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Valuable Ideas Come From Customers

August 17th, 1996 No comments

One of the “success stories” of Houston businesses during 1996 is Continental Airlines. In their March 1996 magazine Chairman Gordon Bethune credited Continental’s customers in an article titled Thanks for your Ideas. This article struck a cord with our President, Durga Agrawal, and we began to review the many ideas for improvement at Piping Technology that came from our customers. Here are some examples of ideas for improvements which help make us so competitive.

The most recent suggestion came from an engineer at Tippet & Gee for an improvement to figures 700 through 1200, pipe shoes with slide plates. If the web is cut so that the center of the web is taken up to the surface of the pipe, any bending movement produced by overloading which might cause deflection to the slide plate will be prevented. This is a simple but elegant solution which is inexpensive to fabricate.

Some improvements to our constants suggested by customers include: a full size travel scale which allows field engineers to observe actual movement of supported pipes in the field (Bechtel engineer working with Houston Lighting & Power); addition of scales for field adjustment of loads (HL&P engineer); the use of DU bearings to hold stainless steel pins eliminating any failure of this component during the life of the constant and eliminating any need of lubrication of the bearing (Brown & Root engineer).

For many years the fine companies who provide us with galvanizing services have experienced problems with the many small pieces we send to them. (They get lost in the bottom of the vats required for large structural steel.) A customer suggested we combine small parts in some way. This lead to the idea of drilling holes and wiring many small pieces together. While adding some cost to the process, this has significantly reduced the number of parts “lost at the galvanizer” and has improved our ability to deliver on time. Like Continental, we here at PT&P say, “Thanks for your ideas!”

Testing Proves Spring Coils Will Function In a Hot Environment

August 15th, 1996 No comments

An engineer with a major Houston E&C firm had concerns about the effect the temperatures in the furnace his company was designing would have on the coils in the spring supports used to support the tubing. PT&P engineers put the same question to the major suppliers of coils in the U.S.A. No one seemed to have the data to prove the coils would withstand the temperatures. The E&C firm included a requirement to test for relaxation of the coils with their purchase order to PT&P.

A random sample of coils of the size required was selected from PT&P’s inventory. The loads required to compress the coils through ten inches of travel were recorded and the coils were placed in a furnace at a controlled temperature of 176 degrees F for forty-eight hours. After the coils were cooled they were again compressed. No difference in the loads required was observed.

We did not expect any relaxation of the coils, but it was nice to have the experimental data to back our judgment.

PT&P Facts

July 10th, 1996 No comments

“Like a Rock” Polyurethane Blocks
Chevrolet uses the phrase “Like a Rock” to advertise their pick-up trucks. PT&P recently produced some polyurethane blocks for a major E&C customer to their specification of 2,000 pound compressive strength as measured by ASTM D1621 tests. Our supplier produced a special chemical blend for a nominal density of 38 pounds/cubic foot and PT&P built special molds to satisfy this “Like a Rock” requirement for the Gulf Coast ethylene plant.

PT&P Technical Team Goes to Algeria
In March, PT&P sent a technical team to a LNG facility near Skikda, Algeria to provide assistance on pipe support replacement for the GL1K project. This large facility has several units that have operated for more than twenty years. Our team examined the units and recommended replacement of cryogenic and spring supports. Since travel in Algeria is subject to heavy restriction, our team had to fly from Tarbarka, Tunisia by helicopter to and from the job site. The trip lasted about two weeks.

News Bits From Other Publications

July 2nd, 1996 No comments

The Nov.-Dec. issue of World Cogeneration reports that Westinghouse Electric received a $15 million contract to provide full-scope operation and maintenance to the Bellingham Carbon Dioxide Recovery facility in Bellingham, MA. They also provide O&M services to the three-hundred megawatt co-generation plant next door. Piping Technology fabricated the large ducts which connect the two facilities when Fluor Daniel did the original construction.

