As per several studies,the onshore oil and gas pipeline market is expected to grow between five and 6 percent during the next five years, a safe and efficient solution for the transportation of crude oil and natural gas in either a liquid or gas form, from the production points to refineries and distribution centres.
Amongst the hydrocarbon products, the consumption of natural gas is expected to have the fastest growth, particularly in the Asia- Pacific region due to the lower cost compared to other fuels, the use of natural gas as raw material in fertilizers production, environmental benefits and energy security, with the consequent growth of the natural gas pipeline.
China is expected to strengthen its gas pipeline network to improve its energy mix and control over the transmission fees and India will invest in the extraction of its natural gas resources, thus significantly increasing the market demand in the APAC region.
Pipeline and energy infrastructure companies face huge operational challenges. Pipes production is an area of such difficulty that only companies with many years of experience and high technology background can be trusted to reliably design and provide pipes manufacturing machines suitable for the most challenging projects.
Faccin S.p.A. has been a reference point throughout the years for its expertise in designing and manufacturing special machines, standard and customized, for the production of pipes. In order to meet specific production requirements in the industry, the company offers the HAV-2P, a series of NC-controlled high-performance pipe mill bending rolls able to support the production of pipes delivering productivity, repeatability and automation of the entire manufacturing process. These pipe production-bending rolls are constructed with an extremely sturdy electro-welded structure and are fitted with three rolls in thermally treated steel alloys.
HAV-2P long bending rolls are designed for rolling plates up to 45 mm thick, ideal for producing pipes up to over 18 m long, complying with the customer’s specific technical and roundness tolerances and offering a high-quality finished product that meets the high API standards. The rolls of the special HAV- 2P bending rolls are moved independently – the top roll moves vertically, the lower rolls move horizontally – which allow the power of the machine to be fully exploited, depending on the various thicknesses to be rolled. To offer high performance in the production of long pipes with relatively small diameters the lower rolls of the HAV- 2P bending rolls are supported by backups for their entire length. The top roll is preloaded to compensate for the flexion during plate bending and may be replaced quickly to extend the range of diameters and thicknesses that can be obtained by rolling.
To further increase the production speed and automation, the company proposes along with the HAV-2P pipe mill bending roll, an accurate post-bending machine that prepares the pipe for welding and a series of outboard motorized guide rollers that control the movement of the pipe from the HAV-2P to the post-bending machine and successive working stations achieving a fully automated manufacturing process.
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