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Leak Tight Pipe Plugging for the Oil & Gas Industry

inflatable stopper, pipe plugging, prevent debris, overnight stopper, pipe plugThere is a large variety of pipe plugging and blocking requirements in the Oil and Gas Industry, including repair work, leak testing, weld purging and debris stopping. One major concern is the entry of debris into pipes during operations.

The Pipestoppers® Division of Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® now design and manufacture a range of low cost, lightweight Inflatable Stoppers, available for pipes up to 120” diameter to prevent the entry of debris into pipes.

Ron Sewell, Chairman for HFT® said: “For pipe diameters of 36” and over, not all applications require expensive and very robust, heavy rubber plugs, nor is it always necessary to use mechanical plugs which are also heavy and may be difficult to manipulate.”

“Where there is little backpressure and the absence of corrosive petrochemical fluid, lightweight Inflatable Stoppers are a great solution. They are light in weight, which makes them easy to manipulate and inexpensive to ship and because of their low cost, it is easy to keep all sizes in stock and ship them the very same day.”

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Weld Purge your Heat Treated Pipes Confidently with HotPurge®

Pre heated pipework, purge systems, tube and pipe purging, welding chrome steels, hot purgeHigh strength steel joints must pre-heated prior to welding and also require a post-weld heat treatment. Weld joints of this nature are often purged of oxygen and welded in an inert atmosphere to reduce the risk of ‘sugaring’, an imperfection that could allow metal pieces to break off inside pipework and cause damage to turbines, for example.

With the high temperatures and length of time at such temperatures, most weld purging systems are unsuitable. HotPurge® has been developed by International Weld Purging Specialists Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT®, an Inflatable Pipe Purging System for Heat Treated Chrome and High Strength Stainless Steel Pipe Joints where the temperatures might be as high as 760ºC (1,400ºF) for many hours.

Luke Keane, Distributor Support for HFT® said: “HotPurge® allows the purge to be safely continued for up to 24 hours whilst pre-heating, welding and post weld heat-treating with the purge system remaining in place.”

“Along with our other ranges of Inflatable Pipe Purging Systems, the HotPurge® Systems are manufactured in the UK, with scientific knowledge and research invested in each of our products. We do not sacrifice quality! You can be sure to achieve perfect welds, time and time again.” 

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Purge with Extra Options

inflatable tube and pipe purging weld purging bladder purgextraWeld purging is the act of removing oxygen from the vicinity of a joint with an inert gas. It is essential when welding metal tubes and pipes made from titanium, stainless steel, chrome and nickel steels where a high strength joint or an exceptionally clean and smooth joint is needed. For example in power piping and ultra high purity stainless steel joints it is important to have a good weld purge that will provide non-oxidised, zero colour welds.

PurgExtra® Inflatable Tube and Pipe Purging Systems, available from Weld Purging Experts Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT®, provides an extra gas purge for weld purging tube and pipe joints from 1 – 24” ø. This range complements the PurgElite® Series that has a single purging inlet.

Luke Keane, Distributor Support for HFT® said: “The PurgExtra® System allows the operator to purge at the recommended rates initially and then, when conditions are correct, to introduce the additional gas at high flow rates. This system is especially valuable for achieving the lower oxygen levels required for welding materials around 20 parts per million.”

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World Standard Weld Purge Monitor®

54W-PurgEye100-IP65-WeldPurgeMonitorTo ensure non-oxidised, zero colour welds are achieved when welding metals such as stainless, duplex and chrome steels, titanium and nickel alloys, a Weld Purge Monitor® (oxygen monitor) must be used to measure the oxygen level before and during welding.

The World Standard PurgEye® 100 IP65 Weld Purge Monitor® designed and manufactured by Weld Purging Experts Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® is available at a low cost, avoiding the requirements to fill entire tubes and pipes with expensive inert gas and avoiding the need to guess when the oxygen level is low enough to begin welding.

A customer in the UK recently said: “When working with medium to large diameter exotic pipework, using the PurgEye® 100 can prevent you from having a very bad day! Previously, I only ever used the older model and the introduction of the PurgEye® 100 was a godsend.

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Safer pipe Weld Purging for closing welds

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Weld Purging a variety of pipes of different diameters can prove complex and costly, particularly when having to fill whole pipework systems with expensive argon gas. One solution that welders have traditionally devised has been to construct homemade foam or paper dams that are placed either side of the weld, constricting the purge volume to make weld purging times shorter.

Homemade foam or paper purge dams have severe technical limitations that can lead to loss of welds when they leak or slip from position thus flooding the welding zone with oxygen. 

To overcome these challenges Weld Purging Experts Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® have designed and developed Argweld® Weld Purge Film® Kits to make weld purging affordable and successful.

Georgia Gascoyne, CEO for HFT® said:

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Successful Gas Tungsten Arc Welding with MultiStrike®

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Tungsten is a rare metallic element used for manufacturing gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) electrodes. Tungsten Electrodes are available in a range of sizes and lengths and are made up of either pure tungsten or an alloy of tungsten and other rare-earth elements and oxides. Choosing an electrode depends on the base material type and thickness and whether you weld with alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC).

