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!
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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!
For sales info please email:
Local : 281-484-8325
Toll Free: 1-800-826-3801
Advantages of Galvanization
Texas Flange is proud to offer a full range of galvanized flanges for our customers. We stock a line of hot dip zinc galvanized flanges to ASTM A123 and ASTM A153, and we can provide many custom items with this protective coating as well. Here are a few noticeable advantages to this process:
Protection from elements - galvanized flanges are superior to exposure to the elements versus painted carbon steel and offer longer life cycles in many cases as well, due to their resistance to corrosion from rain and other naturally occurring weather/climate issues.
Physical durability - you will often have more use and shelf life from galvanized flanges in comparison to uncoated carbon steel and ductile iron, due to the metallurgical bond present between the zinc coat and the actual steel. This provides excellent protection from physical damage to the flange in question.
Limited base exposure - a zinc hot dip coating on flanges and steel components per ASTM standards is superior to regular plating, which may leave exposure for crevices, machined surfaces, and some difficult to reach portions of the flange in question. The process provides noticeably more zinc coating than regular plating.
Affordability – commodity hot dip galvanized flanges can provide a good alternative to stainless and chrome alloys from a cost benefit perspective, depending on your specific application. If the superior chemical requirements of certain jobs do not apply, they are an excellent alternative to standard carbon steel flanges.
Just a friendly reminder to everyone that long weld neck flanges and their variants do not have schedule bores. These flanges are typically made with square cut ends to replace pipe, not to be used as flanges to weld up to pipe. You may request any wall thickness and additional custom weld bevel you would like, but the standard for these flanges is defined per the dimensions in our catalog. The actual bore size for regular long weld neck flanges (NOT heavy barrels) is the same as the nominal size of the flange. So for example, on a two inch long weld neck flange, the bore size is 2.00 inches.
Let us know if you have any other questions about these flanges, or contact us to get a quote today.
The specification for orifice flange sets is not particularly clear about ring groove connections for these flange assemblies. Our proprietary CAD flange drawings can give the impression that ring grooves are cut into the face of a flange that may be considered “flat face,” however this is not the case if you review the dimensions. For RTJ orifice flanges, the flange thickness *exclusive* of the depth of the groove must meet the same minimum thickness as that of a standard raised face orifice flange assembly, exclusive of the height of the raised face. Visually speaking, though it may *appear* that the flange groove is cut into a flat face, you can confirm with the dimensions outlined in the B16.36 flange specification that it is more accurately what some would refer to as a “full face” with extra thickness (how much thickness depends on the depth of the groove, just as it would be defined in ASME/ANSI B16.5). Some manufacturers still machine down the should of the face to make it appear similar to the raised portion of a proper RTJ groove flange, in order to avoid initial confusion. Also, note that larger RTJ orifice flanges will require angular taps to ensure proper clearance with the bottom of the groove, which cannot be altered or modified in any way.
In other words: NO, you cannot take a raised face orifice flange, machine down the face, add a groove, and just call it an RTJ orifice flange. Minimum dimensional requirements for flanges must meet the tolerances outlined in ASME / ANSI B16.36 and B16.5 No shortcuts, or else you are out of compliance!
Please refer to pages 75-76 in our catalog to confirm Ring Type Joint Flange dimensions. Link to catalog below.
If you still have questions, a member of our sales team would be more than happy to help!
Either call us at: T. 800-826-3801 :: 281-484-8325
Or email us at: Sales@texasflange.com