Operating an assembly line is not easy regardless of whether your assembly line handles chemicals, food or other materials. Finding the right type of piping is crucial in improving overall productivity and in order to reduce liabilities. If you're looking for the "king" of all stainless steel pipes that can tolerate any environment, consider pipes made from alloy 20.
Alloy 20 is the nickname or short-form identification used for pipes that are composed of a combination of metals like nickel, iron, chromium and molybdenum with trace amounts of copper manganese, phosphorous, silicon and sulphur. These specially designed pipes meet UNS N08020 and ASTM B473 standards, so they can be installed in just about any assembly line without raising any red flags. If you're still on the fence, here are 3 benefits offered by alloy 20 pipes, like those from James Duva Inc.
Excellent Resistance to All Types of Corrosion
In environments with high sulphuric acid concentration, most stainless steel or metal of any kind will corrode; however, you won't have to worry about that with alloy 20 piping. A large component of its popularity is attributed to the fact that alloy 20 is basically resistant to corrosion of all types. This alloy is not only resistant to boiling 20 to 40% sulphuric acid, but also resistant to chloride, nitric acid and phosphorous acid as well. This alloy is perfect for resisting pitting and crevice corrosion.
The chemicals that are required in your assembly line can be handled by alloy 20 piping. You won't have to worry about leakages or replacing the piping in the near future.
Minimal Carbide Precipitation When Welding
Unlike other stainless steel piping, alloy 20 is stabilized by columbium so that carbide precipitation is kept to a minimum when welding. Carbide precipitation happens when the chrome and carbon that is present in the stainless steel is drawn out from the piping and into the environment. This generally happens when the temperature is raised to anywhere between 800 and 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit, and is typically caused by the execution of improper techniques like inadequate shielding, using excessive amounts of heat during the welding process and welding at a travel speed that is too slow.
When carbide precipitation happens, the chrome in the piping will bond at the toe line of the weld and also at the middle. It may eventually cause the piping to rust. This will compromise the structural integrity of the piping. With alloy 20 piping, this is not a concern. In short, those who are working with alloy 20 do not need to have as much expertise in producing a quality product. There is a margin for errors to occur without any consequences following.
How does this benefit you?
Alloy 20 is thus very flexible and versatile in nature meaning that you can get your assembly lines designed to your needs and expectations. Rather than having to work with the material, the material will work for you to make your assembly line more productive and efficient. In short, many piping designs that were otherwise impossible are entirely possible with alloy 20 piping.
Strong Mechanical Properties and Fabricability
Last but not least, alloy 20 piping is the best product on the market currently in terms of offering optimal strength and fabricability. The properties of alloy 20 piping will surpass all of your expectations and more. Alloy 20 piping can tolerate a lot of force and high-impact activities without denting or getting damaged at all. This is extremely important for an assembly line, as you can expect there to be a lot of materials moving about at all times.
Due to the stable nature of alloy 20, it is commonly used in unstable environments. For example, alloy 20 piping is highly recommended in the chemical processing industry for processing and dealing with food, gasoline, pharmaceuticals, plastics, explosive, synthetic fibers and even more. Alloy 20 is most commonly found in appliances like tanks, SO2 scrubbers, heat exchangers, picking racks, valves and food and dye production. With alloy 20 piping installed, you literally can let out a breath of relief, as your assembly line is not only stable and secure, but also efficient.