A Brazilian company in the agribusiness faced a leakage in a carbon steel pipe due to oxidation of the pipe material.
They contacted AVK Válvulas do Brasil if they could assist in providing a high-quality repair solution. AVK suggested the company’s maintenance department staff a Repico® stainless steel repair coupling for a reliable and sustainable solution.
Stop water loss
A Repico® repair coupling offers a quicker solution than replacing a pipe section and is cost saving compared to other repair solutions. Spills into the environment could be stopped faster than most other methods offering a high integrity solution. The company’s washing water system for the poultry scalding (feather removal) operates day and night and could not be interrupted so some urgency was required to stop the water loss.
Quick reaction because of repair couplings in stock
Because AVK Válvulas do Brasil has the Repico® repair couplings in stock, they could act immediately. It was decided to apply a Repico® RH hinge type repair coupling. These repair couplings have a hinge to allow easy installation around the pipe. The medium in the pipe was water, the pressure 4 bar and the temperature 90°C so the repair coupling was provided with EPDM rubber. The Agro company carried out a successful test with the Repico® repair coupling, resulting that the coupling is approved for this application.
The installation took just a few minutes by only using a torque wrench and the leakage was solved. Both the installer and the customer were very satisfied with the ease of installation and appreciated the prompt response and technical support of AVK Valvulas do Brasil, avoiding a significant waste of water. They will continue to check the Agro company's other pipes and purchase a safety stock of repair couplings for other diameters, to give them the opportunity to react very fast on leakages.
More leakages to repair?
AVK Válvulas do Brasil is wondering how many other companies are facing similar problems with leaks and cannot find an effective and quick solution, so they have intensified their disclosures and technical visits in various segments of companies in Brazil.