Pipeline assembly is definitely one of the most necessary industries of our time. With more and more materials such as water, waste, gas and other, being transported with the use of pipelines, there is no argument that pipeline assembly process has to be quick and efficient and meet all the industry standards. Although everyone knows how a pipeline looks like and could roughly imagine how it is assembled, the whole process and its intricacies stay rarely discussed. So how does a pipeline assembly process actually look like? What are the stages that lead to an assembled pipeline and how are the methods used in practice?
It all starts with prefabricated pipeline elements
Pipeline prefabrications are not an uncommon thing to see during pipeline assembly process. Manufacturers all around the world are now using all the resources they have to create bigger, ready made parts of pipelines that will minimise the amount of work that has to be done on the construction site. Beforehand, prefabrications were thought of as a low-end mass-produced elements that are not fit for the best. However, more and more projects use prefabricated pipeline elements to speed up the job and keep up with competition. Time is of the essence here and prefabrications mean less job for the construction workers on site and less time required to assemble the pipeline.
Once all the elements of the pipeline are transported to the construction site, the workers need to attach them together. One of the most common and efficient methods is welding – a stable and cost efficient method that provides reliable results and pipelines that are stable and less prone to damages and incidents. With pipelines used for more than just water and gas transport, there is no wonder that the technique of assembling them had to be improved.
Bending has been used for several years now as a more sustainable and efficient way of pipeline assembly. Instead of creating lots of welding points (which can get unstable over time and be the cause of accidents), pipelines are now being induction bent. Using heat and power, pipes are bent by the manufacturers to a required shape and as such arrive on the construction site ready-made. Pipeline bending means less joints necessary, which means less risk for leakage and pipelines ready for dangerous fluids transportation.
Pipelines have to be strong and reliable. After all, modern world uses them as a transportation route for liquids, gases and other chemically stable substances. Pipelines exist for the transport of petroleum, oil, natural gas, biofuels, sewage, slurry, drinking water, irrigation and, surprisingly to many – beer. Pipelines can also be constructed as pneumatic tubes using compressed air for solid capsules transportation. Seeing that, there is no wonder why the pipeline assembly industry strives to achieve more reliable methods of pipeline assembly and uses bending in place of welding to minimise the risks for leakage and breakage wherever it’s possible.