Chemical plants rely on its pipes to efficiently deliver product to the refining machines and, eventually, to vendors. Normally, this is done through steel pipes which can handle the high temperatures of these liquids. However, sometimes this efficiency is stopped in its tracks by corrosion.
The Effects of Corrosion
When a pipe’s surface is eaten away it can cause, at a minimum, contamination of other chemical mixtures. At the maximum, it can cause production outages and loss of business. And, if the chemicals react poorly to other elements, it can be devastating for infrastructure and workers.
A Potential Solution
One of the ways this can be avoided is with rubber lined pipes. There are numerous rubber lined pipe suppliers in today’s market. Moon Fabricating is one example. But how do you determine the right one? Here are three items to consider.
1. The Lining Process
A supplier should bond and cure rubber lining to the inside of a pipe via high-pressure steam vulcanization. The best way to control and monitor this is via the proper software program. Don’t be shy to ask the manufacturer what they use. If it’s not too risky, see if you can watch the process firsthand.
2. Quality Assurance
Before it gets on the delivery truck, each pipe needs to be examined in numerous ways. Hydro testing should be conducted to ensure there are no leaks. Further, the lining needs to be examined for defects like pin holes. Request their QA checklist to see the steps they take.
A rubber lined pipe can get green lights across the board in a QA test. But what if something happens while in production? The supplier should warranty their pipes for workmanship and material defects. If they don’t, and the pipe starts to leak, then you’re in the same situation as before.
In the end, be patient in deciding which supplier to work with. When you chose the right one you’ll see the instant benefits.