Published by Texas Metal & Iron
Working with Stainless Steel Tubing
It’s no secret that being a coastal city, Houston has its share of problems arising from salt wind and humidity-induced corrosion. It’s why having specialty stainless steel tubing is a must in many industries that are both directly in contact with a salty environment, such as shipping and offshore drilling, as well as those that aren’t, such as manufacturing.
Here’s a quick look at how you can best work with stainless steel tubing to ensure your operations are a success:
The Challenges of Stainless Steel Tubing
Stainless steel has its very obvious advantages, but they’re advantages that come with some significant challenges. The two foremost being:
Stainless steel hardens the more you work with it. This makes it essential to keep as few bends as necessary when shaping tubing. Stainless steel must be kept sterile throughout construction as it is easily contaminated.
Quick & Clean Cuts
Because of the first challenge, stainless steel tubing must be cut quickly, cleanly, and accurately. It’s why we only keep the sharpest and highest quality cutting tools at our facility.
Plan Out All Bends
This is not a material that should be used for an impromptu project. We request clients needing stainless steel tubing to have their needs thoroughly mapped out to ensure precision first. Because stainless steel hardens the more it gets bent, too much re-working can create a significant safety issue.
Flaring for Best Fits
Creating a flared end is the most popular way for joining pipe fittings. But it is once again important for clients to know the correct design before the process begins. The tube must be first chamfered and deburred to allow the tube to roll over for a smooth edge before applying the correct flaring tool.