Long Tangent & Extra Long Tangent Fittings

Long Tangent & Extra Long Tangent Fittings

Tangent Pipe Fittings

         Tangent pipe fittings make process piping installations easier than conventional buttweld pipe fittings.  Conventional buttweld pipe fittings are in accordance with ANSI B16.9. This specification governs the dimensions, tolerances and “end prep” for standard buttweld fittings. Wrought pipe fittings formed from pipe,  in copper-nickel, stainless steel (and rarely, carbon steel) alloys are usually made in accordance with this specification.

What is different about tangent pipe fittings?

          The difference is that one end or both ends of the elbow have extra length added. This extra length is not welded on but actually formed integrally in the bending process. Typical tangent lengths are 2″+ but longer (and custom upon request) tangents are available.

What is the same about tangent pipe fittings?

          When manufactured, IAW ANSI B16.9, pipe fitting elbows can be LR (Long Radius) 1.5xDIA or SR (Short Radius) 1.0xDIA in both 90 degree form and 45 degree form. Tangent pipe fitting elbows can also be manufactured as LR and SR.

Where should tangent pipe fittings be used?

          Tangent pipe fitting elbows are easier to jig (fixture) for welding because you are always welding straight to straight (as opposed to directly to a 90 or 45). Internal weld alignment rings (i.e. backing rings) can only be used with a tangent pipe fittings. However, the fitting ends can be belled (i.e. slip-on) for even easier, stronger welds.
          It is common in process piping  for fittings to be in close proximity. As a result, with long & extra long tangent fittings some welds are eliminated. In piping systems requiring radiographic examination, eliminating welds is very cost effective. In systems requiring high purity, the elimination of welds also eliminates areas highly susceptible to contamination. To eliminate welding further, a Tangent fitting can be roller grooved (Sch. 5 and Sch. 10) or cut grooved (Sch. 40 and higher) for installation using mechanical couplings.
            Also, a tangent pipe fitting can be welded in place utilizing “slip over” sleeve couplings. This changes the welding type from buttwelding to fillet welding. A good fillet weld can be made, on average, six times faster than a good buttweld.  Fillet welds require less skill than traditional buttwelds and are visually verifiable. Only radiograph can verify the integrity of a good buttweld.
           In retrofit applications, a buttweld fitting IAW ANSI B16.9 can be cut out and replaced with tangent pipe fittings.


Tangent Tees and Reducers

         Tangent pipe fittings are also available as standard or reducing TEEs, and concentric or eccentric reducers. Like tangent elbows, these components are shaped the same as ANSI B16.9 standard dimension pipe fittings but with longer tangents integrally formed into the fitting.
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  1. Specifications
  2. Sizes (1/2″ through 6″)
  3. End Preparations
  4. Dimensions Charts



  1. Specifications
  2. Sizes (1/2″ through 6″)
  3. End Preparations
  4. Dimensions Charts


End Preparations include: Belled Ends, Grooved Ends, and Plain Ends


Who is Bestweld?

Bestweld is a veteran owned and operated company located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Over the years, Bestweld has grown from just two employees when it was incorporated in the 80’s to over 40 employees as of March 2020. Bestweld found success in innovative pipe fitting solutions (like Belled-end fittings) and good old fashioned hard work. A main strength of Bestweld is our employees. We employ intelligent and motivated individuals who are ambitious, conscientious and possess a positive attitude. We are honest, fair, professional, and ambitious in our business dealings.

What does Bestweld do?

We provide cost effective pipe fitting solutions through focusing on safety, quality and performance. The quality and reliability of the products and services offered by Bestweld are maintained at levels consistent with our internal procedures and customer expectations. Our employees dedicate themselves to Bestweld’s quality assurance systems and resultant high level of quality and service. The management of Bestweld coordinates the administrative, marketing, production and quality assurance resources to ensure the attainment of our primary mission.

What can you expect from Bestweld?

Expect excellent quality, great service, and reliability you can depend on. Expect to be treated right, whether you’re a small mom and pop shop or a big corporation. Bestweld works with our suppliers and customers, as partners, and is continuously improving our products and services. We believe the delivery of high quality, superior products leads not only to the success of Bestweld but also to its business partners.

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