Sei sulla pagina 1di 5

BRANCH CONNECTION FITTING

WRITTEN BY JERRY RATZLAFF ON 19 FEBRUARY 2016. POSTED IN PIPE FITTINGS


Branch connections are not just tee's and lateral's, they are also weldolets. Weldolets are welded
branch connections that are designed to match or exceed the schedule of the pipe used. Each is
marked with an outlet size and the pipe sizes that it can be welded to. If stamped 5-3x3/4" it will have
an outlet size of 3/4" and fit pipe sizes 3", 3 1/2", 4", 5" and having a maximum gap between the pipe
and olet of 1/32" for the largest size.

If you're looking for other types of branch connections besides O'lets, click here.

Whatever your pipe size, an olet can be found to do the job. 4 inch and smaller are designed to fit
numerous sizes of pipe, 5 inches and larger are designed for each specific size of pipe. A flat base is
available for connecting to pipe caps and vessel heads.

Threaded Socket

Class 3000 - for use with Sch. 80 pipe. Class 3000 - for use with Sch. 80
Class 6000 - for use with Sch. 160 pipe. pipe.
Class 6000 - for use with Sch. 160
pipe.

Unless otherwise specified, the following trademarked names are registered to Bonney Forge. These
fittings may be available for sale under different names. It is up to the user to ensure that the fitting
meets applicable codes, such as ANSI/ASME B16.9, ANSI/ASME B16.25 or MSS SP-97.

ABBREVIATIONS
ELO - elbolet
LOL - latrolet
SOL - socolet
TOL - threadolet
WOL - weldolet

TYPES OF BRANCH CONNECTIONS

Threaded Elbolet on an elbow


ELBOLET
An Elbolet is used on 90 long radius elbows, short radius elbows and can be used on 180 returns.
However, an Elbolet on a short radius elbow is not used often. It typically is used for Thermowell and
instrumentation connections but can be used as a drain connection when room isn't available for using
a Weldolet. The Elbolet is available with buttweld, socketweld or threaded connections.

For dimensions and available sizes of the Elbolet, view the datasheet.

SOCKOLET
A Sockolet is the same basic design as a "weldolet" or "threadolet" where the major difference is
that a Sockolet has a socket for welding versus a buttweld connection that a Weldolet has. This makes
a 90 branch and comes in full size or reducing for a straight piece of pipe. Sockolets are available in
Class 3000, 6000 and 9000 for high pressures.

For dimensional information and available sizes, view the Sockolet datasheets:

Sockolet - Reducing and Flat, ANSI Class 3000, FCS (in)


Sockolet - Size to Size and Flat, ANSI Class 3000, FCS (in)
Sockolet - Reducing, ANSI Class 6000, FCS (in)

THREADOLET
A Threadolet is the same basic design as a "weldolet." However the main difference is the fitting
has a female threaded connection to mate to the branch connection. This makes a 90 branch and
comes in full size or reducing for a straight piece of pipe.

Typically, it is in the size range of 1/2" to 2" and is welded over a hole either drilled or burned in the
pipe.

For dimensional information and available sizes, view the Threadolet datasheets:

Thredolet - Reducing and Flat, ANSI Class 3000, FCS (in)


Thredolet - Size to Size and Flat, ANSI Class 3000, FCS (in)
Thredolet - Reducing, ANSI Class 6000, FCS (in)
An installed Weldolet

WELDOLET
A Weldolet makes a 90 branch connection and - comes in full size or reducing for a straight piece
of pipe. A weldolet is designated by the run length by the branch length. For example a 6-inch
weldolet on a 10-inch pipe would be a 10x6 Weldolet. A weldolet is designed to minimize stress
concentrations and provide integral reinforcement without the need for reinforcing the weld.

For dimensional information and available sizes, view the Weldolet datasheets:

Weldolet - Dimensions for Run Center to Face of Olet (in)


Weldolet - Insert, ANSI, FCS (in)
Weldolet - Heavy Wall, ANSI, FCS (in)
Weldolet - Size to Size and Flat, ANSI Sch STD, FCS (in)
Weldolet - Reducing and Flat, ANSI Sch STD, FCS (in)
Weldolet - Size to Size and Flat, ANSI Sch XS, FCS (in)
Weldolet - Reducing and Flat, ANSI Sch XS, FCS (in)
Weldolet - Size to Size and Flat, ANSI Sch 160/XXS, FCS (in)
Weldolet - Reducing and Flat, ANSI Sch 160/XXS, FCS (in)

SPECIALTY OLETS
BRAZOLET
A Brazolet is a fitting that resembles a Weldolet and is designed for use on KLM pipe (ASTM_B88)
and iron pipe size ('''IPS''') brass or copper tubing. It is available with socket or threaded connections.

COUPOLET
A Coupolet is a fitting that is designed for use in fire protection sprinkler systems and other low
pressure piping applications. It comes with NPT female threads for 300# service.

EXPANDED OLET
A Expanded Olet is designed to be used when the branch pipe is larger than run pipe. It can replace
the need for two fittings a tee and concentric reducer.
FLANGED OLET
A Flanged Olet is a combination of a Weldolet and flange, available in classes 150 thru 2500 and
any combination flange type.

FLEXOLET
A Flexolet and Weldolet are basically the same but with one difference. The Flexolet has a
straight through bore and the Weldolet has a tapered bore.

INSERT WELDOLET
A Insert Weldolet is designed to be welded flush with the pipe and can replace a reducing tee or
reinforcing plate.

LATROLET
A Latrolet is similar to a Weldolet that makes a 45 reducing branch on a straight run of pipe. End
connections of a Latrolet can be buttwelded, socket welded or threaded.

NIPOLET
A Nipolett is a Weldolet with a nipple and comes with either a plain or threaded end. It's a one
piece fitting that can be used for drains, vents or taps.

SWEEPOLET
A Sweepolet is almost like a pipe saddle but has been manufactured in such a way as to minimize
pipe stresses and stress concentration factors. The weld is able to be inspected by typical weld
inspection techniques such as radiography and ultrasound inspections.

For dimensional information on the Sweepolet, view the datasheet.

HOW TO ORDER
Specify Size
o Outlet size
o Run or Header
Specify Style
o Weldolet (buttweld)
o Thredolet (threaded)
o Sockolet (socket)
o Elbolet, Latrolet, Sweeploet, Insert Weldolet, Nipolet, ect.
Indicate Class or Schedule/Pipe Wall
o Class 3000 or 6000 - Threaded or Socket
o STD, XS, Sch 160/XXS, ect. - Buttweld
Select Material
o Carbon steel
o Stainless steel
o Other
Specify Design Code (if available)

STANDARDS
ASME STANDARDS
ASME B16.9 - Factory-Made Wrought Buttwelding Fittings

MSS STANDARDS
MSS SP-97 - Integrally Reinforced Forged Branch Outlet Fittings - Socket Welding, Threaded,
and Buttwelding End.