With new option in plastics and composite types of materials, there are options for fittings, pipe, tubing, and components in sanitary and hygienic types of systems and processes. However, when it comes to durability and ease of use, stainless steel tube fittings are still the option that most people select.
Stainless steel has long been used in sanitary processes. It is highly resistant to corrosion, it can tolerate high and low temperatures for both the media as well as the ambient environment, and it is a long-lasting option. Stainless steel can also be treated to provide increased corrosion resistance and surface hardening, further adding to the durability and safety factor of this choice in components.
Choosing Quality Fittings
Not all stainless steel tube fittings are made using the same type of precision control of tolerances and adherence to industry standards, including FDA and 3A compliance. Taking the time to ensure any of the fittings, tubing, pipe, or other components in the system are designed and manufactured to meet these standards is critical.
Working with a top US-based supplier for sanitary processes is a wise decision. The supplier works directly with top manufacturers in the industry and ensures that materials they sell meet the standards expected by their customers and are all 304/316 grade stainless steel.
Accurate measurement in all types of stainless steel tube fittings from check valves and quarter-turn valves to elbows, Ts and adaptors for sizing up or down to different tubing and pipe sizes is essential. This can save delays in having to reorder, and also reduce downtime on the system.
Finally, consider the options for attaching the fittings to the tube or pipe. While threaded is ideal for systems where breakdown for cleaning, maintenance, or repairs is necessary, welding fittings provide a more secure, leak-reducing option when a breakdown of the system is not a concern.