Products & Services: Pipe & Related Products

March 1, 2008
GF Piping Systems has introduced a new line of clear Schedule 40 PVC pipe for fluid applications requiring visual monitoring.

Clear PVC pipe

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GF Piping Systems has introduced a new line of clear Schedule 40 PVC pipe for fluid applications requiring visual monitoring. The excellent clarity of the new clear PVC make it 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. GF Piping Systems, Tustin, CA, 800-854-4090,

Cathodic protection radio

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FreeWave Technologies has launched a low cost, robust, secure FGRCP Industrial cathodic protection (CP) remote monitoring radio to monitor oil, gas and water/wastewater pipeline integrity. The 900 MHz radio is a multi-purpose, spread spectrum, board level product with specific I/Os for monitoring and reporting operational values on pipelines, tanks, structures and other underground facilities subject to environmental corrosion. It monitors pipe-to-soil test stations, rectifier stations, critical bonds, interference points, pipeline pressure stations, pipeline scrubbing stations and critical culverts to identify and prevent corrosion that can lead to leaks, groundwater contamination and other adverse scenarios affecting overall water quality, supply and/or public safety. FreeWave Technologies Inc., Boulder, CO, 866-923-6168,

Scale prevention

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ScaleBlaster eliminates formation of lime scale deposits in water pipes, wastewater pipes and more without the need of water softening equipment, salts, chemicals or maintenance. The unit is also effective in removal of struvite. The integrated circuitry system produces a unique and complex modulating frequency waveform that hits the resonant frequency of the calcium carbonate molecules causing them to lose their adhesive properties. Existing scale is removed and never forms again. The product is non-invasive and adds nothing to the water. Clearwater Enviro Technologies, Clearwater, FL, 800-756-7946,

Flanged ball valves

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New TRIAC F91 valves from A-T Controls come in manual and automated versions sized 0.5” to 6.0”, with pneumatic or electric actuators, spring-return or double-acting configuration. The NACE-compliant, regular-port, fire-safe ball valve is ideal for oil field to food processing applications. Its unibody casting can be 316SS or WCB with a stainless steel ball and blowout proof stem as standard. A fully machined bore ensures smooth flow and clog resistance. A-T Controls Inc., Cincinnati, OH, 513-530-5175,

Flow rate, volume

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APG introduces LPU-2428 loop-powered ultrasonic level sensors with microprocessor control to internally perform volume, flow, and totalization calculations. These IP65 rated sensors provide a 1-25 ft. (0.3-7.62 m) detection range. They’re specifically designed for liquid flow-rate and volume measurement applications, and are also a good solution for determining distance and level. The sensors feature a rugged PVDF (Kynar) transducer housing and PC/PET chemical resistant sensor housing, and are easy to install using industry standard 2-inch NPT fittings. Automation Products Group Inc., Logan UT, 888-525-7300,

Plastic true union ball valves

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The new Series TBV2 plastic ball valves are perfect for use in chemical and wastewater applications. They’re designed for manual on/off service of process pipelines. Units come in PVC or CPVC plastic bodies with EPDM of FPM o-rings for a wide range of chemical compatibility. They feature a full port design and are available in ½¿ to 4¿ sizes. These valves incorporate a double o-ring seal for twice the leak protection, a threaded seal retainer that allows for seat adjustment, and most sizes come with both NPT and socket end connections. Dwyer Instruments Inc., Michigan City, IN, 800-872-9141,

Digital valve controller

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Recent enhancements to Emerson’s Fisher® Fieldvue® DVC6000 digital valve controller for smart safety instrumented systems (SIS) help improve reliability, flexibility and availability of emergency shutdown (ESD) valve solutions. These include manual reset, a stored safety demand event log, pass/fail status after a partial stroke test, and third party certification to SIL3, SIF loop. The instrument incorporates on-line diagnostics and partial stroking that diagnose the SIS valve to ensure its availability upon demand for use in SIL 3 certified safety loops. Emerson Process Management, Marshalltown, IA, 641-754-3011,

Trenchless pipe bursting system

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Burst and replace water, sewer and other pipes with the Grundoburst static pipe bursting system from TT Technologies. Pulled by a hydraulic bursting unit, the cutter head’s special cutting wheels split the host pipe. Patented Quicklock bursting rods are linked together not threaded. This saves time, prevents twisting and extends the life of the cutter head over threaded bursting rods. Six models are available for bursting 2” through 54” pipes and larger. TT Technologies, Aurora, IL, 800-533-2078,

Expansion joints

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Available now from Garlock Sealing Technologies is a four-color, 29-page catalog, Expansion Joints Technical Guidelines. Among products highlighted, GARFLEX® expansion joints feature rugged yet flexible nylon cord reinforcement in a molded, spherical bellows design that ensures an exceptional burst pressure rating. The streamlined flowing arch design reduces turbulence and allows smooth, quiet flow that prevents sediment buildup. Floating flanges can be rotated to accommodate torsional misalignment. Garlock Sealing Technologies, Palmyra, NY, 800-448-6688,

