Stainless Steel Round Tubing

Welded stainless steel tubes are created by forming sheets of steel in a tube shape and then welding the seam. Both hot formed and cold formed processes are used to create stainless tubing, with the cold process producing a smooth finish and tighter tolerances than hot forming. Both processes create a steel tube that resists corrosion, features high strength and durability.
 
Stainless steel is also easily cleaned and sterilized and can be easily welded, machined or bent to create a curved shape. This combination of factors makes stainless steel tubing an excellent choice for structural applications, especially those where the tubes may be exposed to corrosive environments.
 
The terms “tube” and “pipe” are frequently used interchangeably, but there are important differences between the two. Even though they share a similar hollowed shape, steel tubes are measured by their outside diameter (OD) and wall thickness while steel pipes are measured by their inside diameter (ID). Another difference is that steel tubes are typically used for structural or aesthetic applications while pipes are commonly used are used for the transport of gases and fluids. 

Welded Stainless Steel Tubing Manufactured to Industry Specifications

Totten Tubes provides stainless tubes in sizes ranging from .188" OD - 8" OD.   Our welded stainless tubing is made to ASTM A-269 and ASTM A-249 standards and is offered in 304L and 316L grades of stainless steel.
 
We also provide welded stainless tubing made to ASTM A554 that is offered in round, square and rectangular tubing options in either 304 and 316 grade stainless steel.  This spec is referred to as ornamental tubing and can be provided in a variety of surface finishes for applications where aesthetics are of importance.
 
High functionality combined with aesthetics makes stainless tubing a versatile product that can be used for an array of applications and industries. Contact us today to learn more about which stainless steel tubing is best for your application. 

Choosing Between 304 Stainless Steel And 316 Stainless Steel Tubing

300 series grade stainless steel is manufactured into a range of products including steel tubes, steel pipes and various other products. Both 304 and 316 steel tubes are nickel-based alloys that are easy to maintain, resist corrosion and maintain strength and durability at high temperatures. Determining which grade of steel is best for your application depends on the intended application as well as environmental factors such as temperature or exposure to chloride.  
 
Type 304 stainless steel is corrosion resistant and easy to sanitize, making it the most common type of stainless steel used for tubing and other steel parts. 304 stainless steel tubes are frequently used in building and decorating applications.
 
Type 316 stainless steel is similar to 304 stainless in that it is also corrosion resistant and easy to clean. 316 stainless does, however, have a slight advantage because but is more resistant to corrosion caused by chloride, chemicals and solvents. This additional factor makes 316 stainless steel a preferred solution for applications where there is constant exposure to chemicals or for outdoor applications where there is exposure to salt. Industries that are known to use 316 stainless steel include industrial, surgical and marine. 

Advantages of Choosing Stainless Steel for Your Tubing Application

Stainless steel is widely used because of its durability and corrosion resistance, as well as its aesthetic appeal. Using stainless steel tubing for your application has a variety of benefits, including:
  • Superior corrosion resistance
  • Long-lasting
  • Easy to machine
  • Scratch resistant
  • Durable
  • Easy to sanitize
  • Lightweight
  • Low-maintenance
  • Handles high flow rates
  • Recyclable, environmentally-friendly material 

Request a Quote Today for Round Stainless Steel Tubes

We provide welded stainless steel tubing manufactured from 304 or 316 grade stainless steel in a range of sizes. Request a quote today for stainless steel tubes or contact us to learn more about our custom services for pipes and tubing.