In August, PT&P broke ground on another expansion to its manufacturing facilities in Houston, Texas. The contract for another 100,000-square feet metal building was awarded several months ago. The selected vendor will provide drawings, materials and erection services.
As the illustration at left shows, this plant expansion will nearly double PT&P’s manufacturing work space. PT&P’s new building will contain machinery from its U.S. Bellows Expansion Joints Division as well as machines for PT&P’s other product lines.
PT&P added 100,000 sq. ft. of shop space two years ago. This expansion, expected to be complete by the November 4 open house, will bring total shop space to nearly 450,000 sq. ft.
The PT&P catalog for cold shoes, hot shoes and other pre-insulated pipe supports is near completion. Draft copies of the catalog were distributed to certain customers for review. PT&P is now using the feedback received as a basis for revising and improving our first draft. Finished copies of the PT&P Pre-Insulated Pipe Supports Catalog will be available in late 1998.
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PT&P again sponsored a University of Houston Mechanical Engineering student design project during the Fall ’97 term. The team of Sandra Ramos, Dorsa Froutan, Irma Adame and E.J. Del Valle titled their project Deasign, Test and Modeling of Cryogenic Pipe Supports. All were Seniors enrolled in MECE 4334: Mechanical Engineering Systems Design. Similar courses are required for Industrial Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering students.
The U of H faculty requests companies to submit problem statements for projects they are willing to sponsor. If their project is chosen by a student team, companies designate an engineer-in-charge who helps their faculty consultant advise the students. The students prepare a written proposal defining their plan during the first four weeks and make weekly progress reports thereafter. Companies provide facilities and equipment as required. The students prepare a final written report and make an oral presentation at their campus at the end of the semester.
This team did a series of experiments both at ambient and cryogenic temperatures using pipe shoes with polyurethane (PUF) of various densities. They studied compressive strength, heat transfer rates and clamping forces required to maintain contact with a pipe under axial loading. This was the fifth project sponsored by PT&P. We thank these students for their hard work, and we wish them much success during their professional careers.
Customers Mail Back Survey Cards
Thanks to the many customers who mailed back survey cards from our Fall ’97 mailings. We received a number of good suggestions and potential topics for future technical bulletins. The statistics on four Yes or No questions are:
- 91%: Yes, the PT&P technical bulletins are useful to their jobs.
- 89%: Yes, their job requires use of the PT&P catalogs.
- 99%: Yes, PT&P newsletters cover topics of interest to them.
- 61%: No, the photos on PT&P’s annual calendars should not be changed.
PT&P’s World Wide Web site will soon host another valuable technical resource for engineers around the world. A figure number conversion tool will allow engineers to enter alternative figure numbers (Grinnell and others) and find matching PT&P figure numbers.Engineers are encouraged to replace alternative figure numbers with corresponding PT&P figure numbers in their technical specifications. Look for the PT&P Figure Conversion Tool online at our web site.
Sweco Fab, Inc., PT&P’s ASME code pressure vessel shop, is building its third order for stainless steel tanks used to transport diesel fuel to off-shore platforms by helicopter. Special calculations were required to verify the air-worthiness of the skid-mounted tanks.
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