September 2019, Vol. 246, No. 9

Tech Notes

Hand-Held Device Coats Pipeline Field Joints to OEM-Standards

By Sebastian Paus, Protective Coating, Sulzer Mixpac   Photo Courtesy of Sulzer Tape wrap contends with higher technology pipeline joint coating solutions, in many contexts with a degree of success. Wrapped with skill, tape can offer the requisite protection a pipeline joint needs.  However, that success depends to a great extent on the ability of the labor installing the low-adhesion, low-mechanical strength material. Tape represents an archaic approach to pipeline joint protection; while standard, it is hand applied, making it both labor intensive and subject to variable quality.  Air entrapment introduces unevenness and weakness

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