In some manufacturing and processing facilities, pipework provides much more than secondary functions. Process piping reaches well beyond plumbing when it is the primary means of conveying raw materials used in manufacturing operations. Process piping used for these purposes requires expert attention during both installation and maintenance in order to sustain flawless efficiency.
Base Construction Inc. works in all industrial facilities which have pipework with the primary function of conveying the materials used for the manufacturing process. Your company will benefit from our general, specialty, industry-specific, and/or site-specific safety services.
Contact us today to discuss your process piping needs!
Base Construction Process Piping Services
Base Construction offers expertise for manufacturing facilities that utilize process piping as a primary element in their production processes. Our team assists clients with a variety of process piping services, including:
- Pipe routing design and implementation
- Pipe design support and installation
- Piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) development and implementation
- Pipe material selection
- Manual and control valve selection
- Pipe installation
- Pipe testing
- Pipe painting and labeling
- Pipe insulation and heat tracing
In addition, our highly qualified pipefitters make the codes requirement applicable and possible.
Our experience in these areas and a commitment to best practices make us an industry leader as a process piping service provider. In addition to providing services to our clients, Base Construction is also committed to increasing knowledge about process piping and its importance in a broad spectrum of applications.
Process Piping – What You Need to Know
Process piping differs from plumbing by its primary purpose. When the piping is used as part of the manufacturing process to convey fuels, chemicals, gases, liquids, and other raw materials, the necessary pipework is considered process piping. In contrast, plumbing deals with secondary processes, which include water, chemical, and fuel supplies for equipment operation as well as the necessary waste or drainage of these supplies after use. Due to the distinction between these two types of pipework, systems and materials in process plumbing are also different.
Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams
P&IDs are similar to the more familiar flowchart used in a variety of organizations for planning and workflow processes. P&ID maps the various piping and components present in a process piping system’s flow process. In the simplest terms, it provides processing facilities with a graphic representation of four basic system features, including:
- Details of piping and instruments
- Schematics for control and shutdown
- Demonstrates the implementation of safety and regulatory requirements
- Guides basic start up and operational functions
Engineers are usually responsible for designing P&IDs, which are then used by operations, maintenance, and management personnel in their various functions.
Proper material selection is critical for successful operation and long service life. The right materials will provide the required resistance to the various conditions of the environment surrounding them, such as:
- Temperature extremes
- Varying levels of humidity
- Common wear
- Internal and external pressure
The pipe material must also resist any corrosive effects caused by the materials moving through them. Ultimately, material selection must always consider any potential effects that could be caused by all internal and external conditions.
Choosing Types of Valves and Controls
Choosing the appropriate valves and controls is also critical to efficient operation. Similar to pipe selection, choosing these components requires considerations of both internal and external conditions, including the operating environment, the materials being moved through the piping, internal and external pressures, and more. Proper valve selection ensures proper function and reduced downtime due to valve maintenance or replacement.
Base Construction Capabilities
Our team at Base Construction has more than 90 years of combined experience in process piping. We have successfully completed more than 1000 projects, maintaining the singular attitude of providing safety, quality craftsmanship, and complete customer satisfaction to every job.
We dedicate ourselves to promoting and maintaining programs that encourage safe practices in the workplace and decrease the instances of unsafe and hazardous events in processing facilities. For this reason, Base Construction stays current on our OSHA and state compliance certifications and industry recognized best practices. Recognition of our commitment to industry-leading safe processes by our industrial clients provides evidence of the level of our commitment.
Our commitment to safe practices and quality assurance combined with our experience provide our customers with a decided advantage in meeting their needs. Contact us or request a quote to see how we can help with your process piping project.
Base Construction Inc. is capable of installing threaded (THR), socket weld (SW), butt-weld (BW), soldered end (SE), flanged (FLG), slip on glued (SOG), mechanical joint (MJ), fusion both socket and butt, grooved, and hydraulic coupling connection piping. Base Construction Inc. has certified welders (API, ASME B31.1 & B31.3, and City of LA). Our highly qualified pipefitters and welders make the codes requirement applicable and possible.
