Many industries use a pipe system to transport non-liquid materials. In the agricultural industry, dried corn kernels are often moved via piping, chutes and flumes. Coal, limestone and other minerals are often transported from point A to point B in the same manner.
The downfall of moving such materials is the damage they can do to the lining of pipes and chutes. The hard, jagged edges can erode the metal linings through constant movement. Thousands of bits of hard material with many more thousands of jagged edges all scrape along the inner walls of pipes. Over time, the tens of thousands of gouges affect the strength of the piping.
When the linings become too thin and weak due to erosion, the pipes can fail and will need to be replaced. Anyone in business knows that replacement of a transit system is costly. These costs climb higher when production downtime during replacement is added.
One solution is to utilize a system of rubber lined pipes. A heavy, durable rubber lining for steel pipes will protect the inside walls against abrasions from sharp edges and eliminate erosion. In rubber lined pipes, the rubber material is attached to the inner walls through a high pressure vulcanization process. This process insures the tightest seal and best adhesion to the metal. Storage tanks, hoppers, chutes and silos can also be fitted with similar linings.
Industries dealing with solid materials aren’t the only ones who can benefit from pipe linings. Those using pipes to move caustic or corrosive liquids can also use rubber lined pipes to protect against corrosion. In addition, those industries where leakage is a major concern can utilize vulcanized rubber linings as a sealant. This can prevent seepage of liquids as well as noxious gases.
Where rubber lined pipe suppliers are not an option for a lining, PVC, fiberglass and vinyl can be used as substitutes. Though often fitted during the manufacturing process, these materials may also be refitted to existing metal piping or tubing. Sheet PVC lining is used extensively for tank linings for companies in the anodizing and electroplating industries.