In traditional plumbing systems, copper pipes are used as apparatuses that transport water from one destination to another for plumbing, heating, cooling, and sanitation purposes. The primary difference when comparing industrial process piping to traditional plumbing systems, is that process piping units serve a direct purpose. Instead of just transferring liquid or gas components from one area to the next, industrial process piping typically converts these components into a different product.
A prime example of when contractors opt for industrial process piping is when they are constructing the mixing systems found in commercial factories that manufacture soft drinks. When the ingredients are being mixed and transported from one destination to the next, the pipes themselves are actually serving a purpose by combining the ingredients together. This purpose that goes beyond transportation of the materials alone is what causes it to be industrial process piping.
What Are Some Other Differences in Process Piping?
Aside from the dissimilarities in the actual transmission process, there are three other factors that differentiate process piping from traditional plumbing:
- the industries in which they are found
- coding and regulations
- backflow prevention
- the presence of water
First and foremost, contractors mainly choose to install industrial process piping when they are tending to commercial buildings as opposed to residential units. Since their structure and locations vary immensely from traditional plumbing systems, their coding and regulations are also very different. With residential plumbing, regulations are much more strict when it comes to which materials the piping itself can be made out of. When it comes to industrial process piping, the restrictions are much more lenient in which materials can be used.
Industrial process piping systems also usually come with a backflow prevention fixture built into the piping itself. This is essential since many materials that are transported throughout these systems are much more dense than water. Although water can be used as a coolant within these setups, it is rarely the only liquid that is being transferred throughout the apparatuses.
Having an experienced team of contractors to install your industrial process piping system is imperative when it comes to ensuring that all codes and regulations are followed. Hiring a professional will not only provide your company with an efficient system, but they will also make sure that it passes any future inspections. Get in touch with our team at 408-295-2182 for more information on how our knowledge and expertise in industrial process piping can benefit your business.