ECA Group's Ultimate Pipe Controller is an Explosion Proof remote controlled system for In-Pipe Inspection (IPI) of gas compressor and booster compressor stations (CS) pipe manifold. This system is able to move in horizontal sections of pipe with size at least 700 mm, and in vertical and inclined sections with pipe from 700 to 1000 mm. Its standard sensors permit to detect: Defects of welds, Internal defects of pipe body, Loss of metal on the external surface of a pipe, Defects due to SCC (stress corrosion
cracking), Decreasing of wall thickness of pipe bend caused by erosive wear, Volume contamination, Foreign objects. It can also define real geometry of CS pipe manifold and find out actual locations of welds.

Features

 Able to move:

  • In horizontal sections of pipe with size at least 700 mm
  • In vertical and inclined sections with pipe from 700 to 1000 mm

Applications for Defence & Security

  • Inspection of pipes in hazardous areas 
  • TV inspection of Industrial Equipments

Technical specifications

The ultimate pipe controller system includes

An Explosion Proof tractor

  • Certified 1ExdIIAT4
  • Operational in horizontal sections of pipe with a pipe size at least 700 mm and in vertical and inclined sections with pipe size from 700 to 1000 mm

Removable modules of Non Destructive Inspection

  • Module of Visual and Measuring Control (VMC module) of welded connections with laser-holographic (hololaser) unit for pipes with diameter from 700 to 1400 mm
  • Module of Electromagnetic Acoustical Control (EMA module) for pipe body and for SCC (stress corrosion cracking) inspection for pipes with diameter from 700 to 1000 mm

Cable reel with connection cable

  • Capacity: 250m

Controlling unit and archiving PC computer

Characteristics

Maximum operating distance from a loading point: 250 m.

Maximum speed during inspection of pipe manifold:

  • Visual and Measuring Control: 6 to 8 min/weld
  • Electromagnetically Acoustical Control: 9.6 meters per hour if hundred percent inspection, at least / 9.6 meters per hour if step scanning
  • Able to move inside pipe bends, T-bends (with equal diameters of three sockets), stop valves, except moving into vertically situated T-bends.
  • It can be loaded into a pipeline or withdrawn from it through:
  • The dismantled check valve of: 700 mm (with dismantling of a valve plate) / 1000 mm (without dismantling of a valve plate)
  • A hatch of at least 500 mm in diameter
  • A cut in pipe (removed part of pipe ~1.5 m long)

Technology

This Explosion Proof remote controlled system has been designed for In-Pipe Inspection (IPI) of gas compressor and booster compressor stations (CS) pipe manifold.

Its tractor is able to move in horizontal sections of pipe with size at least 700 mm and in vertical and inclined sections with pipe from 700 to 1000 mm.

Its series of standard sensors permit the following inspection:

  • Defects of welds (faulty fusions, concavities, blisters)
  • Internal defects of pipe body (interstices, exfoliations, segregations)
  • Loss of metal on the external surface of a pipe (continuous corrosion and pitting, dints, handling marks)
  • Defects due to SCC (stress-corrosion cracking)
  • Decreasing of wall thickness of pipe bend caused by erosive wear
  • Volume contamination, which decreases CS’s productivity
  • Foreign objects which are potentially dangerous during the service of pipe manifold of CS (metal rods, stones, collapsed balloons)
  • Defining real geometry of CS pipe manifold and finding out actual locations of welds

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