Hydrostatic Testing of Pipelines Goes Digital
Jane Alexander | June 20, 2014
Meriam Process Technologies’ PIT5000 Pipeline Integrity Tester replaces the deadweight and chart recorders that have typically been part of the hydrostatic testing landscape. The product’s real-time data-collection and alarm capabilities improve upon the traditional labor-intensive pen and paper method by automating the process and, in turn, helping speed response to critical conditions.
According to the manufacturer, the PIT5000 does the work for the operator. Once a test is completed, a printed report with testing details, calibration information, plot data and test graphs is generated. Visual indication of the test’s performance is reflected in a Temperature & Pressure vs. Time graph and a Yield graph.
Features of this self-contained testing equipment include, among others, zoom in/out controls; Go/No Go alarms based on user settings; and automatic data backup to an SD card. The battery-operated unit can be recharged from any standard 115V AC or 12V DC source.
The company says that in addition to a reduction in operator intervention, the PIT5000 eliminates a learning curve for new personnel. It also saves time on setup and teardown.