Choosing the right piping accessories and components will help ensure that your piping system is seamlessly supported. At Flextech Industries, we offer a range of different piping accessories that can be custom designed to meet your exact specifications.
Essential to the proper installation of expansion joints or pipe loops, guides and anchors for piping systems are designed to prevent pipes from buckling.
Guides work to allow certain axial movement in pipes, while restraining both lateral and angular movement. The amount and location of the piping guides required in your piping system will depend on the natural flexibility of the pipe and the pressure rating of the piping system.
Anchors are installed at each end of the piping system and are required to be stronger than the force needed to compress the joint. In some cases, depending on the pressure rating for the piping system, this force could be thousands of pounds.
Before installing guides and anchors in your piping system, refer to the Anchoring and Guiding for Piping Systems spec sheet for more information.
Pipe supports, also known as pipe hangers, are specifically designed to transfer the load of the pipe, including the weight of the pipe, the pipe contents, all the piping accessories, and the pipe covering, from the pipe to the supporting structures. While the basic function of piping system supports is to anchor, guide, absorb shock, and support a specified load, the overall design configuration for each pipe support assembly depends on the loading and operating conditions it will be used for. In some cases, such as in high or low temperature applications, pipe supports may also need to contain insulation materials.
Flanges are a method of connecting pipes, valves, pumps, and other equipment to form a complete piping system, while still providing easy access for cleaning, inspection, or modification. Usually welded or screwed into place, flanged joints are constructed from two flanges bolted together with a gasket in between in order to create a tight seal.
Gaskets are a crucial element in piping systems that use flanges, as gaskets need to be placed between flanges to create a strong seal, stopping leaks and providing greater reliability. As with all other types of piping accessories, selecting the correct type of gasket and ensuring that it is installed correctly plays a significant role in the overall performance and life expectancy of a piping system.
If you would like to learn more about the different types of piping accessories and components, or if you are interested in one of our services or products (expansion joints, industrial dampers, flexible hoses, or piping accessories), please contact Flextech Industries at the location nearest you or by filling out a form on our website.