Category Archive: Process piping

Protecting Process Piping in Winter’s Coldest Months

Process Piping ImageProcess piping is an important part of many manufacturing operations. Almost all industries require piping, in one form or another, to convey material used in the manufacturing process. In winter months, the cold temperatures can have an adverse effect on piping systems and the materials they transport. There are a few of ways to prevent changing temperatures from effecting the manufacturing operation.

Just as we insulate walls to keep heat in, the same can be done for piping. Insulating a piping system prevents materials from losing heat which helps maintain temperature control of the entire process. Accurate temperature control is critical in certain applications like food processing. Pipe insulation also conserves energy by reducing heat loss.

Used in conjunction with insulation, heat tracing offers another way to keep process piping from being impacted by cold temperatures. Heat tracing (adding heating elements to the outside of the piping, under the insulation or used alone) is most often used in applications where too much heat loss would severely impact the process operation. Another circumstance would be when the material solidifies at ambient temperatures.

In many industrial operations steam tracing is common. The steam goes around copper tubing and is covered with insulating material to maintain temperatures in a proper manor. When steam is unavailable or unwanted in an application, electrical tape is a viable option for heat tracing. When used alone, electrical tape has the added benefit of heating the ambient temperature and keeping the surrounding environment warm.

Pipe insulation and heat tracing are necessary additions to piping systems that would be impacted by temperature change due to cold weather. At Base Construction, we have the capabilities to provide high-quality electrical and steam heat tracing and pipe insulation to meet any industry requirement. Our ability to take on challenging and diversified projects enables us to deliver effective solutions for all types of process piping system fabrication and installation.

Contact Base Construction today or visit our website to learn more about our process piping capabilities and view examples of our past projects.

Looking Forward to the Year Ahead

The start of the New Year has us prepping for upcoming work that has been contracted for, but not yet underway. This year looks to be busy with projects, both big and small, large scope and narrow focus, lastly, Base Construction 2016 Image 1challenging and routine.

While we can’t give away too many details, we can relay an idea of what types of projects we will be working on in 2016. The first on the docket is the installation of a second vacuum oven for a leading aerospace company. For this project we designed all of the piping and installation from start to finish. We had originally installed a single oven, for our returning customer, last winter. Their extreme approval of our previous work resulted in our return for this turnkey project and we look forward to getting started!

Another returning customer (a government company that cannot be named) has awarded us further contracting for valves, instrumentation, and other mechanical devices. Why? Because they know Base Construction has the experienced staff to handle the ins and outs of the project. We will be handling equipment orders such as valves and necessary instrumentation. Beyond that, an in-house mechanical engineer will confirm the design so that the installation team can sanction that everything is in place. This type of service ensures that, once on site, unforeseen problems will not occur.

We’ve, once again, been awarded a separate project inside of a food facility. The job requires the replacement of existing carbon steel floors, with 316 stainless steel floors in a total of 14 rooms. At the completion of this development our client will produce different food product only accessible through stainless steel flooring and platforms.

To wrap things up, we would like to note several smaller jobs on the horizon. Our team is working on piping projects, safety related projects, and updates to conform to new OSHA requirements. One of our leading projects is the installation of safety equipment from Alcoa. Items such as guards and handrails for equipment, fall prevention devices, key-access ladders, and custom made security equipment will be fitted. Our capabilities also enable us to replace broken asphalt and concrete to prevent tripping hazards and various dangerous situations.

This coming year will find us as at locations all over SoCal, working on projects to improve processes, equipment, and facilities. If you have a project that calls for expert mechanical engineering services, contact Base Construction today! Remember to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest industry updates and future blog content. Happy new year to all, from the Base Construction team!

Don’t Overlook Potential Problems! Now is the Time for End of Year Repairs

Even though the temps are cooling down, it’s still hard to accept that winter is right around the corner. The cold temperatures that old man winter blows in are chilling to us, but could be disastrous to mechanical or structural equipment that may have been neglected since last winter. Many business and industrial sites deal with problems or issues as they arise, and, while this might seem like the only way it should be done, there are ways to try and prevent problems from happening in the first place.

Since we are heading into the roughest season of the year in some Nov. Blog Image 2015parts of the country, now is the ideal time to consider predictive maintenance techniques. Even if the temperatures in your area stay moderate for most of the year, it is still a good time of year to focus on maintenance and repairs.

Predictive maintenance (PdM) is used to determine the condition of equipment and predict when certain maintenance procedures should be performed. For most of us, we already do something like this with our cars: manufacturers know the working life of parts such as timing belts and will issue a guideline on when the belt should be replaced to avoid serious issues if the belt were to break. The OEM is predicting how long the belt will work so that preventative maintenance (PM) can be performed before disaster strikes.

