Pipe & Related Projects

May 1, 2009
GF Piping’s new line of clear Schedule 40 PVC pipe for fluid applications requiring visual monitoring are a perfect choice for confirming flow direction in a pipe and fluid color changes or contamination within a system.

Clear PVC piping

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GF Piping’s new line of clear Schedule 40 PVC pipe for fluid applications requiring visual monitoring are a perfect choice for confirming flow direction in a pipe and fluid color changes or contamination within a system. It can also be used as secondary containment piping to provide a quick and easy visual indication of system leaks. Stock pipe sizes range from 1” to 3” diameters in 10 foot lengths with bell ends – and 20-foot lengths with bell ends, and 10- and 20-foot lengths with plain ends are available upon request. GF Piping Systems, Tustin, CA, 800-854-4090, www.us.piping.georgefischer.com

Roll groover

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Reed’s professional grade RGCOMBO2 Roll Groover forms standard rolled grooves in steel, stainless steel and aluminum from 1-¼” to 6” on Schedule 10-40 pipe. A two-in-one service tool yields cost-savings of time and money by allowing a complete change in minutes from power machine operation to manal work. Compact and designed for portability, the unit is an economical solution to jobsite grooving requirements of mechanical piping system installations. Reed Mfg. Co., Erie, PA, 800-666-3691, www.reedmfgco.com

Orifice flowmeter

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ABB Instrumentation has cut the cost of installing orifice-plate flowmeters by up to half with the launch of its OriMaster compact orifice DP flowmeter, the latest in its new FlowMaster range. This one-piece flowmeter is suitable for clean liquids, gases and steam applications in line sizes from 1-8” (DN25 to DN200) and pressures up to 1450 psi (100 bar). Combining all major components for an orifice plate installation in one assembly eliminates need for users to source and install a separate manifold, transmitter and impulse piping – and allows for 80% fewer leak points, greatly reducing fugitive emissions as well as metering errors caused by such leakage. ABB Instrumentation, Warminster, PA, 800-829-6001, www.abb.com/instrumentation

Tilted disc valve

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Val-Matic’s Tilted Disc Check Valve is the first such valve that’s NSF/ANSI 61 certified for potable water system components in all sizes. The valve is available as a basic valve or with optional bottom-mounted oil dashpot and top-mounted oil dashpot in sizes 2”-72”. It’s offered in 125B, 150B and 250B AWWA Classes for pressures up to 400 psig. It provides energy efficient cost savings over the life of the valve through a hydrodynamically designed disc, 40% greater than pipe flow area and streamlined body. And it provides one of the lowest head-loss of any check valve produced today. Val-Matic Valve & Mfg. Corp., Elmhurst, IL, 630-941-7600, www.valmatic.com

Composite repair system

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Proven in lab testing and field trials, the new code compliant composite repair system, Belzona® SuperWrap, is applicable on systems operating up to pressures of 3,625psi (250bar). It’s the first composite material from Belzona certified under ISO/TS 24817 and ASME PCC-2 standards. As an alternative to pipe replacement, the wrap can be applied to almost any geometry without need for heat, eliminating many problems hot work can cause. The system can be used to repair both through wall defects and pipe wall thinning and return the pipeline work to service in a minimum amount of time. Belzona Inc., Miami, FL, 305-594-4994, www.belzona.com

High performance coating

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Enviroline Group introduces Enviroline 375UHS, a thin-film VOC compliant fast cure epoxy coating for the oil & gas and chemical processing industries. With VOCs of 95 g/L, the coating meets South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) regulations while still providing an easy-to-apply thin-film application of up to 20 mils DFT. It’s a high performance internal lining for storage tanks, process vessels, pipelines and concrete containment structures requiring corrosion protection from aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons, crude oil, fuel oil, gasoline, fuel grade ethanol, ethanol gasoline and other refined petroleum products and chemicals. Enviroline Monitoring Systems, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 954-978-9355, www.envirolinegroup.com

Piping software

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Engineered Software, which works in conjunction with pipe manufacturers and users, has added to its Pipe Tables used in the PIPE-FLO®, PUMP-FLO™ and Flow of Fluids piping system design software. The new table is for Cross linked Polyethylene (PEX) SDR9 Tubing, an alternative to copper piping due to its durability, flexibility, lower cost and ease of installation. This follows recent approval for PEX tubing for use in water distribution systems into the California Plumbing Code. Engineered Software Inc., Lacey, WA, 360-412-0702, www.eng-software.com

Process shower system

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Process shower systems in wastewater treatment or other industrial applications become ineffective when contaminated water or dissolved minerals clog the spray nozzles, forcing operators to clean the piping and nozzles. If the shower bar has an internal cleaning brush, operators have to periodically turn the brush to keep nozzles flowing freely. The AutoRotator from Appleton Manufacturing solves this by automatically cleaning shower pipe and nozzles without operator intervention. They’re scrubbed clean after each valve opening. Appleton Mfg. Division, Neenah, WI, 800-531-2002 www.appletonmfg.com/autorotator.php

