Updated: Sep 23
Buyers face numerous complexities in the process of procuring pipes. There is a lot of published information, specifications and likely gives confusion to purchasers.
These challenges include selecting from a variety of available products, understanding the most suitable options for the required application. On top of this, we consider acquiring pipes that not only adhere to industry standards but also align with the regulatory constraints set forth by governmental bodies and customer requirements.
In this guide, we'll walk you through the key considerations when buying steel pipes, by understanding all the information that should be included in a purchase order.
Size and Dimensions: Accurate measurements and specifications are essential to ensure the pipes fit your project's needs perfectly. Basic dimensions such as diameter, thickness, weight and length needs to be determined.
Pipe Sizes: Please refer to our blog “A Deeper Understanding to Pipe Sizes and Pressure Ratings” for additional information.
Material Selection: Selecting the appropriate steel grade is vital. Factors such as corrosion resistance, strength, and temperature tolerance should influence your choice. Each classification and type of steel pipe has suitable areas of application, dominant features, and inferiorities. Please read our blog "What to Look for When Choosing Steel Pipes?" to learn more.
End Connections: Decide on the type of end connections, such as threaded, welded, or flanged, based on your installation requirements.
Requirement for Protective Coating: Corrosion poses a significant and expensive danger as it leads to the oxidation of metal surfaces, potentially damaging entire structures. This problem can result in critical consequences, including the collapse of bridges and buildings, pipeline failures, chemical plant leaks, and other structures.
It's crucial to note that not all types of steel offer the same level of corrosion resistance. The good news is that there are various finishing methods available to enhance steel's ability to withstand corrosion. Some corrosion protection approaches include the use of sacrificial anodes, painting, galvanization and the use of tape wrap.
To learn more about steel corrosion please refer to our blog "How Steel Corrodes?"
Quality and Standards: Ensure the pipes meet industry standards and are of high quality. Look for certifications and conduct necessary tests.
Budget Consideration: Balancing quality and cost is critical. Determine a budget that allows for high-quality pipes without overstretching your finances.
Supplier Research: The high demand for steel products also paved the way for many business owners to venture into manufacturing and trading different steel products that will cater to various requirements from different industries.
Currently, there is great competition in the market in steel manufacturing and supply. Ask the necessary questions to a steel supplier before buying a steel product for your project.
Choose a reputable supplier with a track record of providing quality steel pipes. Read reviews and seek recommendations.
Environmental Factors: If your project involves challenging environmental conditions, select pipes that can withstand them.
By following this guide, you'll be well-equipped to make informed decisions when buying steel pipes. Remember that the right choice of steel pipes is essential for the success and durability of your project.
When uncertainty arises, it is advisable to seek guidance from an engineer and reference the established industry standards that regulate your specific application.
ESC can offer a wide range of Pipe Piles at various steel grades, thicknesses, and sizes. With our expertise in logistics, we have delivered Pipe Piles at over 100mT a piece and 100m length directly to project sites halfway around the world.
Feel free to reach out to us to discuss your inquiries or address any concerns you may have. If you're ready to inquire into the details or request a quotation, don't hesitate to get in touch, and we'll be happy to provide you with the information you need.