Joint integrity specialist Hydratight has invented a viable alternative to welding, which was officially launched at AOG today (Thursday, February 25th).
The Compact Connector is part of the MORGRIP® Mechanical Connectors range that has been supplied to the global oil and gas industry since the 1980s.
This new topside product will connect and seal pipes measuring from one inch to four inches in diameter, using proven metal graphite composite sealing. The material tightens around the outside diameter of the pipe to ensure a chemically resistant, high temperature, high pressure seal that does not degrade in extreme environments.
Topside sales support engineer, Jarrod Ford, said: “We are delighted to bring this innovative piece of equipment to the market as it is a solution our customers need. Its lightweight design means weight savings of up to 80% compared to other mechanical connectors. Importantly, it can be used on pipes located in confined spaces or areas congested with pipework.
“Engineering teams will find it less cumbersome to work with than some larger models. Fitting the connector also takes less time and less equipment. We use a standard lightweight hydraulic torque wrench with a modified insert alongside the connector to complete each job to specification. It will be used for permanent and temporary repairs.”
The Compact Connector has a pressure rating of up to 53 bar. It has 3.1 certification as standard and DNV Type Approval.
Hydratight is exhibiting at AOG 2016, Stand M26 as part of the Energy Segment of Actuant Corporation.
Adapted from a press release by David Bizley
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