Pipe fabrication is an umbrella term for the different processes used to assemble individual piping components into engineered piping systems in accordance with customer design requirements. While the exact components employed vary from project to project, typical parts include pipes, elbows, tees, and flanges. Additionally, the processes utilized by the fabricator can differ, but generally includes:
- Piping material storage and handling
- Material cleaning and cutting
- Welding and threading
- Inspection and testing
- Finishing (such as painting or coating)
As a number of industries require piping networks—such as the oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical, and construction industries—piping fabrication plays an essential role in the industrial sector. Furthermore, it is critical that fabricators ensure the quality of their fabrication operations to minimize accidents and optimize piping system performance.
Types of Fabrication We Provide
At Carolina Process Piping, we offer a variety of shop or on-site fabrication services, including:
- Miter Fabrication. This process allows us to cut elbows at various angles (typically 45 degrees). It is suitable for producing components for piping and tubing systems where pressure drop is not a critical factor.
- Cutting Elbows. We also offer elbows with non-standard angles (i.e., not 45 or 90 degrees). We cut these non-standard elbows from standard stock.
- Pipe Branches Fabrication. For systems that call for pipe branches, we offer direct welding capabilities for attaching branch pipes to header pipes, including creating hole cutting profiles for header pipes and cut back profiles for branch pipes.
- Pipe Joining. We offer any and all pipe joining methods, including for mechanical joints, chemical processes, and product lines.
- Piping Welding. Once all the pipe components are prepared, we weld them together • utilizing a variety of welding methods, including orbital automatic welding suitable for high purity applications.
Types of Installation We Perform
Installation operations involve a variety of processes designed to ensure that pipe fittings run smoothly, including selecting and preparing components, joining them together, and assessing and repairing leaks.
At Carolina Process Piping, we specialize in fabricating and installing piping systems for clients in the pharmaceutical, nutritional, chemical, and personal care industries. However, our experienced team has the knowledge and skills to install all types of piping material across a broad range of industrial applications, including for threaded, welded, and flanged pipe fittings.
To ensure the construction of a fully functional, complete piping system, we offer equipment setting and layout assistance during the initial design stage, partner with design and controls engineers, and maintain communication with them during the build stage. This attention to detail allows us to tailor a system to a client’s unique needs.
Upon client request, we also provide full documentation on the system’s testing and inspection results, safety, OSHA compliance, and EMR ratings.
Materials We Work With
Our team can work with virtually all piping materials, including:
- All of the major steels, including carbon steel and stainless steel
- Exotic stainless steel alloys (e.g., super austenitic, AL6XN, and Hastelloy)
Other Fabrication and Installation Processes
In addition to the services we offer, other fabrication and installation processes used for piping and tubing systems include:
- Blueprint reading
- CAD drawing
- MIG, TIG, and SMAW welding
- Plasma arc cutting
- Supports and hanger installation
- Tube bending
- Valve installation and repair
Contact Carolina Process Piping Today
At Carolina Process Piping, we provide shop and on-site fabrication and installation capabilities for custom piping and tubing systems. We also offer maintenance and supply personnel on an as-needed basis. Our dedication to maintaining open communication with our design and engineering teams means that you’ll never need to worry about your project’s integrity or schedule.
To learn more about our fabrication and installation services or to receive a quote for partnering with our team on your next project, contact us today.