Maintaining Production During Steam Piping Replacement

Mossville Engine Center : Mossville, IL

PROJECT SIZE & COST

Equipment & System Upgrades | $600,000

THE CHALLENGE

A 1,500-foot run of piping provides steam for both building heat and manufacturing processes at this engine plant. When its lone expansion joint failed, the company needed a replacement solution—one that could be installed without affecting production.

KED SOLUTION

To replace the failed joint, we installed two sets of U-bend joints along the steam piping run and replaced expansion joints in the vertical section. Increasing the number of expansion joints reduces movement and stress along the pipe, which should result in longer life. To avoid unplanned production losses, we worked closely with the general contractor to schedule most of the construction and installation work over the course of multiple weekends. That way, facility personnel were able to schedule 24- to 48-hour outages that didn’t impact production.

ENGINEERING SERVICES PROVIDED
  • Heating
  • Plumbing
  • Temperature controls
CLIENT CONTACTS

Max Clevenger

Facility Project Engineer

309 / 578.3575

Ted McSimov, Supervisor

O’Brien Bros. Inc.

(piping contractor)

309 / 648.6102

Industrial

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