MEI will feature their No Weld SS316, press-fit piping system for small bore service piping such as compressed air, water and chemicals on Stand H1041 at AIMEX.
According to the company, the advantages of the No Weld SS316L Press Fit Piping System over galvanised threaded steel pipes and fittings include faster installation, higher corrosion resistance and lower maintenance costs for coal preparation plants and other mining and port infrastructure projects, with similar cost.
"Ongoing maintenance requirements, along with corrosion, both internally and externally, of galvanised steel systems can impact upon the effectiveness of a plant and overall costs of operation,” Adrian Peck, MEI’s director business development said.
“Replacing these systems involves not only new material and labour costs, but also the cost of labour to remove existing systems and downtime,” he said.
“A wide range of designers, contractors and installers agree that when labour and materials are considered, the total cost to install the MEI No Weld SS316L Press Fit system is very similar to common threaded galvanised steel.
Benefits of No Weld SS316L systems includes customers commonly reporting cost savings of more than 30% compared with welded stainless steel; similar total costs to threaded-style products when both labour and materials were considered; installation 10 times faster than a welded system and much faster than threaded; no welding, hence no requirement for hot work certificates and no fire risk; and importantly lower corrosion rates.
Peck said in-situ installation also meant all piping could be site run, reducing or eliminating the need for detailed workshop manufacturing drawings or workshop spools.
The MEI No Weld SS316L Press Fit system is pressure and temperature rated and fire rated to Australian Standards. It is also fire, shock and vibration rated to military specifications. The system comes with a 30-year warranty, he said.
The system is compliant and commonly used for potable water, hot water (temperatures up to 200°C) Process water, harsh operating environments (such as mining and coastal infrastructure), inert gases, fuel and petroleum based products, oil reticulation, chemicals, sanitary conduit, fire systems, and wet and dry sprinkler systems.