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  1. What are the Differences Between Process Piping and Plumbing?

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    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.

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    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.

     

  2. Office Construction and Restroom Renovation Services at Base Construction

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    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.

  3. Cheers to Construction in 2017!

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    With the new year upon us, the team at Base Construction has been reflecting on 2016’s accomplishments while making our New Year’s resolutions and looking ahead toward what is sure to be an exciting, productive 2017.

    We had a lot to be thankful for this past year, as we were kept very busy working on a number of large-scale piping and construction projects for a wide range of industries. We were honored to be called upon yet again to work with UTC, SONOCO, Alcoa, PTG, BE Aerospace, 3M, and Karma Automotive and many others. We also constructed all parts of a co-generation power plant for Golden Road Brewery. This included the installation of water heater heat exchanger on top of the exhaust to ensure that every BTU would be used.

    The Base Construction team also had the opportunity to work on various industry-leading green initiatives focused on reducing the amount of power required to run particular systems, as well as capturing waste to redirect that energy.

    In looking ahead to the New Year, we will continue to focus on ways to improve our unmatched safety initiatives while keeping downtime to a minimum. In addition to continuing our weekly and monthly safety meetings — as well as daily meetings on all shutdowns and long shift projects — we will also be reevaluating our comprehensive Injury and Illness Prevention Program to ensure optimal worker health and safety.

    In 2017, we’ll be taking on new large-scale industrial projects in various areas, including:

    • Process piping
    • Concrete and slab
    • Structural steel fabrication and installation
    • Turnkey projects

    And finally, in the spirit of continual improvement, the team at Base Construction will also be looking for new ways in which to better service our customers. Working off-shifts and holidays to meet production schedules, we take pride in ensuring that our customers receive only the best.

    To that end, we would like to thank all of our wonderful clients for helping us grow, and we can’t wait to see the new challenges you bring to us in 2017. As always, if there are any ways in which we can better serve you in the New Year, reach out to us at any time or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest updates!

  4. As Construction Grows, the Country’s Economy Follows

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    Pipe ImageConstruction is an industry whose impact is wide and far-reaching. Every home and office in which we live and work, every road on which we drive, every time we visit a theater, museum, school, mall, or restaurant, we are actively enjoying the hard work of the construction industry.

    But that’s not all. Construction of all kinds, all sizes, has a massive impact on our economy – and when construction grows, our economy is significantly and positively impacted.

    In fact, this article, which notes that the crane market is “rocking” and that construction “has seen a sizeable increase” recently, states that “good news for the construction industry is good news for the U.S. economy as a whole.”

    When construction projects—whether residential or commercial—increase, money is poured back into many aspects of our society. More equipment is purchased, more people are hired, more homes and buildings are bought, leased, and occupied. In more ways than most people can imagine, construction sends large amounts of money back into the economy, and everyone wins.

    In this article in Construction Global, it’s stated that from “high rises to highways and every commercial project in between, large-scale construction is seeing a resurgence” all across the country. This means that throughout the U.S., the economy will continue to see a major uptick, thanks to this far-reaching, tireless industry.

    Of course, the impact is felt on all levels, throughout all areas. The benefits don’t just come from major projects in the country’s biggest cities, but from projects of all sizes in small towns and large metro hubs alike.

    In Shreveport, LA, for instance, construction projects are “leading the way when it comes to the greatest impact on the local economy,” with an approximate 70% of increased construction activity pumping money into the area, according to this Shreveport newspaper article.

    The fact is construction is an industry filled with hard-working Base Construction logopeople whose work affects everyday lives, and our country on the whole. At Base Construction, we’re very proud to be a part of it, and look forward to continuing to make our industry’s impacts seen and heard.

  5. DON’T LET ENERGY DISAPPEAR DOWN THE DRAIN

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    In today’s global industrial environment, staying competitive is a top priority. No matter what industry you are in, there are many ways to have an edge against the competition. New technologies and innovation are leading strategies to improving business processes to save money, time, and resources.

    Installing energy efficient processes and systems offer an edge in reducing the amount of expendable energy while aiding in reducing use of natural resources. One of the most sensible systems to consider is a condensation return system. These systems are a best method for treating and reusing water to extract the most energy possible from this resource.

    What is a condensation return system and how does it work? Condensate is the by-product of steam when it transfers its energy into heat. Being able to reuse this condensate is an effective method to improve a plant’s efficiencies. For boilers used in power generation this condensation can be reclaimed so that less additional “new” or makeup water is required to run the system and create steam. This, in turn, saves fuel, reduces chemicals and treatment costs, and lowers sewer disposal costs.

