Introduction to Rhino Tubular Handling Systems: What are They and How Do They Work?
The Rhino Tubular Handling System (Rhino THS) is a widely recognized and trusted solution for effectively managing and transporting OCTG pipe for offshore rigs. With the Rhino THS, staging and handling large quantities of pipes becomes more efficient and secure. Here are key points to understand about using the Rhino THS in the industry.
What are Rhino Tubular Handling Systems?
Rhino THS is a system for bundling pipes, stacking, and lifting them in small groups. The system is designed to hold up to 12 tons of pipes and make it easy to either stack pipes in an organized way or lift and transport them using cranes or similar systems.
Components of Rhino Tubular Handling Systems
The Rhino THS consists of a notched cross-bar that can hold up to four pipes and two connector rails, with one on each side of the stack. The cross-bars are slotted into the side rails, and pipes are loaded in.
The capacity for the Rhino depends on pipe diameters. For example, for 5 ½” and 6 ⅝” pipes, up to three sets of cross-bars can be loaded into one set of support rails, letting each stack hold up to 12 tubular pipes. However, cross-bar variations are available to fit other types of pipes. When lifted, the support rails have steel ropes attached for cranes to hook onto.
How They Work
The Rhino Tubular Handling System (Rhino THS) creates robust pipe clamping to securely accommodate tubular pipes. For effective pipe stacking, two Rhino THS systems are required per stack, and these systems can be interconnected using steel ropes, enabling cranes to hook onto them safely.
The Rhino THS provides a reliable and secure solution for organizing and storing many pipes, optimizing worksite efficiency, and minimizing the risk of pipe damage or accidents.
Benefits of Using Rhino THS
Utilizing the Rhino THS has several notable benefits. Here are some key advantages.
Enhanced Safety: The Rhino THS significantly improves pipe storage safety, and the need for additional safety devices is reduced once the Rhino is closed around the pipe. This system protects against collisions, supports the weight of the pipes, and mitigates other potential hazards.
Secure Pipe Stacking: The Rhino THS is a stackable system, enabling inspection and drift of pipe in frames. The rigid system of the Rhino THS firmly holds the pipes together, minimizing the risk of pipes falling or becoming dislodged during storage or transportation.
Increased Efficiency in Pipe Movement: Operators can move multiple pipes simultaneously and handle up to 12 pipes simultaneously, but this varies with pipe diameter, of course.
Safe Lifting Operations: The tightly bundled pipes remain securely held together within the Rhino THS, reducing the likelihood of the pipes shifting or losing control during lifting operations. You can expect safe and effortless loading system for your yard staff, minimizing time and effort. MSI also offers comprehensive training support available for pipe loading into frames.
Cost & Time-Savings: The Rhino THS offers convenient pre-tallying and numbering of frames/pipe onshore for efficient offshore operations. Frames can be dismantled after pipe run, freeing up valuable rig floor space. Disassembled frames unload around 20+ sets of frames in half the height.
Safety Measures for Rhino Tubular Handling Systems
When using a Rhino THS, there are several safety procedures to remember.
- Making sure the Rhino THS is securely assembled before moving
- Ensuring Rhinos are stacked properly
- Checking cables before lifting
- Never exceeding the 12-ton weight limit
The key is to be focused on safety and always follow the safety procedures. That way, you always have the best chance of using the Rhino system as it was designed for and eliminating much of the risks that workers face in pipe storage.
Rhino THS is the Industry Standard
Contact MSI to incorporate the Rhino THS into your operations. MSI provides industry-compliant pipe protection and assistance tools, including the Rhino THS. Their expertise and experience can guide you in selecting the appropriate Rhino system to meet your needs and enhance your pipe storage capabilities.