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Anchorage Insights

This blog is a comprehensive resource that offers everything from case studies and essential tools to in-depth articles on pipe support types and other technical aspects of the industry. Providing expert guidance and valuable information, Anchorage Insights is designed to help professionals at all levels navigate the complexities of the pipeline sector. We are dedicated to enriching your knowledge and supporting your work in this critical field.

Common Pipe Sizes

Sizing information for the most commonly used pipe diameters.

Innovative Solutions in Action: The Ballarat Pipeline Replacement Project

Innovative Solutions in Action: The Ballarat Pipeline Replacement Project Collaboration is an important part of the construction and engineering industries, creating opportunities for innovation to tackle complex situations. The Ballarat Pipeline Replacement job exemplifies this ethos perfectly and shows Anchorage’s commitment to design and supply advanced solutions in partnership with collaborators like Jacobs and Diona.  Project Overview The Ballarat Pipeline Replacement project is a significant undertaking aimed at enhancing the sewer infrastructure for Central Highlands Water. This initiative underscores the importance of robust infrastructure in supporting growing communities and ensuring reliable water management. Working alongside Jacobs and Diona, Anchorage has contributed to this vital project by supplying specially fabricated pipe shoes designed to address unique site-specific requirements. Innovative Solutions One of the standout features of this project is the unique design of the specially fabricated pipe shoes. These components were developed to meet the specific needs of the Ballarat Sewer Build. Here’s how these pipe shoes enhance the project: Support for Pipe Joints  The pipe shoes are engineered to provide support on either side of the pipe joint. This is crucial for maintaining the integrity and stability of the pipeline. Accommodating Movement  The Steelmains MSCL Sintakote pipe joins with a rubber ring joint (RRJ), allowing for slight movement due to changes in ambient temperature. The pipe shoes feature a split cradle design that accommodates the RRJ bell mouth, ensuring smooth movement. Minimising Visual Impact  In addition to their functional benefits, the pipe shoes are designed to blend seamlessly with the existing infrastructure, minimising their visual impact. Collaborative Efforts This project is a testament to the strong, long-term partnership between Anchorage and Diona. Our collaboration has spanned several projects across South Australia, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, and Queensland. Each project has presented unique challenges, requiring tailored solutions and a problem-solving mindset. In the Ballarat Pipeline Replacement project, this collaborative spirit has been pivotal. Working together, we have developed solutions that not only meet technical requirements but also consider aesthetic and environmental factors. This synergy between Anchorage, Jacobs and Diona ensures that we can effectively address complex site-specific issues and deliver successful outcomes. Stay Tuned for Updates As the Ballarat Pipeline Replacement project progresses, we will continue to provide updates on its development and completion. This project is an example of how innovative engineering and strong partnerships can lead to new solutions in infrastructure development. For more detailed information about the project, visit the Central Highlands Water website. Contact Us Are you interested in learning more about our products or discussing a similar project? Contact Us today to explore how we can support your infrastructure needs. Whether you’re dealing with complex site-specific issues or looking for cutting-edge engineering solutions, our team is ready to assist. Stay tuned for further updates on the Ballarat Pipeline Replacement project and other exciting initiatives by Anchorage. 

Mitigating Corrosion Risks in Pipe Supports: Effective Prevention Strategies

Mitigating Corrosion Risks in Pipe Supports: Effective Prevention Strategies Corrosion is a persistent adversary in industrial environments, posing a threat to the integrity and longevity of piping systems. Among the numerous locations where corrosion can occur within these systems, pipe supports stand out as particularly vulnerable areas. Corrosion in pipe supports can lead to structural weakening, leaks, and ultimately, system failures. However, understanding the various causes of corrosion in pipe supports and implementing proactive measures can help engineers and operators effectively mitigate risks and extend the lifespan of assets. Causes of Corrosion in Pipe Supports Galvanic Corrosion Galvanic corrosion arises when two dissimilar metals come into contact in the presence of an electrolyte, forming an electrochemical cell. The more noble metal acts as the cathode, while the less noble metal acts as the anode, leading to accelerated corrosion of the anodic metal. This type of corrosion is particularly concerning in pipe supports, where different materials may be used together without adequate isolation. Moisture Exposure Piping systems often encounter moisture from various sources, such as environmental conditions, process fluids, and leaks. Moisture creates an electrolytic environment conducive to corrosion, especially when combined with other factors like contaminants and temperature fluctuations. Pipe supports, often being in close contact with the pipes, are particularly prone to moisture accumulation, making them susceptible to corrosion. Chemical Exposure Exposure to corrosive chemicals in industrial processes can accelerate the corrosion rate of pipe supports. Chemicals such as acids, alkalis, and salts can initiate corrosion reactions, leading to material degradation and eventual failure. In many industrial settings, pipe supports are exposed to a variety of chemicals, which necessitates stringent corrosion prevention measures. Mechanical Stress Mechanical stress, including vibration, friction, and pressure fluctuations, can weaken protective coatings and expose underlying metal surfaces to corrosion. Additionally, stress-induced movement in pipe supports can disrupt corrosion inhibitors and protective films, exacerbating corrosion damage. The integrity of pipe supports is essential to handle mechanical stress effectively without compromising the overall system. Effective Prevention Strategies To mitigate corrosion risks in pipe supports and ensure the long-term integrity of piping systems, several proactive measures can be employed: Material Selection Choosing corrosion-resistant materials for pipe supports is a fundamental step in preventing corrosion. Stainless steel, galvanised steel, and corrosion-resistant alloys are excellent choices. It’s crucial to avoid using dissimilar metals in direct contact to minimise the potential for galvanic corrosion. Protective Coatings Applying protective coatings, such as epoxy, polyethylene, or fusion-bonded epoxy (FBE) coatings, to pipe supports can create a barrier against moisture and chemical exposure. These coatings should be regularly inspected and maintained to ensure their effectiveness over time. Proper application and monitoring of these coatings significantly enhance the durability of pipe supports. Insulated Pipe Supports Utilising insulated pipe supports can interrupt the electrical circuit between dissimilar metals, thereby preventing galvanic corrosion. Insulated supports, made from non-conductive materials like plastics or composites, create a physical barrier that isolates the pipe from the supporting structure. This method is highly effective in environments where different metals are in proximity. Cathodic Protection Implementing cathodic protection systems, such as sacrificial anodes or impressed current systems, can control corrosion by supplying electrons to the metal surface, thereby reducing the likelihood of corrosion initiation. These systems are particularly useful in environments with high corrosion potential, providing an additional layer of protection to pipe supports. Proper Installation and Design Ensuring proper installation and design of pipe supports is crucial. This includes considering factors such as load-bearing capacity, thermal expansion, and compatibility with surrounding materials. Avoiding sharp edges or crevices where moisture and contaminants can accumulate is essential, as these can promote corrosion. Thoughtful design and installation practices minimise potential corrosion risks from the outset. Regular Inspection and Maintenance Establishing a comprehensive inspection and maintenance program is vital to detect corrosion early and address any issues promptly. Regular cleaning, lubrication, and corrosion inhibitor application can help preserve the integrity of pipe supports and extend their lifespan. Consistent maintenance efforts contribute significantly to reducing the risk of unexpected failures. By incorporating these prevention strategies into the design, installation, and maintenance of pipe supports, engineers and operators can effectively mitigate corrosion risks and enhance the reliability and durability of piping systems. Investing in corrosion prevention measures not only safeguards assets but also minimises downtime, maintenance costs, and safety risks associated with corrosion-related failures. As the backbone of industrial infrastructure, proactive corrosion management is essential for ensuring the continued operation and productivity of industrial facilities.

