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Why the Medical and Pharmaceutical Industries Need Great Process Piping Systems

Medical and pharmaceutical manufacturers must adhere to strict sanitation standards and prioritize the safety of the products they create, regardless of production volume or costs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strictly regulates the design, construction, and operation of medical and pharmaceutical manufacturing plants. As such, process piping systems involved in medical or pharmaceutical manufacturing must be of superior design and function to comply with regulatory requirements.

A Greater Need for Safety and Cleanliness

With increasing concern for the safety and integrity of medical/pharma products, both industries have adopted more stringent standards regarding the cleanliness of surfaces that their products make contact with throughout manufacturing. Advances in biopharmaceutical solutions have also created a demand for streamlined processes that will facilitate a faster speed-to-market. Installing high-performance process piping can help resolve both of these issues.

The increased demand for contact surfaces that meet medical cleanliness standards have in turn led to advances in in the quality and functionality of process piping. New standards and guidelines have also been put in place to regulate these advances, such as:

  • ISPE Pharmaceutical Engineering Baseline Guides
  • AWS D18.1/DI8.2 Specification (welding standards for sanitary process piping)
  • ASME Bioprocessing Equipment Standard (BPE-97)

Quality-Assured Process Piping Systems at Base Construction

Every part of a process piping system should be of excellent quality and provide long-term reliability. At Base Construction, we offer process piping systems and services that support high-quality operations in compliance with stringent medical, pharmaceutical, and food-grade standards. Our process piping service portfolio includes:

  • Control valves
  • Development/implementation of piping and instrumentation drawing
  • Heat tracing (steam and electrical)
  • Installation performed by qualified pipefitters and welders
  • Insulation
  • Manual valves
  • Material selection
  • Painting and labeling
  • Pipe bridge design/implementation
  • Routing design/implementation
  • Testing (pressurized and vacuum)

We test our piping systems after fabrication and before operation, which is an essential step toward ensuring their safety and optimal function. We have developed methods for various pressurized and vacuumed tests and only conduct non-destructive pipe testing. We strictly follow all OSHA process piping standards and maintain up-to-date knowledge of state ordinances, ensuring that you always receive the most advanced, compliant process piping system available.

We dedicate ourselves to promoting and maintaining programs that encourage safe workplace practices and decrease the number of hazardous and unsafe events that occur in processing plants. Our commitment to industry-leading safe processes has been recognized by our clients, which showcases the level of our commitment to safety.

We also maintain professional affiliations with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Welding Society. We possess a class A, B, C36 California contracting license.

Our available process piping services include pipe routing design and implementation, pipe material selection, and pipe testing. Our experience makes us an industry leader in process piping systems. Contact us to learn how we can help with your project.

What are the Differences Between Process Piping and Plumbing?

 

Process piping systems are an essential part of many industrial facilities. At first glance, process piping and other piping systems, such as plumbing, may appear similar. While there may be several physical similarities, they serve very different functions. They also fall under different state, federal, and international regulations. 

At Base Construction, our capabilities include design support and construction services for complex process piping systems. This blog post will discuss process piping and how users can distinguish between different piping systems.

What is Process Piping?

In industrial operations, process piping controls the movement of a wide variety of fluids and gases. These complex systems typically consist of components such as pipes, manual valves control valves, flow control instruments, pressure control equipment, temperature control instruments, flanges, pipe supports, tubing, bolts, nuts, and gaskets.

Other components may also be included to facilitate mixing, separating, pressurizing, or other functions. The exact makeup of a process piping system will depend entirely on the application the system serves.

Process piping is commonly found in many industrial settings, including:

  • Oil and gas refineries
  • Chemical processing
  • Food and beverage
  • Power plants
  • Paper mills
  • Brewing plants
  • COGEN plants
  • Aerospace manufacturing plants
  • Waste water treatment plants

In these settings, gases, chemicals, and other liquids all pass through process piping. 

What Makes Process Piping Different from Plumbing?

While process piping and plumbing share many similarities, the ultimate difference lies with the purpose of the piping system. What system a pipe belongs to can often be determined by examining what the pipe is connected to and where the fluid goes.

  • Plumbing systems bring water into a facility and provide safe drainage for water and wastewater as it exits a facility.
  • Process piping moves chemicals, gases, water, and other fluids in support of an internal manufacturing or processing operation.

Plumbing

Plumbing systems adhere to different codes and regulations, as well as industry standards. In order to be installed and maintained, all plumbing systems require permits, fees, and inspections.

These strict regulations narrow material options for plumbing systems as well, so pipes will typically be made of copper or plastic based on pressure, corrosion factors, and other application requirements.

