The Intro Guide to Dissimilar Metals

Ever wonder why steel wool rusts when it’s left sitting on a stainless steel sink? Ever notice how aluminum foil covering lasagna will be eaten away if it’s wrapped around a steel pan?

Both are examples of what can happen when you put dissimilar...

4 Questions to Ask Your Pipe Support Manufacturer

Manufacturing can seem like a massive, automated industry. After all, it contributed more than $2 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2018. However, when you’re making a deal with a manufacturer, you’ll want the experience to be personal.

We...

How to Prevent Galvanic Corrosion Between Carbon and Stainless Steel

You’ve probably been warned about building with dissimilar metals such as carbon steel and stainless steel; there’s good reason. This mistake has been the cause of major catastrophes, like the Santa Barbara oil spill.

Still, you don’t have to...

5 Ways to Prevent Pipe Corrosion

If you’re working on an engineering project, the dread of pipe corrosion probably keeps you up at night. And we’re right there with you. The global cost of corrosion has been estimated at $2.5 trillion.

Beyond the astronomical cost, corrosion can...

4 Things to Keep in Mind When Installing Your U-Bolt

We know, we know. It’s just a bolt. What could go wrong, right?

The cold, hard reality is that an improperly installed U-bolt can be more than just a nuisance. It can cause injuries, destroy projects, and turn into costly unplanned shutdowns. In...

Funnion with Trunnions!

APP Manufacturing of Houston are the makers of pipe systems support accessories; one of which is a pipe trunnion. To the professionals at APP this is an important function of the piping systems and without it the system cannot work.

Stanchions, Smanchions!

There are many types of stanchions. These supports can be lightweight, upright posts that hold retractable belts and ropes (like the ones keeping you in line at the post office or theater) or they may be the stands used for signs and banners, or...

We're No Dummy (Leg)!

Asking about the purpose of a dummy leg can evoke many responses but none are more fascinating than how essential dummy legs are in the piping industry. In fact, as with most “legs” or support devices, a dummy leg can be a critical component to...

The Unsung Heroes of Piping Supports

Everyone knows a piping system when they see one. However, knowing that pipelines carry fluid or gases from Point A to Points B and C is only half the story. What about those unassuming supporting roles played by stanchions and trunnions? Also,...

What is stainless steel and what makes it so special?

 

Stainless steel is a product so common in our lives that we seldom think about it. No matter how you spend your day, you are likely to be in contact with stainless steel. This metal alloy is so prevalent that the single word “stainless” is...