Stainless Steel Tubing Installation Best Practices

Never drag tubing off racks

  • Use two people to handle longer tube lengths from racks whenever possible.
  • Dragging longer tube lengths from racks by oneself may cause:
    • O.D. surface scratches causing potential leak points.
    • Dents on tubing bends.
    • Chips and burrs to be raised on the tubing.
  • Protect tubing ends by using end caps.
  • Keep the tubing I.D. free of dirt and contamination.
  • Store tubes in original crates and protective packaging whenever possible.

Avoid Foot and Hand Rail Tube Location

Guard against tubing runs that may promote:

  • Side load
  • Safety Hazards
  • Tubing damage

Proper Tubing Support

Proper tubing support will reduce vibration and increase the life of tubing, fittings, and equipment throughout a facility.

Proper Tubing Placement

Proper tubing placement is essential when running line throughout a facility.

Determine number of tube fittings and length of tubing required in system design

  • Provide for enough tubing to ensure bottoming into fitting bodies (length “L”).
  • Allow for accessibility in your system design to prevent damage during assembly and maintenance.
  • Follow best practice of marking tubes just above nut when pre-swaging any tube connections to ensure tubes are bottomed during final installation

Questions on why proper tubing handling matters to you? Email or call 866.901.0151.