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Plumbing vs Process Piping

PTL explains the difference.

According to Wikipedia, ​Plumbing​ is any system that conveys fluids for a wide range  of applications. Plumbing uses pipes, valves, plumbing fixtures, tanks, and other  apparatuses to convey fluids. Heating and cooling systems, waste removal and  potable water delivery are among the most common uses for plumbing. 

Process piping​ means piping systems and their component parts, that are not building services or power piping systems, and that may be installed in petroleum refineries, chemical, pharmaceutical, textile, paper, semiconductor, and cryogenic plants, and related processing plants and terminals.

At PTL, we make ​piping systems that include but are not limited to:

  • Welded
  • Threaded
  • SS/Copper press connected
  • Compression
  • Sweat/Braze copper
  • Brass FRP
  • As well as client specified upon request

A major difference between plumbing and process piping is the cost for permits. Plumbing has to adhere to a strict code where permits are required. Process piping does not. This could make a big difference in your budget when process piping is needed in your manufacturing plant or site. At PTL, we know how to install the right equipment for your project and know how and where to save you money.

In his article, ​Plumbing vs. Process Piping​, Julius Ballanco has a very good analogy for  the difference between the two. He says that one part is regulated by the plumbing code; the other is regulated by engineering design.

In either case, call on us at PTL Fabricators to know the difference and know what you  need.​ ​If you’re in the need of process piping, check with ​PTL Fabricators​. Give us a call at (931) 647-0675 or ​contact us​ today.


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