How is A Pipe Spool Made?
A pipe spool is a steel welded fabrication used to support, route and connect sections of pipe, thereby turning a length of pipe into a complete piping system. A typical spool consists of three components: the body, flanges and attachments. The body is the steel cylinder used to support the flanges and attachments. The flanges are welded to the body at each end and provide a means to connect adjoining sections of pipe. The attachments are steel fittings that are welded to the body and used to connect sections of pipe or other components in the piping system, such as valves and instrumentation.
Pipe spools are typically manufactured according to an engineering drawing and design specification provided by the customer. The engineering drawing provides all the necessary information required to produce the spool, including dimensions, material specifications, welding requirements and any special challenges that need to be considered during fabrication. Once the drawing is approved by the customer, the steel plates that will be used to fabricate the spool are cut to size and shape using a computer numerically controlled (CNC) plasma cutter. The steel plates are then placed in a jig where they are align and tack welded together. This jig helps ensure that the