps
All sections of pipe are open at both ends. This allows liquid or gas to flow freely. These openings can present a challenge when you have reached the end of your pipeline. Caps and plugs are used to seal off pipes so that the flow of liquid or gas is contained.
A cap is utilized for pipes carrying liquids or gases with very little pressure. Caps don't have threads and can easily be blown off the end of the pipe by highly pressurized contents. A plug does have threads and is the better option for sealing off pipelines carrying pressurized contents.
Pipe fittings are essential when customizing the pathway and performance of your pipeline. Be sure that you are familiar with the many types of fittings available on the market so that you can choose the fitting whose design best meets your unique pipeline needs.