Monitoring Your Pipeline: Suggestions That Work

Pipelines are complex systems that include pipes, metering stations and various other components that transport liquids or gases. Being in charge of an entire system can be a big responsibility, but if it is yours, you need to preserve the integrity of the pipeline each day. This can seem difficult unless you're traveling every inch of the pipeline all the time but start with these effective pipeline-monitoring suggestions.

Recalibrate Meters

The many metering outposts that are set at various points in the pipeline send data to you and others about how well the pipeline is transporting its gas or liquid. However, you may become so reliant on the meters in those stations that you accept whatever numbers they provide unless they're drastically different than the information that has come through in the past. This can make for problems over time which could injure people, contaminate your liquids or gases and affect your customers.

Therefore, you should always be aware of when the last recalibration of your meters happens. In fact, you may work with employees to schedule regular tests and calibration sessions so you are always confident in the details received from each meter.

Watch Seals, Filters, and Batteries

Problems can sometimes begin in or near your wipe, lip or other seals along the pipes which make up your system. However, these problems might not be immediately apparent. Your workers should always be monitoring the seals which prevent seepage and leaking. If the integrity of the seals is compromised, replacements should be ready. You'll then need to personally analyze what the root causes of that seepage were. Age, new chemicals, temperature, and many other factors could be involved. Ensure that you think about that carefully instead of just changing the seal and moving on. 

Filters can also exist without much notice. When torn or compromised, just as with seals, an investigation must occur. Other parts of the pipeline could already have been affected and caused the filter to fail. If a filter has failed, you'll also need to test your gases or liquids for quality. To avoid the need for such detective work, keep monitoring filters.

Batteries at metering outposts also need this attention. Whenever you calibrate the machines, change the batteries.

Your gases and liquids must continue flowing. Allow these integrity suggestions to inform your choices so the pipeline is always running the way you hope it does. Communicate with workers about your expectations and what kind of monitoring actions you expect. To learn more, contact a company like SolutionCorp.