The Dec. 11, 1995 issue of ENR has an article (and pictures) about the 240 MW co-generation plant in Crockett, CA built by Bechtel Power. This was the first project that Piping Technology supplied to Bechtel under their new MPA agreement with selected vendors. The article explains the unique problems associated with building a facility this large on their 2.6 acre site and the necessity to add penalty clauses to all supplier contracts to help meet their schedule. For pipe supports they also added extra crating requirements to minimize the chance of damage during shipment which might delay construction. Bechtel was pleased with PT&P’s performance on this challenging project.

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PT&P For a Stronger Tomorrow

June 24th, 1996 No comments

During the summer of 1996, PT&P continues in its tradition of offering “real world” experience to high school and college students. Most of the students are working in the engineering and clerical departments at PT&P, and some are engaged in other activities. Both the students and PT&P have benefitted from the summer program.

Ginger Bailey Clear Brook high School
Sally Ann Bailey

San Jacinto Junior College

Kevin Conrad Rice University – Mechanical Engineering
Jermaine Gibbs Rice University – Economics
Kevin Rennie Rice University – Computer Engineering
Amish Patel University of Houston – Chem. Engineering
Eugeny Gelfand University of Texas – Mechanical Engineering

Piping Technology and Products, Inc. thanks and salutes our summer interns. We look forward to continued participation and cooperation in the future. Thank You For Your Feedback!!!

Many customers took the time to answer our survey about our printed mailing program. We appreciate your feedback and we will continue to try to communicate information you find useful and enjoyable. The results of the 1996 survey are as follows:

93% said our technical bulletins are useful in their job.

87% said their job requires the use of our catalog.

75% of those who use the catalog said the three types of indexes make it easy to find the information needed.

88% said our newsletter covers topics of interest to them.

Only 2% would like to see different photographs on our calendar.

PT&P Supplies Pipe Supports for Clean Coal Projects

June 3rd, 1996 No comments

he U.S. Department of Energy, major E&C firms and electric utilities are building commercial-size power plants to evaluate new technologies and equipment to produce electricity from coal without harmful emissions. These plants are expected to produce operating data which will be used to design many of the power plants required in the twenty-first century.

Coal is an abundant fuel source in North America and the price is not as subject to political and economic changes around the world as most other fuels are. But coal’s toxic elements make it one of the most polluting fuels. The U.S. Department of Energy has supported research programs for a number of years leading to these current projects. They are pioneering better ways to burn coal or to convert it to gas. The processes must be both efficient and clean.

PT&P has been a major supplier to three of these projects: the Southern Company Services plant in Wilsonville, Alabama, the Tampa Electric project in Polk County, Florida, and the Sierra Pacific project in Nevada. PT&P along with its customers are helping to insure a stable energy supply for our nation.

Open House 1995

November 15th, 1995 No comments

On November 11 of this year, Piping Technology once again hosted its annual Open House. Representatives from dozens of firms came from all areas to meet the PT&P team and to explore our impressive facilities. Close to 300 people passed through PT&P for the Open House and got a good look at what the future holds for our dynamic company.

Visitors got a chance to see first-hand the plans for our expansion, to view our new company video, to observe ongoing jobs in the shop and, of course, to stop for a delicious bite to eat along the way. Open House guests also went home with some souvenirs of their visit, from spring cans to PT&P caps to slide plate samples. And several lucky winners also received valuable door prizes won in a drawing.

The 1994 Open House was a great success, thanks to everyone who came. We are already getting excited about 1995 and the next chance to show you all the things that Piping Technology & Products, Inc. has to offer. Of course, you are always welcome to stop by the plant for a tour of the facilities at any time. We can’t wait to see you again next fall, or whenever you get a chance to come and visit.

Piping Technology and SPED: A Partnership for Life

October 30th, 1995 No comments

The Society of Piping Engineers and Designers, or SPED, has been closely tied with Piping Technology & Products, Inc. since SPED’s founding in 1980. PT&P was one of the companies that helped found SPED fifteen years ago. We are still an active supporter, and our own Terry McCormick serves on the SPED board of directors. Thanks to this position, Terry has developed many friends in the field of piping design, which helps PT&P continue to serve this ever-changing industry.

