What Are the Differences Between Process Piping and Plumbing?

Understanding the differences between plumbing and process piping requires some specific information about how and where these types of piping are used. At Rapid Pump and Meter Service Co., Inc. and Machinery Services Corp., we offer a wide range of services that can address the needs involving process piping and plumbing. New Jersey and surrounding area customers rely on our knowledge and experience to service their industrial pump stations and other equipment in a reliable and efficient manner.


Plumbing incorporates processes that involve the distribution of liquid and chemical substances through piping networks. Plumbing is usually associated with the pipes which are connected to shower and faucet systems. Process piping, on the other hand, includes pipes that service processing machines, which are often located in factories.

Process Piping

Process piping functions outside of a building’s mechanical systems and is aimed instead at the production of a particular product. It is used to convert liquids, gases, and chemical into tangible, useful products. Process piping is used to convey substances other than water for water distribution which is used for cleaning, bathing, and drinking.

The components of a process piping system are interconnected and can include flanges, separators, traps, pressure hoses, gaskets, strainers, and more. These components are arranged and connected in such a manner as to separate, disseminate, and control to stop the transport of substances with the piping system.

A Key Difference Between Plumbing and Process Piping

Building codes tend to define the difference between process piping and plumbing. Plant developers must adhere to engineering codes when designing process piping systems to ensure the proper piping and other related design aspects are used and followed. A proper plumbing system installation requires adherence to the relevant plumbing code to ensure all code requirements are met.

Plumbing systems should comply with the use of certain materials, for example copper pipes as mandated by state laws. Manufacturers and designers have more flexibility when it comes to the materials used in a process piping system. Engineers must choose materials and components that do not interfere with the proper production of the end product.

To learn about the various industrial services we offer that affect process piping and plumbing in New Jersey and beyond, call us today at 973.345.5600 or use our contact form to send us a message.

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