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    Although reusing water seems like an easy and simple process, there are factors that must be addressed to ensure that the water meets the necessary requirements. Condensate isn’t as pure as the initial water added to the system. Condensate picks up minerals and chemicals as it moves throughout the boiler system. If this water isn’t purified, damage to the process piping and boilers could occur. High-purity condensate provides more energy since the condensate is already hot reducing the amount of energy needed to heat up cold makeup water. It is most beneficial to treat the condensate before it is returned to the boiler.

    At Base Construction we are leaders in building effective and efficient condensation return systems. Having worked with a wide range of industrial operations, we have designed and installed full recirculating water and water treatment equipment to improve the operation’s energy efficiency. With this experience and knowledge we improve energy efficiency which saves money and reduces a company’s environmental impact. This expertise enables us to construct accurate piping to meet strict code requirements.

    Energy efficient investments such as treating and reusing water for boiler processes provide opportunities for reducing expenses while meeting regulatory guidelines. Smart manufacturing starts with smart and efficient systems.

    References:

    http://www.aceee.org/topics/industrial-energy-efficiency-programs

    http://www.aceee.org/blog/2015/01/how-energy-efficiency-investment-crea

    http://www.aceee.org/research-report/ie1403

    http://www.industry.siemens.com/topics/global/en/energy-efficient-production/pages/default.aspx

    https://www1.eere.energy.gov/manufacturing/tech_assistance/pdfs/steam8_boiler.pdf

    http://www.swagelokenergy.com/download/HPCRS.pdf

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condensate_pump

    http://www.plantsupport.com/download/csbp.pdf

     

  6. Contractors and Manufacturers in the Aerospace Industry Get Set for More Production with Process Piping in a More ‘Green Environment’

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    These days, like other industries in the manufacturing sector, the aerospace and aviation industries are taking off. Manufacturing production related to aerospace and aviation is on the rise, too. In the news, we’re hearing about aircraft back orders, increased production needs related to aerospace equipment, and so much more. Overall, the U.S. economy and the manufacturing sector will continue to grow well into the future as we recover from recession, according to recent data that shows rising numbers for all key indicators.

    We’re ready to do our part in the manufacturing and industry take-off! At Base Construction, we have experience working with manufacturers and other contractors who have projects and clients who are either directly or indirectly involved in the aerospace industry. We design and build process piping systems. We set furnaces and all types of equipment for all types of industries, including aerospace industry components.

    In fact, we recently worked with a company that needed compressed air and compressed nitrogen, and we did the piping for them. Specifically, they needed argon line compressed air and a deionized (DI) water line, which we readily provided. This specific manufacturer, involved in the aerospace industry, also needed P&ID – piping and instrumentation drawing services. Process piping design is our specialty at Base Construction, including piping layout, routing creation, revision and installation.

    At the same time as they’re ramping up production, many manufacturers are also striving to be “more green” at their facilities right now. But some manufacturers are finding the process of “going green” to be a little overwhelming, according to “Is It Time to Go Green…,” a recent article on Manufacturing.net.

    We think “going green” should NOT be a stressful process. In fact, we know it doesn’t have to be stressful because we’ve done it before. Our advice: You need to tap into the experience and know-how of an industrial contractor who has helped other manufacturers be “more green.” (If you’re feeling “overwhelmed” at all, we’d be happy to talk with you about how, as an industrial contractor, we’ve helped many of our clients get set for more production and to also establish a “more green” environment at their facilities.)

    One way to be “more green” is to install equipment that focuses on more natural processes to adhere to environmental regulations. We’ve done this type of work for our clients, installing equipment with sustainability and environmental friendliness in mind. For instance, a recent example of this would be our work with an aerospace company that needed a chemical processing piping system. The process piping system included an oil separator to prevent water and oil from getting mixed. We installed the equipment to lean the water to separate it, and this has contributed to the “green environment” at the company’s facilities and save them money by not having to dispose additional waste!.

    One more note about “green manufacturing,” since we’re on the topic: Energy recovery is also a helpful, environmentally friendly step some manufacturers are investing in now – but others are overlooking this opportunity. Through energy recovery, manufacturers are being more green within their operations, and they’re also saving on operations costs. Here’s how this works: Manufacturers recover energy by installing new equipment that recovers heat from hot water that would normally evaporate and be wasted. The energy is captured by the equipment, and then it’s used to run other equipment within their operations and/or preheat process help them save energy!

    Whether we do the energy-recovery equipment installation ourselves, or as subcontractors working with our clients, at Base Construction, we’re happy to see business and industry in the manufacturing sector “taking off” – and also being “more green”!

  7. 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!