The Evolution of Piping Systems

WP Law - Monday, December 02, 2013

Piping Systems Throughout History

The Evolution of Piping Systems

Piping systems keep modern industry working, but for such an essential part of operations, they're a fairly new invention. World War I created a high demand for fuels and other resources. A British company called Victory Pipe Joint Company developed pipelines with bolted couplings as a way of delivering these materials to the front.

It wasn't long before the British company moved to New York City, changed its name to Victaulic, and began shipping their grooved and mechanic pipe couplings. Starting in 1925, these new technologies began showing their face in American oilfields, mining endeavors and municipal water and sewage systems.

Over the next several decades, the following advancements made crafting and assembling industrial piping systems much easier:

• Roll grooving
• Copper grooved couplings
• Bolted mechanical branch connects
• Rigid grooved couplings
• Grooved flow controls, suction diffusers and butterfly valves

The industry has exploded, adapting itself to meet the needs of a never-ending list of businesses. Piping systems have also evolved to become significantly more efficient. The latest advancements have focused on installation-ready and anti-microbial products, spanning most industries. They've also slowly made the change from steel to copper and even plastic construction.

These setups have gone from being used in the transportation of basic materials to literally every industry active in commerce. They're used to deliver process-related materials, as well as cooling agents and pressurized water and air needed to run machines properly. Piping is even used in sports for watering fields or courses and in stadium fire safety. Today, it's difficult to find a business without piping of some kind.

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