Piping & related products

March 1, 2007
Garlock Sealing Technologies recently introduced its 104GS General Service Elastomeric Expansion Joints.

Elastomeric expansion joints

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Garlock Sealing Technologies recently introduced its 104GS General Service Elastomeric Expansion Joints. These joints are ideal for new construction projects, water and wastewater treatment plants, power generation facilities, and various other industrial applications. This new product features a neoprene tube and cover that offer excellent oil and abrasion resistance while also protecting the carcass from many environmental elements. Garlock Sealing Technologies, Palmyra, NY, 315-597-3104, www.garlock.com

Plastic tubing cutter

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The new RIDGID® PC-1375 plastic tubing cutter is a professional-quality, large capacity cutter that requires no twisting or ratcheting to cut through plastic pipe or tubing. The unit uses X-CELTM features to reduce cut speed and offer single-stroke precision. Constructed of heavy-duty aluminum for increased durability, the cutter has extra large 1/8” to 1-3/8” O.D. capacity and cuts the following materials: PVC, CPVC, PEX, polyethylene, polybutylene and rubber hose. The raised ridges on the lower handle are 1/2” apart to allow for quick, easy measurements and improved grip. Ridge Tool Company, Elyria, OH, 800-769-7743, www.ridgid.com

Leak detection

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SmartBallTM is a new and innovative leak detection technology from Pure Technologies, a Calgary-based company with U.S. offices in Phoenix and Columbia, MD, providing innovative solutions to the maintenance of water and wastewater pipelines and water reservoirs. A free-swimming foam ball with an instrumented aluminum alloy core capable of detecting very small leaks in pipelines, it can be inserted and retrieved from a pipeline without disrupting its flow. Pure Technologies Ltd., Calgary, AB, Canada, 800-537-2806, www.puretechnologiesltd.com

Pipe couplings

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UL/ULC Listed and FM Approved, Gruvlok® 7001 Standard Couplings’ ductile iron housing conforms to ASTM-A536, Grade 65-45-12 while the malleable iron housing conforms to ASTM-A47, Grade 32510. They form flexible grooved-end pipe joint connections, allowing for simple pipe and equipment installation with mechanically designed benefits to reduce pipeline noise and vibration transmission without special components. Coatings are available in rust-inhibiting, lead-free paint, in standard orange or an optional red color. Anvil International, Portsmouth, NH, 603-422-8000, www.anvilintl.com

Ultrasonic inspection system

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A complete ultrasonic asset management system, the Ultraprobe 10,000 instrument from UE Systems performs condition analysis, manages test data and directly records, analyzes and links sound samples to one of 400 record files stored in the condition-based monitoring unit or through external devices via a compact flash card. The latest upgrades to this handheld detector include an advanced digital platform enabling users to install software upgrades as they’re introduced without having to purchase a new unit. UE Systems Inc., Elmsford, NY, 800-223-1325, www.uesystems.com

Pipeline strainer

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The Eaton Model 50 Duplex Basket Strainer protects piping system components like meters, pumps, and instrumentation from damage and reduces expensive unscheduled downtime. Dual strainer baskets operate independently within a single housing to remove unwanted particulate matter from system flow. Switching flow from one basket to the other, so the dirty basket can be cleaned, is accomplished by moving the operating handle through a 90° arc. Eaton Filtration LLC, Elizabeth, NJ, 908-787-1000, www.filtration.eaton.com

Engineered drainage systems

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Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS) makes available a brochure on its N-12® drainage pipe, available in diameters of 4”-60”. Every day for more than 30 years, ADS corrugated high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe has been building its reputation for economy, durability, and superior performance in gravity flow drainage applications, including agricultural, mining, turf/recreation, and residential drainage markets. The hydraulic capabilities of the single wall pipe were significantly improved in 1987 when ADS introduced the first HDPE drainage pipe to combine an annular corrugated exterior for strength with a smooth interior wall for maximum flow capacity. Advanced Drainage Systems Inc., Hilliard, OH, 800-821-6710, www.ads-pipe.com

Metal magmeter

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GF Piping Systems’ new Signet 2552 Metal Magmeter is a rugged flow sensor featuring easy hot tap installation to the pipe stream without system shutdown. Suitable applications include municipal water distribution, water inlets to process plants, surface, ground and ocean water, chemical processing, water and wastewater monitoring, and industrial water distribution. The unit can be mounted into pipe sizes from 2” to 48” (DN50 to DN1200). GF Piping Systems, Tustin, CA, 800-854-4090, www.gfpiping.com

Joint wrapping

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Designed for over-the-ditch line travel, joint wrapping, and yard coating, RENWRAP® anticorrosion pipeline protection products can be applied to new construction pipeline located in plants or in the field, or used to repair and recondition existing pipelines. The pressure sensitive adhesive systems perform well over a range of operating temperatures, are impermeable to water and oxygen, and are compatible with coal tar, fusion bond epoxy, asphalt and polyethylene pipeline coatings. Designed for use in the oil, gas, and water industries, the products resist soil stress, under-film moisture migration, environmental stress cracking, and mechanical damage from handling. Scapa North America, Windsor, CT, 800-653-5249, www.scapa-pipe.com