Piping flexibility & Thermal Expansion

Piping flexibility & Thermal Expansion One major requirement in piping design is to provide adequate flexibility for absorbing the thermal expansion of the pipe. However, due to the lack of a quick method of checking, piping are often laid-out to be either too stiff or too flexible. In either case, valuable time and material are wasted. This article presents some of the quick methods for checking piping flexibility. These methods include visual, hand calculation, and microcomputer approaches. They are all quick and easy for designers to use in planning their layouts. Once the designers have taken care of the flexibility problem, the iterative procedure between the stress engineers and the designers become simpler. The project schedule can also be improved. PIPING FLEXIBILITY As the pipe temperature changes from the installation condition to the operating condition, it expands or contracts. In the general term, both expansion and contraction are called thermal expansion. When a pipe expands it has the potential of generating enormous force and stress in the system. However, if the piping is flexible enough, the expansion can be absorbed without creating undue force or stress. Providing proper flexibility is one of the major tasks in the design of the piping system. Piping is used to convey a certain amount of fluid from one point to another. It is obvious that the shorter the pipe is used the lesser the capital expenditure is required. The long pipe may also generate excessive pressure drop making it unsuitable for the proper operation. However, the direct shortest layout generally is not acceptable for absorbing the thermal expansion. Figure 1 shows what will happen when a straight pipe is directly connected from one point to another. First, consider that only one end is connected and the other end is loose. The loose end will expand an amount equal to  Δ = E L  However, since the other end is not loose, this expansion is to be absorbed by the piping. This is equivalent to squeezing the pipe to move the end back an ~ distance. This amount of squeezing creates a stress of the magnitude  S = E (Δ/L) = E E  The force required to squeeze this amount is  F = A S = A E E Take a 6-inch standard wall carbon steel pipe, for instance, an increase of temperature from 70F ambient to 300F operating creates axial stress of 42300 psi and an axial force of 236000 lbs in the pipe. These are excessive even though the temperature is only 300F. It is clear that the straight-line direct layout is not acceptable to most of the piping, Flexibility has to be provided. EXPANSION LOOP Piping flexibility is provided in many different ways. The turns and offsets needed for running the pipe from one point to another provide some flexibility by themself. This inherent flexibility may or may not be sufficient depending on the individual cases. Additional flexibility can be provided by adding expansion loops or expansion joints. In the straight-line example discussed above, the stress can be reduced by loops installed as shown below. The idea is to provide some pipe perpendicular to the direction of expansion. In this way when the pipe expands it bends the loop leg first before transmitting any load to the anchor. The longer the loop leg the lesser the force will be created. THE CRITICAL PATH In designing a plant, the piping is generally routed or laid-out by the piping designers then checked by the stress engineers. There is a marked difference in the layout done by the experienced and the inexperienced designers. Experienced designers know the importance of flexibility. However, they tend to provide too much flexibility in contrast to the inexperienced ones who tend to provide little flexibility. In either case, the result is an overpriced project. The layout done by an inexperienced designer is normally too stiff because the designer does not know how or too timid to add loops or offsets. If a piping system is too stiff, the stress engineer will almost certain to find it out. The stress engineer will send the design, with recommended loops, back to the designer for revision. At this time, the designer has made some more layouts in the same area making the revision very difficult. On the other hand, a layout was done by an experienced designer often contains the loops which are excessive or not needed. The excessive loops are normally maintained without revision because it is a common practice not to change something which works. The experienced one might have saved the manhour needed for the revision. The cost of the excessive loops can be prohibitive. The cost of the project can be reduced substantially if the right amount of flexibility is built in the piping at the initial layout stage. This requires some quick methods which can be used by the designers to check the piping flexibility. CALCULATING The first step in accommodating thermal movement is to compute the exact change in the linear length of the piping system over the distance of interest, along with a suitable safety factor. The actual expansion of 100-foot pipe lengths has been computed at different temperatures for the most common piping materials (carbon steel, stainless steel and copper tubing) and are shown in the table here bellow. These values should not be applied to pipe of alternate materials as they will vary. Expansion coefficients may vary 5% or more when obtained from different sources and should be taken into account. Thermal Expansion of Pipe is measuredmm per 100 meters Temp.F/CCarbon SteelCopperStainless Steel -40-24.0-35.1-38.4-28-12.1-17.4-19.0-17000-612.519.719.0019.030.530.8424.937.738.41537.457.157.72648.274.876.83762.794.596.14875.8113.9115.26088.6132.6134.571100.1150.3153.682113.2170.9172.993126.6191.3191.9100134.2202.4203.4104140.1209.7211.3110146.7219.8220.8126168.3……137181.8……148195.9……160211.0……171225.1……176232.6…… An example illustrating the use of the table above follows: Given: 240-foot long carbon steel pipe Maximum operating temperature = 220°F (104°C) Minimum operating temperature = 40°F (4°C) Temperature at time of installation = 80°F (26°C) Calculation: From the table on the right, carbon steel pipe expansion 220°F (104°C) 1.680″ per 100 ft. of carbon steel pipe 40°F (4°C) 0.300″ per 100 ft. of carbon steel pipe Difference: 1.380″ per 100 ft. of carbon steel pipe for temperatures 40°F to 220°F Therefore, 240-feet of pipe = 240/100 (1.380) = 3.312″ This 3.312″ of movement should have a suitable safety factor applied, which varies as determined by the system designer, to account for any errors in predicting operating extremes, etc. These examples were calculated without a safety factor applied. To determine the positioning of the expansion joint at the time of installation: Installation to cold condition (80°F to 40°F) 80°F (26°C) 0.580″ per 100 ft. 40°F (4°C) 0.300″ per 100 ft. Difference: 0.280″ per 100 ft. or 0.672″ per 240 ft. Installation to hot condition (80°F to 220°F) 220°F(104°C) 1.680″ per 100 ft. 80°F(26°C) 0.580″ per 100 ft. Difference: 1.100″ per 100 ft. or 2.640″ per 240 ft. Therefore, the expansion joint is to be set up with at least the capability to allow 0.672″ of pipe contraction and at least 2.640″ of pipe expansion when installed at 80°F (26°C). Werner Sölken

The Importance of Passivation for Stainless Steel

The Importance of Passivation for Stainless Steel: Corrosion Resistance & Compliance with Australian Standards Stainless steel is widely used in various industries due to its excellent corrosion resistance and durability. However, it is essential to understand that even stainless steel is not entirely immune to corrosion. To maintain its long-lasting properties and to comply with Australian standards, passivation is a crucial process that must be employed. The Need for Passivation Stainless steel contains a protective layer of chromium oxide on its surface that shields it from most corrosive environments. This passive film is self-repairing when damaged. However, during manufacturing processes like welding, machining, or forming, the passive layer may be compromised, leading to the creation of active sites susceptible to corrosion. These active sites can accelerate corrosion, especially in aggressive environments such as coastal areas with high salt content or chemical-rich industrial settings. The Process Passivation is a surface treatment that removes free iron, contaminants, and other impurities from the stainless steel’s surface, restoring the protective passive layer. The process involves several steps, including cleaning, pickling, and rinsing. The cleaning stage eliminates dirt, grease, and oils, while pickling removes impurities and iron residues. Finally, the stainless steel is thoroughly rinsed to eliminate any remaining traces of pickling solution. Benefits Enhanced Corrosion Resistance: this process ensures the stainless steel maintains its optimal corrosion resistance, extending the material’s lifespan and reducing maintenance costs. Aesthetic Improvement: By removing surface imperfections and stains, it enhances the stainless steel’s appearance, making it more visually appealing. Compliant with Australian Standards: Several Australian standards, such as AS 1627.1, specify the requirements for passivation to ensure the longevity and reliability of stainless steel in different applications. Why Stainless Steel Corrodes Without Passivation When the passive layer on stainless steel is damaged or contaminated during manufacturing, the exposed metal becomes susceptible to corrosion. Without proper protection, the active sites on the surface allow corrosion to propagate rapidly. As a result, the stainless steel may develop rust or pitting, compromising its structural integrity and performance. Passivation plays a crucial role in maintaining the exceptional corrosion resistance of stainless steel and ensuring compliance with Australian standards. By eliminating surface contaminants and restoring this protective layer, passivation safeguards stainless steel against corrosion, making it a reliable and durable material for various applications. Engineers, manufacturers, and end-users must recognise the importance of passivation in preserving the longevity and performance of stainless steel in diverse environments, from marine to industrial settings. Adhering to proper passivation procedures will ensure the continued success of stainless steel as a reliable material in numerous industries.

Constant-Load Spring Supports

Constant-Load Spring Supports: A Crucial Component in Heavy Industry In larger and more volatile industries and operations, every component, no matter how small or large, has greater significance. One such component that is integral to such is the constant-load spring support. The intricacies of this component was recently showcased in a notable project for South32 – a lithium mine in Western Australia. Purpose & Function of Constant-load Spring Supports Let’s first establish what these supports are designed to do. In essence, the constant-load spring supports are mechanical devices that support massive equipment, ensuring they remain steady and secure, regardless of any movements or vibrations that might occur. In the specific case of the South32 project, these supports were assigned to uphold a large inlet duct for an electrostatic precipitator. If you’re unfamiliar with electrostatic precipitators, they are key players in removing fine particles and impurities from gas streams. In the lithium refining process, where purity is paramount, such a device is indispensable. However, one of the challenges with such vast and massive equipment is the thermal differential. As equipment heats up or cools down, it expands or contracts, leading to movement. For the inlet duct in this scenario, it can move as much as 110mm (4.33“). Here’s where our constant-load spring supports become imperative. Their role is to efficiently allow this considerable duct movement while ensuring the duct remains adequately supported throughout its entire range of vertical travel. Consequently, other components like connections, flanges, brackets and supports aren’t burdened with undue loads. Specifications & Features Given the nature of their job, these supports are no lightweight components. Built robustly to suit heavy industries, the spring supports for this project weighed some 130kg (287lb) each. They are designed for a total travel of 110mm (4.33“) and are impressively rated at almost 21 kN of safety holding per unit. Moreover, understanding the harsh operating and environmental conditions of WA, these supports are galvanised, ensuring longevity and resistance against elemental corrosion and other factors that may lead to degradation. Depicting the scale of both the project & components. To the right of the spring supports is a worker for size reference.Photo: © South32 Timely Delivery & Service In the ever-evolving and fast-paced world of industry, time is of the essence. The constant-load spring supports for the South32 project were not only manufactured to specific requirements but were also delivered within a stringent lead time, showcasing our commitment to quality and timelines. We appreciate and value the opportunity to continually support South32 in their diverse operations and projects across the APAC region. It’s partnerships like these that continue to influence the development of our product range and our ability to create bespoke components that effectively manage the challenging demands of heavy industry.

