An Overview of the Different Types of Branch Connections

Branch connections bridge a larger pipe to a smaller pipe or another of equal size. Each branch connection serves a specific purpose, and it’s important to understand the function of each one. The proper connection will ensure the most efficient pipeline. They come in various sizes, types, and classes, and they are typically made out of stainless steel, chrome, or alloy. The three main branch connectors are weldolets, sockolets, and threadolets. The demand for proper pipe connectors is expected to increase. Along the Gulf Coast, there are over 100 major projects that will require flanges, piping, and various pipe fittings in the next five years. Below is an overview of the main types of branch connections.


Weldolets are the most popular type of connection, and they come in a variety of dimensions to meet your piping needs. The branch connection is beveled, and they are designed to create a strong connection used in high-pressure conditions. They minimize stress on the connections and provide integral reinforcement.


Sockolets are similar to weldolets, but they are used in lower pressure connections. They also differ in that they are socket fittings instead of bevels. Sockolets are also best for connections with smaller pipe diameters. Both weldoets and sockolets have a run end and a branch end. Run ends connect to larger pipes in diameter, while branch ends connect to smaller pipe diameters. The installation of both weldolets and sockolets requires welding the connector to the outlet pipe.


Fittings for these connectors are threaded, and they are most often used in 90-degree connections. Like sockolets, threadolets are a great option for low-pressure pipe systems and smaller pipes. The branch fittings are self-reinforced, and they are used, as the name suggests, when threaded connections are required. The threading expedites the installation of the connectors since welding is not required.

The use of branch connections is cost-effective, requires less space, and is installed faster than traditional pipe branches. Durable pipelines with the proper connectors will reduce the need for frequent repairs and maintenance. Quality branch connections will ensure the safest pipeline systems. You should consult with a trusted, experienced supplier if you are unsure about what connection will best suit your needs. We will be happy to point you in the right direction here at Lynco Flange & Fitting.

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