Dual Laminate and FRP Field Service

One of the more compelling advantages of FRP and dual laminate equipment is it typically requires less maintenance than other piping materials. On-site Maintenance Teams are the first line of defense when it comes to maintaining an FRP piping system, and when specialists are required, RPS Field Service teams are available. We perform FRP tank and equipment repair, FRP pipe repair, dual laminate tank and equipment repair, and dual laminate piping repair. This includes scheduled and emergency call outs, scheduled maintenance, turnarounds, and Long-Term Service Agreements.

From modification of existing equipment and pipe systems – ours or a system built by someone else – to tank relining, or complete replacement, our Field Technicians have the skills and experience to deliver value to your facility, safely and on schedule.

Some customers find the best value when we are embedded in their facilities, working with them behind their fence line to provide real time information and support. In this way we can work collaboratively to identify root causes and develop custom, permanent solutions.

How to Maintain FRP Equipment Integrity and Reliability

Personnel responsible for maintenance and repairs should be trained in FRP-specific procedures and materials to prevent errors that could compromise the piping’s integrity.

Safety should always be a priority when conducting dual laminate and FRP pipe repair. Adhere to safety procedures and guidelines, including using appropriate PPE and working in a safe environment.

FRP tank requires repair because we see a small hole and corrosive fluid leaking outThe structural integrity of the dual laminate or FRP piping system must be maintained. All repairs should be carried out with careful consideration of the system’s original design specifications and load-bearing capacity.

Routine inspections serve as the foundation for effective maintenance. Inspect the entire system, paying close attention to joints, connections, supports, and fittings. This practice helps identify any signs of wear or damage.

Keeping the FRP piping clean is crucial. Over time, debris or corrosive substances can accumulate on both the inner and outer surfaces, potentially jeopardizing the material’s integrity. Cleaning can prevent such issues and extend the system’s lifespan.

Leak detection is another vital aspect of maintenance. Identifying and addressing leaks promptly is essential because leaks can lead to structural damage and disrupt the piping system’s performance.

A large vertical crack is evident in this FRP pipe so it will require repairIn cases where damage, such as cracks or holes, is discovered in the FRP equipment, it’s imperative to conduct repairs using appropriate materials and techniques. Repair methods can include patching, bonding, or the use of composite materials, with a focus on compatibility with the original FRP material.

Expansion joints, if applicable, need regular inspection and maintenance to accommodate thermal expansion and contraction while preventing stress on the piping system.

Support and anchor systems are critical components to ensure the stability of the FRP piping. Regular checks should be conducted to confirm that they adequately support the system’s weight and maintain proper alignment. Any damaged or deteriorated supports should be promptly replaced.

Flange connections and gaskets are prone to wear and potential leaks. Regularly assess their condition and re-torque bolts to manufacturer’s specifications to prevent leaks, being careful not to over-torque.

Keeping detailed records of inspections, repairs, and maintenance activities is crucial for tracking the condition and history of the FRP piping system.

By consistently implementing these maintenance practices, FRP piping systems can enjoy an extended operational life, reduced risk of leaks and failures, and continued safety and efficiency in industrial processes. Consulting with RPS Field Service can provide valuable guidance in ensuring the proper care and maintenance of your system.

RPS has an inventory of HPPE P-150, A-150, H-150, and MAXAR™ Blue FEP/FRP pipe and fittings available for immediate purchase and delivery. Let us know if you would prefer for us to ship it loose, sub-assemble it before shipment, or if our Field Service team should deliver it to you when they arrive at your work site.

“RPS Composites helped us during a month-long shutdown at the Kennecott Smelter in Salt Lake City. They met and exceeded all of our safety and training guidelines and while on site did not have a single safety incident. Due to their focus, planning, and expertise, they were able to accomplish all jobs a week ahead of schedule.”

Rio Tinto, Kennecott

If you need a highly skilled service team with many years of experience for an emergency call out, or for a scheduled FRP repair job, don’t hesitate to contact RPS Field Service.