Pipe Spiders

Pipe Spiders: The Role of Pipe Spiders in Civil Construction Projects In the world of civil construction, precision and efficiency are the cornerstones of success. Many infrastructure projects comprise one or more pipes installed inside a larger pipe. The installation of the internal pipes becomes more effective and efficient with the use of pipe spider clamps. Pipe spiders are a structure with rollers attached to the perimeter of the assembly, allowing smaller pipes to be inserted accurately and efficiently inside larger-diameter pipelines while maintaining a consistent annulus inside the parent pipe. These are commonly used in micro tunnelling, pipe jacking, and pipe-in-pipe a, though other applications can include heat shielding for steam piping, heat exchangers and insulation. Piper Spider Materials: Galvanised, Stainless, or Raw Steel? The choice of material finish for pipe spiders is a crucial consideration. Galvanised mild steel pipe spiders are corrosion-resistant, making them well-suited for outdoor construction projects where exposure to the elements is a concern. Stainless steel pipe spiders offer exceptional corrosion resistance and are often chosen for applications in harsh environments or where hygiene is paramount.  Raw steel pipe spiders, though lacking corrosion resistance, are a cost-effective choice for projects where a protective coating will be applied separately or it is for a single-use application. Roller Material: Neoprene or Steel? Pipe spiders come in different configurations, often categorised by the materials used in their construction. Neoprene pipe rollers are favoured for their flexibility and resilience. They are gentle on pipe surfaces, making them suitable for pipes with delicate coatings or finishes. On the other hand, steel rollers, are a robust and durable option, are ideal for heavy-duty applications. They provide a solid grip on pipes, ensuring stability during lifting and placement. Other materials used for rollers include Nylon, HDPE or UHMWPE, depending on the application Rubber Lining for Pipe Coating Protection Preserving the integrity of pipe coatings is a top priority in construction projects, as these coatings are essential for preventing corrosion and maintaining pipe longevity. Pipe spiders often come equipped with a rubber lining to protect these coatings during handling and placement. This rubber lining acts as a cushion, preventing scratches, abrasions, or any damage to the pipe’s protective layer. Preserving the coating ensures the long-term functionality and durability of the pipe system. Pipe spiders are invaluable tools in civil construction projects, with a range of options to suit specific needs. Whether you opt for neoprene or steel rollers, or choose from a galvanised, stainless, or raw steel finish, the primary goal remains the same: to facilitate the secure placement of internal pipes, maintaining the correct annulus inside the parent pipe. The inclusion of rubber lining further underscores the commitment to safeguarding the pipe’s protective coatings. With their versatility and ability to protect sensitive pipe surfaces, pipe spiders prove themselves as essential assets on construction sites, contributing to the successful completion of projects while ensuring the longevity of the infrastructure they support.

Height Adjustable Pipe Supports: A Smarter Choice

Height Adjustable Pipe Supports: A Smarter Choice In the world of pipe support specification and installation, adaptability and efficiency is the name of the game. Whether you’re involved in mining, civil construction, petrochemicals, water, marine, or infrastructure projects, the ability to adjust the height of pipe support has proven to be a major benefit to both installation crews and designers alike.These versatile supports offer numerous benefits that can simplify installation, reduce costs, and improve overall maintenance. In this blog post, we will explore the advantages of adjustable pipe supports, highlighting why they are the preferred choice for many professionals in the field.Discover the remarkable benefits of adjustable pipe supports in this comprehensive guide, designed to assist Australian contractors, specifiers, and project managers across various industries. What Are Adjustable Pipe Supports and How Do They Work? Adjustable pipe supports come in various forms, but they typically consist of a saddle and an adjustable stand. The support section securely cradles the pipe and can be further stabilised with an adjustable U-bolt or similar restraint. By simply turning a lock nut or another rotating component on the stand, you can effortlessly raise or lower the pipes. Pipe supports elevate pipes, and the vertical alignment can be easily adjusted. This feature enables you to access the undersides of pipes for cleaning, maintenance, or critical modifications to your piping system. Advantages of Choosing Adjustable Pipe Supports 1. Less Need for On-Site MeasurementsOne of the primary benefits of adjustable pipe supports is their ability to reduce the need for extensive on-site measurements. Traditional pipe supports often require precise measurements and calculations to ensure a secure fit. However, adjustable supports are designed to adapt to different pipe sizes and configurations, significantly reducing the margin for error in measurements. This flexibility simplifies the planning and installation process, making it more efficient and less prone to costly errors. 2. Easy to RetrofitIn many industrial settings, there is a need to modify or upgrade existing piping systems. Adjustable pipe supports are a versatile solution for maintenance or retrospective /corrective applications. A new pipe support can be added quickly and easily Their adaptability means they can be easily installed onto pre-existing pipes, saving time and resources. This flexibility allows for seamless upgrades and improvements to the existing infrastructure without the need for expensive alterations. 3. Time and Cost SavingsThe use of adjustable pipe supports can lead to significant time and cost savings. Traditional pipe supports often require bespoke solutions, which can be time-consuming and expensive. These custom-made supports need to be designed, manufactured, and then shipped to the site, or manufactured on-site. Adjustable supports, on the other hand, are manufactured off-site and require no site welding. The supports can be can be quickly installed, with minimal labour costs. The supports can be easily adjusted on-site, ensuring the pipe is adequately supported.Another significant advantage of adjustable pipe supports is their ability to reduce the number of welds required in your piping system. As most adjustable supports are secured with a U-bolt or open saddle, they don’t need permanent attachment to the pipe via welding. This eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming welds or the need to cut and re-weld supports when expanding the system in the future.Remember, welding, while necessary in some cases, should be minimised to avoid extra work, higher costs, and the potential introduction of weak points in your piping system. Adjustable pipe supports streamline the welding process, reducing both labour and potential vulnerabilities. 4. Enhanced Accessibility for InspectionMaintenance and inspection of piping systems are critical for ensuring their longevity and safety. Adjustable pipe supports offer an advantage in this area by providing increased accessibility for inspection. Their design allows for easy visual inspection and assessment of the pipes they support. This means that potential issues, such as corrosion, leaks, or damage, can be detected and addressed more quickly and efficiently. Regular inspections can prevent costly repairs and downtime, enhancing the overall safety and reliability of the system.In critical industries like petrochemicals and water treatment, regular inspections are vital for safety and compliance. Adjustable pipe supports provide easy access to critical areas for inspection, making it simpler to adhere to inspection schedules and maintain the highest safety and quality standards. 5. Flexibility, Error Tolerance, and Speed for Unforeseen AdjustmentsIn any construction project, unforeseen issues and mistakes are inevitable. Without the means to adjust horizontal pipe runs, managing installation errors or last-minute changes can become a daunting task. Adjustable pipe supports provide engineers and installers with the flexibility to accommodate adjustments and unforeseen requirements efficiently. They offer the flexibility needed to deal with imperfect slab levels and limited workspace, making life easier for contractors on the job. 6. Enhanced Safety for On-Site TeamsWhen pipeline failures occur, the consequences go beyond financial losses—they can jeopardise the safety of your on-site team. In the event of a pipeline failure, quick and precise action is imperative. Adjustable supports empower you to make rapid adjustments without the need to cut through existing structures. These adjustable pipe supports provide easy access to pipes, thus enhancing safety when unexpected incidents affect your team. Anchorage’s off-the-shelf adjustable and customised adjustable pipe supports are meticulously engineered to comply with Australian Standards, NCC, and other relevant WHS/OHS regulations, ensuring the utmost safety. 7. Unwavering Reliability in All Weather ConditionsHarsh weather can wreak havoc on piping systems, necessitating last-minute adjustments. You may need to secure pipes, make quick alterations, or implement spontaneous changes to keep your system functioning optimally in adverse conditions. Anchorage’s adjustable pipe supports are manufactured from galvanised carbon steel for enduring durability. Adjustability offers a hassle-free means of fine-tuning your piping system without the need to disassemble entire sections of pipe, allowing you to adapt to unpredictable weather without costly replacements. 8. Simplified MaintenanceRoutine maintenance is essential for combating corrosion and ensuring the longevity of your piping system. However, without easy access to the areas beneath pipes and supports, corrosion may remain undetected and cause damage. Adjustable supports simplify the process of identifying early signs of corrosion and protecting pipes without the need for extensive structural modifications. Accessing the undersides of pipes is as simple as adjusting your pipe support to lift the piping, facilitating maintenance tasks. 9. Flexibility, Error Tolerance, and Speed for Unforeseen AdjustmentsIn any construction project, unforeseen issues and mistakes are inevitable. Without the means to adjust horizontal pipe runs, managing installation errors or last-minute changes can become a daunting task. Adjustable pipe supports provide engineers and project managers with the flexibility to accommodate adjustments, expansions, or unforeseen requirements efficiently. They offer the flexibility needed to deal with uncertain foundations and limited workspace, making life easier for contractors on the job. 10. Facilitates Upgrades and Future ExpansionsTraditional pipe supports typically need to be drawn specifically for the project, significant time is spent drawing supports, tying up valuable resources. Choosing an adjustable height support, with the design files that are available from the manufacturer will result in significant savings in time for designers. 11. Versatile Application Across IndustriesAdjustable pipe supports are not limited to a specific industry. They find utility in diverse sectors, such as oil and gas, mining, water treatment, infrastructure, and more. This versatility makes them a valuable asset for contractors and project managers working in various fields, ensuring that these supports are a valuable investment across multiple projects. 12. Improved System IntegrityBy eliminating excessive welding and minimising potential weak points in the piping system, adjustable pipe supports help enhance the overall integrity of the system. A more robust and durable system reduces the likelihood of future failures, saving on long-term maintenance and repair costs. For pipes that deliver temperature sensitive liquids, consider Anchorage’s neoprene insulated adjustable pipe supports which are also petrochemical resistant.  13. Facilitates Upgrades and Future ExpansionsAs projects evolve, the need for system upgrades and expansions may arise. Adjustable pipe supports simplify these modifications, allowing for seamless adjustments without the need for extensive rework. This flexibility ensures that your piping system can grow or adapt to changing requirements efficiently. 14. Regulatory ComplianceAustralian standards and regulations often evolve. Adjustable pipe supports from reputable manufacturers like Anchorage are designed with a focus on compliance with the latest standards and codes. Using compliant supports ensures that your project adheres to the necessary regulations, providing peace of mind and preventing potential legal issues. 15. Efficient Handling of High TemperaturesSome industries deal with extreme temperatures, such as petrochemicals. Adjustable pipe supports are often designed to withstand these conditions, providing a robust solution for managing pipes in high-temperature environments, thereby reducing the risk of accidents or system failures. Conclusion Adjustable pipe supports reduce the need for on-site measurements, making installation more straightforward, and they are perfect for maintenance or retrofit applications.  Additionally, these supports save time and money by eliminating the need for bespoke solutions and provide increased opportunities for inspection, enhancing the overall safety and efficiency of piping systems. In the construction industry, where efficiency, reliability and cost-efficiency are critical components to success, adjustable pipe supports are a smart choice for professionals looking to streamline their operations and maintain the integrity of their piping systems. Their versatility, adaptability, and cost-effectiveness make them a game-changer for any piping project.For Australian contractors, specifiers, and project managers in the mining, civil construction, petrochemical, water, marine, and infrastructure sectors, these supports are an essential addition to your toolkit. Anchorage Group’s extensive range of adjustable and customised adjustable pipe supports is engineered with precision to meet Australian Standards and ensure a secure, cost-effective, and adaptable solution for your projects. About Anchorage’s Adjustable Pipe Supports Anchorage manufactures a range of height adjustable pipe supports which provide vertical support for piping, valving and instrumentation that is supported above a solid base. Each support has an adjustment range that can allow for incremental changes to the standardard height of up to 60mm down, and 60mm up.  Anchorage’s adjustable pipe support range include: A630 Adjustable Cradle Mount, A631 Adjustable Clamp Mounts, A632 Adjustable Flange Mounts, A634 Adjustable Insulated Cradle Mounts, A635 Adjustable Telescopic Pipe Stands, and A636 Adjustable Insulated Clamp Mounts. ENQUIRE TODAY