Control valve

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The Flowserve Worcester CPT characterized seat control valve is a ball valve engineered as a control valve. The valve provides reliable operation and precise valve positioning in the most critical throttling conditions. It offers customizable features for use in some of the processing industries’ highest-precision applications, such as in systems that control steam pressure or pH levels, operate in low temperature cryogenic conditions or up to 1,000° F (538°C), and meet EPA and OSHA specifications for containing toxic chemicals. Flowserve Flow Control, Dallas, TX, 972-443-6674, www.flowserve.com

Weld backing tape

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Weld backing tape is fixed to the back of welds made on large metal water pipes and pipelines. It ensures the weld underbead is smooth and flat and doesn’t leave lumps or crevices to trap product that allows generation of bacteria to contaminate the weld or pipe. The 25 mm wide glass fiber band is held in place by the adhesive aluminum tape to which the weld backing material is fixed. This glass fiber band allows even inexperienced welders to leave a flat, oxide free, smooth weld underbead without most of the problems that occur when manually welding pipes. Huntingdon Fusion Techniques Ltd., Burry Port, UK, +44 1554 836-836, www.huntingdonfusion.com

Handheld velocity monitor

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ADS® Environmental’s newest flow monitor in the FlowSharkTM family, the FlowShark HV handheld velocity monitor is designed for use in open channels including wastewater conduits, irrigation channels and streams. With the most advanced point velocity measurement (PVM) technology, it can localize an ultrasonic velocity measurement to a precise point. Utilizing a range-gated Doppler technique, the handheld has many advantages over magnetic sensors and propeller meters. This unique application means no mechanically moving parts like propeller meters and measurements aren’t affected by grease, oils or high solids content. The unit doesn’t require software, laptop or calibrations and is accurate to ± 1% of measurement range. A telescoping aluminum wading rod is easy to operate as is its instantaneous reading display. ADS Environmental Services, Huntsville, AL, 800-633-7246, www.adsenv.com/flowshark.com

Clamp-on flowmeter

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Krohne introduces its new OPTISONIC 6300 clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeter, designed for easy installation and high reliability in heavy industrial and hazardous environments. The flowmeter offers performance capabilities exceeding even those of the UFM600 T model, featuring improved measurement accuracy, ATEX Approval, an extended temperature range and ability to handle smaller line sizes. Krohne Inc., Peabody, MA, 800-356-9464 , www.krohne.com/northamerica

Sealant/anti-seizing compound

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Assured Flow Sales Hydra-Eze Compound is now available in a convenient 9-oz. tube for an easier, cleaner application. The compound is the non-drying thread sealant and anti-seize that outlasts and outperforms the competition while providing a food-grade solution. Hydra-Eze Compound is USDA/NSF-H-1 rated which gives it full acceptability for use in all areas where incidental potable water contact may occur. Hydra-Eze Compound can be used on all brass, black iron, galvanized steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, PVC and fiberglass reinforced pipes. Assured Flow Sales Inc., Sarasota, FL, 800-388-0678, www.gradelok.com

Butterfly valves

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Bray Controls’ Bray/McCannalok Series 40 High Performance Butterfly Valves have passed the new BS EN ISO 10497:2004 Second Edition fire test with zero leakage, both through-seat and externally. This test, more demanding than all previous fire safe tests, was performed by Lloyd’s Register. Used in the test were 3” and 8” Class 150 Series 41 lug-style butterfly valves with a RPTFE/Silicon energized seat and Inconel 718 secondary seat. Body material was nickel aluminum bronze and the stem packing was flexible graphite. In normal service, the fire safe seat assembly contacts the disc with both the resilient seat material and metal seat. Bray International Inc., Houston, TX, 281-894-5454, www.bray.com

Valve/actuator packages

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TRIAC F91 valve/actuator packages are ideal for oil field, refinery, chemical processing, and other corrosive and caustic environments. Its stainless steel flanged ball valves feature rugged construction, solid unibody and patented pyramidal stem packing, while regular-port design minimizes cost and reduces operating torque. To save installation time, the valves feature patented direct-mount actuator pad and can be ordered pre-assembled from A-T Controls with direct-mount ISO5211-compliant WE electric actuators that eliminate couplings or brackets. A-T Controls, Cincinnati, OH, 513-530-5175, www.a-tcontrols.com

Check valve

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Lasso Technik has made the patented Stop-Silent® Check Valve Series available to the U.S. market. The valve features a unique cone design that assures tight shut-off to prevent backflow of liquid or gaseous media. This design also eliminates water hammer and associated problems of noise and wear, resulting in quiet, noise-free operation and long service life. The corrosion-resistant valve features a temperature range of -20°C up to +180°C and operating pressure to 232 psi. It can handle fluids up to 10’ per second and gases up to 50’ per second and is suitable for use in water, oil, acids and brines. Lasso Technik Inc., Basel, Switzerland, 714-717-5271, www.stopsilent.com

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