Working with too many contractors and suppliers? Having a single point of contact for an entire construction or repair project can help significantly reduce frustrations and streamline the entire process. While many facility managers have gotten used to working with multiple suppliers, contractors, and companies to complete pieces of their projects, it lengthens completion process timelines as well as increases safety risks and adds to the complexity of the work. Hot taps and line stops are no different.
Hot taps and line stops
Hot tapping is the process of safely tying into any pressurized system — while in full operation — to avoid production pauses and full shutdowns. Hot taps make line stops, introducing pipe shutoffs where they do not traditionally exist, possible. Technicians perform work on live systems by installing custom-fabricated split-tee or nozzle fittings to enter the lines. They then use specialized pressure-contained hot tap drills to tie in new piping. Together, hot taps and line stops are a common practice in regular plant operations, unit expansions, and new construction tie-ins.
From tough to turnkey
Despite how common they are, performing hot taps and line stops has traditionally been a very disjointed process. Facility managers would look to one supplier for the fittings, select another contractor to install and weld the hot tap, and, finally, hire a hot tap drilling company to complete the actual tie-in. This fragmented method would leave operators working with as many as three crews to complete their projects. With more participants, tie-ins take longer, communication becomes more challenging, and additional failure risks and safety concerns arise.
At Innovator, we understood how frustrating this system was and set out to provide a one-stop turnkey solution. Today, we design and fabricate hot tap fittings, provide field installation and welding, as well as perform hot tap tie-ins and line stops. No matter your facility’s needs, we provide a complete solution! As your partner in a building a safe, leak-free workplace, our cross-trained and experienced technicians offer the cost-effective solutions you’ve been waiting for.
In addition to these benefits, Innovator turnkey hot tap and line stop services also mean:
- A single point of contact — Reduce the headache of working with multiple suppliers, contractors, and installers on your next project by working with one single partner.
- Reduced wait time — With hot taps and line stops, technicians must often complete registrations, receive approvals, and meet regulations before they can begin work. At Innovator, we work hard to provide pre-approved solutions that reduce approval process wait time.
- Experienced and certified technicians — Cross-trained Innovator techs are fully certified and have the experience to handle all your piping installation and maintenance needs. We hold all required certifications and recently received certification renewal from ABSA, the Alberta pressure equipment safety authority.
- Safety — Our main goal is to provide safe and effective services. At Innovator, we do this through a process of pre-planning and pre-registering hot tap and line stop components to the fullest possible extent. This helps reduce risks, hassle, time, and costs for our customers. With our expert technicians on the job to perform your repairs, you can rest assured they will complete your projects safely and correctly.
At Innovator, our turnkey solutions extend far beyond hot taps and line stops. We work hard to offer full-scope custom solutions to customers every day. We offer online inspection services and provide reliable and effective repair advice to our customers. We also provide everything from custom fabrication to innovative and cost-effective shutdown and turnaround services.
Our mission is to be your single-source service provider.