Process Piping Is Critical To Company Manufacturing Applications
There is an old saying, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ One area where this mantra can make or a break a manufacturer is in their process piping network. Just like highways and roads bring us access to goods and services, a manufacturer’s process piping network brings a vital flow of materials needed to produce quality products in required time frames.
Speed of delivery is only one component of a good process piping layout. Mixing and transporting materials at the right temperature, necessary physical form and pressure can only be achieved if the construction process that went into the process piping is carefully planned and installed. The time to think about how to do this is not at the construction phase but at the planning stages of your operation.
Additional Considerations When Reviewing Piping Applications in the Construction Phase of Manufacturing Design
There is more to consider in the construction phase of your piping network than just the function of your process piping. A good construction project needs to also take into account the specific services of a given business as well as the appropriate construction material for the piping.
There are other things to consider in the construction phase of your process piping project than just things like temperature, pressure, and appropriate physical form requirements. A company needs to look at company specific piping factors like industrial function.
For example, fluids that have the potential to react in the piping require a company to use different materials than a company that mixes noncombustible materials as part of their process piping procedure. Good engineering will require the proper type of pipe to protect your company from liability or industrial accidents due to bad planning.
Even Something As Simple As a Pipe Fitter Can Make Or Break Your Company
Good engineering at the construction level also requires the highest trained pipefitters. Failure to get the right experience and your pipefitter can doom your safety and profitability. Remember, a fence is only as good as its weakest link and in a process piping system the weakest pipe joint could be disastrous. A good pipefitter will make sure those joints work properly.
As unpleasant as it may seem, an industrial accident will cost you well into the millions when you consider legal expenses, government fines, lost work time, bad publicity and company distraction. The time to think about what would have prevented it is not after the pipefitters have left. The saying hindsight is 20/20 does apply here with one caveat. 20/20 vision of what you should have done is too late.
Good Process Piping design can improve your profitability, protect you legally, and save you an ulcer. The only time machine you have to go back and correct mistakes is in the planning. The only time you can correct any deficiencies in your planning design is when the pipefitter is installing.
Experience in this piping process will carry the day. Low bid materials, inexperienced planning and installers, an improper diagnosis of the best piping flow for your industry, and a poor understanding of the process piping business will cost you a hundred times what doing it the right way would have.
The key is to hire a company that has decades of experience dealing with the complexities of process piping. One key is to look for a company whose welders and pipefitters are certified by the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau.
What makes this so important is that certified pipefitters and welders are trained to create piping projects that are designed by the Society for Mechanical Engineers. Having these two groups on the same page makes your project go much smoother. It also insures you from mistakes that can develop from corner cutting by uncertified engineers, welders, or pipefitters.
Welders should also adhere closely to American Welding Society procedures. This is just one more safeguard that your project, and your company will need to reach it’s economic potential.
Just to reiterate, The fabricators of your project need to look at what the ideal material is for your project, your company, and your industry. These are things that can easily be overlooked in the construction process but something as simple as knowing what pipe material to use is essential. This attention to detail represents how important process piping can be. Designing your process piping program is like pouring concrete. Once it is set it is very difficult to reset.
Remember, you also need to look at other variables that are project specific. This includes how your piping integrates with other systems. Certified technicians, welders, and pipefitters are trained to look at other factors like the electrical layout integration or instrumentation that will control flow in the pipes.
Having the expertise in process piping applications to look at the totality of a project insures the best of all outcomes. The performance of a companies machinery is really a derivative of a construction process where experience is king. From startup to daily production, you will be reminded of how effective you really were at the planning stages of your piping system.
To neglect this fact could mean imminent disaster. There are too many variables that can go wrong if neglected. An experienced process piping plan team not just designs and implements a successful system, but they test it before it goes into operation.
I am starting to think that maybe the person who said an ‘ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ was involved in piping process applications. There is definitely something to be said by preventing disaster by planning properly.
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