Innovative Design and EPIC Service Provision
Subsea Innovation were approached by Technip to design a machine that could apply insulation panels to their pipe in pipe systems. The machines were to be installed in the spoolbases in Alabama USA and Dande Africa.
Subsea Innovation developed an electrically controlled system that wrapped the panels around the inner pipe using drive belts on a ratchet mechanism.
The system was fitted with guide rollers and a track system so that it could be moved along the pipe to install three panels prior to each indexed pull-in operation.
Following successful operation of this machine, Subsea Innovation were then asked to develop a tool that would apply insulation foil around the panel. This was intended to reduce operator strain and consistent application of the foil. Subsea Innovation developed a hinged tool that could be wrapped around the pipe and was fitted with an integral foil application gun. Operators stood either side of the pipe simply rotated the lightweight tool and it automatically helixed along the pipe applying the foil in a consistent manner.