Each electrode is color-coded at the tip to eliminate confusion over its type. Unlike the red-tipped thoriated Tungsten Electrode, which contain 2% thoria, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT®’s blue-tipped MultiStrike® Tungsten Electrodes contain a mix of non-radioactive rare earth elements, eliminating the risk to health posed by thoriated Tungsten Electrodes.

 

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Rapid Purge your Pipes with QuickPurge®

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Weld Purging is the act of removing oxygen within the vicinity of a joint when welding, especially when joining metals such as stainless steel, nickel alloys, titanium, zirconium etc. However completely filling tubes and pipes with expensive inert gas such as argon for weld purging is time consuming.

Such costly time loss and excessive waste of argon gas can be avoided now because of QuickPurge® Tube, Pipe and Pipeline Weld Purging Systems.

Whatever the size of pipe, QuickPurge® Systems reduce waiting times so dramatically that they pay for themselves in less than one weld. QuickPurge® is simply inserted into a tube or pipe, inflated within the pipe, restricting the area that is to be welded and removing the oxygen within minutes.

 

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New Weld Purge Monitor® with PurgeNet™

03W-PurgEye200-WeldPurgeMonitorWhen welding metals such as stainless steel and titanium, it is essential to measure the oxygen level before, during and after welding using a Weld Purge Monitor® (oxygen analyzer).

To remain at the forefront of Weld Purging technology, World leading Weld Purging Experts and inventors of the Weld Purge Monitor®, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® are launching an updated hand-held PurgEye® 200 Weld Purge Monitor®, now with PurgeNet™.

Georgia Gascoyne, CEO for HFT® said: “PurgeNet™ allows networking to standard accessories. Typically, one accessory allows direct interface to an Orbital Welder or any other automatic welding machine, so that the oxygen level in the vicinity of the weld can be monitored and the welding machine can be switched on or off according to pre-set oxygen levels. A second accessory is a warning lamp that can signal when oxygen levels are low and high according to pre-set levels.”

 

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Safer Welding with MultiStrike®

26W-MultiStrikesTungstenElectrodesTungsten Electrodes are used when arc welding with the Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) process or Plasma welding.

It is necessary to grind tungsten electrodes after they have touched the molten weld pool or the filler rod to the tungsten, which is not only time consuming but can also be a hazard to health.

Recognising both the performance requirement and the risk to health posed by thoriated tungsten electrodes, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT®’s MultiStrike® Tungsten Electrodes not only deliver an increased performance, they also reduce the risk to health.

A customer in New York, USA recently said: "We manufacture small pharmaceutical fittings using manual TIG welding and produce tube joints using mechanised orbital welding. In both applications we have observed a four to five time improvement between re-grinding when replacing thoriated tungsten with HFT®’s MultiStrike® Tungsten Electrodes.”

 

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Flexible Welding Enclosure® for Welding down to 10 ppm

04W-FlexibleWeldingEnclosuresWhen welding titanium and zirconium joints it is important that the welding zone is purged of oxygen to a level as low as 10 parts per million (ppm).

A flexible welding chamber is available from Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® for a fraction of the cost of a rigid welding chamber. Flexible Welding Enclosures® provide a technically viable option to what are very expensive rigid enclosures or welding chambers.

Ron Sewell, Chairman for Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® said: “There are many requirements now for welding zones to be purged of oxygen down to as low as 10 ppm, which can be a problem when companies look the high costs of traditional metal chambers. Our Flexible Welding Enclosures® are an ideal solution.” 

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Keep a Low Cost ‘Eye’ on your Weld Purge

05W-PurgEye100-IP65-WeldPurgeMonitorWeld Purge Monitors® are an essential instrument to help obtain non-oxidised, zero colour welds by monitoring the oxygen content, when welding metals such as stainless, duplex and chrome steels, titanium and nickel alloys where a high quality weld is required.

Advancing in the science of manufacturing beyond other designs, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT®’s market leading, low cost PurgEye® 100 can help to eliminate the post weld cleaning costs. It is these costs that otherwise make the high cost of each weld ultra significant.

A customer recently said: “The handy PurgEye® 100 is one of the best, if not the best residual oxygen detector instruments on the market today. With its digital residual oxygen level LCD screen readouts measuring as low as 100 ppm and its large user friendly viewing screen making it easier for me to read. 

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QuickPurge® your Pipes for Perfect Welds

Time is Money

W11W-QuickPurgePipeWeldPurgeSystemelders, supervisors, welding engineers, quality control personnel and others are kept waiting, sometimes for many hours, for stainless steel or titanium pipe joints to be purged of oxygen ready for welding. Weld purging is necessary to reduce the oxygen content below 50 parts per million so that the weld surfaces and the adjacent hot metal doesn’t oxidise and thereby cause loss of corrosion resistance and metallurgical imperfections.

Such time loss and excessive waste of argon gas can be avoided now because of QuickPurge® Tube, Pipe and Pipeline Weld Purging Systems designed and manufactured by weld purging specialists and developers, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT®.

Whatever the size of pipe, QuickPurge® Systems reduce waiting times so dramatically that they pay for themselves in less than one weld.

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