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Differences between Seamless pipe and Welded pipe

Seamless and Welded pipe are the most prominent comparison among different types of piping techniques. To differentiate Seamless and Welded pipe, many factors should take into accounts from Manufacturing process, Length and Size, Working Pressure and Corrosion Resistance, Material Availability and Lead Time until economy and testing.

Difference between Seamless pipes and Welded pipes by Saliran Industrial Supplies Sdn Bhd
Seamless Pipe VS Welded Pipe

1. Manufacturing Process

  • Seamless pipe are derived from large piece of solid cylindrical steel, known as billet which is then heated and stretched until it forms into a hallow tube with desired dimensions.
  • Welded Pipe are manufactured from a long-coiled strip, known as skelp which is then rolled by a bending machine until it formed into a tube with desired dimensions. Welding pipe available in a few types such as ERW, SSAW, LSAW, DSAW.

2.  Length and size

  • Due to the difficulties in manufacturing process, Seamless pipe is relatively shorter. Generally, Seamless pipe is produces in nominal sizes from 1/8” to 36”
  • On the other way round, welded pipe does not have any length and size limitation. Hence, in terms of length and size availability, welded pipe is better. 

3. Working Pressure and Corrosion Resistance

  • “Seamless” pipe which named as no seam (crease) or welded joint found, caused a higher working pressure compared to welded pipe. Absent of seam allowed seamless pipe to resist more pressure and load. Hence, corrosion resistance is higher.
  • Conversely, “Welded” pipe which consist of seam due to welding has 20% lower working pressure. Hence, resulting a lower corrosion resistance. 

4. Material Availability and Lead Time

  • The manufacturing of seamless pipe required limited high strength material such as stainless steel, copper, carbon steel, titanium, Monel, Hastelloy, etc. Limited Materials and complex production process caused a longer lead time.
  • On the contrary, manufacturing of welded pipe made by long coiled strip which available in various different material. Hence, shorter delivery and lead time required.

5. Economy and Testing

  • Seamless pipe does not require weld integrity test. However, the complexity of manufacturing process had caused a high costing.
  • Conversely, welded pipe is more economic. It must be tested before use to build a piping system.

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 Welded Line Pipe


1/8" (6mm), 1/4" (8mm), 3/8" (10mm), 1/2" (15mm), 3/4" (20mm), 1" (25mm),

1-1/4" (32mm), 1-1/2" (40mm), 2" (50mm), 2-1/2" (65mm), 3" (80mm),

3-1/2" (90mm), 4" (100mm), 5" (125mm), 6" (150mm), 8" (200mm)




API 5L Annex E (as per client requirement)

Heat Treatment

As per request


Internal and external coating available as per request


Carbon Steel


High Yield Carbon Steel

API 5L X42/ 46/ 52/ 60/ 65/ 70 - PSL1/2

Low Temp Carbon Steel


Stainless Steel

ASME/ASTM SA/A312 304/304L, 316/316L, 317/317L,321/321H,310

Duplex / Super Duplex

UNS S31803, S32205, S32750, S32760, S31254

Size Range


2" (50mm), 2-1/2" (65mm), 3" (80mm),

3-1/2" (90mm), 4" (100mm), 5" (125mm), 6" (150mm), 8" (200mm),

10" (250mm), 12" (300mm), 14" (350mm), 16" (400mm), 18" (450mm)


16" (400mm), 18" (450mm), 20" (500mm), 22" (550mm), 24" (600mm),

26" (650mm), 28 (700mm)", 30" (750mm), 32" (800mm), 34" (850mm),

36" (900mm), 38" (950mm), 40" (1000mm), 42" (1050mm), 44" (1100mm),

46" (1150mm),   48" (1200mm), 50" (1250mm), 52" (1300mm), 54" (1350mm), 56" (1400mm), 58" (1450mm), 60" (1500mm)

 Seamless Pipe

Size Range

1/4" (8mm), 3/8" (10mm), 1/2" (15mm), 3/4" (20mm), 1" (25mm),

1-1/4" (32mm), 1-1/2" (40mm), 2" (50mm), 2-1/2" (65mm), 3" (80mm),

3-1/2" (90mm), 4" (100mm), 5" (125mm), 6" (150mm), 8" (200mm),

10" (250mm), 12" (300mm), 14" (350mm), 16" (400mm), 18" (450mm),

20" (500mm), 22" (550mm), 24" (600mm), 26" (650mm), 28 (700mm)",

30" (750mm), 32" (800mm), 34" (850mm), 36" (900mm), 38" (950mm),

40" (1000mm), 42" (1050mm), 44" (1100mm), 46" (1150mm),   48" (1200mm)


SCH 10, SCH 20, SCH 30, SCH 40, SCH 60, SCH 80, SCH 100, SCH 120, SCH 140, SCH 160


SCH 10s, SCH 40s, SCH 80s


ASME/ANSI B36.10, B36.19


Carbon Steel

ASME/ASTM SA/A106 Gr A/ Gr B/  Gr C

High Yield Carbon Steel

API 5L X42/ 46/ 52/ 60/ 65/ 70 - PSL1/ 2

Low Temp Carbon Steel

ASME/ASTM SA/A333 Grade 6

Chrome Moly

ASME/ASTM SA/A 335 Grade P5/ P11/ P22/ P91

Stainless Steel

ASME/ ASTM SA/A312 TP304/304L, 316/316L, 309, 309H, 310S, 310H, 317/317L, 321, 321H, 347, 347H, 904L

Duplex/ Super Duplex

ASME/ASTM SA/A790 UNS S31803, S32205, S32750, S32760

Nickel Alloy

ASME/ASTM SB163, 168, 424, 443, 575

UNS N02200 (Nickel 200), UNS N02201 (Nickle 201)

UNS N04400 (Monel 400), UNS N06600 (Inconel 600)

UNS N06601 (Inconel 601), UNS N06625 (Inconel 625)

UNS N08810 (Incoloy 800H), UNS N08811 (Incoloy 800HT)
UNS N08825 (Inconel 825), UNS N010276 (Hastelloy C276)


HIC, PED 2014/68/EU, NACE MR0175, NORSOK available

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