Pipe Guides, Stops & Anchors
Pipe guides are used to facilitate thermal pipe expansion so that axial movement is properly directed to expansion joints. Pipe guides prevent bowing and buckling of the pipe. Fabricated pipe guides are available in many configurations and ensure positive pipe alignment, protecting both the pipe and the expansion device from failure. Pipe guides are always recommended in applications involving pipe movement and can be used in all process piping systems. Pipe guides that restrict movement in two directions are referred to as stops while anchors restrict movement in all 3 dimensions.