Difference Between Thread & Line Pipe Protectors


The difference between thread and line pipe protectors may be difficult to understand for those who are not intimately familiar with the pipe protection industry. This intent of this article is to demystify the subject and offer valuable information for those working in mining, drilling, and municipal water industries. Also, MSI hopes this information will help them make responsible decisions regarding the care and maintenance of essential products.

What Are Thread Protectors?

Custom thread protection consists of specialty pieces of equipment intended to protect the threads at the ends of pipe from damage during storage and transportation. They prevent dirt, dust, and debris from becoming embedded in the threads. They also prevent them from becoming worn out, so operators can transport and store pipe threads easily and safely. MSI Pipe Protection Technologies’ designs custom thread protectors from either high-quality steel or heavy-duty plastic materials. Overall, the design makes them extremely safe and effective even for long-term use.

What Makes Thread Protection So Important?

Protecting the threads at the end of drill pipe helps to ensure that these extremely valuable components arrive safely and wholly intact. This further allows operators to install them correctly and helps prevent material failures. When a pipe’s threads become damaged, the pipe must be re-threaded or, in extreme cases, completely replaced; this impact efficiency at the job site and cause major timeline and financial setbacks. Thread protection is exceptionally important for those working in the gas and oil drilling industries, as the pipes used for these purposes are often exposed to harsh climate conditions and rough handling.

What are Line Pipe Protectors?

Top manufacturers design line pipe protectors to prevent contamination of water and other liquids once pipe is in use. Like thread protectors, pipe line protection is usually placed prior to transport or storage of piping to prevent the inside of the pipes from being exposed to dirt and other debris. This is absolutely essential in industries that transport water intended for human consumption, as it helps to prevent contamination from rust, odors, and chemical reactions and damage from the elements prior to pipe installation.

Why Are Line Pipe Protectors Important?

Line pipe protectors are essential within the water transport industry. This is not just for avoiding damage to expensive materials, but also for ensuring health and safety upon project completion. As noted above, exposure to the elements can lead to the development of rust deposits. This leaves the insides of pipes covered in dirt, dust, and debris. Should these issues go unnoticed, communities could possibly find themselves drinking bad water. Thus, line pipe protectors play a crucial role in avoiding human health problems.

Line pipe protectors are also essential in a wide variety of other industries. In most cases, there’s little risk to human health in the event that line pipe becomes contaminated. Yet, the possibility of damage to drill pipe during transport and storage still poses a threat to your bottom lines. Workers within the drilling and mining industries typically have strict timelines for project completion. Therefore, damaged materials can significantly impact their ability to complete their projects on time.

Connect with MSI

It can sometimes be tricky when it comes to finding the right kind of pipe protection products for your project. This is why it’s important to connect with the experts of MSI; we’re an API standard leader in quality pipe protection. Contact us toll-free at 877-276-9208, or request an online quote today.

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