As a manufacturer, we understand that the true cost of material is not just in the price that you pay. Sometimes, raw steel may be cheaper but harder to machine making it more expensive in the long run. This applies to many other things as illustrated in this article:
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What exactly is a flange?
Let's face it. This is the era of the e-mail, text and other forms of digital communication. This has it's good points and bad and this is not where I want to get into that. What I want to talk about is the "copy and paste" function. We get a lot of inquiries by e-mail where a person had copied and pasted an item description from somewhere and sent it. Many times, there is missing information which we then ask for so that we can quote the correct part. Now, We always try to assume the best in everyone so we believe that, being in a hurry, the missing information is an over site and not because someone doesn't know what they are looking for. But, also being pragmatic, we wanted to take steps to make sure that everyone that we work with is well informed. To help, we added a page to our web site for downloads of useful items like piping bore charts, decimal equivalents, and more. Also, we have a series of videos in production that explain what a flange is, how and why they are used, how to describe them, and some of the machining details that are sometimes asked. We hope that you have as much fun watching the videos as we are having making them.