Multivariable, ultrasonic flowmeters

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GE Sensing has two new flowmeters: the Panaflow™ MV multivariable vortex flowmeter and the Panaflow ISX transit-time ultrasonic flowmeter. A single MV flowmeter features both insertion and inline, measure flow, temperature, pressure, density and mass flow using a single point of contact. Key applications include power generation (steam), industrial (HVAC, district energy management), commercial (building, campus and facility management), oil & gas (allocation of natural gas) and petrochemical (mass balancing, reaction processes heating). The ISX flowmeter is a low-cost, multi-path, wetted flowmeter solution that’s a 2-wire loop powered device suited for applications in the oil & gas, power generation and water industries, including hydrocarbon liquids, water, solvents, weak acids, petroleum products, lubricating oils, diesel fuel oil and chemicals. GE Sensing & Inspection, Billerica, MA, 978-437-1410,

Aggressive media ball valve

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Asahi/America’s latest addition to its Halar® (E-CTFE) piping system line, the Halar true union ball valve can operate as a manual valve or be paired with Asahi/America’s pneumatic or electric actuators. A true union design allows for flow and pressure in either direction and eliminates stress inherent to a ball secured only at the top. One of the most corrosive resistant thermoplastic material available, it’s ideal for handling high concentrations of sodium hypochlorite and 98+% sulfuric acid. Additionally, E-CTFE has good electrical properties and a broad-use temperature range from cryogenic to 300º F (150º C). Available in ½” through 1”, features smooth turning in even the most difficult applications, and has a unique stem design which makes it “blow out” proof. Asahi/America Inc., Malden, MA, 877-242-7244,

Kynar PVDF basket strainers

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Basket strainers made of Kynar® PVDF are now available exclusively from Micromold Products and its distributors. With higher capacity than Y-Strainers, these units capture substantial un-dissolved solids, extending the life of expensive downstream equipment and reducing downtime in chemical process industries. A sister product of Micromold’s PVDF Y-Strainers – but with greater capacity – these highly corrosion resistant, all plastic Fluor-O-Shield™ basket strainers enable higher operating temperatures (up to 300°F/150°C). Impervious to UV, they cost less and are more cost effective than lined steel or exotic metal units. The strainers remove suspended or waste solids from corrosive or high-purity fluid streams, to prevent damage to sensitive downstream equipment such as pumps, valves, instruments and spray nozzles. Micromold Products Inc., Yonkers, NY, 914-969-2850,

Directional drilling pipe

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UTI offers one of the industries most comprehensive selections of premium quality directional drilling pipe. Its drill pipe is readily available, and fits drill rig sizes from mini through maxi. One-piece drill rods are forged from quality S135 grade. The company also manufactures inertia welded drill rods. All UTI products are coupled with DirtSmart® technical service. Underground Tools Inc., Lino Lakes, MN, 866-488-3478,

Pipe protection

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Vector Corrosion Technologies introduces Galvanode® ZincTape™ protection for new and existing steel structures such as water tanks, light posts, pipelines, steel columns and beams, marine structures, transport vehicles and industrial tanks. It’s an easy to apply product designed to cover the surface of iron, steel, aluminum and light metals in order to protect them from corrosion. The product consists of high purity zinc with an electrically conductive, self adhesive backing. This allows the adhesive to create an electrical couple between the surface that needs to be protected and the zinc tape, so the zinc can act as and a galvanic anode. The tape can be supplied in custom shapes and can be factory top-coated for improved protection and aesthetics. Vector Corrosion, Wesley Chapel, FL, 813-830-7566,

RFID pipe markers

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William Frick & Co. has expanded its line of long-lasting DomePosts™ and TestPosts™ to protect buried cable and pipeline assets at risk from new construction or excavation. Designed for 360° visibility, they’re made from 100% virgin UV-stabilized polyethylene to prevent fading and warping. They offer fully embedded graphics for maximum durability, even in extreme environments. And they can be customized with customer messages, phone numbers and logos. Available in standard colors and 4-ft., 6-ft., and 8-ft. versions, the impact-resistant posts can be easily installed in the field and include an anchor bar to keep them firmly in place. Finally, they can incorporate SmartMark™ RFID technology, allowing users to make inspections electronically with handheld readers to eliminate errors. William Frick & Co., Libertyville, IL, 847-918-3700,

Iron check valve

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Danfoss Flomatic’s new Model 80DI ductile iron check valves are a heavy duty in-line poppet style valve designed to prevent flow reversal. They’re specifically designed for use with submersible pumps or other applications where it’s necessary for the check valve to be installed in the well casing. This series provides excellent service in any application where a conventional check valve is recommended and is vertically mounted. It’s available in a new patented groove lock type connection (80DICL), high strength assembly with a double-guided ductile iron poppet (80DIX), and the male threaded inlet and female threaded outlet (80MDI). Danfoss Flomatic Corp., Glen Falls, NY, 800-833-2040,

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