Wherever pipe joins together, there is an opportunity for a leak if the seal isn’t absolutely leak-proof. Having fool-proof methods to protect pipe from leaks and damage is crucial for the oil and gas industry, as pipe leaks can cause major damage to the environment, not to mention the loss of a vital resource. That’s why so many companies in the industry turn to MSI Pipe Protection Technologies for the best pipe rings and bumper rings. MSI is “Lord of the Pipe Rings” due to its leading role in the pipe protection industry.
How Compression Fittings Work
Large pipes, like those used in the oil and gas industry, are joined with compression fittings composed of a ferrule around the pipe covered by a flange, which is attached by a ring of bolts that are tightened evenly. The compression eliminates the need for a thread sealant, though a small amount of lubricant like plumber’s grease is often used to help tighten the bolts of the outer nut or flange against the inner pipe ring.
Advantages of Compression Fittings
The main advantage of using ring-and-flange compression fittings is that they do not have to be soldered. This means they can be installed quickly and removed easily. Also, there are many circumstances that would prohibit the use of the high heat required for soldering, such as with pipes that hold flammable substances. They are, in fact, the best choice for pipe that is under a lot of pressure, and for pipe that holds toxic gases. Though less flexible than soldered joints, compression fittings make any kind of maintenance much easier since pipe can be disassembled and re-assembled with little effort.
How Bumper Rings Work
Bumper rings are designed to protect the exterior of a pipe from damage, especially during storage and transportation. When metal strikes metal, damage can occur that leads to corrosion and, potentially, a leak. Bumper rings, which are impact-resistant, are fitted around the outside of a pipe and cushion it from possible damage. The rings are made of various compounds that typically include polyethylene or ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), and they are designed to protect both chrome pipe and pipe made of other high alloy metals.
Benefits of Bumper Rings
When pipes are fitted with bumper rings, they are protected from contact with other pipes. Not only impact but friction can damage pipe and cause corrosion. In addition, bumper rings can facilitate storage of pipe, helping to prevent or minimize rolling if a pipe becomes loose. By using bumper rings, workers can more easily distinguish one pipe from another since the rings create a small amount of separation between pipes.
MSI’s Pipe Protection Products
All of MSI’s pipe rings and other products are manufactured to high standards. The latest molding technologies are used to produce custom thread protectors from top-quality materials including proprietary resins, thermoplastics, and polymer alloys. Meeting the industry standards established by the American Petroleum Industry (API), their products are suitable for use in a wide variety of environments, including off-shore oil rigs. MSI Pipe Protection Technologies can supply all of your pipe protection needs. Click Here to order products.