Stainless steel tubing, or SS tubing, is a hollow, cylindrical metal form used as equipment components or as the medium through which fluids or gas pass. Manufacturers employ welding or seamless tubing procedures to produce stainless steel pipes and tubing. SS tubes are used in the medical, dental, automotive, petrochemical and semiconductor industries, among others.
Penn Stainless Products
Penn Stainless Products offers extensive inventory of light and heavy gauge, seamless and welded, stainless steel tubing. They offer various alloys cut to exact dimensions as well as fittings and made-to orders. They provide full service centers with locations across the country so that they are able to meet even the most challenging non-standard wall thicknesses, OD's, lengths and chemistries.
Long Island City, NY
Metalmen are nationwide and global distributors of numerous stainless steel tubing products. Over 30 years experience means expert market advice and complete metalworking as a custom response supplier fully equipped to answer any specs. Large inventory available for overnight deliveries. Fully Certified - Quality Control Oriented. Non-standards and small quantities welcomed!
Falcon Stainless & Alloys Corporation
A division of the Falcon Metals Group, Falcon Stainless & Alloys is a worldwide distributor of numerous metals and alloys specializing in hard to find grades and sizes. Capabilities including cutting, polishing, threading and more ensure Falcon has the type of product for your applications. For your next stainless steel tubing order, they have what you need.
Eagle Stainless Tube & Fabrication, Inc.
Eagle Stainless Tube & Fabrication is a leading distributor of stainless steel tubing, thin wall tubing, small diameter tubing, precision tubing and nickel tubing. We provide our customers both products and services in order to meet or exceed expectations, ISO 9001:2000/AS 9000 certified. We serve the medical, aerospace and high tech industries. Being "the best" has always reflected our attitude.
Pompton Plains, NJ
When you need specialty metals, "run of the mill products" or "hard to find" alloys, contact Metal Associates. No order is too large or small and we offer a number of products including stainless steel tubing, amongst others and provide a wide range of materials. When these are combined with our machining capabilities ensure we have the solution to your unique challenge.
View A Video on Stainless Steel Tubing - A Quick IntroductionStainless steel tubing is used in applications ranging from and dental implants medical instruments, such as hypodermic tubing like syringes and hypodermic needles, to hydraulic systems, fuel lines and engine conduits. The paper and pulp industry has become increasingly reliant on stainless steel pipes and stainless steel tubes because of the corrosive and aggressive fluids used in the process of paper making. Manufacturers produce different variations of stainless tubing and piping, including stainless steel pipe fittings, which are pipe attachments, corrugated stainless steel tubing which is flexible and made with a PVC outer layer, stainless steel square tubing, which is an alternative to the usual round shape, and seamless stainless steel pipe, which, because of their manufacturing process, are more pressure resistant compared to welded pipes.
steel, through heating and cooling applications.
- A form of annealing in which the level of atmospheric gas is reduced in order to remove surface oxides from the surface of the stainless steel and to prevent discoloration during the annealing process. This process is responsible for the bright, shiny appearance associated with stainless steel.
- The internal pressure limit of stainless steel tubing at which point the tube material will expand to the point of deformation or bursting.
- A cold forming process, commonly used in tube and pipe diameter reduction, in which a tube is drawn through a carbide die. The diameter of the emerging stainless steel tube or stainless steel pipe reflects the size of the die.
- A characteristic of a welded stainless steel tubing in which wall thickness remains consistent throughout the stainless steel tubing, and the inside and outside diameter centers are equivalent to one another.
- The decay of metals by chemical agents, which convert them to nonmetallic products. Stainless steel has a passive film created by the presence of chromium and often other alloying elements, such as nickel and molybdenum, that resists this process.
- The depth of bend or the sweep of the arc. The minimum degree of bend is about five degrees, while the maximum degree of bend in rotary-draw bending is 180 degrees.
- The testing of stainless steel tubing properties, such as tensile strength, yield strength, hardness, burst pressure and bending.
- A characteristic of seamless tubing in which wall thickness is not consistent throughout the tube.
- A characteristic of tubular products that is measured on samples of tubing using a standard Rockwell Penetrator and recording the results on the Rockwell "B" scale. Hardness is the direct result of annealing temperatures and material properties; in general, as the hardness number increases, both tensile and yield strengths increase along with a corresponding decrease in elongation (ductility).
- A test in which water is introduced into the stainless steel tubing at high pressure levels in order to test for holes and porous parts. Because hydrostatic testing is a nondestructive test, the water pressure level does not surpass the stainless steel tubing yield strength.
- A term that refers to the diameter of the interior portion of stainless steel tubing and pipes. The measurement of the stainless steel tube or stainless steel pipe is not included in I.D.
- A pipe specification system that associates certain nominal pipe diameters with standardized wall thickness called "schedules." The same schedule number will have a different fixed decimal inch value for each nominal diameter.
- A term that refers to the diameter of the exterior portion of
stainless steel tubing and pipes. The tube or pipe is included in the O.D. measurement.
- A quantitative measurement of how "round" a tube is, which is derived by comparing width to height. Limits of ovality are specified on the appropriate ASTM specification of a product.
- The creation of a passive oxide layer on stainless steel, which is responsible for the high corrosion resistance of stainless steel used in stainless steel tubing.
- The impurities remaining in mini-mill stainless steels, which result from the wide variety of metals entering the process.
- The creation of stainless steel tubing through the use of a piercing mill. During the process, a round blank is pierced to produces the stainless steel tubing, which produces inconsistency in wall thickness throughout the tube that can be fixed through secondary operations.
- The creation of stainless tubes through roll forming and fusing the stainless steel along a seam. Welding provides consistency throughout the stainless steel tubing.