Oil/Gas Tubular Products and Testing
Challenge: Challenge: Design and build a robust material handling system that will withstand
a harsh steel mill environment, while sustaining the sensitive calibration and motion of a
sophisticated electronic test system.
Solution: The energy industry consumes an enormous amount of tubular products. Given the
strict quality standards, new and used pipes must be thoroughly tested before used in the field.
The testing method is a very sophisticated method called Full Body Phased Array Ultrasonic. Several
testing attributes are performed at one time, requiring a handling system and integrated controls
to effectively position and test a wide range of pipe sizes. Haven Manufacturing, recognized
worldwide as a leader in integrated tube processing systems, has expanded its material handling
and systems control knowledge into the oil & gas pipe testing market. In cooperation with leading
ultrasonic electronics producers, Haven has designed a gantry and rail system that will support a
Full Body Phased Array ultrasonic system. The capacity of this system is from 2.50″ to 20.00″
diameter and up to 48 feet long. The sequence of operation begins with measuring the length of
each pipe to determine the end-of-pipe location. A walking beam transfer device then positions the
pipe into the test station, while simultaneously removing a tested pipe to an exit table or
conveyor. In the testing station, the pipe is rotated at a controlled RPM to match the specified
linear speed of the ultrasonic tester carriage. The combination of rotation and carriage linear
speed creates the desired test helix pattern for a given pipe diameter and wall thickness. Multiple
servo drives control the synchronization of the test cycle. Manipulating up to 24000 pounds of
pipe at one time requires both precision and robust construction.
Results: Haven’s reputation for dependable design and superior quality has been transformed
from our standard tube cutting and finishing products to an industry that demands unusually high
performance standards. Haven has provided our partners with the accuracy and reliability that sets
them apart from their competition. Contact Haven directly for more information on this application
or for any other tube and pipe processing application.
Line of Business
Oil and Gas Tubular Products and Testing
Oil and gas pipe testing
Haven Product in Use
• Custom designed material handling system