Better Pipe Wrap Standards Mean Better Results

We know you want to keep your system safe and viable. We also understand that you have the highest standards for maintenance and repair to stay compliant.

This is why Innovator Industrial Services works hand-in-hand with the Canadian authorities to ensure all of our solutions are compliant with approved codes and standards. Not only that, we’re proactive; we get as many designs as possible pre-approved so you’re not left waiting on a lengthy review process at a time when you need it most.

However, despite all of our efforts to stay ahead of the system, there’s one leak prevention and structural repair solution that has no standard to date: composite repair.

Struggles surrounding composite pipe repair

Composite pipe repair is a very common process that, when used correctly, is an excellent solution for preventing leaks in corroded pipe. It provides enough stability to allow users to continue with their normal operations until a scheduled shutdown, or even a permanent repair which is a huge benefit from both a cost and scheduling perspective.

Unfortunately, improper wrap application causes more harm than good, and results in leaks that are costly and time-consuming to repair.

“Each composite wrap repair system is designed specifically for that application,” explains Chris Coombs, Quality Manager at Innovator. “We take into account the percentage of wall loss, size of the defect, and pipe surface condition. Without this level of detail it’s easy to mess this up.”

“Currently, composite wrap repair is not recognized by local safety authorities — therefore there is no specific standard to meet,” Coombs says. The responsibility is with the installer, and without the proper training and engineering background, you can run into numerous issues.

Setting standards

In an attempt to overcome these struggles, Innovator has initiated a petition for establishing a composite wrap repair standard with a Canadian Safety Authority.

We’ve done all of the work; completed extensive testing and created a comprehensive catalog which has been submitted to the regulatory agency. Now we are working together towards setting this precedent in the industry,” Coombs says.

What does this catalog entail? As Coombs explains, “What I’ve done for the catalog is set up failure scenarios to simulate what we expect to encounter in the field. For each pipe size and fitting (tees and elbows), I’ve put together a repair recommendation based on various levels of wall loss.”

By anticipating as many failure scenarios as possible, Innovator can then pre-design the composite wrap solutions for each one. This gives our customers the peace of mind that the installation will be done safely, correctly, and cost-effectively.

And it’s not just a good move for our customers — we feel it’s beneficial for the Safety Authority and the entire industry. If standardization goes into effect, pipe wrap repairs will require a Canadian Registration Number (CRN). “This gives the regulatory agencies the criteria they need to inspect it and make sure it meets a standard,” Coombs says. It also gives companies a way to hold contractors accountable and have confidence in the repairs they receive.

Watch for updates as Innovator continues working with TSSA to gain approval for this new standard.

Innovator Industrial Services brings the latest technology to your site. To learn how Innovator can solve your pipeline inspection and maintenance challenges, contact us by email at newsletter@innovatorind.com, by phone at (855) 436-4666, or on our website.

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