Stainless steel pipe fittings are used to connect steel pipes. Tapered threads are cut into the end of the pipe, sealant is applied in the form of thread-sealing compound or thread seal tape (which is also known as PTFE or Teflon tape), and a pipe wrench is used to thread the pipe into a threaded fitting. Stainless steel fittings benefit from the metals strength, resistance to corrosion and ease of cleaning.
Stainless steel pipe fittings are often used in buildings to convey natural gas or propane fuel, or in plumbing systems. They are a popular choice in fire sprinkler systems due to their resistance to mechanical damage and intense heat. Stainless steel solder fittings are used in many industries, including those which require pipes and fittings to transport and come in contact with food, beverages, or other products, and thus have strict hygiene practices. These include the food, dairy, brewing, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.
Threaded fittings made with stainless steel take advantage of the metal’s strength, resistance to corrosion and ease of cleaning.
Different types of stainless steel threaded fittings include: