Piping systems are the veins of manufacturing
and chemical processing facilities. Corrosion, leakage, and improper
ratings can cause major issues in both productivity and safety.
Selecting and properly installing the correct pipe for your installation
can save you significant resources in the long run. Considering these
three factors can help minimize the risks of improper pipe.
Corrosion, particularly in chemical installations, is a major issue.
Protecting your pipelines from corrosive substances is essential to
increase the longevity of your system. There are a number of pre-emptive
solutions to corrosion, rubber lined pipe being one of the most common. An alternative to rubber lined is clad pipe, though clad pipe comes with its own set of pros and cons. You should also consider the material of your system, balancing your need for longevity and exposure with the cost.
One of the best ways to prevent leaks is to ensure that your pipe is
properly installed. Hiring experts in your particular piping application
will reduce the risks of improper installation. Additionally, a bad
seal or flange is much more likely to be the cause of a leak than a
burst pipe. Be sure you’re investing in quality fittings, and that you are getting the right fittings for the job.
Finally, the gauge of your pipeline should match the job that that
particular line is executing. Generally, a high-pressure line will be
narrower with thicker pipe walls, while a low-pressure line will have a
wider bore with thinner walls. Balancing cost and value, while checking
against the proper application of a particular gauge will help reduce
the risks of compromising your system.
Pipelines can run water for hydraulics, air for pneumatics, and
chemicals for a variety of other applications. Ensuring your pipelines
are properly equipped from the get-go will help to protect you from
headaches down the road.