Pipe Routing Design and Implementation
Base Construction Inc. creates both in field and office isometric (ISO) drawings prior to fabrication and installation of piping. The Bottom of Pipe (BOP) elevation and Face of Flange (FOF) dimensions are established prior to hanging the pipe. Expansion loop and valve access are identified prior to pipe installation. Instrumentation locations are summarized to ease client needs. Insulation and accessibility and thickness are in consideration.
Pipe Support Design and Installation
Base Construction Inc. will analyze the need of pipe support, pipe bridge, and pipe rack. Since the existing pipe support may not be strong enough, Base Construction Inc. will study and design the revised pipe support system.
Selection of Valves both Manual and Control
Base Construction Inc. assists the client and recommends usage of certain manual or control valves and will install the valves. A large selection of manual valves are available, here are a few to name, Ball valves, Butterfly valves, Check valves, Diaphragm valves, Gate valves, Globe valves, Knife Gate valves, Needle valves, Pinch valves, and Plug valves. Base Construction Inc. install all type of control valves, to name a few, Actuators valves, Backflow Prevention valves, Back-Pressure Relief valves, Condensate Drain valves, Diverting valves, Float valves, Hydraulic Cylinder valves, Metering valves, Mixing valves, Pneumatic Control valves, Pneumatic Solenoid valves, Pressure Regulating valves, Pressure Relief valves, Release valves, Relief valves, Safety Relief valves, Solenoid valves, Temperature Control valves, and Three way valves.
P&ID Development and Implementation
Piping & Instrumentation Drawing (P&ID), also known as Process & Instrumentation Drawing (P&ID), is one of Base Construction Inc. specialties! Base Construction Inc. can create a P&ID or revise a P&ID for implementation for our client. Base Construction Inc. can create pipe routing and install the piping from P&ID as required by clients. Piping layout, routing, creating, revision, and installation of all process piping are specialties of Base Construction Inc. Base Construction Inc, and its valued subcontractors can perform quality Electrical & Control (E&C) works as per project requirement. The design and built of programmable logic controllers (PLC) and Control Panel are performed.
It is essential to test the piping systems after fabrication and before operation. Base Construction Inc. has developed methods to do various pressurized and vacuumed tests. All pipe testing are non-destructive.
Pipe Painting and Labeling
While pipe installation, routing, and support are some of Base Construction’s specialties, pipe painting and labeling are essential to safe operation and usage of process piping. Our in-house painting crews are knowledgeable on paint property and application. Our pipefitters are very precise on correct labeling of process piping.
Pipe Insulation and Heat Tracing
Base Construction Inc. and its valued subcontractors can perform quality heat tracing (both steam and electrical) and insulation of all requirements.
Carbon Steel (CS)
Carbon Steel Rubber Lined (CSRL)
Carpenter 20 (C-20)
High Density Polyethylene Pipe (HDPE)
Polyvinylidene Fluoride Pipe (PVDF)
Polyvinyl Chloride Pipe (PVC)
Stainless Steel Pipe both 304 and 316 (304 SS) (316SS)
Socket Weld (SW) Threaded (THR)
Soldered End (SE)
Slip on Glued (SOG)
Mechanical Joint (MJ)
Manual Valves Type
Knife Gate valves
Backflow Prevention valves
Back-Pressure Relief valves
Condensate Drain valves
Hydraulic Cylinder valves
Pneumatic Control valves
Pneumatic Solenoid valves
Pressure Regulating valves
Pressure Relief valves
Safety Relief valves
Temperature Control valves
Three way valves
City of Los Angeles Welding Certification
Beverage plants, dairies, and drinking water plants
Copper sheet plants
Food processing facilities
Fossil, natural gas, geothermal and co-generation
Lime, cement, Boron, concrete block plants
Personal care products plant
Wastewater treatment plants