Comparing Titanium, Nickel Alloy, Aluminum & Stainless Steel Tube

Comparing Titanium, Nickel Alloy, Aluminum & Stainless Steel Tube

A variety of industries rely on metals like titanium, nickel, and aluminum or stainless steel tube for high-performance applications. Each of these options has its own unique properties and benefits. In this blog post, we’re going to look at these different materials and break down the benefits of each.

Titanium Tubing

Titanium tubing is well-suited for the aerospace, automotive, and military/defense industries where applications require both weight and strength. Although titanium tubes have a significantly lower density than steel, nickel, and copper, they’re strong and rigid in comparison to other alloys.

Titanium alloys are corrosion, chemical, and heat resistant. In fact, titanium’s heat tolerance enables it to withstand temperatures of 600 degrees or more. Titanium is known for its excellent weldability, good fabricability, and effectiveness in challenging industrial applications.

Nickel Tubing

Nickel tubing is heat resistant and quite strong. This makes it particularly useful in extreme temperature environments like those in the oil and gas, aerospace, chemical/petrochemical, biotechnology, healthcare, and food processing industries.

Various industrial applications rely on nickel alloys. Nickel tubes can withstand extremely high temperatures, have a slower rate of oxidation and stress-corrosion, and a low rate of thermal expansion.

Aluminum Tubing

Aluminum tubing is notable for its lightness, excellent strength-to-weight ratio, and versatility. It’s superior corrosion resistance and thermal conduction makes it highly suitable for challenging environments.

Stainless Steel Tubing

Stainless steel tubing is used for many applications and structural purposes due to its heat and corrosion resistance, amazing weldability and machinability, and aesthetically appealing look.

Talk to a Steel Tubing Manufacturer Today

Salem Tube is a steel tubing manufacturer headquartered in Greenville, PA. We offer fully integrated tubing solutions for complex projects, critical applications, and special customer requests. Our portfolio includes all materials from carbon steel to titanium – but our main specialty is stainless steel tubing and high nickel alloys. As part of the Tubacex Group, we’re a global stainless steel manufacturer producing high-quality products right here in the United States. If you’d like to learn more about our tubing, sheets, bars, pipes, coils, and plates, contact us today at 724-646-4301 for a quote.

Why Should You Choose Cold Drawn Stainless Steel Tubing from Salem Tube?

Every day, companies within the industrial field rely on stainless steel tubing for a variety of functions. Its primary function is protecting products and employees from harmful chemicals, gases, and fluids. Cold drawn stainless steel tubing is a top choice for industrial environments, offering a variety of benefits in terms of protection and performance.

Why is Cold Drawn Stainless Steel Tubing So Popular?

One of the most common types of materials that are used to engineer tubes and pipes is steel. Not only is cold drawn stainless steel one of best materials to protect employees and machinery from harmful chemicals and gases, it is incredibly durable and has the ability to withstand very high amounts of pressure. This tubing is specifically designed to withstand numerous climatic conditions, and they are highly efficient at delivering liquids and gases within industrial settings.

Cold drawn stainless steel tubing is expertly engineered by US stainless steel manufacturers such as Salem Tube. They are available in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and are custom made to fit the specifications of your machinery.

Furthermore, cold drawn stainless steel tubing is an economic choice for various industries. It is quite affordable and will also help you save on capital and labor cost.

Where Can You Use Cold Drawn Stainless Steel Tubing?

Due to its variety of benefits, cold drawn stainless steel tubing is a great option for numerous uses and applications. This tubing is used extensively in the industrial field, and its’s most frequently used in the hydraulic and pneumatic industries. Cold drawn stainless steel’s durability and high resistance to pressure makes it a top choice for these specific fields.

Salem Tube is a US stainless steel manufacturing company that process high quality cold drawn stainless steel tubing. Our tubing is engineered with excellence and unparalleled accuracy by using cutting-edge technology. The manufacturing process for your cold drawn stainless steel tubing is laser-focused on creating the very best quality products for your needs—whether you’re using our tubing for hydraulic purposes or beyond.

Why Choose Salem Tube?

When you choose Salem Tube for your cold drawn stainless steel tubing, you can be sure that you’re receiving the highest quality products that are manufactured in the US. Our company was established in 1977 and is located on a 10-acre tract in Greenville, Pennsylvania. Salem Tube is a global manufacturing company that serves the world with the best cold drawn stainless steel tubing available on the market. Contact us today to learn more at 724-646-4301.

The Benefits and Anatomy of Cold Drawn Stainless Steel Tubing

If you’re in the industrial field, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard about cold drawn stainless steel tubing. This variation of steel is a top choice for companies in the industrial, hydraulic, and pneumatic fields that need quality and reliable mechanical tubing. Cold drawn stainless steel tubing is affordable and also stands the test of time, making it one of the best options for industrial companies around the world.

What is Cold Drawn Stainless Steel Tubing?

