Pipe Supports All Products

  • Carbon steel, stainless steel, high alloy steel

    Specially Forged and Machined supports

  • Custom-made for your specific manufacturing process

    Standard & non standard clamps in carbon, stainless and low alloy steels

  • We weld and forge a range of materials

    Standard and special purpose hangers with 'C' clamp

Pipe Supports

Crystal Industrial offers a range of heavy-duty pipe support systems specially designed for industrial facilities, plant engineering systems and heavy-duty building engineering systems. The heavy-duty pipe support system is always made to order and custom-manufactured with regard to the material and surface finish in accordance with customer specifications.

Different materials and surface finish processes can be combined with one another. In addition to our standard design with a hot dip galvanized surface, we also apply primed, painted and coated finishes. Our product portfolio is made complete with a special clamp system for attachment to steel structures without the need for drilling or welding. The heavy-duty pipe slides are also available in stainless steel for use in areas with increased corrosion protection requirements.

World-class Pipe Supports from Crystal Industrial

People around the world use pipe supports and restraints; in fact they spend somewhere in the region of £150million on ‘engineered supports’ each year. The majority of pipes that we support and restrain are actually long thin pressure vessels operating at high pressures and temperatures, and occasionally at very low temperatures. In general they connect one large piece of equipment to another and facilitate the flow of fluid between the various processes. In some cases we supply supports for pipes that operate at temperatures as high as 850°C and diameters large enough to walk through.During the operating cycle of the plant there is inevitably a change in temperature; when the plant is not working it is at ambient temperature and when it works it operates at a different temperature. Even changes in temperature between day and night can have significant effects.Almost all materials expand or contract as their temperature is increased or decreased. A pipe that carries steam from a boiler to a turbine heats up from room temperature to 570°C between not working and working. This change in temperature will cause the pipe to expand by approximately 7.5mm/m, though the change is most prominent in the length of the pipe rather than in its diameter.Imagine if the pipe could not expand or contract freely, the force generated in preventing the expansion to take place will cause substantial damage to either the pipe or the equipment at each end of it!Consider the pipe work in a power station and liken it to your own central heating system; fluid is pumped around a closed system. In the boiler water is heated under pressure allowing its temperature to be increased to over five times the normal boiling temperature of water. An escape of steam under these conditions would simply cut a man in half.This steam passes through the pipe work into the turbine where the pressure drives the turbine and generates the electricity. Inside the turbine the pressure is reduced and the temperature of the steam decreases. It is then sent back to the boiler where it is heated up again and so the cycle continues. The greater the demand on the power station, the higher the operating pressure and temperature will be.The analogy with the central heating system; when your heating comes on or goes off you hear all sorts of creeks and bumps as the system heats-up or cools-down.

That is simply because the piping is expanding and contracting between fixed points; the noises are due to the pipe moving against the joists and floor-boards of your house.On a large, coal fired power station such as Drax in Yorkshire the boiler may be as tall as a ten storey building and the turbine will be perhaps 500m away from the boiler. The length of pipe could quite easily be 1km between the two. When you consider the amount of the expansion mentioned above, the whole pipe will grow in length by 7.5m.Peel away the insulation around the pipe when it is hot and you will actually see the pipe glowing a dull cherry red - at this temperature the metal from which the pipe is made becomes like plasticine. If it is not supported correctly it will sag and deform; this will cause problems to the subsequent operation of the plant. Drainage slopes will become disturbed, excessive forces will be transferred to the boiler and turbine connections and eventually the power station will not be able to operate.An example of what can go wrong under such situations occurred at Money Point power station in Ireland some years ago. Steam was released into pipe work where a pool of water had gathered; the pressure of the steam forced the water through the pipe causing severe damage to the pipe, the supports and even the building structure. A very costly repair followed!

Pipe Supports Range

High pressure Support

High pressure Support

Crystal’s primary supports for high pressure application are special type of pipe support and are forged and machined to suit the pipe line OD. the smooth machined surface projects pipeline from any damages while performing the pipe holding function


Hanger support

Crystals Hanger with `c' clamps are craftily engineered to meet the customer application from a small size of 1” NB to large sizes. The hangers are designed for specified loads and `C’ clamps are available in carbon steel, stainless steel and low alloy steels


Shoe Support

Crystals shoe support is designed for low and high temperature and is available in carbon steel, stainless steel and low alloy steels. This support is mainly used to guide large size pipeline in Refinery, Petrochemical and Power Plant


'C' Clamp Shoe Support

Crystals 'C' Clamp shoe support is to restrict movement and the support is anchored on the floor or fastened to the structural member. This special support is suitable for pipeline in Refinery, Petrochemical and Power Plant and is available in carbon steel, stainless steel and low alloy steels

Frequently Asked Questions About Pipe Supports

Yes, we make our own tools for forming pipe clamps so we can make a pipe clamp to suit any size of pipe up to approximately 1400mm diameter.

American Welding Society standard, which covers welding/welder qualification requirements for use within structural steel fabrications. All of our procedures/welders are qualified in accordance with ASME IX which is considered to be a superior specification & hence qualification. ASME = American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Section IX applies to welding qualification for Boiler & Pressure vessels.

In general they connect one large piece of equipment to another and facilitate the flow of fluid between the various processes.

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