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Paddle Spacers

At Hydro Blind Solutions, our paddle spacer sets are engineered for use within a wide array of piping systems. From refineries to offshore drilling rigs, our spacer sets are manufactured and available for purchase in the sizes and pressure classes required for your applications. The design of our systems makes it easy to quickly open and reliably close off pipes as desired.

For more than 40 years, we have delivered superior quality solutions for isolation piping systems, and you can depend on the engineering and workmanship we put into the blind spacers, paddle blinds, spectacle blinds, vented blinds, and blind flanges we offer. We guarantee the quality of our products and are always prepared to help you select the ideal solutions for your needs.

Contact Hydro Blind Solutions at 409-736-7665 to discuss your spacer set and piping needs.

What Is a Paddle Spacer?

A paddle spacer is a device used in piping systems to create separation or space between two pipe flanges. As a crucial component in pipeline technology, it provides a gap within a flanged joint, maintaining separation between different sections of the system.

This is typically used during maintenance or inspection operations, allowing for easy isolation of individual sections without interrupting the overall operation of the pipeline.

Our Paddle Spacer Classes & Specifications

Our paddle spacers are designed for easy insertion and to effectively fill the space between two pipe flanges. Our milled or machine-finished paddle spacers are manufactured in a broad range of sizes, thicknesses, pressure ratings, and materials, including carbon steel, stainless steel, and alloys. We make it easy to customize the spacer for use within your specific application.

Our spacers are custom-manufactured for every purchase, and we carefully produce each spacer to precise specifications. We offer multiple classes and specifications, including:

  • Class 150
  • Class 150 Series A
  • Class 150 Series B
  • Class 300
  • Class 300 Series A
  • Class 30 Series B
  • Class 600
  • Class 600 Series A
  • Class 600 Series B
  • Class 900
  • Class 900 Series A
  • Class 900 Series B
  • Class 1500
  • Class 2500

Contact Hydro Blind Solutions at 409-736-7665 for more information about the specifications and classes we offer for spacer sets to purchase. 

Mill & Machine Finishes

The finish of a paddle spacer significantly contributes to its performance, durability, and fit within a piping system. Two common finishes applied to paddle spacers are the mill finish and the machine finish. A mill finish refers to the surface texture or finish of metal after it exits a rolling mill, extrusion die, or drawing processes. These processes create the initial metal product, but leave the surface with a somewhat rough texture. Despite its lack of aesthetic appeal, a mill finish is durable, highly corrosion-resistant, and ideal for applications where surface smoothness isn’t a critical factor.

A machined finish, on the other hand, results from the metal being processed through precision machining methods, such as turning, milling, or grinding. These methods refine the surface of the metal, removing any roughness or irregularities and resulting in a smooth, polished finish. Ultimately, the choice between a mill finish and a machine finish depends on the specific requirements of your application and industry.

Why Choose Hydro Blind Solutions for Your Paddle Spacer Purchase?

At Hydro Blind Solutions, our isolation piping products are engineered to deliver exceptional quality, versatility, and durability. For more than 40 years, we have manufactured products for use around the world by a wide range of industries. Our premier solutions and 24/7 service make us the top choice for refineries, construction firms, oilfield operators, engineering firms, offshore drilling platforms, and many others. We provide global shipping and proudly deliver turnkey solutions on time and on budget every time.

When you need to purchase blind flanges, paddle blinds, spectacle blinds, blind spacer sets, or bleed rings, you can depend on our solutions to deliver reliable results and exceptional performance. We also offer a full range of machining services, including drilling/tapping, reducing flanges, refacing, taper boring, and more.

Contact Hydro Blind Solutions at 409-736-7665 for more information about our company and the industrial piping solutions we offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do paddle spacers differ from other isolation piping products?

Paddle spacers are specifically designed to create a gap or separation between two pipe flanges, allowing for easy isolation of sections. Unlike other isolation products, they maintain separation without obstructing the flow when not in use.

How do I determine the right size of paddle spacer for my piping system?

The size of the paddle spacer should correspond to the size of the pipe flanges you’re working with. If unsure, our team at Hydro Blind Solutions can assist in determining the correct size for your application.

How do I know if my paddle spacer is damaged or compromised?

Visible signs such as warping, cracks, or corrosion can indicate damage. If you suspect your paddle spacer is compromised, it’s best to replace it to ensure the safety and efficiency of your piping system.

What’s the difference between a mill finish and a machine finish on a paddle spacer?

A mill finish is the surface texture of metal after initial production processes, leaving a somewhat rough texture. In contrast, a machine finish results from precision machining methods, offering a smooth, polished finish.

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