Pipe fabrication is the process of manufacturing and installing piping systems that are used for conveying materials from one place to another. Steel piping systems are used in sectors including but not limited to the power, refining, pulp and paper industry, cement plants, and chemical processing units. Different types of carbon and alloy steel pipes are required to be fabricated in order to create a useful piping system. A firm that specializes in such tasks needs to be hired in order to set up such systems.
Piping can either be normal or jacketed. Sometimes, viscous fluids cannot be transported as they do not have the required consistency to flow. Thus, the pipe that carries these fluids is enclosed by another pipe that carries hot fluids to maintain the flowing consistency of viscous fluids. Jacketed piping requires a very high level of skills and expertise as the smallest flaw could prove to be a very costly affair.
Another similar type of pipe fabrication is steam jacketed piping. This type of piping is similar to jacketed piping, except that steam is circulated through the outer piping instead of hot fluids. Steam jacketed piping is the preferred method to transport molten sulphur from one place to another. Everything right from cutting, fitting, and welding of such pipes needs to be carried out with extreme precision in all types of jacketed piping.
Here are some industries where pipe fabrication services are widely used:
1. Refining industry: The oil and petroleum refining industry consists of a myriad of processes such as extraction, refining, transportation, and supply. Nearly all of these processes depend on piping systems. These needs could pertain to scrubber piping, sour piping, and more.
2. Power industry: Pipe fabrication is needed in nearly all types of power generation projects such as renewable energy, coal-based power generation, biofuels, and so on. These piping systems could be used for transporting raw materials, chemicals, and water for cooling etc.
3. Cement plants: Transporting slurry needs very special piping requirements. These systems can only be set-up by an experienced firm. Strong-back piping is also required at cement plants.
4. Chemical industry: There are hundreds of different types of materials that need to be conveyed through piping systems. Hence, a fabricated piping system is of special importance in this industrial sector. The type of metals and thickness of the pipes needs to be determined on the basis of materials to be conveyed.
In addition to this, there are other industrial sectors such as pulp and paper manufacturing, and the agricultural sector that make extensive use of pipe fabrication services. Your chosen firm should be adept in suggesting the most compatible materials, and techniques for setting up an effective piping system. Investing in a high-quality piping system at the very beginning reduces maintenance and repair costs at a later stage.