AIR Springs Supply has highlighted the use of its lifting bags to reposition and reduce stress on pipelines. The diversity of terrain and climate conditions across Australia provides particular challenges in the operation of long-haul pipelines. Having pipes running in good working order is vital for the security and safety of the fluid they are carrying. A single pipe may run over hundreds of kilometres and encounter everything from hills and ridges to gullies and trenches. The pipes have to be lifted or relocated in order to avoid such problems. This can inflict potentially dangerous strains on the structure. The Nacap group specialises in the layout of industrial pipelines. They use Pronal lifting bags to position the pipelines without creating excessive strain. Gauges along sections of the pipeline guide the rate of inflation needed for each particular structure. The company says the movements can be as small as a single millimetre and are more precise than hydraulics. CLP 67 cushions have the capacity to lift 67t as well as the ability to spread evenly over an area for smaller-scale control. The pipework provider claims the bags provide gentle handling of the pipes, resulting in a safer workplace, a lower risk of infrastructure damage and a more secure pipe system.
SPC Ardmona is using advanced hydro-optic disinfection (HOD) technologies as a treatment technique at their Shepparton plant. The Atlantium-developed UV out-of-water system, according to the company, reduces chlorine dioxide use and leaves no disinfection by-products. The system is applied to treat water used for both production and equipment washdown. The system was installed by Cleanteq and supplied by Eimco Water Technologies. The company says they no longer have to store and handle potentially hazardous chemicals. The process has also enhanced the process water purity and reduces the chances of chlorine-related corrosion of machinery. Ardmona draws chlorinated water from the local town supply that needs to be purified. The manufacturer claims the technology makes use of ultraviolet light lamps situated out of the water to disinfect the water. Water makes its way through system and distributed to all parts of the plant, including the cooling towers, food processing and liquid and steam cleaning. Sensors monitor the water flow rate and the transmission of UV rays. Ardmona says the technology has allowed them to replace other treatment techniques like chlorine, ozone and pasteurisation.