The American National Standards Institute codes for pipe specifications cover
pipes and fittings in cast iron, cast bronze, wrought copper and steel. ANSI B16
is the specific standard of pipes and fittings and is interpreted on a web site
called piping-designer.com. In addition, this web site identifies subcategories
that may or may not apply to your organization.
Approach to Becoming Code Compliant
Create a list of what
piping materials your business uses or supplies, specifically pipe and fittings.
Some of the materials have their own standards. For example, for cast iron
threaded fittings, B16.4 gives the specific codes that should be applied with
respect to temperature ratings, and so forth. Once the materials are identified,
find the standards that apply.
Finding Which Subcategories Apply to Your Business
addition to piping-designer.com, The Engineering ToolBox has a complete list of
the ANSI pipes and fittings standards and also leads to various other sites that
may or may not apply to your organization. Keep in mind this is a list of the
standards, not the actual standards from ANSI. However, this list is an
applicable interpretation that will help you identify which of the ANSI
standards apply to your business. By taking the list of materials you created
and comparing it to the list of standards, you will now know which subcategories
apply to your business.
ANSI B16: Standards of Pipes and Fittings
This is the
general ANSI standard that applied to pipes and fittings. There are
subcategories that apply to specific materials, such as cast iron. By referring
to the list of materials you have already created you will be able to find the
subcategories that apply to your business.
Purchasing ANSI Standards
Before you go to purchase ANSI
standards, you want to know which of the standards directly apply to you. Your
list should have been created from visiting either of the resources mentioned
above (piping-designer.com or The Engineering Toolbox). To obtain a set of
standards that apply to your organization, go to the official ANSI website. Key
in the standard number that applies to your organization, for example ANSI B16.
This will direct you to an ANSI comparison chart. This chart will offer you
options and help you decide the most cost-effective method of purchase.