Plumbing makes up an integral part of a facility’s mechanical systems. The most common uses for plumbing include:

  • Distributing potable water
  • Waste removal
  • Heating
  • Cooling 

Process Piping

Process piping does not fall under the same regulations as plumbing systems or power piping. This is because process piping is not installed in order to fulfill building services, but instead supports a specific internal operation such as the chemical manufacturing or products or the refinement of petroleum.

Rather than municipal codes, engineering standards govern the design and construction of process piping systems. At many facilities, process piping will fall under American Society of Civil and Mechanical Engineers (ASCME) guidelines. Unlike plumbing, process piping is not a part of a building’s mechanical systems. 

That’s not to say that process piping is free from federal oversight. Process piping must also adhere to OSHA standards for safe operation. In addition, some process piping systems may also require initial permitting, inspection, and approval.

Process piping also offers a broader selection for pipe materials. Facilities can choose the best piping material based on intended usage, budget, and the type of fluids being moved. Process piping systems may support a variety of industrial or manufacturing functions, such as:

  • Fluid mixing/separating
  • Stopping/starting fluid flow
  • Pressurization/depressurization
  • Filtering

Process Piping Services at Base Construction

Many industrial operations rely on process piping as a critical part of daily operations. At Base Construction, we can assist our clients with all aspects of process piping, including:

  • Installation by qualified welders and pipefitters
  • Material selection
  • Routing design and implementation
  • Support design and installation
  • Manual and control valves
  • Piping & instrumentation drawing (P&ID) development and implementation
  • Testing (pressurized, vacuum)
  • Painting and labeling
  • Insulation
  • Heat tracing (steam, electrical)

We adhere to all OSHA standards for process piping and we maintain up-to-date knowledge of state ordinances as well. To learn more about Base Construction’s process piping design and implementation services for your facility, contact us today.

 

Office Construction and Restroom Renovation Services at Base Construction

In 2011, Base Construction received a restroom renovation project request, and that one project gradually turned into one of our foremost services. Our industrial construction expertise has also expanded into office renovation, and is a large part of our business now, as well.

Over the past eight years, Base Construction has completed over 40 office construction and restroom renovation projects for businesses in Southern California, ensuring that strict ADA regulations for accessibility are implemented. In this blog, we provide additional details about these services.

Restroom Renovation

All business establishments’ bathrooms must meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. For example, ADA requires at least one sink to be between 29 and 34 inches off the floor for wheelchair accessibility, and toilet seats must be between 17 and 19 inches from the floor.

The Base Construction team evaluates each client’s restroom and facility to determine the best approach to enhance their facilities while rigorously keeping to ADA’s standards. We take pride in our ability to find creative ways to make our clients’ restrooms safe and accessible for all. Redesigning restrooms to be functional, efficient, aesthetically appealing, and ADA compliant: because of this capability, we’ve become a leading restroom renovation contractor in Southern California.

Office Construction

Between 2016 and 2017, the Base Construction team took on what ended up to be one of our large projects (36000 square feet, consisting of 37 offices, breakroom and restrooms): the creation of a new office space within an existing food manufacturing facility. Although a limited time frame was among the large project’s constraints, we delivered results with swift efficiency.

Every office we build or remodel includes the necessary features (such as ramps and state-of-the-art lifts) to make it accessible for all patrons and employees. Not only do ADA-compliant facilities help bolster inclusion for all individuals, but they will also make it possible to expand and add more equipment to your facility, as it will comply with strict community zoning laws.

We’ve constructed beautiful and highly functional offices across Southern California. Our projects have and continue to serve a diverse field of industries, and we bring this widely cultivated expertise to every new renovation.

Why Choose Base Construction?

We continuously grow our proven track record of successful office and restroom projects across Southern California. Our clients return to us for our competitive pricing, strong work ethic, and always approachable customer service.

We work closely with clients to find functionally sound and cost-effective solutions for their facility. We also have a perfect safety record, and we adhere faithfully to all ADA regulations. We strive to find the most creative and effective ways to meet the accessibility needs for all of your employees and guests.

Additionally, we understand that for many of our clients, renovating an office or restroom renovation means disrupting regular work activities. This is why we complete each project as efficiently as possible, pulling off 2–4-week turnaround times for most jobs (noting that larger-scale projects require a longer time frame).

Create Accessibility with Base Construction

Base Construction is an established and trusted business with significant experience in office construction and restroom renovation. We uphold the latest OSHA and MSHA techniques, and we carry a California Class A license along with a New Mexico Class MM98 (Mechanical) license. Our wide array of services also includes:

• Concrete foundation and slab on grade for all type of industrial plants
• Structural steel fabrication and installation
• Turnkey projects which include design, drawings, calculation, and construction
• Installation of mechanical equipment and process piping and industrial plumbing

Base Construction is located in Buena Park, CA. Our office and restroom renovation services extend within a 50-mile radius of Irvine, CA.

