About Pipe and Tubing

Many customers are curious as to the difference between pipe and tubing material.  In general, tubing is defined by the outside diameter (OD).  As such, the tube bending and forming is typically a more reliable material process than pipe because the OD tolerance is more exacting.  On the other hand, pipe manufacturers make sure that the inner dimension of the pipe isn most consistent in order to best assess the necessary space allocated to fluids or other objects that must pass through it.  

Nonetheless, both pipe and tubing are manufactured using very similar process that include cutting, piercing, and forming towards there ultimate end of meeting desired specification.,  

Tube fabrication material is straight forward.  Tube is usually used for store fixtures or structures where you want the measurement to be on the outside.  Tube is defined and measured by the OD or outside diameter.  The strength of the tube or pipe is defined by the wall thickness.  Tube bending and forming is most consistent than pipe because the OD tolerance is more consistent and that is how a bending is set-up, to the outside dimensions of the tube or pipe.  Conversely, pipe manufacturers make sure that the ID is the most consistent feature of pipe because fluids or other objects are normally inside.  

Pipe and Tubing Capabilities

As a pipe and still manufacturer, TFGUSA can readily offer its manufacturing expertise in tube production.  We offer engineering assistance from the beginning of an order to the finishing of a completed part and can provide guidance in selecting the correct materials, bend, cut, or desired finish for your custom pipe and tubing implementation.  Our capabilities include large diameter light wall tubing, OEM and after market exhaust tubing, in square, rectangular or round dimensions, with custom thickness, sizing, and material requirements.  Our wall thicknesses can range between 24 gauge to 10 gauge.

Common equipment utilized in metal tube fabrication includes:

  • CNC tube benders
  • Mazak lasers
  • Amada Press Brakes and Corner Notchers
  • Autosert Insertion Presses
  • Powder coating
  • MIG, TIG, or Robotic welding 
  • Production drill presses
  • 60 Bliss OBI Presses
  • Rondo Tubes or Angle Rolls

Types:

Seamless or Welded, Round, Square, Hexagon, Oval, Octagon or Custom

Materials:

Stainless Steel, Steel, HDPE, Ductile Iron (DIP), Copper, Galvanized, Aluminum, PVC & Custom Materials

Schedule:

5S, 10S, 40S, 80S, STD, 120, 160, etc. (Thickness: 1.0 MM to 45 MM)

Standards:

ASTM, ANSI/ASME, JIS, DIN/EN, API, BSP, etc.

Sizes:

Any diameter made to order

Applications:

Fluid Transfer & Supply, Water, Steam, Irrigation, Sewer, Drain, Structural, Support, Cylinder Sleeves, Consumer Products, Component Parts, etc.