Improving pipeline efficiency

Jon Lawson

Measurement and inspection technology specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has engineered a new pipe bevel measurement tool that can help deliver improved weld quality and superior pipeline integrity. Called Bevel 360, the device will provide welding contractors with new insights and understanding of bevel geometry at a time when cost pressures and process efficiencies, especially in the oil and gas sector, are paramount.

Designed and manufactured in the UK, Bevel 360 uses blue laser technology, designed specifically for use on reflective surfaces. The tool performs a complete scan of a pipe end within 30 seconds, producing a highly detailed 360° measurement profile of the bevel face. The tool interfaces with OMS’ Bevel Pro software to provide engineers with a simple traffic light go/no-go system. The software is supplied on a dedicated laptop as part of the Bevel 360 system.

Undertaking more than 1,000 scans in under 30 seconds, the tool is capable of measuring pipe diameters ranging from 6in to 48in with a maximum pipe wall thickness of 45mm. The Bevel 360 is easily deployed into the pipe end by a single operator and is flexible enough to be utilised across a wide range of projects. Running off a standard 110-240 VAC system (with RCD), the tool is supplied with a tough case, making transportation simple.

The robust design is also able to measure an array of bevel types including plain, J-prep, J-prep with back bevel, compound and compound J-prep bevel.

Denise Smiles, CEO of OMS, says: “Bevel 360 is a hugely exciting development for us and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to new product innovation. While the natural inclination for many suppliers to the oil and gas industry has been to pull back on investment, we took the decision last year to focus on the long-term future of the sector.

“With this in mind, we’re determined to create value for businesses operating in this challenging sector. For us, this means creating solutions that improve efficiency, increase accuracy and reduce waste. Our Bevel 360 aims to revolutionise the task of ensuring that bevel profiles are consistently within project specification across the oil and gas industry.”

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