Understanding Pipe Shoes

Understanding Pipe Shoes What are Pipe Shoes? Pipe shoes are specialised supports that elevate and insulate piping from structures, preserving system integrity in industrial processes. Key Features of Pipe Shoes: Corrosion Prevention: Pipe shoes shield pipes from direct contact with dissimilar metals, inhibiting electrochemical transfer and galvanic corrosion. Thermal Expansion Control:Quality pipe shoes isolate piping from metal structures, counteracting thermal expansion, and preventing movement and damage. Versatility in Design:Pipe shoes cater to fixed and sliding applications, providing support and control of movement under thermal or mechanical loads. Insulation and Protection:Critical in safeguarding pipes, preventing insulation damage, and minimising wear and movement associated with heat transfer. Role of Insulated Pipe Shoes: Preventing heat transfer, reducing thermal expansion, minimising ice formation Benefits of Insulated Pipe Shoes: Enhanced thermal efficiency, extended lifespan, corrosion prevention Considerations for Pipe Supports: Load: Evaluate weight, thermal forces, and thrust loads within the piping system. Conditions: Consider environmental factors like humidity, seismic activity, and material properties. Anchorage Pipe Shoes Quality is paramount at Anchorage. All products are manufactured in accordance with AS4041.2006. Pipe shoes play a multifaceted role in preserving piping systems. At Anchorage, we provide a comprehensive range, including insulated options for enhanced efficiency and longevity as well as custom-made items. No matter how challenging your project, Anchorage is your partner in creating high-quality, reliable pipe support systems Contact us today to start planning for your project. CONTACT US

Anchorage’s Pipe Supports Now Accessible in Revit via

Anchorage’s Pipe Supports Now Accessible in Revit via – A Game-Changer for Designers, Architects, Engineers and Specifiers Anchorage Group is proud to announce our partnership with, a responsive move to provide specifiers, designers, engineers, and contractors exclusive access to an extensive, high-quality Revit library of our products. Spend less time modelling and more time designing, all while experiencing the seamless integration of Anchorage’s top-tier pipe support solutions with the cutting-edge capabilities of Developed to industry best practices in collaboration with IGS Group, the library encompasses over 80 meticulously crafted Revit families, readily available on and our Anchorage website. This partnership underscores our commitment to delivering top-notch BIM content, endorsed by industry leaders, to support architects, designers, engineers, and specifiers at every step of their projects.We are thrilled to share this exciting development at Anchorage – a collaboration that aims to redefine the landscape of BIM content for pipe support solutions.Continue reading to learn more about Anchorage’s BIM Library. “We are thrilled that Anchorage chose IGS Group as their BIM content creation partner and proud to have such a fantastic project design resource available on We commend Anchorage for recognising and responding to the growing demand for quality BIM content from product manufacturers. We are certain project designers and consultants will see great value in having access to ‘project-ready’ design assets for Anchorage’s pipe supports and accessories. ” Luke JohnstonManaging Director at IGS Group About Anchorage’s BIM Library Anchorage has collaborated with Australia’s leading BIM content specialists, IGS Group, to bring you an extensive and project-ready Revit library which includes Height Adjustable Supports, Pipe Clamps, Pipe Hanger Components, Pipe Shoes, Saddle Clamps and Guides, Spring Supports, U-Bolt Clamps and Guides.Available for free download on the Anchorage website and, this library adheres to industry best practices, ensuring a seamless and efficient experience for designers. Our Revit families stand out with meticulous attention to detail in parameters, linework, naming conventions, product data integration, and more. Recognising the diverse user requirements, the library is accessible in multiple Revit versions (2019-23) and incorporates ‘Advanced’ materials for superior visualisation. To facilitate easy exploration, the Anchorage library offers a ‘Virtual Showroom’ (.RVT) loaded with all families and family types. Designers can efficiently download and browse the entire BIM content library, experiencing consistent documentation and scheduling in a Revit project environment. Experience optimised search, preview, and download functionalities of For users of AutoCAD and other 3D design programs, we provide a library of 2D and 3D DWGs and STEP files, ensuring inclusivity across various design platforms. Download the Anchorage Revit Library Empower your projects with our extensive Revit content library for pipe support systems and accessories. Developed by industry-leading BIM content specialists, IGS Group, the Anchorage library is a testament to efficiency, meeting industry best practices to help you plan, design, construct, and manage projects seamlessly. Visit BIM & CAD LIBRARY to browse and download individual Revit families, ‘Collections,’ or the all-in-one ‘Virtual Showroom’ for efficient library access, browsing, and quality assurance. DWG and STEP format content libraries are also available for users of AutoCAD and other 3D design programs. At Anchorage, we believe in the power of collaboration, and this partnership with marks a significant leap forward in providing you with the tools and resources you need for success. Thank you for choosing Anchorage Pipe Supports – your journey to enhanced design possibilities begins now. Follow us on LinkedIn and stay posted as we anticipate future product releases. Also, be sure to connect on LinkedIn with and IGS Group (IGS BIM Solutions).Thank you for choosing to partner with Anchorage Group. Should you have any questions, or if there’s any way we can further assist you with your BIM content, please do not hesitate to reach out. General Contact 1800 899 480 | Phone: 02 6969 2345 International Phone: + 61 2 6969 2345Email: [email protected]

