The Dutch company A.Hak took the CTDUT Week for the global launching of its Push Pull tool and to demonstrate the ultrasonic Pig for non piggable lines.
The director of A.Hak in Brazil, Paulo Martinez, highlighted that the company has great expertise in the inspection of non conventional lines. “We are specialists in pipeline tests and internal inspections. Making our launch presentation at CTDUTwas a very interesting option because of its facilities and the kind of event they offer. Speaking to a specific audience brings much added value, since we have here not only companies of the sector, but customers such as Transpetro and Total”, he said.
The company operates in Brazil since 2005 and serves the South American market offering ultrasonic inspection services for piggable and non piggable pipelines. “Our technology allows us to inspect pipelines and furnaces with diameters from 4” to 62”. The Piglet tool for ultrasonic inspection transmits data on line, also with on-board storage”, he mentioned. According to Martinez, the tool enables the on-line view of the run, identifying the critical points and anticipating corrective actions.
During the lecture the A.Hak executive demonstrated that the flexibility of the system is due to the ability to pass through back to back curves in sequence, derivations and curvature radii from 1,0 D to 1,5 D. Also is due to other issues as checking of corrosion and geometric events at the same run, on-line data checking, etc. With the Piglet 14” and the Push Pull tool tests, the participants of the event gained a better understanding of the practical performance of all the items mentioned during the speech. “We want to demonstrate the capability of our tool. Our technology has an easy and practical system”, he declared.
In Martinez’s opinion, it is easier to cause a stronger impact at a customer when using a practical demonstration. “The event was a success. It’s a way of concentrating sales efforts and capturing potential customers”, he said. “This product is a launching; it’s the first time it is presented to the market. Since April this year it has been used at the French Guiana airport. There are other technologies, however they do not offer the same data quality in short lines and do not exhibit the degree of accuracy our equipment does”, he related. During the demonstration, the ultrasonic PIG went through an excavated surface of the external pipeline wall CTDUT name drawn on it. The reduction of the thickness was caused by the notch of the letters and the correspondent image of the equipment when passing through this point can be seen on the pictures beside.
The CO2emissions generated by this and other demonstrations of the CTDUT WEEK, were compensated by the planting of rubber trees in degraded areas in the Southeast region.