About PFI-Institute


The piping industry employs some of the most sophisticated and advanced technology in existence. The challenge for those involved in this industry is to remain informed and up-to-date on both current and future technology.

This is particularly important for industrial clients, contractors, design firms and engineers responsible for facilities employing various piping systems.

These systems are used in the most complex and sensitive facilities - nuclear and fossil fuel plants, refineries, steel mills and paper mills, chemical processing plants, semiconductor, pharmaceutical and many others - that must perform under great stress while adhering to strict safety, health and governmental regulations.


The Pipe Fabrication Institute (PFI) was formed in 1913. It is one of the oldest and most respected industry associations in the United States.

The PFI exists solely for the purpose of ensuring a level of quality in the pipe fabrication industry that is without compromise.

Over the years PFI has fulfilled its charter by :

  • Initiating engineering, studies and research
  • Proposing and maintaining suitable standards and technical bulletins.
  • Organizing meetings, technical exchanges and presentations among members pertaining to materials and products, techniques of fabrication and operation, methods of examination and testing and other topics.

The primary purpose of the Pipe Fabrication Institute is to promote the highest standards of excellence in the pipe fabrication industry.

The PFI has an obligation to the piping industry and to the clients of that industry around the world; "To maintain the high level of excellence that has become associated with this organization during its many decades of existence".


The Pipe Fabrication Institute's mission is to promote the Standard of Excellence in the Pipe Fabrication Industry worldwide by:

  • Providing a forum for communication within the industry
  • Publishing Comprehensive Engineering and Fabrication Standards
  • Developing safe operating methods
  • Maintaining a spirit of cooperation between management and labor
  • A commitment to employee training in the pursuit of quality
  • Working with responsible labor organizations internationally to provide trained, qualified workers and productive terms of employment to the industry
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