Stock Services 2016 – The Year Ahead.

Stock Services 2016

After a very difficult year in 2015, Stock Services will continue to hold stock of fittings and flanges in our UK warehouse facility.

We have realigned all our prices to the current market levels (weeps) and are fully replenishing our Seamless Butt Weld Fittings.

 

What’s the plan for 2016…the ‘short term?’

We realised last year that we need to be able to offer a bigger range of products to be successful.

This year we are going to focus on increasing our range of products that we can supply to include the below:

  • Seamless and Welded pipes and tubes
  • Fittings in Welded and Seamless construction
  • Flanges in pressure ratings of 150#, 300# and 600#

All of these products, and full stock availability, will be shown on our online catalogue very soon. In the meantime please send us your enquiries as normal.

 

More airfreight jobs.

We are still supplying goods by airfreight, and took many orders in the run up to Christmas from new and old customers.

We are being most successful supplying large fittings both in seamless and welded construction and large uncommonly held flanges.

Don’t miss out on a potential order due to difficulty sourcing flanges and fittings, we can often have these items manufactured and delivered in 15-35 days. Uncommon grades, sizes and schedules are no problem for us 🙂

Image of Large Fittings and Flanges delivered by STOCK SERVICES by Air freight
Large Fittings and Flanges delivered by Airfreight | Stock Services | Typical delivery 15-35 days

 

Medium term – The website/shop.

We are going to be redeveloping our website significantly in the coming 3-4 months and making some big improvements for you the customer.

The new website will allow users:

  • To log on quickly and easily
  • Request quotations for a larger range of products than currently offered
  • Save or revalidate your historic quotations
  • View your order history online
  • View/download your test certificates and invoices
  • You will even be able to place your orders online if you like

We will send out more updates about the website, before it goes live, and hope that some of you can help us with a bit of ‘constructive feedback’ on the test site, before the live version comes out later in the year.

 

2016 – A year of opportunity perhaps?

If 2015 was a difficult year for anyone who had an involvement within the petrochemical industry, it is highly likely that 2016 will be even more challenging. With that in mind we would like to thank all our customers for the support they have given us last year, and wish you all a successful year in 2016.

We plan to continue to make it easy for you to do business with us, so keep us in mind with your enquiries for stock and difficult to source items.

Good luck…and thanks for reading.

Seamless pipes

Seamless Pipes available from Stock Services

Are you looking for stock of stainless steel seamless pipes in grades 304/L, 316/L or 310?

Stock Services are now offering SEAMLESS stainless steel pipes to compliment our range of Stainless Steel fittings and Flanges that we stock in Birmingham U.K.

Stock Services are now offering seamless pipes in 304/L and 316/L
Seamless Pipes of Indian origin available on lead times of 3-4 days

Stock Services are a UK based Stockholder of Fittings and Flanges of multiple Origins – Our stock Materials are from China, India, Malaysia and Western European Origins.

What Pipes can we offer?

Stock Services can offer stock of seamless pipe and tubes in a variety of grades from 1/2 NPS up to and including 12 NPS. Stock material wall thicknesses include Sch 10S, Sch 40S, Sch 80S, Sch 160 and Sch XXS.

Tubes are offered with bright annealed surface condition up to 2″ and annealed and pickled above.

  • Stock Services can offer pipes in grades 304/L, 316/L and 310 as well as Duplex grades UNS S31803 and UNS S32750 & UNS S32760.
  • All our pipes come with 3.1 test certification free of charge.
  • Deliveries can be made worldwide by SEA or AIR freight as well as on standard carriers
  • We can also arrange for products to be packed in ISPM 15 Heat treated wooden cases for importation purposes.
  • Collections can be made via appointment from our premises in Birmingham
  • We can also offer non standard piping in cut lengths, or with specific wall thicknesses.

 

Seamless Pipes Image | Stock Services 2015
Seamless pipes leaving Stock Services 2015

What else can we offer you?

We also stock:

  • Seamless and Welded fittings in grades 304/L, 316/L and UNS S31803
  • EN1092-1 and ASME Flanges in the same grades.

We have over 70,000 pieces of stock available for delivery worldwide. Materials can be packed for collection or despatch the same day as an order is placed saving you time. Try us out for your requests. We can also produce non standard fittings and flanges on quick lead times, and ship goods by AIR freight or SEA freight from both European and Non European manufacturers.

Our full current stock range is shown on our website which you can access by clicking here.

