Processing Magazine

System for Fast and Flameless Joining of Stainless Steel Piping

July 12, 2011

The ProPress® system is available for joining stainless steel piping in sizes from ½-inch to 4 inches using a unique press technology to secure pipe connections in less than seven seconds. The system — consisting of stainless steel pipe, valves and fittings — provides a faster, more reliable, flameless way to make water-tight and gas-tight stainless steel connections. Available in two high-quality stainless steel grades, 304 and 316, and with more than 600 fitting configurations, the system for stainless steel is ideal for industrial and commercial installations in applications such as food and beverage processing, chemical processing, pharmaceutical and biotech processing, oil and gas, mining and manufacturing. There are three unique sealing elements available for the stainless system: EPDM, HNBR and FKM. The EPDM sealing element is used in any type of water system and for low-pressure steam; the HNBR sealing element is designed for fuel oil and gas systems; and the FKM sealing element is used for applications where increased chemical resistance is required, as well as for low-pressure steam. The system can be installed wet or dry, making it ideal for maintenance or emergency repair jobs, reducing costly downtime by decreasing plant shutdowns. It can also be adapted to any existing piping system with adapters and flanges.