Official Announcement: Swift Metal Australia Acquires Binder Group

Official Announcement: Swift Metal Australia Acquires Binder Group We are thrilled to announce the recent acquisition of Binder Group, the globally renowned name for pipe support systems, pipe hangers and suspension equipment for Mining, Oil and Gas industries. Effective as of 1st February 2024, Binder Group, along with Anchorage Group, operates under the Swift Metal Australia banner What does this mean? This move aligns the strengths of Anchorage Pipe Supports in water, waste, and energy with Binder’s expertise in mining, oil and gas, establishing us as a multidisciplinary major player in pipeline components for infrastructure and heavy industry in the APAC region. Binder Group and Anchorage specialise in providing high-quality pipe support systems, and this acquisition will further complement and expand our product range, stock availability, expertise, and capabilities. Benefits for Clients The benefits of the Binder acquisition include access to a much broader range of products and custom capabilities backed by globally recognised engineering expertise.Returning the Binder brand to Australian ownership and in-house manufacturing improves lead times and flexibility for custom manufacturing, especially as sustained geopolitical uncertainties continue to cause shipping delays. It also enables us to maintain strict control over the quality level of our products.The Binder acquisition further reinforces the position of Anchorage and Swift Metal Australia as a top-tier supplier manufacturer with engineering expertise, adding extra value to our clients with Quality-Certified products backed by expert technical and after-sales support. We look forward to continuing our support for the Australian construction and infrastructure sector. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. ENQUIRE NOW NOTE: Download the Binder to Anchorage Conversion Table (by Part Numbers) for referencing equivalent part numbers.

A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Pipe Sizes, Schedules & Flexibility

A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Pipe Sizes, Schedules & Flexibility Introduction Whether you are selecting the right pipe size for a pipe system, considering the implications of thermal expansion on your system’s integrity, or specifying the intricacies of pipe schedules, pipe materials and pipe flexibility, this comprehensive guide is available to support designers and contractors with accurate information for piping infrastructure. Common Pipe Sizes The pipe size is specified with two numbers: the nominal pipe diameter (or bore) and the pipe schedule. This sets the outside pipe diameter, the wall thickness (and hence the internal diameter). Dimensions shown are to be ASME B36.10 For larger pipe sizes, please click the link to download as a PDF. DOWNLOAD PIPE SIZE CHART Pipe Classification There are four main pipe classifications that you can use to identify your pipe’s sizing quickly. These pipe size standards help you estimate the full size of your pipe, so you can safely install piping systems, pipe supports, and pipe layouts. Nominal Pipe Size (NPS) NPS is an abbreviation of Nominal Pipe Size, a term used as a guideline number defining the diameter of the pipe. Nominal pipe size refers to only the outside diameter (OD) of a pipe, making it somewhat vague. For example, when we say pipe size is 2 NPS, it refers to all the pipes having 2.375-inch (or 60.3 mm) as outside diameter irrespective of wall thickness and inside diameter (ID). Nominal Bore (NB) Nominal Bore is the European designation equivalent to NPS, in which sizes are measured in millimetres. NB (nominal bore) is also frequently used interchangeably with NPS.    Diameter Nominal (DN)  This is the international and European metric method used to describe NPS (or NB).DN pipe sizes numbers are therefore different to NPS. For example, the metric equivalent of an NPS 6 pipe (6”) is DN 150. (To convert from NPS 6 to DIN simply multiply the 6 x 25=150. (150mm) Outside Diameter (OD) OD is the outside diameter of the pipe and is fixed for a given size.  The OD is one of the most important dimensions a pipe support manufacturer requires. This dimension is critical when forming a Ubolt or rolling a pipe clamp. The ID of the pipe support needs to suit the OD of the pipe. Refer to “Pipe Materials” section for further explanation of the varying pipe OD’s across pipe materials. The NPS is very loosely related to the inside diameter in inches, but only for NPS 1/8 to NPS 12. For NPS 14 and larger, the NPS is equal to the outside diameter (OD) in inches. For a given NPS, the OD stays constant and the wall thickness increases with larger SCH. For a given SCH, the OD increases with increasing NPS while the wall thickness increases or stays constant. Pipe Schedules Pipe schedules refer to a standardised system used to specify the thickness of pipes. They indicate the thickness and pressure rating of pipes, helping ensure compatibility and safety in piping systems. The schedule number typically correlates with the wall thickness of the pipe, with higher schedule numbers indicating thicker walls and higher pressure ratings. Common pipe schedules include Schedule 40, Schedule 80, and Schedule 160, among others, each suitable for different applications and pressure requirements. As the schedule number increases, the wall thickness of the pipe increases. The schedule number is roughly calculated as per formula below: Schedule = 1000 x (P/S)P = Internal service pressure of pipe (psig)S = Ultimate tensile strength of the pipe material (psi) Understanding the schedule of your pipes is crucial because the thickness directly affects how long your piping system will last. If your pipes are handling more weight than they can handle, they might break, burst, leak, or damage the entire system. Using standard measurements also helps you choose the right supports for your pipes, which improves the system’s performance. If you don’t match your pipes with the correct supports of the right size, it could cause damage, accidents, and project delays. Pipe Materials Across all sectors a diverse range of materials and pipe types are employed, each possessing distinct characteristics and often differing in sizing conventions. This variability can lead to confusion within the industry regarding the outside diameter of pipes and the selection of appropriate pipe supports. To address this, we’ve provided a chart below outlining the dimensions of ten commonly used pipe materials. DOWNLOAD PIPE MATERIALS CHART The material and type of pipe can significantly impact its outside diameter. Different materials, such as steel, copper, PVC, or HDPE, have varying physical properties, including density, elasticity, and thermal expansion coefficients. These properties affect how much the pipe expands or contracts in response to changes in temperature and pressure. For instance, metal pipes like steel or copper tend to have a smaller outside diameter compared to plastic pipes like PVC or HDPE for a given nominal size. This is because metals generally have higher densities and less thermal expansion compared to plastics. As a result, metal pipes maintain their dimensions more consistently across different temperature and pressure conditions, leading to a smaller outside diameter. On the other hand, plastic pipes often have a larger outside diameter for the same nominal size due to their lower density and greater thermal expansion. Plastic materials tend to expand more when exposed to heat, causing the pipe to increase in size. Additionally, plastic pipes may have thicker walls to compensate for their lower strength compared to metal pipes, further contributing to a larger outside diameter. In summary, the material and type of pipe influence its outside diameter due to differences in density, thermal expansion characteristics, and wall thickness requirements. Understanding these factors is essential for proper pipe selection and sizing in various applications. As a manufacturer of pipe supports, we understand the importance of accommodating various sizes and materials. Whether it’s steel, copper, PVC, or any other material, our products are designed to cater to the needs of different piping systems, ensuring reliable support regardless of the pipe type or size. Pipe Thermal Expansion When a pipe is subjected to temperature variations, it expands or contracts in response to the change in temperature. This expansion or contraction can lead to several notable impacts on piping systems: Stress on Supports and Connections: Thermal expansion can exert significant forces on pipe supports, anchors, and connections. If the supports or connections are not designed to accommodate thermal movement, they may experience excessive stress, leading to deformation, cracking, or failure. Buckling or Bowing: In long piping runs, thermal expansion can cause the pipe to bow or buckle if it’s constrained at both ends. This can result in misalignment, reduced flow efficiency, and potential damage to the pipe and surrounding structures. Leakage: Fluctuations in temperature can cause joints and seals to weaken or loosen over time, increasing the risk of leakage. This is particularly critical in systems conveying fluids or gases where leakage can lead to environmental hazards, operational disruptions, and safety concerns. System Integrity: Over time, repeated thermal cycling can weaken the structural integrity of pipes and components, leading to premature aging and eventual failure. This can result in costly repairs, downtime, and potential safety hazards. Mitigating Issues Caused by Thermal Expansion To mitigate the impacts of thermal expansion on piping systems, engineers employ various strategies to ensure flexibility in pipe systems, including: Expansion Joints: Installing expansion joints at strategic locations allows the pipe to expand or contract without exerting excessive stress on the system. Expansion loops: Pipe expansion loops are used to provide flexibility in piping systems to accommodate thermal expansion and contraction. These loops are added to the straight sections of pipes, allowing them to bend when the pipe expands. By introducing perpendicular sections to the pipe’s direction of expansion, the loop absorbs the stress before transmitting it to the anchor points. The longer the loop, the less force is created. Flexible Supports: Using flexible pipe supports, height adjustable supports and pipe hangers that can absorb thermal movement helps prevent stress on the piping system.  Proper Sizing and Layout: Designing piping systems with adequate space for thermal expansion and contraction reduces the likelihood of buckling or stress-induced damage. Material Selection: Choosing materials with low coefficients of thermal expansion can help minimise the effects of temperature fluctuations on piping systems. Overall, understanding and properly managing thermal expansion is essential for ensuring the long-term reliability, safety, and efficiency of piping systems in various industrial, commercial, and residential applications. The cost of the project can be reduced substantially if the right amount of flexibility is built in the piping at the initial layout stage. Read more about pipe flexibility here. Calculating Thermal Movement & Pipe Flexibility The first step in accommodating thermal movement is to compute the exact change in the linear length of the piping system over the distance of interest, along with a suitable safety factor. The actual expansion of 100-foot pipe lengths has been computed at different temperatures for the most common piping materials (carbon steel, stainless steel and copper tubing) and are shown in the table here bellow. These values should not be applied to pipe of alternate materials as they will vary. Expansion coefficients may vary 5% or more when obtained from different sources and should be taken into account. See an example of calculating pipe flexibility here. Conclusion In conclusion, navigating the complexities of piping infrastructure demands a thorough understanding of various factors, from selecting the appropriate pipe size to managing thermal expansion and considering pipe schedules, materials, and flexibility. This comprehensive guide serves as a valuable resource for designers and contractors alike, providing accurate and insightful information to ensure the successful planning, implementation, and maintenance of piping systems. If you’ve hit a wall when specifying standardised piping system supports or simply faster custom solutions, Swift Metal answers your call with custom pipe supports. From tight spaces to heavy loads, our custom pipe supports evenly distribute weight, prevent stress points, and mitigate movement and vibration. All custom solutions are designed to suit projects with challenging site conditions, diverse climates, specification requirements and limited space. Made in Australia Being an Australian manufacturer allows us to provide you with the best service possible. We confidently follow and meet all Australian compliance demands and provide you with clear, stress-free communication from a team that understands your industry and its needs. Specification Expertise Our team of experienced technicians engineer tailor-made pipe supports that meet stress adherence standards, accommodate for thermal expansion, distribute weight evenly, survive rugged and corrosive conditions and mitigate all movement and vibrations. When it comes to precision engineering and custom fabrication, the Swift Metal team are the experts. Delivery When You Need It We guarantee speedy, efficient delivery that won’t just save you time, it will cut costs, making pricey freight and international couriers a thing of the past. When it comes to custom pipe supports, Swift Metal is committed to providing the highest standards possible in manufacturing to our clients. We’d love to do the same for you. Click here to find out more about our services now. ENQUIRE NOW

