Richmond Wheels and Castors has employed their design and manufacturing excellence to provide the Australian pipeline industry with various solutions for challenging pipeline projects.
Pipe rollers recently supplied by Richmond at two projects were designed to meet a unique challenge of providing a turnkey solution for loading a new pipeline inside an existing larger diameter pipeline.
Challenges such as the loading process, load capacity required and lack of access for installation of roller assemblies were met efficiently by Richmond’s in-house design team who implemented a solution consisting of a band and pipe rollers to drastically reduce friction during the loading process.
The design solution ensured a safe and economical process that not only protected both internal and external pipes but also acted as a pipe support once fitted.
A steel band fitted to the outer of the pipe with either 2 or 3 rollers welded to this frame, provides the basis for the pipe supports and rolling mechanism. The pipe bands are fitted by securely tensioning in place, reducing the need for welding on-site.
The pipe rollers are manufactured in engineered plastics such as nylon or polyurethane depending on the environmental conditions, load capacity and rolling resistance or friction required. Richmond’s unique pipe roller design can be adapted to suit pipes of various diameters.
Richmond’s innovative pipe roller solution has been used in Northcote, Victoria as an alternative to a dry sliding design on the refurbishment of a water pipeline involving the location of a 1127mm pipe inside a 1350mm pipeline.
The scope of the project saw Richmond supply 50 pipe bands with a capacity of 900kg, each fitted with two 110mm nylon rollers.