Cold drawn stainless steel tubing is a cold drawn tube that offers a variety of benefits within the industrial fields. The process of manufacturing cold drawn stainless steel tubing typically involves 5 steps:

  • Producing raw material of the tubing: This step of the process specifies the material’s chemistry and dimensions, including thickness, straightness, and concentricity.
  • Preparing the material for drawing: This step typically involves push pointing, rotary swaging, and squeeze pointing. A vinyl coat or soap film is typically applied during this step.
  • Drawing the material: Jaws on a trolley grip the tube while pulling it through a die.
  • Straightening: Performed by using a 6 or 10 roll rotary straightener with a combination of flex and pressure.
  • Finishing and final inspection: The final step may include polishing, pickling, and monitoring for minor imperfections.

In the case of cold drawn stainless steel tubing, materials can originate from stainless, nickel-based alloys, or high-alloy steels.

What are The Benefits of Cold Drawn Stainless Steel Tubing?

If you’re wondering if cold drawn stainless steel tubing is right for you, here are several industrial benefits of this product:

  • Affordability: Cold drawn stainless steel tubing is affordable and can help cut down on labor costs.
  • Manufactured in the US: Salem Tube is a US stainless steel manufacturing company that is located on a 10-acre tract in Greenville, Pennsylvania.
  • Highly durable: Cold drawn stainless steel tubing can withstand very high amounts of pressure, as well as high temperatures. This is to ensure that your cold drawn stainless steel tubing can meet your industrial needs.
  • High tolerance levels: Cold drawn stainless steel tubing can sustain nearly any temperate zone within the industrial hydraulic, and pneumatic fields.
  • Uniform and high quality: Salem Tube uses the best technology in the industry to create extremely accurate and quality cold drawn stainless steel tubing for your needs.

US Stainless Steel Manufacturer: Contact Salem Tube Today

For the finest quality cold drawn stainless steel tubing on the market, contact Salem Tube today at 746-646-4301. Salem Tube is a US Stainless steel manufacturer serving the globe with the very best cold drawn stainless steel tubing.

Salem’s Latest NADCAP Accreditation

Salem Tube is proud to announce its latest accreditation from Nadcap for superior standards in stainless steel and nickel alloy tube manufacturing. This accreditation entitles the company to appear on the Qualified Manufacturer’s list, defining its dedication to quality assurance. Kamlesh Talati, Quality Director of Salem Tube comments, “Salem Tube is now on the Nadcap accredited special process list for NDT (non-destructive testing), joining our NADCAP Heat Treatment and Material Testing qualifications. Quality is at the foundation of all our operations and this will help to cement customer confidence in our testing capabilities as we aim to exceed industry standards”.

nadcap_nonDSalem Tube takes pride in holding ourselves to the highest process standards and looks forward to providing the best of quality to the aerospace and defense customers. The NDT accreditation includes the Ultrasonic and Eddy Current Testing. The Nadcap accreditations in three special processes (Heat Treatment, Material Testing and Non-destructive Testing) speaks highly of Salem Tube’s commitment to provide consistent top quality products.

To learn more about Salem Tube’s capabilities visit or call 724 646 4301.

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Salem Tube Announces its new START Program with the University of Pittsburgh

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Salem Tube Welcomes two Engineering Co-Op Students

Salem Tube has entered into a new collaborative effort with the University of Pittsburgh. The program, START, short for Salem Tube Academic Research Training, provides mutual benefits for all involved. Through START, Salem Tube has worked through the University of Pittsburgh Cooperative Education Department to bring on board two engineering students. The students entering this program alternate working four months and going to school four months, which typically includes three work rotations. While in their working months, the students are given key technical projects to solve and complete that will improve Salem Tube. Thus, both parties benefit from START by providing excellent work experience for students and by providing a boost to technical projects necessary to improve Salem Tube.


TUBACEX and the EIB Sign Loan Agreement for 65M Euros

On a national level, the TUBACEX Group and the European Investment Bank have signed a loan agreement for 65 Million euros. The loan will promote TUBACEX R&D&I initiatives for the development of new tubular solutions that provide added value to the market. The agreement was signed in Madrid by the EIB Vice-President Roman Escolano and the TUBACEX CEO, Jesus Esmoris.

Below is the press release issued on December 21, 2015.

Llodio – The TUBACEX Group, global leader in the manufacture of stainless steel and high-alloyed seamless tubes, and the European Investment Bank, EIB, have signed today a loan agreement for 65 million euros to promote the company’s R&D&I activities.

It is the first loan received by TUBACEX from the EIB and represents important support to the Group’s commitment to the development of tubular solutions that provide an added value for customers. More specifically, this agreement will drive the company’s innovation strategy from a triple perspective: new product research and development activities; development of its corporate R&D center; and advanced manufacturing and new technologies.

The funded activities will be carried out over the period 2015-2019 and will have an impact on the group’s activity at a global level, with important investments in Austria, Italy and Spain.

TUBACEX has received this financing within the framework of the InnovFin program, implemented by the EIB with the financial support of the European Union, which facilitates access to finance for innovative businesses. With this loan, the company will not only foster its innovation strategy but it will also strengthen its financial position.

