Grayloc® Universal Ball Joints

Add flexibility to piping spools in static and dynamic applications with our high integrity connectors.

Grayloc Universal Ball Joints* provide secure, flexible connections between pipes and support the transfer of high temperature and high pressure process fluids across your operations. Our flexi-ball and uni-ball configurations ensure ease of maintenance while protecting the integrity of your piping systems.

*Formerly the SMX International Universal Ball Joint

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Compensate for pipe misalignment and movement

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Accommodate thermal expansion 

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Reduce pipe stress

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Easy Integration and Superior Performance

Shipped factory hydrotested, pre-torqued, and ready for welding, our Universal Ball Joints incorporate a reliable high-temperature, high-pressure Graphoil® seal. Flexi-ball and uni-ball configurations are easily integrated to meet your diverse needs.

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Technical Specifications

Nominal pipe size (NPS)1 to 24 in
Design pressure ratingSuitable for ANSI Class 150 up to 10,000 psig
Hydrostatic test pressure1.5 times design pressure rating rounded up to nearest 25 psig
Design temperature rangeUp to 1,000°F (556°C)

Body Nickel alloy, carbon, low-alloy, stainless, and duplex stainless steels
Ball Nickel alloy, carbon, low-alloy, stainless, and duplex stainless steels
Ball coating Contact Grayloc® Products
Packing Graphoil®
Injection port Type 316 stainless steel, 4140 low-alloy steel, or Inconel 718
External coatingPer customer specifications

ASME B31.1, Power Piping
ASME B31.3, Process Piping
ASTM F1298, Standard Specification for Flexible, Expansion-Type Ball Joints for Marine Applications
API 6FA, Specification for Fire Test for Valves
ISO 9001: 2008

Product Documents

Grayloc® Universal Ball Joints Catalog | Letter

Grayloc® Universal Ball Joints | A4
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Typical Applications

Product Variations

Balll Joint Variation 1 (1)

Expansion Arms

Custom-fabricated expansion arms suitable for thermal oil extraction applications.

Balll Joint Variation 2 (1)

Alignment Connectors

Flanged universal ball joints alleviate onsite alignment concerns.

Field Inspection and Maintenance Services

Grayloc offers on-site inspection and maintenance services to ensure the integrity of our connectors and to facilitate the return of worn or damaged ball joints to within factory specifications.

Contact Us

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