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Mistakes To Avoid When Storing Steel Pipes In Your Factory


If your factory has just started using steel pipes in its manufacturing process, you may wonder if there is anything special you need to do to store them safely. If so, make sure you avoid making the following mistakes when storing steel pipes.

Storing Them Vertically

If you have limited storage space in your facility, you may be tempted to position the pipes up and down so that you can store them vertically and save space, especially if they are long. However, doing so could damage the pipes in two ways.

First, because they are standing on their ends, they will not be properly supported. While steel is a strong metal, it can still bend under its own weight. If you store the pipes vertically, they will likely do this and become uneven, making your employees' jobs of working with them harder.

Second, any water that leaks into the building or even condensation from the machinery's steam can travel down the tubes and accumulate at the bottoms. Unless the pipes are stainless steel, this could make the ends rust, requiring your workers to have to cut the ends off before using. Having to do this would waste both time and money.

Instead, lay the pipes horizontally so that their weight is distributed evenly. However, before you lay down the first pipe, place a rubber mat on the area to protect the bottom layer from moisture and scratches.

Stacking Them Too High

Another thing you may be tempted to do in order to save space when storing your steel pipes is to stack them as high as possible. Even if you were to secure the pipes with ropes, bungee cords, or straps, storing them too high can lead to disaster.

Since steel is heavy, the more pipes you have in a pile, the greater the weight, especially at the top. Even if your restraints work while the pipes are stationary, they could snap as soon as the stack is bumped or an employee attempts to remove one for a project.

If the restraint snaps, the full weight and force of the pipes will come tumbling down. If there is anyone around, they could be seriously injured, if not killed. And, even if no one is hurt, the impact can scratch and dent the pipes.

Storing your factory's steel pipes correctly can help ensure that they stay intact and damage-free for when your employees need them. For more information about storing new steel pipes, contact your industrial supplier. 


26 August 2018