According to the CEO of TUBACEX, Jesús Esmorís, this loan recognizes and encourages a priority area for the company: “this agreement promotes the development of innovative solutions for our customers, taking a qualitative leap in the traditional view of our sector towards products and services with greater added value”.

As for the Vice-President of the EIB, he has highlighted “the importance of R&D&I investment, which is a priority objective for the Bank and the EU to foster the promotion of the Knowledge Economy and the technological capacity of innovative companies”.



TUBACEX is a multinational group with its headquarters in Alava and a global leader in the manufacture of stainless steel and high-alloyed seamless tubes. It has production plants in Spain, Austria, China, Italy, the United States and India with service centers in Brazil, France, and Houston, as well as subsidiaries and sales offices in fourteen countries.

The main sectors demanding the tubes manufactured by TUBACEX are the oil and gas, petrochemical and power generation industries, which account for over 90% of the Group’s sales. With sales standing above 700 million Euros, the Group registers over 95% of sales outside of Spain.

TUBACEX has been listed on the Spanish Stock Market since 1970 and is part of the IBEX SMALL CAPS Index.


About Salem Tube

Located in Greenville, PA, Salem Tube is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tubacex Group, one of the leading producers of seamless stainless steel tubing products in the world. For more information on Salem Tube, including service areas and products, visit their website.

Stepping into the High-Pressure Industry

Salem Tube strengthens its position as a specialized supplier of tubes in the market

high pressure stainless tubingAcquired by the Tubacex Group in the mid 1990’s and located in Pennsylvania, Salem Tube has become vital to the group’s growth strategy for NAFTA and in small diameter tubing (up to 2”), by continuously evolving its High Added Value and Innovative tubing portfolio.

Growth into more demanding market segments is at the very core of the recent launch of medium and high-pressure tubing; a product used to transport fluids and gasses under extreme pressures. Salem Tube has adapted to the evolution of this market towards extreme conditions, such as industry demands to go deeper into the earth’s surface and cut materials faster, using water-jet cutting systems. The characteristics surrounding these products are very stringent as the materials are constantly exposed to working pressures of up to 60,000 PSI.

The very nature of intense pressure requires producers to focus on a number of critical design criteria. Exact properties must be built into the tubing design to address, not only safety and security, but also the ability to partner with valves and fittings available in this higher-pressure market. This industry dictates five specific Outside Diameter sizes that correspond to 14 different internal diameters directly related to specific pressure applications. Medium and high-pressure tubing is recognized now only for the aforementioned characteristics, but also for its specific wall to Outside Diameter ratios. The result must allow a cone and threading to be cut into the end so that it can fit flawlessly into the matching valves and fittings that are equally rated and round off the unit’s optimum working requirements.

Salem Tube has partnered industry leaders to develop cutting edge processes for this product, which in conjunction with recent investment into state-of-the-art equipment will make this product the company’s new flagship. The integrity of the product is designed to withstand some of the most demanding and harsh environments and will contribute to positioning Salem Tube as the number one specialty-tubing supplier in the United States.

If you are interested in finding out more about High Pressure Tubing, please contact us via our website.

Where Can I Find Tubacex Products in PA?

Salem Tube is the leading subsidiary of Tubacex Group in Pennsylvania

Salem Tube is the leading distributor of Tubacex in Pensylvania

This article was written for Invertia on October 30, 2015 and can be found on their website.

Tubacex is a company of Basque origin specializing in the manufacture of seamless tubes in stainless steel. It is the world’s leading manufacturer of this product. 

Tubacex is an industrial group founded in 1963 in Llodio (Alava) in special tubes’ Olarra name. In 1965 the business started with the manufacturing of the first tube by extrusion technology. Two years later, it changed its name to Spanish Company Pipe Extrusion SA -Tubacex. In the early 70’s it made the leap and started trading on the Spanish stock exchange.

In the 90s, the poor performance of its traditional business led to the biggest crisis in its history. Specifically in 1992 they filed bankruptcy and faced the risk of closure. Soon it held a total restructuring of the company with a new organization: specialization in stainless steel tubes; industrial reorganization and staff; creation of industrial subsidiaries and financial restructuring.

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Located in Greenville, PA, Salem Tube is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tubacex Group, one of the leading producers of seamless stainless steel tubing products in the world. For more information on Salem Tube, including service areas and products, visit their website.


Salem Tube Launches Improved Web Platform

Salem Tube Web Launch

contactpageimgOn October 30, 2015 Salem Tube launched Phase 1 of their Online Marketing Campaign. The online improvement was a necessary change that needed to be made to adhere to the ever-changing times. The new web platform offers customers a more in-depth view of what Salem Tube has to offer, to better serve current and potential customers in the marketplace, and to solidify Salem Tube as an industry leader. The site now allows for multiple points of contact throughout the site.

Moving into 2016, Salem Tube plans to unveil more customer friendly options and way to serve existing and future clients.

We are excited to continue to innovate in as many ways possible.