In this day and age, we use metals in nearly every aspect of our lives, and it is hard to imagine a time without their impact on our society. We use them for anything from industrial piping and flanges, general manufacturing, electrical components, all the way down to our use of sodium in our food. (YES, SODIUM Chloride = Salt, contains a soft, silvery White metal called Sodium.) It can be an odd feeling when you realize metals have impregnated themselves in almost every part of our lives.
So where did all these different metals come from? What are they ultimately made from? Simply put, all elements (Not just metals) came from the complex processes that make up the life cycle of a star, and ultimately, they are nothing but a conglomerate of general atomic materials: Electrons, Neutrons and Protons. Elements are distinguishable by the number of protons they contain, While the number of electrons and neutrons can vary for samples of the same element. For example, Iron or FE (used in the creation of carbon steel or stainless steel for pipe Flanges) is the 4th most common element on the Earth and regardless of the number of electrons or neutrons it will always have 26 protons. As far as where they came from?
Billions of years ago when the Universe was in its infancy, the first clouds of helium and hydrogen atoms Condensed until their own gravity proved too much causing them to implode, forming the first stars. During the birth and life of all stars, they reach temperatures hot enough to break down atoms into their base atomic materials and fuse them into different atoms that are heavier and larger. Starting with Hydrogen we go to Helium, then Lithium, then Carbon and so on... As stars reach the end of their life they catastrophically explode, leading to a supernova, spewing the heavier elements that have been formed into the universe.
In Earth's case, when our sun was in the process of forming, most of the hydrogen and helium went into our sun’s creation while the rest of the dust and gaseous material formed a spinning molten mass around the new star. Eventually the mass cooled and coagulated into the planets and other features of our solar system, including all the metals we process and use on this planet!
With this new Perspective it is hard not to be amazed by even the simplest things in our World. Everything from Industrial Flanges to the Salt we put in our food, to even our own bodies are made from the Stars and are truly unique.
"The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff."
― Carl Sagan, Cosmos
Near the End of 2018 United States Oil and Natural Gas Production reached a record High, 11.54 million barrels per day, not seen since the 70’s and doesn’t appear to show signs of decline moving towards 2020. Estimated Oil Production for 2019 is speculated to be averaging 12.1 Million barrels per day with 2020 currently estimated to be at 12.9 million barrels per day on average. By 2020 it is expected that the United States will be exporting far more Crude oil and Fuel than it imports.
What does this mean for the Industry?
With New highs in US Oil production, we are already seeing some pipelines at capacity and will need to be expanded upon or have additional lines created to sustain increasing production levels. More pipe = More flanges and other items for the PVF Industry!
Here at Texas Flange we offer almost any configuration imaginable, whether it is a Blind flange , Threaded flange , Weld Neck , Slip On , Socket weld , Orifice Set or any other Custom Flanges you may need with Multiple Material grades available to choose from. If there is something you can't find online please contact our sales department!
OPEC Monthly Oil Market Report - https://www.opec.org/opec_web/en/publications/338.htm
1942-2012 – Jerry Fuller - Founder Texas Flange
Jerry Fuller was the founder of Texas Flange. He was hired right out of High School into a company that specialized in cathodic protection and from there moved into the PVF Market with his job at Taylor Forge. In between Taylor Forge and the inception of Texas Flange, Jerry always worked to grow and learn more rather than being content with where he was.
Once, during an interview, he was asked if he could understand the Taylor Forge price sheet. He laughed and said, “I ought to, I wrote it!”
After the Market Dip in 1985, Jerry founded Texas Flange and then, with his knowledge of flanges and the flange industry, put Texas Flange on the international radar within a few short years. He never stopped learning about the various flanges and the alloys that flanges are made from and always kept Texas Flange at the forefront of the industry both domestically and abroad.
We have sold flanges to customers all over the world and have come a long way since the “Stone Age” of flange technology. We offer multiple resources online to confirm flange configurations, flange weights, even Flange Dimensions. We have the Texas Flange Flange Catalog, Flange CAD drawings, and even information about foreign vs domestic flanges.
If you can't find the information you want about flanges, don't hesitate to call us here at Texas Flange. We are experts when it comes to flanges after all!
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Local : 281-484-8325
Toll Free: 1-800-826-3801