The Crucial Role of Slide Plates

The Crucial Role of Slide Plates Unlocking Efficiency: The Role of Slide Plates in Pipe Supports Manufacturing In pipeline infrastructure, every component plays a crucial role in ensuring efficiency, longevity, and structural integrity. Among these components, slide plates stand out as unsung heroes, quietly facilitating movement, reducing friction, and extending the lifespan of pipelines. In this comprehensive exploration, we delve into the realm of slide plates, uncovering their significance in pipe supports manufacturing and the myriad benefits they offer to the engineering, construction, and infrastructure sectors. Navigating the Basics Slide plates serve as pivotal components within pipe support systems, enabling the smooth movement of pipes while providing essential support. When pipes expand due to thermal movement—a phenomenon that can result in expansions of up to 200 to 300 millimetres—slide plates play a crucial role in accommodating these shifts without compromising the structural integrity of the pipeline. Essentially, slide plates allow pipe shoes to move freely, mitigating the risk of stress accumulation and potential damage to the pipeline. At the heart of a slide plate assembly lie two essential materials: PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene), commonly known as Teflon, and stainless steel. The PTFE component, typically white in colour, is bonded to a carbon steel plate, which is then either bolted or welded to the supporting steelwork. Beneath the pipe shoe, a stainless steel plate with a surface roughness of No.4 as per ASTM A480 is welded to provide a low friction surface. This ingenious combination allows for smooth sliding action between the PTFE and stainless steel surfaces, achieving a friction coefficient of approximately 0.1—a testament to the efficiency of slide plate technology. Versatility and Functionality The applications of slide plates within pipe supports manufacturing are as diverse as they are essential. These versatile components find their place in a multitude of scenarios, from mitigating friction during thermal expansion to facilitating movement in various directions. Whether it’s accommodating lateral, axial, or angular movement, slide plates provide the flexibility and support necessary to ensure the smooth operation of pipeline systems. One of the primary functions of slide plates is to reduce wear and tear on pipeline components, thereby extending their lifespan and minimising maintenance requirements. By allowing pipes to move freely without generating excessive friction, slide plates effectively reduce stress on the pipeline, preventing premature deterioration and potential failure. Slide plates also contribute to the overall safety of pipeline infrastructure by reducing the risk of structural damage and leakage caused by excessive forces or thermal expansion. Efficiency and Performance The benefits of incorporating slide plates into pipe support systems are manifold, with each advantage contributing to the overall efficiency and reliability of pipeline infrastructure. Perhaps the most significant advantage lies in the reduction of friction, which not only prolongs the lifespan of pipelines but also improves operational efficiency. By diminishing resistance to movement, slide plates enable smoother and more predictable operation of pipeline systems, ultimately enhancing productivity and reducing maintenance costs. Slide plates play a vital role in ensuring compliance with industry standards and best practices. By providing a reliable mechanism for accommodating thermal expansion and contraction, slide plates help to mitigate the risk of structural damage and ensure the integrity of pipeline installations. This proactive approach to risk management not only enhances safety but also safeguards the reputation of engineering and construction firms operating within the pipeline sector. Quality and Durability Central to the effectiveness of slide plates is the choice of materials and construction methods employed in their manufacture. PTFE, renowned for its low friction properties and chemical resistance, serves as the cornerstone of slide plate technology, providing a durable and reliable surface for facilitating movement. When bonded to a carbon steel plate, PTFE forms a robust interface capable of withstanding the rigours of pipeline operation while maintaining optimal performance. In addition to PTFE, stainless steel plays a crucial role in ensuring the longevity and durability of slide plate assemblies. By providing a sturdy and corrosion-resistant base for the PTFE component, stainless steel contributes to the overall structural integrity of the slide plate, ensuring long-term reliability and performance. Furthermore, the surface roughness of the stainless steel plate, as per ASTM A480 standards, ensures smooth sliding action and minimal friction, enhancing the efficiency of the slide plate assembly. Case Studies or Examples: Real-World Success Stories To illustrate the real-world effectiveness of slide plates in pipe supports manufacturing, let’s explore a few notable case studies: Pipeline Expansion Project In a large-scale pipeline expansion project, slide plates were incorporated into the design of pipe support systems to accommodate thermal expansion and contraction. By strategically placing slide plates at key points along the pipeline route, engineers were able to ensure the smooth operation of the pipeline while minimising stress on critical components. Industrial Facility Upgrade During the upgrade of an industrial facility, slide plates were installed to support a network of piping systems. By providing a reliable mechanism for movement and expansion, slide plates helped to prevent structural damage and leakage, ensuring the safe and efficient operation of the facility. Offshore Platform Installation In the challenging environment of offshore oil and gas platforms, slide plates play a crucial role in maintaining the integrity of pipeline installations. By withstanding the harsh conditions of the marine environment, slide plates ensure the reliability and performance of critical infrastructure, shortening downtime and maximising productivity. Future Trends As the pipeline industry continues to evolve, so does the technology surrounding slide plates and pipe supports manufacturing. Emerging trends in slide plate technology include advancements in materials science, such as the development of high-performance polymers and composite materials, which promise to further enhance the efficiency and reliability of slide plate assemblies. Innovations in manufacturing techniques, such as additive manufacturing and robotic automation, hold the potential to streamline the production process and improve the quality of slide plate components. The integration of smart technology and sensors into slide plate assemblies opens up new possibilities for real-time monitoring and predictive maintenance. By equipping slide plates with sensors capable of detecting changes in temperature, pressure, and friction, engineers can gain valuable insights into the performance of pipeline systems and proactively address potential issues before they escalate into costly failures. Conclusion Slide plates stand as indispensable components within the realm of pipe supports manufacturing, offering a versatile and efficient solution for accommodating thermal expansion, reducing friction, and ensuring the longevity of pipeline infrastructure. By harnessing the power of slide plates, engineering and construction firms can optimise the performance and reliability of pipeline systems while minimising maintenance requirements and mitigating the risk of structural damage. As the industry continues to evolve, slide plates will remain at the forefront of innovation, driving advancements in pipeline technology and shaping the future of infrastructure development.

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Water Treatment Plant Cecil Hills, Sydney, NSW

Water Treatment Plant Cecil Hills, Sydney, NSW Anchorage played a crucial role in the recent sewage treatment plant upgrade at Cecil Hills, as part of Sydney Water’s ongoing refurbishment program in Western Sydney.We provided several large heavy-duty DN1200 stainless steel height adjustable cradle supports (a standard product in our range) designed to support a massive Ø1220 pipe. These supports are specifically engineered to withstand extreme conditions, ensuring long-term stability and reliability.By supplying these supports to Comdain Infrastructure, Anchorage enabled the site teams to install the pipe swiftly and efficiently. Moreover, the adjustable feature of the supports allows for future adjustments to accommodate any slab settlement, ensuring continued functionality and structural integrity over time.This collaboration between Anchorage and Comdain Infrastructure demonstrates a commitment to innovation and excellence in infrastructure development, contributing to the improvement of sewage treatment facilities in the region.

