You see these massive industrial pipes in factories and running from oil rigs to refineries all the time. Some pipes are so large that people could crawl inside of them. You may also see pipes joined by flanges and wonder why flanges are used rather than joining pipe to pipe like the pipes under your kitchen sink. Here are three good reasons why flanges are used to join industrial pipe to industrial pipe.
1. No Flanges Means More Chances of Leaks
Pipes come loose, and they will leak. That happens a lot, regardless of the diameter of the pipe or what the pipe is used for. With pipes as large as the ones in factories and the oil industry, you definitely do not want leaks at all. Flanges help prevent leaks by forming a very tight seal between connecting pieces of pipe. Where waterproof stainless flange squares are concerned, you can connect pipe to a building or pipe to a holding tank with zero leaks.
2. Flanges Are Bolted Tightly Together
Where you have one flange, you usually have another. Both flanges meet and connect, often flat against each other or fitted together in a way that prevents fluids from seeping out. The flanges are then tightly bolted together. Some flanges are even welded together after they are bolted together, creating a permanent way of securing two pieces of pipe together. Nothing short of a welder's torch could separate the flanges or the two pipes after that.
3. Pipes Break Down, Rust, or Corrode
Pipes break down, rust, or corrode, depending on the type of pipe material a company uses. It means that they frequently have to replace pipes over time. Stainless steel flanges do not rust, corrode, or break down, and the waterproof types can be used outdoors without worry or concern for how long they will last. Ergo, you could join pipe to flange, flange to flange, and another flange to pipe for a seamless, waterproof, airtight, rust-proof, corrosion-proof, and durable-under-pressure joint.
If you work in an industrial plant or oil refinery, and you want flange connections on most or all pipes, the conversion is not that difficult. Buy the right kinds of flanges for the pipes and connections you currently have. Then have an industrial plumber install the flanges between each section of pipe throughout the plant.
To learn more, contact your local industrial equipment suppliers today.