SPED was born as the result of a union between the University of Houston and the community of piping professionals from the Houston area. Because of this special partnership, SPED has a genuine interest in encouraging the development of technical knowledge and engineering education. And now that SPED boasts over 400 members, the industry still benefits from the annual SPED conference and regular training courses. In addition to the more formal events and purposes of SPED, committee members certainly still know how to enjoy themselves. The annual fall picnic was held at the Buckhorn Ranch & Lake in Houston this year, and all of SPED’s members are eagerly looking forward to next year’.

Piping Technology & Products, Inc. is very proud of our involvement in SPED’s foundation and support. We hope that our support of this society will contribute to the pool of knowledge and experience in our field. We would also like to commend Terry McCormick on his continuing work on the board of directors, and to thank him for his devotion to our industry.

Advancements at PT&P

October 10th, 1995 No comments

The newest addition to the Piping Technology & Products, Inc. family of machinery is a thermal spraying unit used for coating touch-ups on our equipment. The versatility of this piece of equipment makes it possible to recoat small areas of our products (which may have been missed by galvanizing) and ship them out quickly, without having to spend the time necessary to send the product for a completely new galvanizing job.

The spray gun works on a relatively simple principle. An electric arc within the gun melts the coating material, which is fed into the gun in wire form. As the wire feeder pulls the wire into the high heat zone, it is melted and blown or sprayed onto the surface to be coated by a forceful stream of compressed air. The spray coats the surface and cools to form a strong, flat structure which will protect the given material.

We at PT&P are very excited about this new addition to our shop, and are pleased that it will certainly allow us to offer you quicker deliveries and lower cost in the long run.

New Spirit of Excellence as PT&P Implements Bar-coding Plan for Quality

Sample Bar-Coded Tag

Sample Bar-Coded Tag

This fall, in the spirit of total quality, Piping Technology is beginning the implementation of a brand-new bar-coding system to streamline shipping, improve inventory techniques and maximize efficiency in all facets of our operation. The effects of this system will certainly be far-reaching, and will undoubtedly affect our customers positively and for years to come.

At present, the bar-coding system seeks to make shipment of jobs easier for both PT&P and for our clients around the world. All products are labeled with a computer-generated tag before they go out, thus cutting down on errors and man-hours, while simultaneously improving the readability and appearance of shipped products. See below for an example of our new shipping tags. As technology improves all around, we also expect for barcode scanners to be used by us and our clients. The scanners will allow for an instantaneous electronic record of all transactions to be made by whomever operates them. In this way, speed and efficiency will be running at peak levels on all sides.

Information Technology: PT&P Faces the Future

September 3rd, 1995 No comments

1994 has been marked by many new developments in the expanding field of electronic data interchange. Computer upgrades, improved drafting and engineering software, and an electronic network connecting all of PT&P’s computers all contribute to our advance into the future. Look on the Technical page for an example of computer-generated finite element analyses we produce to aid in stress analysis of our product line.

PT&P published a new catalog last winter, and plans are also underway for converting the catalog data to CD-ROM for our forthcoming Electronic Catalog. Piping Technology recognizes the vital importance of high-tech information transfer capability, and it is for this reason that we are looking to make our catalogs and other company information available to our customers who have updated their own electronic capabilities. You can now reach PT&P on the Internet! Our World-Wide Web home page can be found at http://www.pipingtech.com. Also, we can receive E-Mail at info@pipingtech.com. We are asking all of our customers with electronic mail capabilities to send us their e-mail addresses so we can begin compiling our Internet database.

Our adaptation to the latest computerized business tools is yet another testament to PT&P’s flexibility and desire to remain up-to-date with the latest technology in our field. Look for our new catalog, the upcoming PT&P CD-ROM, and the many other advances in electronic data interchange soon to be implemented at Piping Technology. Join us in the future of design, engineering and communications!

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