Stub end holders

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McElroy recently introduced a new Stub End Holder that firmly holds stub end fittings in place during the thermoplastic pipe fusion process. They’re designed for 8”, 12” and 18” jaws or inserts. Each unit features a single adjustment point that adjusts all four jaws of the stub end holder simultaneously, while automatically self-centering to ensure it’s held concentric to the pipe. Between the three new holder models, all weighing less than 30 lbs, operators will be able to clamp fittings with outer diameters between 2.37” (60mm) and 21.27” (540mm). McElroy Manufacturing Inc., Tulsa, OK, 918-831-9286, www.mcelroy.com

Thermal imager

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The ultimate tools for troubleshooting and maintenance, the Fluke Ti25 thermal imager incorporates IR-Fusion® technology for the perfect tool to add to your problem solving arsenal. Built for tough work environments, this high-performance, fully radiometric infrared camera is ideal for troubleshooting electrical installations, electro-mechanical equipment, process equipment, HVAC/R equipment and others. See things both ways – infrared and visual (visible light) images fused together communicating critical information faster and easier – traditional infrared images are no longer enough.Fluke Corp., Everett, WA, 800-443-5853, www.fluke.com

Mixing system

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Tideflex Technologies’ Tideflex® Mixing System (TMS) greatly improves the quality of drinking water in finished water storage reservoirs or tanks. The system is a combination of patented Tideflex Check Valve technology and a piping manifold that separates the inlet and outlet. It can be installed in new or existing water storage tanks of all shapes and sizes to eliminate stagnation and short-circuiting. Operating on the differential pressure already in place, it keeps energy costs low, while the all-elastomer construction of the check valve renders the system virtually maintenance free. Tideflex Technologies, Carnegie, PA, 412-279-0044, www.tideflex.com

Piping & instru1mentation diagrams

Autodesk began shipping its AutoCAD P&ID 2010 software, the new release of its software application built specifically for creating, modifying, and managing piping and instrumentation diagrams, in late April. Built on the AutoCAD 2010 platform, AutoCAD P&ID is familiar and easier to use, allowing design and engineering teams to start working with minimal training. Common tasks are more streamlined and automated to help boost productivity, while designers have easier access to more accurate component and line information. Call about scheduled webinars. Autodesk Inc., San Rafael, CA, 415-547-2405, www.autodesk.com/autocadpid

Heavy duty pipe saddles

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Among custom design services provided by PT&P, the company recently provided 78 Figure 2000 heavy duty pipe saddles for two 24” insulated ductile iron pipelines. The two pipelines are routed beneath a 650’ bridge crossing over a river in upper New York State. The insulation is 3” thick with high density polyethylene jacketing. Axial movements due to expansion can approach 3”. For the jacketing to avoid being damaged when displacements occur, the saddles are lined with polished stainless steel. Additional tools at PT&P’s website include information on field services, unit converters, stress analysis, product testing, spring sizing programs and vendor CAD worksheets. Piping Technology & Products Inc., Houston, TX, 800-787-5914, www.pipingtech.com

Industrial flowmeter

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Process engineers looking for a reliable solution to measuring liquids, steam or gases in harsh environments will find McCrometer’s new Corrosion-Resistant V-Cone® flowmeter ideal for high accuracy measurement of process plant steam, chilled water, HVAC and co-gen utilities. It not only provides precise flow measurement in liquid, steam or gas media, but also requires virtually no maintenance in the most demanding processes where corrosive conditions exist. Applicable industries include chemical, electric power generation, food/beverage, oil/gas production and refining, pharmaceutical, pulp/paper and more. Built-in flow conditioning allows the flowmeter to achieve measurement accuracy of +0.5%, with repeatability of +0.1. It operates over a flow range of 10:1 and services line sizes from 0.5”-120”. McCrometer, Hemet, CA, 800-220-2279, www.mccrometer.com

Pipe bracing clamp

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The newest addition to the seismic line from TOLCO, a unit of NIBCO Inc., the mechanical “Fast Clamp” attachment offers 12” of overall adjustment, allowing a rough-in style installation and taking the guess work out of cut lengths. A yoke design provides for easy installation to multiple hanger rod sizes, allowing distributors to reduce the number of SKUs they carry. The designer/installer also benefits as fewer attachment types are necessary for any particular job. The clamp is available in two options. The Figure 985 fits either trapeze-style hangers or single pipe hangers and is available in two sizes: 1) 3/8”-5/8” hanger rod size and 2) ¾”-7/8” hanger rod size. The Figure 986 comes in a standard ½” rod size (consult factory for other sizes), and is designed to be the upper or structural attachment. TOLCO Inc., Corona, CA, 800-786-5266, www.tolco.com

CIP conductivity measurement

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The industry’s first four-electrode sensor that performs the full range of conductivity measurements in sanitary applications, Rosemount Analytical Model 410VP includes a quick disconnect Variopol fitting as standard, making removing it from process piping easy. This single sensor replaces a need for two – one to measure high-conductivity cleaning solution and one to measure low-conductivity rinse water – saving money and reducing maintenance and space requirements. It’s the latest in the PUR-Sense family of sensors developed for the life sciences and food and beverage industries. A wide dynamic range of the sensor (1 µS/cm to 1400 mS/cm), makes it ideal for clean-in-place (CIP) monitoring. Emerson Process Management - Rosemount Analytical Liquid Division, Irvine, CA, 512-834-7106, www.raihome.com

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