As the year draws to a close, it’s a great time to reflect on what has been accomplished and to set our sights on what we hope to achieve in the year to come. For Pipetel, the year was marked with several important milestones that make the future even more exciting:
First Run Success Rate of close to 100%
Our on-going commitment to improving and innovating our technologies and services has led to increased inspection efficiency. With a focus on quality assurance, training, communication and collaboration with our clients, a consistently high first run success rate brings confidence.
New Facilities, New Opportunities
This month we moved into new facilities that are 2.5 times larger than our previous headquarters! At the new location we are able to serve your needs better with increased space for demonstrations, testing, and quality assurance. We’re proud of our new robotics and operations center and we invite you to come and visit us anytime for a tour!
“Whether it’s your first year with Pipetel, or your eighth: thank-you!”
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: every client is important to us. Focusing on your needs and your challenges, makes us better at what we do. And our continued success is because of your trust and loyalty. Thank you.
What lies ahead?
While we can never know the future, we are confident that our continued focus on innovation and improvements to efficiency and effectiveness will help us be your best choice for protecting the integrity and safety of your pipelines.
Thank you for helping make 2018 a great year. We look forward to the next opportunity to work with you.
As our Health & Safety Compliance Coordinator you will use your resourcefulness, superior record keeping and attention to detail to ensure the organization’s engineering and field service efforts are supported to meet compliance requirements.
Recently Pipetel published an article that examines the ability of robotic pipeline inspection methods. It covers results and specific examples of pipeline anomalies, as well as the quality of data acquired.
Using robotic pipeline inspection is economical and pipes are more accessible in areas which are difficult for hydrotesting or direct assessment, such as urban or congested areas, environmentally sensitive areas, or areas such as highways, railways and bridges. Pipetel’s Explorer inspection provides comprehensive data and information about the integrity conditions of the pipeline that allows engineers to develop effective maintenance plans.
Qualitative Benefits of Pipetel’s Explorer iLi
The MFL sensors are capable of magnetizing the pipe materials up to the maximum wall thickness capability of the sensors.
The resulting MFL data from an Explorer inspection offers the distinct advantage of being free from any speed related degradation.
The deformation sensor on Explorers also offers superior circumferential resolution as it is continuous since a laser is used without any discrete spacing.
The MFL and deformation data are always complimented by visual evidence captured by cameras.
In September 2018, members of the pipeline industry from around the world will gather in Calgary for the 12th International Pipeline Conference (IPC 2018). The International Pipeline Conference is designed to inform, enlighten and motivate.
Pipetel will be exhibiting at Booth 117 on the Upper Level.
Our Pipetel EXPLORER iLi Robots provide inline inspection services that provide data allowing operators of natural gas pipelines to implement a proactive pipeline integrity management and maintenance program. We provide a range of services in unpiggable pipelines from 6 to 36 inches including inspection for metal loss, dents, mechanical damage and video.
With Pipetel EXPLORER iLi you capture every little detail of your pipe
For many operators, challenging pipelines mean deploying a simplified assessment methodology and accepting minimal data in return. If you are on a multi-year assessment cycle, this means there’s a lot you don’t know for a long time, about your pipeline’s integrity.
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Pipetel’s EXPLORER iLi is one of the world’s most advanced inline inspection robots. Fully articulated, self-propelled, bi-directional, and tetherless, our fleet enables visual and non-destructive inspection of live pipelines, providing multipoint data, regardless of the difficulty of the location or complexity of the pipeline.
With Pipetel, you can get close-up details of your pipes and capture every little detail of your pipe:
Internal and external corrosions
Corrosion along long seam welds
Dents and corrosions interacting with dents
Changes in wall thickness
Repair patches and sleeves
Unbarred tees and other hot tap fittings
Liquid and debris pools
Don’t settle for anything less, go for the best with Pipetel, and get close-up details of your pipes.
We’re always happy to discuss difficult pipeline inspection scenarios. Our experienced team of personnel is always ready to meet any challenge.
Give us a call:
Toll free: 1 855-747-3835
As a Field Robotics Operator you will qualify, operate and maintain Pipetel’s fleet of inspection robots. Deployed across North America, our Operations Team delivers inspection services to our clients’ natural gas pipeline infrastructure using exceptional technology in a professional atmosphere. We not only get the job done, we get it done right. By realizing Pipetel’s mission to provide the most relevant data to our customers and improve the safety of pipelines worldwide, our Operations Team commits to protecting the environment and making peoples’ lives better.
Using pre-existing inspection infrastructure is yet another attractive capability of our EXPLORER iLi fleet. However, when a California client needed inspection of one of their pipelines that traversed a section of swampy wetland, typical methodologies were failing them. Although the pipeline could be inspected using traditional and conventional technologies, the customer was experiencing significant data degradation due to numerous speed excursions throughout the pipe.
