Using pipes for creating a spectacular culinary experience

There are many restaurants in the world which are good, interesting, serving nice food, having brilliant staff or location. If you want to set up your own business, open your restaurant and be successful you’d better be different. Offer something different so people can enjoy a wonderful atmosphere while eating, as did one restaurant in South London and a coffee shop in Cape Town.



Bangalore Express Restaurant

closeup-pipe-fittings-viewThis Indian restaurant located in South London with design studio Outline matched pipes and fittings together which is nowadays one of the hottest industrial trends for restaurant design scene. Arrangement of pipes, fitting ladders and focal boxes created each space into a separate area but it still maintains the cohesion throughout the restaurant. The eye of customers naturally follow the pattern from one side to the other. This would never be accomplished with wood. Pipes can easily create ladders and handrails. All the Outline team had to do was insert fitting into each pipe section and then secure those pieces into wall. Pipes and fittings stand up the hustle bustle of hospitality industry without any problem. Although it looks dangerous, waitresses can relax and smile, they are secured by almost indestructible pipe.


Truth Cafe

steam-1This coffee shop in Cape Town, South Africa, was designed by Heldane Martin and it is really hard to pass it up. He wanted to make coffee machines and coffee roasters look similar to Victorian futuristic fantasy style, what an interesting idea! Truth coffee wished not only to roast best coffee but also offered a perfectly executed space. Everywhere you look you can see steam pipes, vintage decoration and what’s more restrooms have exposed copper pipes, old mirrors and Victorian tap levers.





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Motorbike Performance Copper Exhaust Gaskets


Copper is a ductile metal with very high thermal conductivity. Therefore, copper exhaust gaskets increase flow between 7 to CFM (Cubic feet per minute) depending on the motorcycle model and head work. Unlike gash gaskets which can restrict exhaust gas flow, these copper gaskets permits unrestricted flow, leading to a better and a leaner performance of your engine.


Moreover, gaskets that are made of mesh don’t guarantee a perfect sealing. On the other hand copper is a solid material which proportionate a perfect fit into the cylinder port, meaning no more air leaks and subsequently a loss of power; preventing an excessive wear and tear of your engine.


Therefore, when your next service is due, think wisely and upgrade and a pair of copper gaskets. It will not only last a lot longer but it will also save you some cash every service.


As an international manufacturer and supplier for copper sheet and bronze sheet, Shanghai Metal Corporation produces slitting, edging, and oscillates winding to fit your specific copper requirements. For more information on our copper products please visit our website here. Be sure to join the conversation in our Linkedln group, Facebook and Instagram.

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William P.//SMC Editor

Seamless Versus Welded Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel pipes and tubes are strong and sturdy, making them suitable for pressure applications. Many water, chemical, pulp, oil, gas, petrochemical, energy, and paper industries depend on Stainless Steel pipes and tubes. Initially, all Stainless Steel tubular products were seamless. Now, there are many choices in the market.

a Seamless Stainless Steel Exhaust Pipe by Shanghai Metal Corporation

For instance, welded pipes and tubes are popular in the market because of its many advantages. Using welded tubes and pipes is more cost effective than the seamless alternative. In addition, welded pipes and tubes have a narrower tolerance for wall thickness and better concentricity. Welded pipes and tubes can be created with a larger diameter and longer length. Unlike seamless pipes and tubes, the surface of welded pipes and tubes can be checked prior to being made. In general, welded pipes and tubes are more available both from distributors and mill production companies. Consequently, welded pipes and tubes are able to be delivered faster and cheaper.

welded pipes by Shanghai Metal Corporation
welded pipes by Shanghai Metal Corporation

In contrast, seamless pipes and tubes are still widely used. You can get a wider variety if you purchase seamless pipes and tubes. Seamless tubes are produced in highly specialized grades. There may be some heavy wall sizes that are too thick to form to the required diameter. Thus, the material cannot be made through welding. You will need to rely on seamless pipes and tubes, which are commonly available with very thick walls. Compared to welded pipes and tubes, the seamless alternative may have the advantage of having a heat-affected zone. Some argue that seamless pipes and tubes resist corrosion better than welded pipes and tubes. Furthermore, seamless pipes and tubes have a more homogeneous grain structure compared to the welded alternative.

An example of a thick, seamless tube

Whether you prefer welded or seamless, the two products generally complement each other. In fact, most places utilize both. Even if the pipe or tube is welded or seamless, they are likely to be connected with circumferential welds to each other, fittings and flanges. Take into considerations the advantages of utilizing welded tubes and pipes and the advantages of utilizing seamless tubes and pipes before selecting the best material for a specific application.

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Alexis Ty // SMC Editor

International Trade and Marketing Specialist

Not Just Hollow Cylinders

In the Steel manufacturing industry one often hears terms such as steel pipes or steel tubing.  Most people would just think, they are just hollow cylinders, but what they don’t know is that there are a couple differences between a steel pipe and steel tube.

For instance, a pipe is a vessel and a tube is structural.  The pipe is measured by ID and a tube is measured by OD.  Tubing is more used in structures so the OD is the important number.  The strength of a steel tube depends on the wall thickness.  Therefore, tubing is specified by the diameter and the wall thickness which is often specified as a gauge.  Steel tubes are used in structural applications and will most likely be seam welded.

Pipes are normally used to transport gases or fluids so it is important to know the capacity of the pipe.  The internal cross-sectional area (ID) is important because it measures the inside diameter of the pipe.  Since the outside diameter of a single nominal pipe size is kept constant, the inside diameter of a pipe will depend on the “schedule” or the thickness.  The actual thickness of a pipe varies with the size of the pipe.  The size usage of pipes apply to all plumbing, natural gas, heating oil, and other piping use in building construction.

So in the manufacturing industry, the tolerance of pipes are looser compared with tubes and they are often less expensive to produce. Tubes on the other hand have a higher tolerance,  therefore are often more expensive to produce than pipes.

Remember, a hollow cylinder has 3 important dimensions:

  • The outside diameter (OD)
  • The inside diamter (ID)
  • The wall thickness (WT)

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