Flanges are important for maintaining pipeline integrity while efficiently delivering oil, gas, and other fluids to their intended destination. According to JSTOR, a weld neck flange can withstand up to 5,000 psi of pressure. That’s a phenomenal amount of pressure that might be compromised by substandard weldolets or damaged and degraded piping. Fortunately, innovative technology enables real-time monitoring of pipelines and weldolets to prevent accidents and environmental contamination. Continue reading to learn more.
Smart System Monitoring of Hydrocarbons
Smart technology is coming to the oil and gas industry to monitor pipelines and ensure flow continues unabated. If problems do occur, the smart systems can detect them and initiate appropriate responses automatically as well as manually. A smart system that uses sensors and other proven technologies can monitor the pipelines internally and externally. They don’t replace traditional visual inspections done by onsite crews, but instead enhance them to create an entirely new layer of protection against pipeline leaks. The smart sensors can monitor corrosion, gouging, and scratching that often occurs inside pipelines while also monitoring pressure levels and any sudden changes that might indicate a ruptured pipe or flange.
Real-Time Hydrocarbon Leak Detection
If a leak were to occur, the smart systems can detect it right away and immediately initiate emergency procedures to stop the flow of hydrocarbons. The systems can notify work crews and managers right away so they can address it as quickly as possible. The pipelines can be fixed and restored to good condition in a short time, which stops the leakage and lessens the cost and environmental impact of a damaged pipeline. The system helps protect the local environment while preventing extensive ecological problems. It also helps reduce the loss of hydrocarbons and the total cost of a pipeline failure.
Rapid Response Minimizes Harm
Instead of relying on pressure readings, flow rates, and visual inspections to determine when a failure occurs, smart systems make it possible to respond immediately. The ability to respond rapidly to defects in a pipeline is critically important for protecting local ecological systems and the people, animals, and vegetation that rely on them. The smart systems allow for retrofitting to existing pipelines as well as their inclusion in new ones that are being planned and built.
Now that you understand a bit more about the future of flange technology, it’s time to ensure you have the right tools to get the job done. This starts with quality products for your facility. Whether hydrocarbon, power generation, marine, oilfield, pipeline, or commercial and industrial construction, our team at Lynco Flange & Fitting will be there to meet all your flange and fitting needs. You can call or message us to receive a quote!