If you’re in need of pipes for industries such as oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical, renewable energy, mining, etc., it’s important to do your research to ensure that you are choosing the right materials, supplier and services. You will need unparalleled service, effective solutions and on-time delivery. Pipes are used for everything from drilling to fencing to fiber-optics. So research pipe suppliers and keep the following in mind:
First make sure that they offer the materials you need. Common pipe materials include steel, nickel, aluminum and carbon. There are various methods of manufacture such as seamless, extruded, structural, welded, cold drawn, hot drawn, etc. Depending on industry requirements, you might need a standard mill finish or polish. Some companies have direct contact with the mills, meaning you will save time and money with discounts direct from the manufacturer.
Pipe suppliers should have a good reputation. Sometimes finding a historic company that’s been around for a long time or a family-owned business can give you peace of mind knowing you are dealing with experienced and professional people. Figure out what is important to you. Do they source domestically or internationally, what is their manufacturing process and what kind of standards do they uphold? Use the Internet to research their website and social media site(s) and read reviews. Find a provider that is customer focused and budget friendly.
The most convenient pipe suppliers function as a one-stop-shop. They should offer coatings, cutting, fabrication, grooving, threading and beveling. A reputable supplier may offer custom pipe fabrication, which can compliment any kind of job you need done. Other services that might be offered are repairs and maintenance. Customer service that’s available 24/7 is also a bonus.
Many suppliers are aware that to keep up with today’s world they must offer the best products and exceptional service. Look for a company that offers a wide variety of pipes, customization when it comes to materials, finishes and sizes as well as a large database of transport companies so that you get your pipe on time. Many suppliers can even offer cross border shipments, perfect for international companies.
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