Mechanical Field Services: Maintaining Piping Systems

piping system in industrial facility needs mechanical field services for maintenance
Regular mechanical field services help maintain industrial piping systems.

All piping systems need maintenance for smooth operation. This helps prevent leaks and failures that would otherwise be costly to repair. Generally, individuals can maintain piping systems in three ways; routinely inspections, unscheduled repair and expansion changes. In this article, we will look at the mechanical field services that can help maintain piping infrastructure.

Understanding the Mechanical Joint

During maintenance mechanical field services, often you need to focus on the mechanical pipe joint. It is made of a pipe groove, bolts, nuts, gasket, and coupling housing.

The gaskets are often organic peroxide cured, which helps provide excellent cross-linking of molecular chains of an elastomer while making them more resistant to aging and wear and tear. The coupling housing encloses the gasket and is held in position by the bolts and nuts.  

These components in the pipe joint form an effective and highly functioning system. However, it’s also important to understand these areas need regular maintenance as they are more vulnerable to leaks.

Types of Mechanical Field Services for Piping Systems

We have already introduced the three types of maintenance done on the piping system. However, now we are going to elaborate on them.

Regular inspections help pinpoint issues before they become catastrophic. Inspections help ensure that the system is in excellent working condition.

Expansions to the system are conducted to adjust the existing installation to suit the physical changes to the piping system. They may involve adding or replacing old piping or components on an existing system.

Unscheduled repairs often require immediate action. These are the most critical and time-sensitive. You may need unscheduled repairs for corrosion, erosion, cracks, or leaks. They can also result from weld failures like pin holes and material failures, including pipe defects. Often, repairing these issues requires emergency on-site machining.

Checklist for Maintenance Piping

  • Determine what to inspect: Your maintenance team needs to know what to check during inspections. These can include inspecting pipes for corrosion and leaks, testing all valves and pumps, and cleaning the pipes. Having a checklist helps you ensure nothing slips through the cracks.
  • Develop a schedule for maintenance: Once you know the items to inspect, create a maintenance schedule. This should include tasks conducted daily, weekly, monthly and yearly.
    • Daily tasks can include scheduling the team to check for obvious signs of corrosion and leaks. These can consist of odd smells from a leaking gas, discoloration of the pipes, or any other signs of something abnormal.
    • Weekly tasks might include cleaning the pipe, testing the safety and operation valves, and adding anti-corrosive materials. Line stops can help for isolation testing of the piping system and its components without a total shutdown of the system to reduce downtime.
    • Monthly tasks usually include testing and inspecting pumps and packing and valves.
    • Yearly tasks generally involve upgrades, pipe rehabilitation, and replacements. However, this depends on the age and condition of the piping system.
  • Implement the maintenance schedule: With a schedule in place, the implementation should be easy. You can write the checklist on your laptop or computer to make the process more efficient. Then share with your team to work through the listed items.

Quality Services from Leverage Mechanical

At Leverage Mechanical Services, we offer turnkey services for your industrial infrastructure. Whether you need maintenance for your piping systems or need field machining to repair damaged components, our experts offer everything you need. You can rely on us to provide timely, dependable, and cost-effective solutions for your needs. Get in touch today to request a quote from our team.