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Carbon Steel Piping: Low Cost, High Performance

Carbon steel is often perceived as a cheaper alternative to stainless steel. But with its advantages and benefits, in some cases this material deserves to be the first choice, rather than a second-rate option, in selection of piping systems.

Just to clarify, this article doesn’t intend to pit stainless steel against carbon steel. Rather, it highlights how every piping material has its strengths and weaknesses; how it’s ideal for one application and impractical for another.

Probably the single biggest factor in selecting Carbon Steel rather than one of the grades of Stainless Steel is its lower cost. Not every application has to utilise stainless steel, so why not exploit the advantages of press fitting carbon steel?

Carbon Steel is the product of choice for an economic and fast way to install oil and diesel fuel pipework.

  • No open flames
  • No Hotwork permits
  • No laborious threading of pipes
  • No observer that may be mandatory for welding operations

Carbon Steel pressfit pipework is used extensively in Europe for closed circuit heating systems and compressed air. In a closed circuit heating system air or oxygen – the principal source of oxidation corrosion – is eliminated.

Let’s dive into the strengths of carbon steel alloy and what its strengths mean for piping systems.

Carbon steel lends a high tensile strength to any material it is made with. It can be bent and stretched to any shape without losing any of its strength. With this characteristic, carbon steel tubing can be made thin and retain the ability to hold flowing substances with high pressure.

As a shock-resistant and highly durable alloy, carbon steel is able to withstand shock. Its resistance to fire makes it ideal for piping systems and other structures resistant to fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes.

Pipes made of carbon steel are safe to work with and are invulnerable to eliminating the need for pesticides to treat some other pipes.

Carbon steel pipes are also excellent in handling refrigerants and other some other chemicals. They also perform well in industrial environments with very low pH levels or very high temperatures.

Carbon Steel Piping’s Impact on Your Production

The durability and resistance of carbon steel piping to various environmental factors mean safety and reliability across industries. This also translate to more years of continuous operations, as pipes and fittings do not need to be replaced as often as other systems.

A great advantage of carbon steel’s high tensile strength is that carbon steel pipes are made thinner. Carbon steel pipes then have larger internal diameter than other materials like copper or plastic and therefore a bigger carrying capacity. Compared to pipework built with other materials, carbon steel pipe systems can transport more gas or fluid.

With these advantages, carbon steel pipes aren’t only economical upfront, but they are also economical in the long run.

Proper storage is essential for system longevity:

Carbon steel pipes for pressfittings must be protected from the weather;

Absolutely avoid any formation of condensation;

Avoid direct contact with the ground and wet surfaces;

Avoid contact with stainless steel pipes;

Periodically inspect the supports inserted between the lengths; they must not be damp, devoid of varnishes or plastics;

Fittings must be kept in sealed bags until they are installed.

Carbon Steel needs to be insulated from contact with other metals to avoid electrolytic corrosion

Carbon steel pipes and fittings are astounding pipework materials in their own right. They are not a cheap, second-rate version of stainless steel pipes, but can be the preferred choice for many industrial and commercial applications. They simply happened to be economical as well.

Need Carbon Steel Pipes and Fittings?

Europress supplies an extensive range of carbon steel pipes and fittings that meet Standard EN 10305 (Steel Tubes for Precision Applications). To own a copy of our catalogue, contact us today.

Why Stainless Steel is Suitable for Aggressive Waste Streams

Every industry needs a functioning drainage system. These systems carry aggressive fluids such as alkalis, acids, sludge, grease and liquids of extremely hot or cold temperature. Since the contents of a waste stream pose threats to both human health and the environment, a sub-par cast iron carrier will not ensure safety and efficiency when transferring the wastewater from one place to another.