With what seemed like no alternative options, the customer turned to Pipetel. Using their existing entrance and exit tubes, we were able to deploy our EXPLORER iLi 10/14 for the inspection. And because all our iLi robots operate under controlled speed, EXPLORER iLi was able to extract extremely high-accuracy data for the length of the pipeline, providing the customer with the necessary data for them to accurately assess the status of their asset.
One of our longest inspections also required one of our largest robots. The EXPLORER iLi 30/36 was used in a predominantly suburban setting where we needed to transverse a school, playground, soccer and baseball fields, as well as a number of homes. Using our inline charging technology, we were able to facilitate the long and winding inspection 2 miles with little disruption to the neighborhood and no interruption in gas service.
With a pipeline suspended from a bridge, our customer had virtually no options for an effective pipeline inspection. ECDA was unfeasible and hydro-testing would produce few data points. But our EXPLORER iLi 10/14 was a perfect solution without compromise. Untethered and self-propelled, we were not only able to extract near-perfect data from the pipeline, but we were able to provide far more sensor data than they had ever anticipated.
When our customer needed to inspect a pipeline in one of the most congested cities in the world, they turned to Pipetel for a solution. Not only did we require a nominal footprint for entry and exit, we were able to conduct the inspection, extracting top-quality data, with a minimal impact on traffic and NO impact on gas services.
When PSE&G needed 2.2 miles of pipeline integrity verified, they turned to Pipetel for their inspection. With more than 50% of their pipeline in the area unsuitable for conventional inspection, the customer wanted a solution that eventually could scale. Using our EXPLORER iLi 20/26, we were able to complete the inspection with no disruption to gas services while crossing challenging landscape and the Hackensack river.
PSE&G – Pig in a pipeline: New robot roots out trouble before it happens
By Karen A. Johnson – This article has been approved for reproduction by PSE&G
For years, utilities like PSE&G have used equipment called “pigs” to inspect the inside of gas pipes for corrosion, damage by excavators and other signs of trouble that could cause leaks and, in extreme cases, explosions like the one that rocked San Bruno, California, in 2010.
A pipeline pig, which is said to make a squealing noise as it moves through the pipe, normally is propelled by the speed of the gas flowing through the transmission main, while sensors measure corrosion and any thinning of the pipe wall.
“PSE&G maintains about 61 miles of gas transmission pipelines that serve our system ,” said George Ragula, distribution technical leader – gas asset strategy. “In about 30 of those miles, we are unable to use a standard pig because the flow of gas is too low to propel it. We need a more advanced way to perform inspections of these pipes to meet federal safety guidelines.”
Working through NYSEARCH, a project management organization leading a research and development consortium, PSE&G and other utilities funded development of a new robotic “smart” pig called Explorer – a self-propelled, more flexible piece of equipment that can easily navigate a pipeline’s twists and turns. Manufactured and operated by Pipetel, the robot also can provide lots of detailed information about the pipe’s condition.
“PSE&G is the first utility in New Jersey to use this new robot, which recently inspected 2.2 miles of pipeline between Jersey City and Kearny, including under Newark Bay,” Ragula said. “Thankfully, the robot didn’t detect any immediate issues with the pipe, which was installed 40 years ago.”
Ragula said PSE&G will use the more advanced pipeline pig to inspect most of its 30 miles of transmission pipes in the future. “Because it provides measurable data, this new robot will help PSE&G ensure that its infrastructure is as safe and reliable as it can be,” he said.
When Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation needed to inspect a 3,000-foot section of their natural gas transmission line, they turned to Pipetel. Using our EXPLORER iLi 16/18 series of robots, the inspection took a mere 8 hours and did not require disruption to transmission service nor did it interrupt roadway traffic. The data collected is helping shape their maintenance programs, ensuring the reliability for the system, while enhancing safety. Central Hudson has inspected over 18,500 feet of natural gas transmission line using our EXPLORER iLi robots.
Getting High-quality Data Regardless of the Pipe-type
The robotic pipeline inspection method has become more widely used in the last decade, especially in the assessment and evaluation of natural gas and liquid product pipelines. Significant advances in robotics coupled with the relative ease of implementation of inline inspection, have led this development.
But how good is the data compared to alternative methods?
In the last Pipetel newsletter, we shared an article written by PSE&G, on their use of our Explorer robot to inspect some of their pipelines that were in difficult locations (see previous story in this News section). More and more pipeline operators are choosing Pipetel to inspect their pipelines due to the Explorer robot’s ability to inspect pipelines in difficult landscapes and their ability to acquire accurate and reliable data.
By Karen A. Johnson – This article has been approved for reproduction by PSE&G
For years, utilities like PSE&G have used equipment called “pigs” to inspect the inside of gas pipes for corrosion, damage by excavators and other signs of trouble that could cause leaks and, in extreme cases, explosions like the one that rocked San Bruno, California, in 2010. Continue reading “January 2017”
Evaluate your pipeline without shutting down the line. Pipetel can inspect unpiggable pipelines up to 750 psi. Our Explorer robots are self-propelled and do not require line pressure for propulsion to travel through the pipeline. Continue reading “April 2016”