It’s an old adage, but it always holds true for the team at Canada Pipeline Accessories. When setting out to design a component for your custom application, we always start with getting the basics right, sizing for the application and constructing the ideal custom part or accessory.
It all starts with the size of the pipe. CPA products are typically sized using two pieces of information, the NPS (nominal pipe size, 2”, 6”, 16”, and so on), and the inside diameter/pipe schedule or wall thickness.
Next, we need to know the actual installation style that you need. If it’s a regular ANSI Raised Face Flange, chances are we can use something from our inventory. If it’s a size that we do not stock, the part will be custom sized for the application. With other installation styles, the method will need to be confirmed before we can get to work. For example, If it’s an RTJ, the ANSI rating and gasket ring number will need to be sorted out before we can begin, and for weld-in options, the details of a face or butt weld would also need to be considered.
Quality Knowledge. Quality materials. Quality parts.
We need to know what kinds of fluids will be utilized in your application, as fluid composition will impact the material, regardless of what we use. Is it clean, dry natural gas? Does it contain H2S, hydrogen, or oxygen? The type of fluid used will impact whether we can build with stainless steel, duplex, Inconel, or bronze, so we want to ensure we have all of the vital information to ensure that the product will safely withstand any harsh application.
The temperature and pressure of the application will also impact the design. For higher temperature or pressure applications, the material will require more strength, or else the critical thicknesses of the part will need to be increased. Our team will verify the component pressure boundaries to ensure that ASME 31.3 is met.
For low-temperature applications, we need to ensure the components will not become brittle at the desired application temperature. Some materials like 316 stainless will be suitable down to -50F, but others will require an additional Charpy Impact test to ensure compliance.
For any special certifications like EN 10204 3.2b, Ultrasonic or Dye Penetrant Testing, our team will need to obtain a custom piece of material (such as forging) to ensure that the testing and documentation can be performed at the mill and meet all necessary specifications.
Before we put the part into production, we submit an approval drawing to your team to ensure that all the requirements are met and that all dimensions are suitable for the application. We want to ensure that you are happy, the first time, before we ever start the build.
If you’re interested in talking about our custom build process, we’d love to tell you more about our team, our workflows, and our facilities. Give us a call today to learn more.