For large waterworks projects for residential and commercial projects, for municipal water treatment facilities or water systems, using the correct material provides a safe, effective and durable option for portable as well as industrial water supplies.
One of the most common choices for both water as well as for industrial processing applications, including in the food and beverage production industry, is the use of stainless steel pipe fittings. Stainless steel offers several advantages over other materials that make it an ideal match for many different operations.
The first thing that comes to mind for most people when discussing stainless steel pipe fittings is the corrosion resistance of the material. This is not just important for resistance to corrosion by water or materials through the system, but also resistance to corrosion from cleaning and sanitizing chemicals that may be used in processing, particularly in the food and beverage industry.
Ability to Withstand Temperatures
Stainless steel is ideal for all types of manufacturing and processing plants because it is one of the metals that is able to easily withstand extreme temperatures. This includes both elevated temperatures in boilers and heating systems as well as in chemical or production applications.
Stainless steel pipe fittings can also be used for extremely cold temperature applications. While this is less common, this is often the fitting of choice for use in cryogenic applications.
Stainless steel is also a good choice for pressure resistance and the ability to continue to have a clean, bright appearance even after years of use. This is of importance in many processing industries where it is essential for the component to be easily visibly checked for both structural integrity as well as cleanliness.
While stainless steel is not the lowest cost option, it is the best choice where durability, long life cycles and ease of use and installation is important with the fittings.
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