Multi-test systems for pipe testing
In 2015, FOERSTER designed and produced the largest, heaviest, and most complex test section in the history of the company. The system was developed for testing pipes in a steel mill in the USA. The entire test block weighed a total of 32 t. This is roughly the same as 5 adult African elephants. To be able to load this, FOERSTER commited to the investment of a new crane system.
The system tests hot-rolled, seamless pipes using non-destructive testing methods including leakage flux, eddy current and ultrasound for detection of different types of defects. The highly precise central test track consists of the complete testing mechanism with drive rolls and tables as well as the extensive testing technology. The test systems DEFECTOMAT, ROTOMAT/TRANSOMAT, MAGNATEST and CIRCOSON WT were integrated in the system. The instrumentation software developed by FOERSTER also allows all test equipment to be connected in one interface via software. The produced data can be transmitted directly over a network connection.
The pipes which can be used for energy production, including oil and gas, as well as in the chemical and petrochemicals industry, require flawless material properties. The customized solution from FOERSTER creates a multifunctional test section to ensure that geometric properties such as the wall thickness and the external diameter of the pipes precisely meet the specifications and that any surface defects are reliably detected.
Finding the right solution for every testing task is both a challenge and a motivation for our employees. At FOERSTER, the satisfaction of our customers is our top priority.