Richmond Wheels and Castors supplied their innovative pipe band rollers as an alternative solution to a dry sliding installation when locating a new pipeline inside an existing larger diameter pipeline for Killard’s Excavations.
Richmond pipe band rollers consist of a steel band fitted to the outer of the pipe with two or three rollers welded to the frame, which provides the basis for the pipe supports and rolling mechanism.
Richmond manufactures the pipe rollers in engineered plastics such as nylon or steel and polyurethane depending on the environmental conditions, load capacity and rolling resistance or friction required for the application.
Killard’s Excavations required four different pipeline sections of 813mm to be located into an existing 1026mm pipeline with the sections varying in length from 94m to 170m. The pipes also had to negotiate a 2% grade through the Camden bypass at Narellan NSW.
The first pipe section was safely loaded, located and positioned in the pipeline using the pipe band rollers within five minutes. Todd Darvall of Richmond, NSW supervised the successful installation of all pipe sections.
Richmond’s turnkey solution helped save time and money for Killard’s Excavations by eliminating the need for a 40-tonne excavator to load the pipe, which would have taken 2½ hours on an average in addition to keeping a welder on standby all day.
Richmond offers extensive expertise in all applications of wheel-making for the pipeline industry including drive wheels, guide rollers and complete turnkey solutions.