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68" In Height Vertical Upthrust Constants

September 7th, 2001 No comments
68" In Height Vertical Upthrust Constants

68" In Height Vertical Upthrust Constants

Piping Technology & Products, Inc. designed and built two, 68″ in height 100 U-Type constants for a power plant in Mexico. The vertical upthrust constants were designed to support 48,500 lb. each with a total upward travel of 3″. In order to prevent buckling of the constant housing, each constant was designed with five C7 x 14 3/4 lb. channels and a base plate of 26 3/8″ x 33 1/4″. These unique 100 U-Type upthrust constants were custom designed by PT&P to accommodate limited horizontal space requirement. The constants will be placed opposite to each other on a beam capable of supporting 99,000 lb. load of the pipe, plus the weight of the constants.

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Emergency Field Service Request on Constant

May 22nd, 2001 No comments
Emergency Field Service Request on Constant

Emergency Field Service Request on Constant

Piping Technology & Products, Inc. and its 24×7 Quick Turn/Emergency Service were put to the test on a Friday evening when they received an emergency call from a company located in Jamaica. The Jamaican company was concerned with existing pipe supports at their location and made a request for a PT&P field services representative to visit and inspect.

An experienced PT&P field services manager arrived at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday to survey and fulfill the request.

The reported problem was a pair of rusted and decayed spring hangers dating back to 1969. After inspection, PT&P’s field services manager concluded that the aged spring hangers could no longer support the piping system due to changes in the design of the system, whereas, failure resulted in additional forces being exerted onto the steam turbine.

Following identification of the measurements, load capabilities, and movements of the spring hangers, it was apparent that the system design did not compensate for the weight of two globe valves that were added to the system at a later date. Thus, PT&P’s field services manager had to take into consideration the weight of these two globe valves when sizing the replacement parts.

PT&P supplied and delivered two Type G variable spring assemblies to Jamaica on the following Monday. Type G assemblies can accommodate unusually heavy loads, and is especially adaptable for avoiding interference in spaces where headroom is limited. In this case, the spring assembly was supporting loads in excess of 2000 lbs. and movement was limited due to its location in the powerhouse.

Replacement of a Constant Spring Hanger

April 11th, 2001 No comments
Replacement of a Constant Spring Hanger

Replacement of a Constant Spring Hanger

A large refinery plant located in Pasadena, TX called upon Piping Technology & Products, Inc. to aid them in the immediate replacement of a 5400 Lbs, 7 1/2″ travel vertical constant spring hanger used to support a Coker drum.

The constant spring hanger was damaged during servicing. The reliability engineer from the refinery contacted PT&P Wednesday evening to request an inspection by a PT&P field services representative. The following morning PT&P’s field services representative arrived on-site, inspected the damaged constant spring hanger and suggested that a replacement would be most efficient and cost effective. With the existing nameplate bolted to the constant, PT&P was able to easily locate the original design of the constant.

The original design, along with the convenience of the component parts being in stock inventory, allowed PT&P to quickly manufacture a replica of the constant and ship it out on the same day by 6 p.m.

In the past, lead times for delivery of constant supports averaged 6-8 weeks, however, through the process of maintaining stock components of interchangeable parts, lead time has been drastically reduced. Piping Technology & Products, Inc. maintains a large inventory of stocked constant support assembly components that allows them to quickly assemble and ship to customers on demand, especially in emergency/quick-turn situations.

Specially Designed Upthrust Constants

March 8th, 1994 No comments
Specially Designed Upthrust Constants

Specially Designed Upthrust Constants

Piping Technology & Products, Inc. announces the latest design of their “Horizontal Upthrust” base type constant support. The table or load flange move straight up or down as the weight of the pipe is transferred to the helical coil (spring) via the internal camlinkage. PTFE, 25% glass filled, slide bearings on the four corners eliminate the possibility of binding if undue axial or lateral forces are exerted. Also, PTFE, 25% glass filled, or graphite slide bearings can be added to the table to ease movement along the axis of the pipe. The Big-Ton and Type F Base Constant Supports are still available for other applications.]

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Constant Effort Supports for Generating Facilities

March 8th, 1994 No comments
Constant Effort Supports for Generating Facilities

Constant Effort Supports for Generating Facilities

Constant Effort Supports for Generating Facilities

Constant Effort Supports in the Field

Piping Technology & Products, Inc. has designed and built thirty-two constant effort supports ranging in loads from eighty to eighty-seven kips with seven and one half inches of total travel on each.Six of the thirty-two are shown in position and they will support critical portions of the heater. The balance in other parts of the plant will support equally critical lines such as main steam and boiler reheat.

Located near Calvert, Texas, this is the second generating facility for Texas – New Mexico Power at this site. Piping Technology & Products, Inc. supplied the same material on the previous installation for this client.

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Constants for a Radiant-tube Support System

January 8th, 1994 No comments
Constants for a Radiant-tube Support System

Constants for a Radiant-tube Support System

The photograph above shows a large number of specially designed constant spring supports being prepared for shipment to Chile. These constants are the key component of a reforming furnace, radiant tube support system designed for one of the world’s major engineering and construction firms.

Piping Technology’s engineers designed these units to fit in the limited space available inside the furnace and provided optional bolting patterns so attachment to the supporting structure could be made even if the radiant tube support system assumed a competitor’s design.

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Custom Designed Horizontal Constants

May 28th, 1993 No comments
Custom Designed Horizontal Constants

Custom Designed Horizontal Constants

In construction of the horizontal constant, Piping Technology & Products, Inc. uses high quality materials and workmanship throughout, with a liberal factor of safety to insure against temporary shock and overload. Springs hot-wound, double heat treated, pre-set and pre-tested.

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Custom Designed Vertical Upthrust Constant

March 20th, 1993 No comments
Custom Designed Vertical Upthrust Constant

Custom Designed Vertical Upthrust Constant

Pictured is a vertical upthrust constant developed for an application where the traditional horizontal upthrust would not fit.

Our Canadian customer searched to find existing products to support a pressure vessel which was to be located in an area with no additional horizontal space. PT&P developed this design and tested a prototype within one month to meet customer’s schedule.

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