A diagram of long weld neck flanges

Common Uses for Long Weld-Neck Flanges

The weld-neck flange is used extensively for pipes everywhere, but when pipes are transporting high-pressure or high-temperature (or highly-fluctuating temperature) fluids, long weld neck flanges are better choices, especially in the oil and gas industry. Why Long Weld Neck Flanges Are Better The extended neck of a long weld neck flange provides additional reinforcement that a standard weld neck flange …

Spherical storage tanks using ASME pressure vessel connections

Why Are Spherical Storage Tanks Prevalent in Oil & Gas Facilities?

Many oil and gas producers prefer spherical tanks to store high-pressure fluids over other simpler tank designs. Why is this? Here are a few of the reasons. Spherical Storage Tanks Are Stronger Other types of storage tanks commonly found in the oil and gas production industries such as the common fixed roof tank and the external floating roof tank, use …

A distillation column using components from a pressure vessel components manufacturer

Distillation Columns Used in Crude Oil Refining

A distillation column is a critical piece of equipment in the refining of crude oil. It acts very much like a still, separating the crude into its different chemical components based on differences in volatility. This is typically the first phase of the petroleum refining process where crude oil is distilled into various components because of different boiling points. How …

Coalescer, a custom pressure vessel connection

What is a Mechanical Coalescer and How Is It Used in the Oil and Gas Industry?

Mechanical coalescers–AKA separators–are used widely across the oil and gas production industries to remove water, hydrocarbon, or hydrocarbon condensate from oil, petrochemical, or natural gas production processes. There are two major types of coalescers, a liquid/liquid coalescer and a gas/liquid coalescer. How Mechanical Coalescers Work A mechanical coalescer is a pressure vessel that uses a series of baffle walls or filters …

How Natural Gas Pipeline Compressor Station Construction Protects You

Last month we discussed why compressor stations are so important. This month we will explore some of the potential hazards of, and safety requirements for, natural gas pipeline compressor stations. Natural gas pipeline compressor stations are a critical part of the natural gas delivery process. These stations are necessary in order to transfer natural gas hundreds of miles from where it …

3 Uses of Seamless Rolled Ring Forging

Seamless rolled ring forging is superior to the other methods of producing ring structures from metal. Seamless rolled ring forging creates stronger ring shapes because they gain circumferential grain structures. Whether this occurs through a ring rolling mill or via an open die forging using forging hammers, the result is the same round, extremely durable, seamless rings that may not …

5 Ways to Reduce Costs with Seamless Forged Connections

When the economy goes into a slump, or if events lead to a difficult time for the oil and gas production industry, you immediately start looking for ways to reduce your overhead. Maybe this means delaying some equipment upgrades a for few months or reducing your inventory of pipeline parts, but whatever measures you take there are some things that …

Why Are Compressor Stations Important?

Earlier this year, we learned What is a Natural Gas Compressor Station is, but we didn’t dive into too much detail about why compressor stations are so important to our natural gas infrastructure. This article explains why natural gas compressor stations are an essential part of our oil, gas, and petrochemical infrastructure. What Are Compressor Stations? Compressor stations are facilities found along …

Common ANSI industrial flange at FCI

What Are the Common Types of ANSI Industrial Flanges?

Flanges are a key forged component used widely in the oil and gas production industries. They are used to connect two pipes together. There are two major categories of forged flanges, threaded flanges, and welded flanges. Threaded Flanges These are widely used because there is no welding required. They are made with the ability to “screw” them into place, and then …

Steel used by one of the premier forge flange suppliers in the world, FCI

Metals Used for Forged Components in the Oil and Gas Industry

There are many types of steel alloys used in the production of ANSI/ASME and API flanges in the oil & gas industry. Here are some examples of the most common ones. Carbon Steel This is by far the most common type of steel used in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries for pipelines, flowlines and other structural components. Carbon steel consists of …