Anchorage’s Pipe Supports: A Crucial Element in the Success of the Rozelle Interchange Tunnel

Anchorage’s Pipe Supports: A Crucial Element in the Success of the Rozelle Interchange Tunnel Introduction The Rozelle interchange project, spanning from 2019 to 2023, marked a significant milestone in Australia’s infrastructure development, particularly with the construction of the most complex tunnel in the nation’s history. Anchorage, a trusted supplier in the tunnelling sector, played an important role in the success of this ambitious project. This case study explores Anchorage’s contribution to the project across the entire construction period from site establishment to commissioning. Anchorage’s Role in Site Establishment Anchorage’s involvement in the project commenced during the site establishment stage. As a long-term supplier to the tunnelling sector, Anchorage provided customised solutions for temporary services, including water supply, ventilation, and hydraulics. This early engagement demonstrated Anchorage’s commitment to supporting the project comprehensively from the outset. Adaptable Solutions for Various Stages Throughout the project’s lifecycle, Anchorage consistently adapted to the evolving needs. The company supplied thousands of clamps for stormwater drainage piping and fire services across different phases. The versatility of Anchorage’s products, particularly the AG631 and AG632 pipe supports, proved essential in accommodating the diverse requirements of both the head contractor and multiple subcontractors, saving many weeks of fabrication time, where a standardised support could be used in place of a traditionally fabricated support. When there was a need for a completely bespoke solution, Anchorage’s experience and ability to assist in the design and manufacture of customised solutions meant that both the subcontractor and the head contractor could have the confidence, and flexibility that is imperative on a project of this complexity. Height Adjustable Supports Anchorage’s height adjustable supports emerged as a game-changer, offering a practical and efficient solution for the dynamic conditions of underground installations. These supports were extensively used, providing flexibility in varying heights and eliminating the need for protracted processes such as site measurement, fabrication, galvanisation, and installation. The ability to order standard items instead of bespoke fabrications streamlined the entire process, contributing to time and cost savings. Endorsement from Project Stakeholders The John Holland CPB Joint venture, as the head contractor, and various subcontractors including ARA Infrastructure and Quickway Constructions actively chose Anchorage’s adjustable supports based on previous positive experiences with the company’s products. The ease of installation, speed, and adaptability of Anchorage’s pipe supports were recognised and appreciated. Additionally, the fire systems designer specified Anchorage’s products, highlighting the trust and confidence in the brand’s reliability. Anchorage’s supply of pipe supports played a crucial role in the success of the Rozelle interchange. The company’s commitment to providing adaptable, high-quality solutions contributed to the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and overall success of this groundbreaking tunnelling endeavour. This case study stands as a testament to Anchorage’s unwavering dedication to excellence in the infrastructure tunnelling sector.

Sunbury Road Upgrade: Engineering Excellence in Underbridge Pipe Supports

Sunbury Road Upgrade: Engineering Excellence in Underbridge Pipe Supports Introduction Sunbury Road Upgrade, a pivotal project under Victoria’s ambitious Big Build initiative, aims to enhance connectivity and accommodate future growth. The bridge over Jacksons Creek has emerged as a critical component, particularly focusing on underbridge pipe supports for water, power, and communications. The objective extends beyond transportation enhancement, seeking to elevate the overall liveability of the region by fostering improved connections between communities adjacent to Sunbury Road and the Sunbury town centre. The meticulous engineering focuses on ensuring the longevity, resilience, functionality and low-maintenance requirements of essential pipe infrastructure. Engineering Partnerships In the early stages of design, GHD, a leading consulting firm, specified Anchorage for its expertise in proposing suitable products. Anchorage, known for its commitment to quality engineering solutions, collaborated seamlessly with GHD to meet the project’s stringent requirements. Client Collaboration Winslow, the client overseeing the Sunbury Road Upgrade, played a crucial role in steering the project toward success. The collaborative efforts between Winslow, GHD, and Anchorage ensured that the engineering design aligned with the project’s goals, adhering to timelines and budgetary considerations. Innovative Solutions Incorporating Anchorage’s expertise into the project introduced a range of distinctive features and solutions: 316 Stainless Steel Construction: To combat corrosion and ensure an extended design life, all components of the bridge, particularly the hanger assembly, were expertly manufactured using certified 316 stainless steel. This decision enhances the functionality and longevity of the structure in the face of diverse environmental conditions. Axial Movement Mitigation: The hanger assembly incorporated bracing elements to minimize axial movement. This thoughtful design enhances not only the structural integrity of the bridge but also contributes to the overall safety and stability of the vital pipelines. Customized Clamping Solutions: Anchorage’s attention to detail is evident in the customization of clamps to suit prescribed mounting locations in the pre-cast Super-Tee bridge beams. This bespoke approach ensures a seamless integration of components, optimizing both functionality and efficiency, and ensuring perfect fitment on site, where time and resources are limited. The collaborative efforts of GHD, Winslow, and Anchorage in the Sunbury Road Upgrade stands as a testament to the commitment to quality and excellence in engineering, contributing significantly to the success of Victoria’s Big Build initiative

Pipe Stands, Adjustable Pipe Stands

Pipe Stands, Adjustable Pipe Stands World class pipe stands and supports for your infrastructure project When it comes to building and construction, you just cannot afford to ignore quality. Truly, quality and products built to specification, are the most important considerations that need to be maintained at all levels to ensure that the result is the best possible. That is why we are the company to depend on when it comes to pipe stands and other kinds of piping supports for your infrastructure project. Whether you are a civil engineer, pipeline constructor, builder or an engineer, with us to support you, you can be assured that your project will achieve the highest standards possible. A new generation of pipe stands and supports We at Anchorage are the manufacturer of choice for high-quality adjustable pipe stands in Australia. We are well-known all over the country for the quality of products we produce as well as renowned customer service. Through every step of the way, from knowing about exactly what your needs are and what kind of project you have in mind, to manufacturing customised solutions to meet your specific requirements, we make sure that you are satisfied. That is the reason why we have been employed by so many of Australia’s biggest construction companies to manufacture pipe supports and structural brackets to exact standards and specifications. We have been in charge of some of the most prestigious infrastructure projects, both above the ground and below and both in the country and out of it. A look at our products Height adjustable pipe stand Adjustable pipe supports (Adjustable width pipe supports, Height adjustable support cradle mount, Height adjustable support flange mount, Height adjustable support universal mount and customised supports and stands) Equipment and accessories (bevelling and cutting machines, rollers, hooks, clamps, straps, etc.) Heavy duty cradle U-bolt clamps Hangers and rollers Pipe shoes It is Swift Metal Services which has been involved in the manufacturing process while we at Anchorage Pipe and Conduit Supports have developed a range to suit standard configurations and specifications. Standard specifications ensure ease of selection for most infrastructure projects. Of course, Swift still continues to manufacture and take orders for exact and unique requirements and configurations. Let us help If you need a means of supporting conduits, tubes and pipes, we offer the easiest and most convenient method of doing so. Our vast array of products to choose from will ensure that your project goes off as smoothly as possible. Customisation is something we are great at. Not only can you ask for customisation in configurations, but also request pipe stands and supports to suit ceiling, wall or floor mounting. You can also request that we manufacture pipe supports, saddles and U-Bolts using corrosion-preventing materials such as aluminium and stainless steel. Call us on 1800 899 480 if you are looking for adjustable pipe stands or want to enquire about any of our other products. You can also email us at [email protected] for a complete catalogue of our products.

