Innovation within the plastic pipe industry continues to play a key role in its commercial future. A preview of papers submitted for Plastic Pipes XVII reveals significant trends and ideas in the field of plastic pipe technology as well as an industry that is operating successfully on a larger world stage. The exhibition and conference will be hosted at Swissôtel Chicago, September 22 – 24 2014.
Stephen Boros, VP Engineering for Pipelines Plastics, LLC and chairman of the organizing committee for the event explains: “Global demand for plastic pipe systems is projected to rise 8.5 percent annually over the next three years. In North America, the shale energy boom has greatly expanded the use of plastic piping in the energy sector, and replacement of antiquated pipe networks by more durable and efficient plastic pipe materials using trenchless technology has become a major trend in all regions.”
“Our conference will clearly reflect an increasing level of sophistication in the design, manufacture and use of plastic pipe systems in these markets. A total of 130 papers for presentation have been accepted by the conference review panel. All parts of the world will be represented showing what they are doing with plastic piping systems. And, as a measure of its interest, China will deliver as many as 20 of these presentations.”
The main program will embrace technical and marketing issues relating to the design and development, testing, installation and operation of plastic pipe systems. Papers will offer new solutions to technical and engineering issues using plastic pipe systems and identify market and business opportunities for further growth in the use of plastic pipes worldwide.”
Elastics of plasticsFollowing on from the recent earthquake in China, conference participants will be interested to review the excellent seismic resistance displayed by plastic pipes during the Great East Japan Earthquake. Further evidence of the ability to absorb such shocks will be presented in the light of 25 years of seismic experience in New Zealand.
Plastic pipe systems are noted for their exceptional sustainability. This year, one paper will explain how their environmental footprint within the building sector has been mapped out concisely by an independent European technical institute. Such impacts can only be measured through performance and the passage of time. A second paper will therefore explain in realistic terms how a lifetime expectancy of 150 years can be achieved for PE water pipe systems.
Further lifetime considerations will be explained by the technical director of the Spanish Association of Plastic Pipes and fittings (AseTUB). Monica de la Cruz will quantify and qualify the cost savings that can be achieved by quality pipeline installation methods. The association will report on ten years of experience with their national training scheme to qualify installers of plastic pipes for water supply, sewer and irrigation systems.
Eastern promiseOn the topic of irrigation, ‘Greening the dessert’ is how one paper describes the planting of 12 million trees in Abu Dhabi. These forests are now irrigated by a network of 55,000 kilometers of pipes to provide an effective screen against sandstorms and shelter for a large number of animal species.
The Middle East is not the only region making ever more sophisticated plastic pipe systems. Roger Jepson from Union Pipes Industry will explain the ‘Rapid Spread of Large Diameter PO Pipes’ in the Middle and Far East. PE pressure pipes up to 2,500 mm and PP non-pressure pipes up to 4,000 in diameter are made locally and have won the trust of design consultants throughout both regions.
By illustration, one particular presentation from China will focus on the renovation of an old cast iron water main that was corroded and leaking heavily in the congested city of Shanghai. This large diameter conduit has now been ingeniously relined with PE100 pipe. No-dig technology below ground thus avoided any disturbance to city life above ground.
Down under for goodIn Australia - with its expansive tracts of land with harsh ground and weather conditions - other innovative solutions are to be found. Dr. Alan Whittle has over 30 years of experience in the world of plastic pipes. In Chicago, he will report on plowing techniques that have installed over 50,000 km of PE pipe (up to 610 mm diameters) to deliver coal seam gas in South East Queensland. These new methods are safe, rapid and require minimum open trenches. Their application could be advantageous elsewhere in the world.
Meanwhile in Europe, new ways have been developed to secure lasting joints for larger diameters. James Johnston from McElroy Manufacturing will share his company’s experience in Norway where new equipment and techniques are proving successful for butt-fusing HDPE pipes of diameters up to 2 meters.
Record attendanceHosting a record 550 participants from over 40 countries, Plastic Pipes XVII is the largest conference and exhibition of its kind. “Our industry is an innovative and exciting partnership of technology and business,” explains Boros. “Delegates are drawn from an international community of plastic pipe and fittings producers, users and installers. Representatives from major energy, water, telecom and sewer utility companies will attend alongside those from the building sector. Also present will be industry consultants, leading technicians and engineers, suppliers of raw materials and additives as well as extrusion equipment manufacturers.”
“Our conference is all about the latest ideas, use and research in plastic pipe networks and the valuable human networking that it provides.”
Plastics Pipes XVII is organized in collaboration with The Plastics Pipe Institute, TEPPFA, PE 100 Association and PVC4Pipes. Sponsors for Plastic Pipes VXII in Chicago include Rollepaal and Battenfeld-Cincinnati as the main corporate diamond level sponsors as well as Dow Chemical and Baerlocher Group at gold level, Chevron Phillips, Lyondell/Basell, MOL, Gas Technology Institute and KraussMaffei Corporation at the silver level, as well as Floridienne Chimie and others.
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