Bumper rings play a critical role in the prevention of pipe damage and corrosion, which makes them a worthwhile investment. Like other industries, the oil services industry is going through a belt-tightening phase; and regardless of how lean things are, financial burn can’t be eliminated, only reduced. To that end, gas and oil companies are taking a proactive approach to pipeline protection and monitoring. Read further to learn how pipe rings from Essentra can help oil and gas operators protect their pipelines.
Why Are Bumper Rings So Important?
Oil and gas pipelines power much of the world, but bringing that power out of the ground is quite risky. Protective rings help to ensure that tubular pipe stays in place during transit and storage, as well as protected against friction or from the pipe bumping into each other, causing damage. Proper security and safety measures also include those listed here.
- Proper loading and unloading
- Having enough room to support piping along its entire length
- Having a debris-free, flat, and fully supported surface
- Using thread protectors, pipe rings, and other OCTGs properly
Pipe rings are manufactured from tough polyethylene or EVA components. They come in assorted sizes and should be placed over various areas along the shaft of tubular pipe. They all have one major purpose: to hold pipe steady and prevent them from colliding into each other or into where they’re contained. This ultimately reduces pipe damage during movement, transport, storage, and processing. Bumper rings from Essentra can stand up to immense pressure and maintain their protective integrity, which also reduces pipe damage and other negative effects.
As they prevent product damage caused by friction and direct contact, bumper ring assemblies can significantly affect product quality and cost. In the end, these protective tubular rings help companies save money by protecting the integrity of their pipe.
The Other Advantages
Not only do bumper rings have the benefits listed above, they make transport and storage easier and safer. When oilfield pipe is well-organized and properly bundled, it’s easier to keep inventory under control, and pipes aren’t as likely to break free. These rings are also recyclable, which makes them more appealing to oil and gas companies with sustainable approaches.
Don’t Skimp on Pipe Protection
All companies are looking for ways to cut costs, and oil and gas operations are no exception. One may expect that economizing on OCTGs would be a good way to save, but this choice can be disastrous. Oilfield experts know what thread damage can do to recovery and deployment times, along with the risk of shear events. As companies are making OCTGs last longer, it’s important to protect them to the best extent possible. With plenty of protective pipe rings on hand, operators can reduce the likelihood of an expensive, catastrophic event.
Contact Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies
Because oilfield pipe protection is a vital part of the transportation process, operators can increase safety and maximize profits when they have access to the right equipment, tools, and supplies. Essentra is a worldwide leader in pipe protection, and quality is guaranteed. For further information on how bumper rings and other pipe protection products can help operators secure their investments, call 877-276-9208 to speak with our experts, or browse online to request a quote.