Understanding the different types of Rigid pipe supports

Understanding the different types of Rigid pipe supports Pipe Shoes Majority of pipe supports in a plant facility will fall under the category of rigid supports. A rigid support is primarily used to support the weight of pipe and its components. Hence its purpose is to prevent the downward movement of pipe. Support intervals or spans are chosen such that the pipe does not sag excessively due its self-weight and the weight of its contents and insulation. A bare pipe may be allowed to rest on a structural member or if the pipe is insulated it may be provided with a shoe. In the later case the bottom of the shoe will rest on the structural member. A shoe support provides a larger contact surface with structural steel member as against bare pipe resting on structural member which results in line contact. Figure below shows examples of shoe support configurations which are most commonly used. The choice of shoe type depends on the size of pipe and the weight of the pipe and its contents. For smaller pipe sizes and lesser loads, a single T-section cut from structural steel section such as IPE or HEA member is welded to the bottom of pipe to form a shoe support. As the pipe size increases and the pipe becomes heavier the shoe support is designed with two vertical members which allows the pipe load to be spread over a larger surface area of the pipe wall resulting in lower local stresses in the pipe wall. The shoe support with saddle uses a reinforcement saddle plate that is welded to the bottom of the pipe. The saddle plate usually subtends an arc of 90° or 120°. The saddle plate can be fabricated from the parent pipe material. However if the parent pipe has high wall thickness, the saddle plate is formed from plate material such as ASTM A36 for carbon steel pipes. A pipe saddle spreads the pipe load over a much larger portion of the pipe surface area and substantially reduces the local pipe wall stresses.  Pipe shoes also serve as convenient means to provide slope on lines routed on pipe racks by using shoes of different heights to achieve the required slope. This allows the pipe rack to be kept at a constant elevation for the other lines which are not required to be sloped. Pipe Trunnion or Dummy Supports Another example of rigid pipe support is a dummy support also called trunnion support.A dummy support consists of a tubular member which is welded to the pipe instead of structural member. A vertical pipe is conveniently supported by using two dummy supports which rest on structural members. Depending on the load and the available structural steel member one dummy support may be used instead of two dummy supports. A base type dummy support is used at control valve stations or pump piping. The base of the dummy support may rest on structural steel member, concrete foundation with base plate or on a spring support depending on the piping configuration and design. A trunnion support may also be welded to a elbow in horizontal direction to support the piping as shown above. The trunnion length should be kept as short as possible to minimize the bending moment and stresses it can cause at the weld joint on the pipe. Trunnion supports may be welded on reinforcing pipe saddles for heavy pipe loads to distribute the pipe load over a larger pipe wall area.  Article source:

Pipe Brackets & Fittings

Pipe Brackets & Fittings Choose high-quality pipe brackets for your projects Development of infrastructure for various purposes needs a sound knowledge of the quality of materials used. If you are in charge of an infrastructure project and looking for pipe brackets and hangers to suit your exact specifications and standards, we can help. We are the trust-worthy and highly-reputed manufacturer in Australia for all kinds of pipe supports, stands, brackets, cradles, equipment and accessories and we will ensure that you receive products which are of the highest quality at all times. With us, you never have to be bothered about the quality of your materials. Our high-quality pipe support brackets are a great choice At Anchorage, our brackets are world class. We manufacture pipe brackets fittings according to exact client specifications and requirements to meet project needs. They can be made to integrate U-bolt or saddles to retain the piping or if you want, a combination of saddle clamps, depending on whatever application you need them for. Our galvanised variety is the highest in demand, though we can manufacture stainless steel ones’ for you if that’s what you need. Why our pipe brackets fittings are the best In case of low temperature insulation, these usually face a considerable weak point. Thermal bridges can easily occur if the pipe is not totally separated from the bracket. This can lead to condensation. This again can lead to 3 problems: Loss of energy Corrosion risk Secondary damages may increase leading to high expenses That is the reason why our product keeps the pipe and bracket isolated from each other. When you use our product, you can be assured of reliability and integrity of your insulation systems. We manufacture products that are totally free of risk from thermal ‘bridging’ and that is why our fittings are the preferred choice of engineers across Australia. Brief look at the varieties we have on offer Rollers Temporary piping and cable hooks Piggyback saddle and conduit clamps Auxiliary brackets fittings Customised brackets Why buy from us There are many reasons you should buy from us. Here are the most important ones. We have worked with many large infrastructure and construction companies all over the country to manufacture structural brackets for them according to their own specifications and standards. You are safe to choose us. We have several standard brackets for you to choose from to fit standard pipe sizes. This ensures ease of selection. We are always ready to provide you with customised products of your choice. Have a look at our catalogue and order from our existing products or ask for something unique. Assurance of high level of quality at all times. Guaranteed on-schedule delivery. Give us at Anchorage Pipe and Conduit Supports a call at our phone number 1800 899 480 if you are looking for pipe brackets. You can also email us at [email protected] for a complete catalogue of all our products.

Spring Support Types & Functions

Spring Support Types & Functions When thermal movements are substantial, the pipe may lift off the support if the thermal movement is upwards or the pipe may be subject to large expansion stresses if the thermal movement is downwards and the support does not allow vertical downward movement of pipe. Flexible or resilient supports allow movement of piping while still providing support to the pipe. Thus flexible supports can be defined as pipe supports that provide supporting force throughout the expansion and contraction cycle of the piping system. Spring supports are examples of flexible or resilient supports. Flexible supports are necessary when the pipe needs to be supported and at the same time permitted to move in the vertical direction. In general, when the permitted vertical movement is low to medium and the variation between hot load and cold load is less than 25%, variable spring supports are recommended to be used. When the permitted vertical movement is large, constant spring supports are recommended to be used. There are other factors which will determine the type of spring supports to be used which are beyond the scope of this article. In a variable spring support, the load imposed by the spring on the pipe varies with the pipe deflection and the magnitude of the load variation depends on the spring rate (or spring constant) of the support. The load variation is the product of spring constant and pipe thermal movement. If a low variation in load is required such as on pump piping supports, it is desirable to choose a spring support with a low spring constant. In a constant type spring support, the load imposed by the spring on the pipe remains constant throughout the range of thermal movement of the pipe. Constant spring supports are used when the pipe deflection is large (above 50-75mm) and may be used near strain sensitive equipments such as pumps and turbines. The choice of using a variable or constant spring support will be based on the results of piping stress analysis. Article source:

Understanding Volatility in Steel Pricing

Understanding Volatility in Steel Pricing Global economies are on a path to recovery after a slump during the pandemic. This recovery continues to push the price of commodities high. The steel market has seen unprecedented fluctuation in pricing, with the trend likely to persist over the next year. Global politics, supply chain disruptions, fuel prices and heavy spending on infrastructure are factors that will continuously cause steel price swings. The Australian market is no exception to the ever-volatile steel prices despite controlling more than 38% of the global iron ore production. The current price of iron ore is ~$150/tonne, with estimations that this price will drop further to ~$109/tonne by 2022. While western economies are pursuing economic growth through massive construction projects, China, the biggest importer of Australian iron ore, is slowing down investment in the property market. China, the largest steel producer in the world, is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2060. The Chinese government is putting measures to control steel production and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is a strategy that has seen annual steel production in China drop by 13.2% by August 2021. This decline significantly affects pricing dynamics across the world. The COVID-19 pandemic saw some companies halting steel production leading to smaller inventories across the globe. At the same time, the demand for the product soared. As economies reopen, there is a higher demand for steel in heavy industries like automotive, machinery, oil and gas. Manufacturers are walking a tightrope as they try to rebuild steel inventories and satisfy demand. In general, World Steel Association (WSA) reports a 1.4% year-on-year increase in steel production for the period ending in August 2021. Supply Chain Interruptions The pandemic period has  been a wake-up call for global economies. Geopolitics, scarcity of products and trade wars spelled doom to previously sustainable supply chains. The shortage of shipping containers, protracted delays in deliveries and trade sanctions like the one between Australia and China in May 2020 slowed down steel production and distribution throughout the world. Supply chain interruption means that steel producers globally are struggling to restore operations to normal levels.  As supply chain interruptions persist, the overall cost of steel transportation keeps rising. Manufacturers pass down these costs to consumers, propelling the global prices of steel in all its alloys to record high levels.  Australian Steel Market Overview The Australian economy is steadily rebounding. Amid this recovery is a serious concern over the rising cost of steel. The government has set out an ambitious project that aims to boost the local manufacturing sector, a strategy that has attracted more local investors. Agriculture is another sector that has seen tremendous growth over the past year across the country.  The progress of these economic sectors is accompanied by massive construction. Local manufacturers are expanding their production and warehousing facilities. Massive investment in infrastructure projects and the minerals technology industries are also driving demand for steel throughout Australia.  Where Does the Steel Industry Go From Here? Whilst the industry has enjoyed relatively stable pricing in the decade prior to 2021, steel is like any other commodity – subject to fluctuations due to demand, raw material availability, shipping costs, and uniquely, the myriad disruptions caused by a once in a lifetime pandemic.. Whilst supply chains are returning to normalcy this does not guarantee that the prices will stop fluctuating. When setting the prices of commodities, industry players rely heavily on data from manufacturing supply chains. It is a reactive pricing strategy that has had its successes in the past. The pandemic and post-pandemic periods have tested this strategy to the limits. As it stands, steel manufacturers and businesses need to re-think their pricing models to avert business losses and cushion customers from high prices to ensure a sustainable and  supply.The operations in steel manufacturing industries around the globe are returning to normalcy. Iron ore prices globally are yet to stabilize. There are expectations that steel pricing will plateau in the last half of 2022, however with multiple factors influencing the costs, this is speculation only.  Lessons for Businesses in the Steel Sector It has been a rough few years for businesses with volatile steel prices leading to financial losses. Price fluctuations have had far-reaching consequences across all sectors of the economy. As we move forward, players in the steel sector should adopt digital tools and technology to generate accurate demand forecasts, optimize pricing and scale up operations to match actual market demands. Companies must adapt quickly to market dynamics and leverage data to counter volatilities. By using appropriate technologies, steel manufacturers can segment the consumer market and optimize pricing for every segment. Is there an end in sight? Definitely yes — On the condition that steel industry players adapt quickly to the ever-changing market dynamics. 

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