Petrochemical facilities play a key role in making the world of today possible. It’s these facilities that refine all of the chemicals and petrol products that the world relies on, from chemicals that end up in construction materials to the oil and gas that power your vehicle. While we don’t need to go into a detailed breakdown of how these facilities operate, mostly because if you’re not a chemical engineer you won’t really understand it, it is important for people to understand the basics.
Petrochemical facilities are possible only because of the pipe bending fabrication and bolt torquing companies that create them. In order to refine oil or create a complex chemical from the planet’s natural resources, a complex chemical process must be performed. Such a process is difficult, and it requires the mixing and processing of all sorts of various chemicals, both liquids and gases. At a petrochemical facility, these liquids and gases are run through a series of pipes, with a different chemical being added to the process each step of the way. While the process itself is too complicated to break down here, what you need to understand is that without each individual pipe that carried a single chemical, liquid or gas, the process simply wouldn’t be possible. Thus, the companies that fabricate these pipes, businesses like Turner Industries, make petrochemical facilities possible.
One of the things that often gets overlooked in this process are the bolt torquing companies that help to maintain the pipes and ensure that the pressure inside the pipe is just right. Think about your bicycle or car tires. There is a suggested pressure that your tires should be at at all times so that they don’t go flat or burst while you’re driving down the road. You use a pressure gauge and a pump to ensure that your tires are at that pressure at all times. Well, it’s the same for the pipes running through a petrochemical plant, only the way to pressurize them is by tightening the bolts that hold the individual pieces of the pipe together. Sometimes pipes in a petrochemical facility will be hundreds of feet long, and they’re connected together through a series of bolts. Those bolts need to be torqued from time to time to ensure that they’re on tight and that the pressure inside the pipe is just right. Bolt torquing services are offered by pipe fabricators where they come in and do the tightening, or torquing, of the bolts for the petrochemical facilities.
To torque a bolt, the company will come in with a handful of complicated pieces of equipment. They’ll hook them up to the bolt and then torque it. They have a gauge to determine how tight the bolt should be, and they have powerful equipment that will torque the bolt. Obviously, torquing bolts is nothing like tightening a bolt on a screw. You can’t just do it with your hands. You have to use high-powered equipment to torque a massive bolt holding a piece of piping together, which is why most petrochemical facilities outsource this kind of work to their pipe fabrication company.