Today, more and more engineers are looking at 316 stainless steel pipes and fittings as the solution to drainage systems – here’s why:

Excellent Resistance to Corrosion and High Temperatures

Chromium is one of the vital components of stainless steel. When exposed to oxygen, the chromium forms a thin layer over the surface of the steel that makes it resistant to corrosion and toxic liquids. Unlike carbon or cast iron pipes, stainless steel does not weather over time. When scratched, the chromium from the stainless steel also quickly reforms an oxidized surface to withstand the corrosive conditions of a drainage system.

Stainless steel is also designed to handle flammable gases and liquids at high or low temperatures. Pipes, fittings and flanges made from stainless steel can endure both high and low temperatures while maintaining strength and durability throughout their usage.

Meeting Green Standards

These days, buildings and institutions often have environmentally friendly principles – stainless steel is a sustainable choice.

The expected lifetime for stainless steel systems is fifty years, which is twenty years longer than that of copper. At the end of their use, around 60% to 100% of stainless steel materials may also be recycled to other usable metal pieces for several industries. This creates less waste and less garbage dumped in landfills.

Europress is a renowned supplier of stainless steel pipes across Australia. Our products are manufactured according to both Australian and European standards, giving our clients and customers superior quality and longevity.

Call us today to learn more about how we can help you enhance the performance of your drainage systems.

Pressfittings for the Medical Industry

In the medical field, the role of vacuum and compressed-air are hard to ignore. They play a crucial role in many treatment methods. When a dentist extracts a tooth, he or she uses a vacuum to get rid of excess saliva and debris in the mouth. The best operating rooms in the world employ vacuum systems to remove potentially unhygienic air, particles and fluids. Vacuum is also essential to irrigate bodily fluids during surgery. Hospitals usually have complex networks of compressed air and oxygen-rich gas.

However, what is unique about piping systems in the medical field? Unlike other applications, hospital and medical piping systems must be very clean. When not handled correctly, debris, bacteria and other pathogens can pose serious harm to patients.

Why Press fittings?

Press fittings, are a unique way of installing pipework systems. They present a near-perfect solution for hospitals. Here at Europress, our press fittings attach easily without the need for naked flames or other time consuming and cumbersome techniques. In medical applications, our stainless steel products are frequently preferred over carbon steel pipe fittings .

Only simple tools are needed to fix Europress fittings. This is crucial in hospital settings. Fast installation times decrease the downtime of medical equipment and wards or operating theatres. For sensitive areas, such as Intensive Care Units or operating theatres, the use of press fittings instead of traditional fittings also lessens the risk of contamination in the area.

There are no heavy gas bottles, tangled hoses or hot-work permits needed.

Easy-to-Maintain Stainless Steel Surfaces

Europress fittings for gas application are made with high-grade stainless steel. With Europress, there is no need to use chemicals during installation. In addition, stainless steel is highly resistant to reacting with substances. The surface is also easy to sanitise.


Europress products are innovative not only for their ease of application but also for their reliability. Extensive engineering and testing has produced crimping for a stronger hermetic lock for a solution that is guaranteed to last. Currently, Europress fittings follow the German Standard DVGW VP614 and have Australian Watermark approval.

We strongly believe that Europress fittings are impressive products bound to impact many industries worldwide. Here, we have discussed how pressfittings can make the medical industry, known for its uncompromising standards, even better. For more information about our fittings, feel free to look around our website.

Stainless Steel Pipes for Drinking Water: A Potential Copper Replacement

Drinking water is an essential. When the means of distribution of this necessity causes health and agricultural problems, solutions must be found.

Detrimental Usages of Copper

For years, copper pipes have been the main transporters of drinking water to taps in commercial and residential areas. What civilians are not aware of are the health and environmental risks of drinking from copper pipes.

Copper is a rather soft and malleable metal because of its face-centred cubic atomic lattice. Although plumbers benefit from its elasticity, involuntary intake of a considerable amount of copper may lead to copper fever, a flu-type condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that the copper content of drinking water must not exceed 2 mg/litre.

