A TOUGH piping system for chemical solutions that costs less than stainless steel and can last twice as long has been developed for broad industrial uses.
CalAir Pipe Systems ' Chem-Pro system is one of the latest additions to its family of safety-oriented colour-coded piping systems that conform with the requirements of international standards.
The violet-coloured Chem-Pro pipe system - available in a range of diameters from 12.5 to 100mm - is engineered to tolerate a wide range of chemical processing liquids.
Typically eight times lighter than normal steel pipes - and lighter also than stainless steel - the non-corrosive Chem-Pro comes with a family of quick-fit joints, fasteners and fittings that enable entire reticulation systems to be constructed without welding or specialist labour.
"Chem-Pro can be easily cut around to reconfigure production lines for changing needs or to add capacity,” says CalAir managing director John McNab.
“This ability to easily construct and reconstruct pipeline systems - or even to move entire reticulation systems from one place to another - saves considerable time, labour and expense."
One of the early applications of Chem-Pro is at an aluminium extrusion plant where it is used to carry caustic solutions needed to clean more than 50 press dies.
The dies, changed continuously in response to production needs, are bathed in caustic tanks after being used to produce a wide range of extrusions for products such as security doors, window frames, floor planks, racking and whitegoods trim.
Use of Chem-Pro in this application is complemented by green CalAir piping for water and blue for compressed air, with the easily identified pipes being grouped together for easy installation and maintainance.