How do we measure stainless steel tubing?

We perform unique tubing services to aid people who belong to a plethora of industries. Sometimes, standard tubes are not suitable for a project. Therefore, we use tube swaging and other practices to alter them. Ours is one of the leading companies doing this sort of work. As a result, you can expect us to provide wonderful results.

Tube swagingStainless steel tubing is one of the most adaptable products for structural applications. It is an excellent material for manufacturers and builders. The characteristics it is famous for include low maintenance, high strength, and corrosion resistance.

However, with uses in a multitude of sectors, the varieties and sizes of tube vary. Measurement is vital here because the applications demand precise sizing. This is based on the WT (wall thickness) and OD (outer diameter). As for the variety of tubing, this depends on the application requirements.

The sizing has to be precise

The stated OD and measured OD have to be extremely close, if not pinpoint tolerances, to one another. With this being the case, a one inch tube is going to have a one inch OD with a wall thickness to specifications. The inside diameter (ID) will decrease as the WT increases. However, this does not affect the tube’s overall measurement. Let our team know if you require tube swaging services.

Separate measurements

Different forms of tubing have their own measurement protocols too. It is important to be aware of these.

Hypodermic tubing

You can find these steel tubes in a multitude of industrial and medical applications. As the name states, this tube is famous due to how easy it is to clean. The majority of hypodermic needles are grade 304 steel. This permits thin wall tubing that you can deburr and bevel to produce a first rate finish. Here you determine the size by the gauge of the OD as well as the tube’s ID.

Fractional, metric, and square tubes

With these stainless steel tubes, you measure them by their WT and OD. You would use fractional tubing for projects demanding great corrosion resistance and strength. With metric, it is popular for pneumatic and high pressure hydraulic jobs. Then there is square tubing; its exceptional mechanical properties make it a favourite for commercial and domestic applications.

We can create all sorts of products with tube swaging

At Multiform Tubes Engineering Ltd, we use our services to create a wide variety of products. Examples include furniture and refrigeration components. We can even produce transportation fittings as well as a wide variety of structural parts. As you can see, there is plenty to choose from.

So, if you would like to use our tube swaging for yourself, please get in contact with us. You can also ask us about all of our other services.