Mechanical piping refers to the system of pipes and components used to transport fluids, such as water, steam, natural gas, and chemicals. Piping plays a crucial role in a facility’s ability to transport these fluids where they are needed in a safe manner.
Types of Mechanical Piping
There are several types of mechanical piping, each serving a specific purpose in commercial and industrial settings. Here are some of the most common types of mechanical piping:
Steam Piping: Steam piping is used to transport steam generated by boilers. This steam is used in various applications from heating to cooking to sterilization and much more.
- Natural Gas Piping: Natural gas piping is used to transport natural gas from municipalities to equipment. This is used as a fuel source in many commercial and industrial facilities.
- Process Piping: Process piping is used to transport chemicals and other fluids that are used in the manufacturing process.
- Water Piping: Water piping is used to transport hot and cold water to various parts of a facility, such as heating and cooling systems.
- HVAC Piping: HVAC piping is used to transport air and other gases in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
Piping can be made from a variety of materials, depending on the specific requirements of the facility. The most common materials used are:
- Carbon Steel: Carbon steel is a durable and cost-effective material that is commonly used in mechanical piping.
- Stainless Steel: Stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion and is often used in facilities where the fluids being transported are highly corrosive.
- Copper: Copper is a good conductor of heat and electricity and is often used in piping for heating and cooling systems.
- PVC: PVC is a lightweight and cost-effective material that is commonly used for water and air systems.
Pipe fittings are used to connect and control the flow of fluids through the mechanical system. There are several types of pipe fittings, including:
- Elbows: Elbows are used to change the direction of the pipe.
- Tees: Tees are used to split the flow of fluid in two directions.
- Reducers: Reducers are used to connect pipes of different sizes.
- Couplings: Couplings are used to connect two pipes.
Pipefitters vs. Welders
Pipefitters and welders are both involved in the installation and maintenance of piping systems. However, their roles are different. Pipefitters are responsible for cutting, bending, and installing pipes and pipe fittings, while welders are responsible for joining the pipes together using welding techniques.
Our Mechanical Piping Solutions
Our piping solutions are tailored to meet the specific needs of each project. We provide a wide range of services. This includes pipe welding and installation and design of:
- Steam piping
- Natural gas piping
- Process piping
- Hot and chilled water piping
- All other mechanical piping.
We have wide-ranging expertise in commercial, industrial, and institutional piping. We can design systems to handle a number of different fluids under different pressures and conditions. Our experts can install piping systems in highly congested areas, ensuring that our clients’ facilities are operating at peak efficiency.