In soil, copper attaches to organic matter and minerals. It is difficult to break down and accumulates in plants and animals. Since copper takes a long time to degrade, it poses a huge threat to the agricultural industry.
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Stainless Steel as a Replacement

The drought in South Africa urged Stage 2 and 3 water restrictions, pushing the urgency for preserving drinking water to a troublesome degree. John Tarboton, Executive Director of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (SASSDA) stated that stainless steel was one way to solve the problem.

Tarboton sees the high-value potential of stainless steel for service piping the delivery of water. Manufacturers design purpose stainless tube fittings, creating perfect connections between a pair of drinking water tongs, reducing the number of leakages as well as filtration costs.

Contrary to popular belief, stainless steel is more cost-effective than copper with a promise of long-term sustainability. High-quality steel fittings last for more than 50 years and even more so with proper maintenance, enduring many kinds of natural calamities and corrosions.

While initial costs of stainless steel could put off many engineers from incorporating them into drinking water transportation systems, the cost-effectiveness improves in the long run. If you are ready to get steel fittings for your next project, do not hesitate to contact Europress today.

Methods of Detecting Leaks in Compressed Air Systems


Our innovative press fitting system guarantees reliable service and a lengthy lifespan. However, it is unavoidable that in time, pipe systems develop leaks. For compressed air systems, even simple leaks can have consequences, especially on the bills. When in doubt, the smart move is to hire professionals to check your pipes and pumps. It’s also a good idea to schedule routine checks for early detection of any possible issues and to have peace of mind.

What methods are used to detect problematic pipes? Here we present to you the most common ways that professionals can locate leaks in your piping systems.

The Paintbrush Method

This one is pretty simple and straightforward. A paintbrush is used to apply soapy water on a questionable segment of your piping system. If bubbles emerge, there’s a leak present. Although this test does not require a professional, it comes with limitations.

If you suspect a leak, this system might not categorically verify system integrity. It’s also limited to smaller compressed air systems and not complex designs.

Ultrasonic Sound Detection Systems

Air leaks are invisible especially when they are minor. Most of the time, the hissing sound they give off is inaudible to the human ear. Here’s where the use of ultrasonic detectors come in.

This professional tool has directional microphones that listen to the sound of air leaking. The method also guides the user to the exact location of the leak.

This system is appropriate for compressed air systems that are more complicated in design.

The Role of Press fittings

When a leak is detected, repair is in order. Europress Group’s gas pipe fittings are the ideal system to use when replacing leaky parts. It is up to ten times faster to install than traditional methods. Also, without the use of open flames or welding systems, it’s also safer with no open flames or welding permits required.

The loss of resources and pressure due to of leaks shouldn’t be underestimated. They are a considerable waste to any operation. Checking systems ensures that your piping works as efficiently as it should and can avert future difficulties.

Press Fitting – Unparalleled Speed and Ease



When installing pipe systems for industrial or even residential use, time is a crucial element. Usually, durations of pipe fitting projects can be long. Every joint requires a lot of work to secure. Through the use of Europress and press fittings, the entire process becomes a whole lot simpler.

Here, we share with you reasons why using our press fittings can improve your process.

1. Faster Installation

Eliminating the use of welding and an open flame can cut down installation times considerably. By using press fitting systems, execution can be 10x faster than traditional methods. This unmatched speed is important to time-sensitive installations. Repairs and industrial upgrades can also take less time. Savings on time equals savings on the budget.

2. Hassle-Free

Before press fittings, the traditional method of securing piping required the use of open flames and welding. Due to the risk of fire or explosions, especially in occupied buildings, this method requires hot work permits. This type of work is monitored and regulated by the Australian government.

Press fittings don’t require this permit and are installed by easy-to-operate press tools.  Without gas, open flames or welding, starting a project can commence at the customer’s convenience.

3. Consistent Results

Europress press fittings have built-in indicators. These highly visible features will let installers know when the crimping is successful. With this install, it’s easy to monitor the quality of your crimping.

4. Hygienic

Europress press fittings require little to no consumables. The design also eliminates the need to use grease or oil. Sensitive applications can rely on press fittings to maintain the purity of the pipes.

