Industrial Piping Practice And Maintenance

 Industrial Piping Practice And Maintenance On The Job Solutions Tips And Insights

Industrial Piping Practice And Maintenance On The Job Solutions Tips And Insights

We live amid a myriad of industrial pipelines where even our domestic lives are intertwined by complex piping carrying a wide variety of liquids and gases. These vast networks process and transport their contents reliably, safely, efficiently, and economically – industrial piping being much more galvanized than the pipes that carry water to our kitchens.

There are a host of books on design of processes, pipelines, fluid dynamics, and so on, as well as a good number of books on equipment like pumps, compressors, and turbines. But there are almost none on the piping that carries the fluid to and fro! Back then, we had too many frustrating occasions looking for a book where all the descriptions, use, safety, techniques, and limits for a certain fitting, pipe, or valve could be found. We had to shuffle through sources like training notes, manufacturer manuals, or even the old scribbling pads.

Piping is a culmination of complex disciplines like metallurgy, standardization, manufacture, construction, and maintenance. Greatly-evolved technology and highlyengineered skills make the modern process plants viable and reliable. The environmental and safety record of pipelines is envious compared to that of other technology products. Pipeline systems are both the safest transportation mode and the most economical means, notwithstanding the millions and millions of miles of pipeline carrying everything from water and acids to crude oil.

In the late 1960s, George Christman and Neil Walton of Standard Oil Company,U.S., taught us young college graduates the rudiments of piping and made us feel at home in the complex piping systems, here in India at Coromandel Fertilizers Ltd (now Coromandel International Ltd.). That was the beginning of my lifelong journey around piping systems.


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