PdM and PM techniques may seem like a waste of time, but creating a timeline and schedule for equipment review and repair will keep systems in industrial sites in good condition year round. During routine maintenance larger problems may be discovered that require outside resources to fix. At Base Construction, our experience and expertise in process piping, concrete, and structural steel for industrial manufacturing operations allows us to take on many different kinds of projects.

With a team of skilled engineers we can help you with reviewing Nov. Blog Image 2 2015systems and processes to make sure equipment stays in good condition. If PdM and PM find a problem, Base Construction offers important services and capabilities to help you make repairs. These include:

• Pipe fabrication and installation of process piping in the manufacturing industry.
• Insulation and heat tracing.
• Concrete foundation and slab evaluation, design, and installation for mechanical systems
• Structural steel fabrication and installation services
• Turnkey projects for new and expanding industrial operations
• Mechanical equipment setting

This is the ideal time to perform end of year reviews and repairs to prevent downtime and future problems. Contact us today to learn more about end of year maintenance and repairs.

Meeting Out of this World Piping Project Needs

Process Piping ImageOne industry that we largely focus on at Base Construction is the aerospace industry. Multi-billion dollar companies have revolutionized the aerospace industry in recent years, and we are proud to be part of this advancement.

So what does this have to do with us? When a company finds itself in need of a customized, one of a kind superior air handler unit, often times, they come to us. Such companies find it important to use a source that is, not only experienced, but trusted and highly capable.

Today, we are currently in the process of designing and building a very custom skid that not only handles pumps, tanks, filters, and heater, but a tower and high elevation platform. This includes: handling the structural and mechanical engineering of the project, and building a customized skid that can be disassemble and relocated easily. Following that, we will handle all of the process piping for the project. We are extremely excited to know our role in aerospace industry will be affective.

We design and build projects and products every day that deal with compressed air, vacuum piping, and process piping, taking care of all of the mechanical and structural engineering for a variety of clients in all kinds of industries.

We can handle all aspects of pipe Aerospace Piping Imagefabrication and installation, from initial material selection through implementation, testing, insulation – and everything in between.

If you are in need of a turnkey project with air handler, compressed air, air handler, vacuum piping, and/or process piping, you can rest assured we’ll give you the same attention and quality we’re giving to our current clients. Bottom line, our priority for every project is a completely satisfied customer.

California Drought Triggers the Need for More Construction of Industrial Facilities with Process Piping

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Water distribution and desalination are hot news topics across the U.S. and around the world recently. But this is especially true in California, where the state has been experiencing drought conditions for more than two years now. And it’s not just the water industry that’s feeling pressure as a result of the drought: Just about every manufacturing industry across the U.S. – from food processing to automotive manufacturing – are feeling the residual effects of the drought. Overall, the drought is just one factor that is spurring the need for more manufacturing and industrial facilities that require process piping construction. On a global basis, all types of industrial processes — anywhere where compressed air, water distribution, vacuums and steam boilers are involved, or other situations where materials are conveyed through pipes — require reliable and safe process piping construction. But we’ll talk more about this later in this blog post.

Getting back to the drought… Closer to home in Southern California, we’ve been coping with the drought for quite a while now. A recent report on weather.com states that after the recent rain “Los Angeles County Water tweeted that their system had captured 1.16 billion gallons of water, enough to supply 28,000 people for a year. However, Los Angeles County has over 10 million residents.” The report continues: “Even with the recent rain, Los Angeles has had less than half its average rainfall since July 1, 2011  — 24 inches short of the average of 47 inches.” This presents a challenge. Municipalities, researchers and industrial businesses are all working together to determine ways to get useable, potable water to more people. Building processing plants and process piping systems is a big part of the solution to the water issues we’re experiencing.

Here’s some advice, not just for the water industry, but for all types of industries involved with process piping construction projects: Work with experienced industrial contractors that know how to design and develop process piping systems the right way. Effective and successful process piping design requires specific technical knowledge and hands-on construction know-how. Make sure you work with an industrial contractor who knows how to build a process piping system from the ground up, resulting in a system that has a solid foundation and insulation and pipe support in all the appropriate places.

At Base Construction, we design and build process piping construction for all types of industrial processes. We specialize in pipe fabrication and installation, pipe routing, pipe system support, pipe painting, pipe labeling and more. We’re based in the Los Angeles area and serve the Southern California region, and we’re ready to tackle any manufacturing process piping challenge – even those presented to us by Mother Nature!