This educational video from Maverick Applied Science, Inc.’s President, Jeff Eisenman explains how to avoid the biggest FRP pitfalls. The title is “The Biggest FRP Pitfalls and How To Avoid Them.”
Here are some highlights to help you get what you expect when it comes to your FRP piping projects.
1) Pick vendors that you know and clearly have vetted their capabilities, both in quality and manufacturing. If you are not familiar with someone , get to know them, check them out, get recommendations from reliable resources or go see their shop to vet them yourself.
2) Get material recommendations from independent sources. The raw material suppliers, resin, glass, or thermoplastics are some of the best sources for recommendations. Don’t just take a fabricator’s recommendation. Look for recommendations about quality with long term reliability in mind. Go to the experts.
3) Vendor’s calcs need to be checked and not just by anybody. They need to be reviewed by someone with intimate knowledge of the standards. Otherwise, it is very difficult to know what you are getting.
4) Most FRP piping systems need to be analyzed by trained FRP piping engineers with a formal pipe stress analysis program. If not, you can’t predict the performance of the system.
5) Pipe supports are where the rubber meets the road. Without the right supports all that good engineering goes to waste. When I’m in the field and I see U-bolt supports everywhere with no anchors, I know there are problems–some are evident while others are hidden.
All of these pitfalls are preventable and correctable. Plants lose too much money to unplanned outages. Don’t accept leaks and failures. Reliable systems increase production, maximize plant efficiency and improve personnel safety.The key is having the right plan. If you’ve seen some of these issues, give us a call. We can get you back on the right track.
Stay tuned for more videos such as this one!
In recognition that the Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics (FRP) industry is constantly evolving, Jeff Eisenman, President of Maverick Applied Science, commissioned a new website that focuses on education and highlights key changes to FRP solutions. This project, six months in the making will use video as a means to share new developments and industry evolutions, with the hope of making the understanding of FRP accessible to far more companies in a variety of industries. A regular video series is being released by Maverick for public consumption.