There are numerous facilities across the country that require immense mazes of pipes to perform their functions. Most people see these in their own city when they pass an oil refinery or a natural gas energy plant. Both of these types of facilities rely on pipes to transport various minerals, gases, and liquids throughout the plant to achieve the end goal, i.e. electricity or refined petroleum. To most people, these mazes of pipes seem incredibly complicated, and understanding how they all work is something best left to the engineers who designed them.
There are certain aspects of these complicated labyrinths that have changed over time. One of the biggest changes has come in how engineers and companies work together to get the pipes to all fit into the same place. In many facilities, there are literally dozens of miles of pipe all fit into one small area. If these pipes weren’t manipulated to fit into space, then an oil refinery would have to take up several square miles. Considering how fast the population of the planet is growing, such a huge amount of space for oil refineries wouldn’t really work.
This is where pipe bending fabrication comes in. Pipe bending fabrication is the art of creating products that will help the pipes bend. In most cases, these products come in the form of elbow joints and bolts. The pipes are made to a certain length, and then when they need to turn, they are cut off and an elbow joint or bolt is put on. Then, another new piece of pipe is connected to the other side. After the elbow joint or bolt has been tightened properly (a task known as bolt torquing service), then the liquid or gas traveling through the pipe will transfer to the next pipe in the system. This is a rather rudimentary explanation, but it describes how these facilities are able to carry miles worth of materials, gases, and liquids in such a small space. Without the use of elbow joints and pipe bending fabrication, such facilities would be impossible and many of the modern ways of life would go by the wayside.
Some companies have come up with new aspects of pipe bending fabrication that have reduced the number of bends in any piping system. These inventions reduce the number of turns and hence the amount of space that a particular process in a facility has to take up.
Since the economy has started to rebound in the United States, and since politicians and the public alike have looked to decrease their dependence on foreign oil, the country has seen increased oil production over the last several years. This has led to the construction of numerous new oil refineries throughout the country. An increase in natural gas production has also led to an increase in the number of natural gas energy plants. With all of this in mind, it is important for companies to continue to come up with new ways to bend the pipes in their system to decrease the amount of space that such facilities take up.