Quality Control for Pipe Products

Pipes are necessary for a variety of liquid systems including, water, sewage and reuse installations. Pipes are essential components for dependable fabrication and it’s critical that any weak or failure-prone pipes are detected and removed before they are introduced at work sites.

Pipes come in various types of materials, enabling them to cater for a range of intended purposes, mainly including:

  • Cast Iron Pipes/ Ductile Iron Pipe
  • Asbestos Pipe
  • PVC Pipes
  • Galvanized Steel (GI) Pipes
  • Concrete Pipes
  • HDPE Pipes

The Importance of Quality Control for Pipe Products

Quality control for pipe products is important for safety, the economy and regulatory compliance. Many variables should be taken into consideration during the quality control process including, the dimensions, hardness and edge condition of the incoming materials, the power delivered to the welding unit, as well as the condition of tooling surfaces, bearings and any other components.

Pipe failure may result in loss of product and cessation of production while the pipeline is repaired. A pipe failure may also result in costly cleanups and waste remediation’s. 

The inspection process for pipe products is aimed to carry out independent assessments of pipe products, and evaluate the quality of workmanship and dimension condition, including:

  • Factor/supplier audit
  • Development and review of inspection and testing protocol
  • Pre-production inspection (PPI), during production inspection (DUPRO), pre-shipment inspection (PSI)
  • Loading / unloading supervision (LS / US)
  • Production monitoring

Regulatory compliance

Quality control for pipe products is crucial to stay in compliance with governmental regulations all over the world, including various industry safety standards and requirements for inspection and testing of pipe welds, non-destructive testing, repair and removal of defects. HQTS ensures all local and legal regulations are followed during every step of the supply chain  and carries out quality services based on the following standards and specifications:

  • API 5L, API 5CT
  • DIN EN ISO 3183, EN 10217-1, EN ISO 10219
  • ASTM A-53, A-106, A-139, A-252, A-500
  • DNV-OS-F101
  • Coating specifications DNV RP F106, DIN 30670, NFA 49710, Shell DEP, CAN/CSA Z 245/21, GS EP COR 220, ISO 21809-1

About HQTS

With over 25 years of experience in quality assurance, HQTS is ready to help your business build a robust quality assurance process. Our many service locations are prepared to be your one-stop-shop for your inspection needs, Including, factory audits, production monitoring, pre-shipment and sorting inspections and everything in between. Contact us today to find out how we can help you navigate current quality control challenges.

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