Europress is the pioneer of the Press Fitting system. This method has been developed to answer many of pipe installation’s biggest troubles. By using it, pipe installers and builders can expect a quick installation that is also safe, reliable and cost-efficient. For more information about our products, call us now!

Increase the Safety of Your Pipe Systems with Press Fit

The installation and maintenance of piping systems are among the most dangerous and risky tasks of a workplace. Pipe systems, especially for oil and gas, can be extremely hazardous should they fail. A ruptured pipeline can cause fires, environmental pollution and even explosions.

Due to the risks involved, pipelines require special care to ensure the safety of both people and the environment. Our Press Fit System makes it easier to maintain safety throughout installation, alterations, use and maintenance.

Easy Installation Without Compromising Safety

Our Press Fit System provides a cost-effective solution to pipe safety concerns. Our press fittings allow you to quickly assemble and install pipes without the use of gas bottles and welding flames. This minimises the risk of fire and burns during the installation process. It also makes it easier to comply with the stringent Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) regulations.

Instead of relying on tig welding, our press fittings use a two-part process to produce superior joints. Pressing creates two deformations:

  1. Radial deformation
  2. Geometric deformation

In radial deformation, the O-ring is compressed in the toroidal chamber of the pipe to create a hermetic seal — it is completely airtight and suitable for use with both gas and liquids.

In geometric deformation, both the pipe and the fitting are pressed to create a mechanical joint that is resistant to both slipping and rotations. This creates a solid joint that is durable but still flexible enough to withstand changes in temperature and pressure during operation.

Press Check Sleeves

For a pipe system to function properly, each joint has to be securely pressed to avoid leaks and spills once in operation. Our Press Check Sleeves on sizes up to 54mm offer a system that allows you to see exactly which pipe joints have been pressed and which ones were not.

The sleeves are colour coded according to their application, forming a neat band around the pipefitting. Once pressed, the coloured band falls off, so that you can easily identify which joints have already been pressed.

Our Press Fit system increases the safety of your pipe systems, providing a cost-effective and time saving solution to installation, operation and maintenance. Contact us today to learn more.

Foodpro 2014

At the recent FOODPRO exhibition held in Melbourne for the first time, there were over 9300 visitors examining the latest and best equipment for the Food processing industry. The Europress stainless steel pressfit stand was rated in the top 5 finalists for the best stand.

Europress were showcasing its Stainless steel range specifically to the Food and Beverage industry, but with the wealth of combined experience at all of our sales teams in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and New Plymouth in New Zealand, we have a solution for you.

The unique Europress tree was a major drawcard. Made from carbon steel  press fittings and standing 4 metres tall, it was amazing how many visitors stopped to comment on it, even wanting to purchase it. The videos (available on this site) were very helpful, many visitors that weren’t conversant with the ease and speed of installing press fittings were amazed and the versatility and cost savings of using Europress stainless steel press fittings. No Hot-work permits, no gas bottles, and no wasted time or money on gas purging for welding.

Europress press fittings are a real win-win solution. Not only is there the 316 SS range, but the option of 304 SS for genuine savings, or more economic still the Carbon steel range for other specific applications.

Mining News

Europress press fittings are the best solution for installing pipework in the rugged demands of mining or quarrying. The sheer portability of installing press fittings without need for gas bottles, hoses or the dangers of naked flames is a genuine time and money saver for contractors and end users.
Seen here at a mining site in the remote outback, Europress press fittings are used for diesel fuel and lubrication oils, keeping the mine fleet operational. Pipework can be installed without any risk of welding-caused fires. A real bonus is there is no need to purge out existing lines before making alterations or extensions.

Major Food Processing Plant & Europress

This major Food Processing plant used EUROPRESS PRESSFITTING SYSTEM to achieve installation deadlines on time and under budget! Tight spaces and other services were not a problem – No hot work permits needed for Europress.