To learn more about Base Construction’s office construction and restroom renovation capabilities, contact us today.

Base Construction Completes Emergency Generator Support for Leading Telecommunications Company

Base Construction recently fabricated and installed an emergency generator support platform for the project’s end user, T-Mobile, in Pico Rivera, CA, located about 15 miles south of Los Angeles. During the project, we ran into a number of challenges, which we overcame by embarking on a series of secondary construction projects.

As cell phones have become a primary form of contact for most Americans, it is essential that backup systems are in place to ensure that subscribers do not experience service interruptions during power outages or other events. These systems need to be installed in specific locations to ensure even cellular coverage, which meant that our team needed to adapt to the unique conditions of the generator’s worksite to ensure its success.

Here’s a look at some the challenges we faced while working in Pico Rivera, as well as the steps we took to overcome them.

Installation Challenges

The design called for the new emergency generator to be located on a rooftop, since there was not any room available on ground level.

Since the roof couldn’t handle the generator’s weight without additional support, engineers designed and built a platform to hold the generator. The platform would independently support the generator on top of four columns.

The four columns had to go through three levels: roof, mezzanine floor, and room ceiling. It was necessary to clear all the operation equipment from inside the room as well.

Successful Implementation

With the four columns and platform in place, the load of the generator will not impact the roof; it will only apply to the new platform. All that was left to solidify were the logistics of the required gas/fuel supply.

Several factors related to the location made it necessary for our team to bury gas lines underground. We supplied and installed a 2.5” carbon steel line on the property, which didn’t have gas service previously. We buried the gas lines at proper elevations and coated them with protective sealant in accordance with relevant safety standards.

Reliable Steel Fabrication and Generator Installation

Despite some logistical challenges in this project, with creativity and hard work, we successfully supported and installed the structural platform that now holds the new generator. This was a critical project because it will allow T-Mobile’s subscribers to have around-the-clock phone service even when the power goes out.

We enjoyed working on this challenging, rewarding project. From all the services that Base Construction offers, we relied heavily on our structural steel fabrication and installation expertise to get the job done.

About Us

At Base Construction, we work with each client to come up with custom, effective design and construction plans that fit within the parameters of desired installation locations. And our work doesn’t end once we finish a project: we also offer short- and long-term maintenance programs to make sure our installations continue to perform well after they’re up and running.

Base Construction was founded in 1988 and continues to expand on more than 40 years of experience in the industry, with more than 3,700 projects completed to date. We’re licensed in the state of California and have classifications in general engineering, general building, and C-36 plumbing. We make customer satisfaction our top priority, and our team is comprised of high-quality craftspeople that bring safety and top quality to every project.

With clients ranging from small industrial plant businesses to large corporations such as Arconic, UTC, Univar, and Phillips 66, the Base Construction team is ready to handle any need. Contact us today to learn more about our company and how we can help you with your next construction project.

Underground Piping Helps Contribute to Earth Day

Here at Base Construction, we’re proud to work on any project that helps to improve our environment. Right now, we’re working with Nellson LLC, a company based out of Anaheim, CA that creates some of the best bar and powder nutrition products available on the market. We’re currently constructing an underground drain system for their industrial wastewater.

The system we’re constructing has been designed to collect all of their industrial wastewater into one central location where it can then be clarified, degreased and cleaned thru pumping and advanced treatment processes before it is disposed to a city wastewater treatment facility. Ultimately, this water is drained into city sewer systems. Disposing of wastewater correctly is important for our planet and the future of our environment and other ecosystems.  Treating industrial wastewater the right way before it gets to the city sewer system helps increase quality and quantity of reclaim water which could be used in many applications besides fresh city water.

Worldwide, every society needs clean water to live, and estimates show that by 2025, as much as two-thirds of people around the globe will be facing potential water shortages. Contributing to this are stressed ecosystems due to an exploding population in the last 50 years. In an effort to combat this alarming trend, companies can dispose of wastewater in the right way. There’s no better time for people to get involved than with Earth Day right around the corner on April 22nd.

Although seventy percent of the planet is covered with water, only a small fraction of that is freshwater. Finding new solutions, doing what we can now, and bringing awareness to the global water problem will all help to set our planet back on the right path. Our project with Nellson LLC was completed at the end of March, and we look forward to the next project that will help keep our planet going strong and providing much needed fresh water for everyone. Here at Base Construction, we contribute to industries like construction, industrial, green, and wastewater.

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