 

Stock Services warehouse image - Stainless Steel fittings, flanges, pipes and tubes
Stock Services warehouse – Stainless Steel fittings, flanges, pipes and tubes available from stock.

Flanges – Tips for an easy life.

The Golden Rules of Stainless Steel Flange supply

Flanges are amongst the most critical components in a pipeline. They are used as connections for pumps, valves, strainers etc. and for pipework which has to be regularly dis-assembled and re-assembled.

It is critical that the correct flanges are supplied that can cope with the pressure of the system and are compatible with all the components which are connected in the pipeline. A flange is specified by the nominal pipe size and the pressure rating. However, there are distinctly different types of flanges depending on the plant design. In the offshore, petro-chemical, power and nuclear power industries they are generally designed in the USA, UK or Germany. There are of course flanges required for the paper pulp, water, brewery industries etc. but the rules of suitability remain the same.

Those who are regularly involved in the buying and selling of flanges, will be all too aware of how easy it is to supply the wrong flange if the correct questions are not asked. In this short piece we outline the do’s to supply the correct flange which will avoid delay, frustration and most importantly costly mistakes!

Listed is a short tick list of the relevant questions for the correct identification of a flange

Golden rules for flange identification

  1. Stainless Steel Grade: 304L, 316L, 1.4306, 1.4404, 31803, 254SMO, UNS 31254 etc.
  2. Pipe Size: NB (Nominal Bore), NPS (Nominal Pipe Size), DN (Diameter Nominal)
  3. Dimensional specification: ASME B16.5, EN1092-1, BS4504, BS10, API605 etc.
  4. Pressure Ratings: 150#, PN16, Table E etc.
  5. Type of Face: RF (Raise Face), FF (Flat Face), RTJ (Ring Type Joint) etc.
  6. Quantity Required

Remember

  • There is no such thing as a ‘better grade’ of steel, and a higher price does not mean better quality or performance. Instead steel is manufactured to internationally recognised specifications to fulfil a particular application. Material grades may or may not be interchangeable, but it is essential that the grade of steel is fit for purpose. You must find out exactly what grade of material is acceptable before supplying or purchasing a stainless steel flange.
  • Flanges of different dimensional specifications and pressure ratings are not interchangeable.
Image of Stock Services Chris Price puzzling over a weld neck flange.
What’s this then? I think it is written on the side Chris?

Flange manufacturing materials

Dimensions Base Material Pressure Rating
ASME B16.5 ASTM A182 (Forgings) ASTM A240 (Plate) 150#. 300#. 400#. 600#. 900#. 1500#. 2500#.
API 605 ASTM A182 (Forgings) ASTM A240 (Plate) 150#. 300#. 400#. 600#. 900#. 1500#. 2500#.
ASME B16.47series A & B ASTM A182 (Forgings) ASTM A240 (Plate) 150#. 300#. 400#. 600#. 900#. 1500#. 2500#.
EN1092-1 ASTM A182 (Forgings) PN2.5. PN6. PN10. PN16. PN25. PN40. PN63. PN100. PN160. PN250. PN320. PN400.
BS4504 BS970 (Bar)ASTM A240 (Plate) ASTM A182 (Forgings) PN2.5. PN6. PN10. PN16. PN25. PN40. PN63. PN100. PN160.
BS10 BS970 (Bar)ASTM A240 (Plate) ASTM A182 (Forgings) Table D. Table E. Table F. Table H. Table J. Table K. Table R. Table S. Table T.

 

Typical Stainless Steel 18/8 Grade Designations

ASTM BS DIN EURONORM
304 304S15 X5 Cr Ni 18 10 1.4301
304L 304S11 X2 Cr Ni 18 9 1.4307
316 316S31 X5 Cr Ni Mo 17 12 2 1.4401
316L 316S11 X2 Cr Ni Mo 17 13 2 1.4404
321 321S31 X6 Cr Ni 18 10 1.4541
316Ti 320S31 X6 Cr Ni Mo Ti 17 12 2 1.4571
SMO 254SMO X1 Cr Ni Mo Cu N 20 18 7 1.4547

 

The information contained in this article is intended to help you to supply the correct flanges contained in the golden rules. It is not intended as a comprehensive guide to all the flanges that are available.

IF YOU ARE NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION TO SUPPLY THE CORRECT FLANGE ALWAYS REFER BACK TO THE CLIENT AND THE SPECIFICATION.

Should you like to send you next enquiry for stainless steel flanges to Stock Services, please send us an email.

Large PN flanges available on quick manufacture times
It’s another flange…a little bigger than the last.