There are few things as ubiquitous in our society as metal pipe and tubing, specifically steel. In fact, it is used in so many different ways and applications that you most likely don’t even notice it on a daily basis because it is so prevalent in everything around us.
The Reasons We Use Steel
Steel has been around in one form or another for much of modern society, even dating back to earlier civilizations in the form of iron to create horseshoes, weapons, and tools that people could use for daily chores and tasks. Over time the process evolved to include the addition of elements such as carbon, manganese, phosphorus, sulfur, silicon, and even small amounts of nitrogen and aluminum. Today steel producers also add other metal and elements to increase the hardness, tensile strength, and other characteristics depending on the application.
The Many Uses for Steel Tubing
There is a wide variety of steel tubing sizes and shapes available, ranging from very small diameters to diameters wide enough to support buildings, create oil pipelines, and more. Steel is preferred over other metals for things that require long-term durability and strength. It can withstand corrosion and rust much better than other metals, even if it is exposed to the outdoors and the elements. In addition, exposure to heat does not change the makeup of steel, so it is widely used for construction or other applications that need fire-resistant materials.
The most common areas where metal pipe and tubing are used include:
· Pipelines to carry oil, gas, water, and chemicals
· Heavy machinery parts
· Food processing (since it’s easy to clean and keep sterile)
· Medical and Pharmaceutical applications
· The Auto industry
· Marine applications
· Dock piles
· Road bore casings
Buying Metal Tubing
Stainless steel tubing comes in such a wide variety of sizes and shapes to suit any project specifications, and when you buy it from Wasatch Steel, you get great selection plus a great price. We always have surplus steel, used tubing, and even excess prime that is like new available for lower costs than you could find it from places that only stock prime steel.
The biggest difference between excess prime (or surplus steel) metal tubing, and prime (or new) metal tubing is often just the way it looks. If prime tubing is exposed to water or other elements and loses some of its shiny appearance, some companies can no longer use it for its intended purpose. They are forced to sell it secondhand to metal companies like Wasatch Steel, which means you can get metal pipe that is nearly new for a fraction of the cost to purchase prime.
A Reputation for Excellence and Service
You can find seamless and welded tubing, and no matter what you are planning to use it for, we can cut it to your exact size while you wait. Wasatch Steel is built on a reputation of customer service and our helpful staff will work to get you the order you need right away, no matter how big or small your order is. We won’t make you wait hours, or even days, to get the tubing cut to the right size, we’ll do it on the spot or as quickly as we can to get you back to work.