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MOBILE EXTRUSION TECHNOLOGY - A CASE STUDY USING INNOVATIVE MEANS OF ASSURING HDPE PIPE SUPPLY (IN BOTH THE PERMIAN BASIN OF WEST TEXAS AND THE MINING REGION OF CENTRAL FLORIDA)

 

White G. Jee, Wes Long, Marcello Russo

# 2021 Amsterdam

In 2018, the North American HDPE pressure pipe market experienced unprecedented demand and growth especially in the region of the Permian basin in west Texas. 1 As aninnovative means of increasing HDPE pipe supply in this region, the first modular mobile extrusion plant was moved to Pecos, TX. Using custom designed transportable modules, the ISO 9001 registered company was mobilized and deployed in the center of the Delaware Basin, which is part of the Permian Basin with the most activity in west Texas and southern New Mexico. Because of the strong energy demand in 2018 and most of 2019, the plant remained in its original location producing PE4710 HDPE pressure pipe. Additionally, a second mobile extrusion plant was commissioned in late March 2020 as a new mobile extrusion unit (which was initially constructed in

Houston, Texas in September 2019) was transported to the manufacturing site in Bartow, Florida to meet customer demand in the mining industry for HDPE pipes in lengths greater than 50 feet.

This paper/presentation will highlight a specific case study involving pipes made by the mobile system and comparison of similarities and differences that were experienced as the setup was first done for a North American plant operation. These will include the ability to produce HDPE pressure pipe on a job site and production of long length pipes up to 500 feet in straight lengths and the ability to produce large quantities of pipe on steel reels in sizes 4" - 12" IPS (110mm - 315mm). The modular extrusion plants are now mobilized with large diameter reeling/stringing technology capability on three continents.

This paper/presentation will also share the experience on converting from use of a non- domestic PE100 black compound to the in-line compounding of a domestic PE4710 and PE100 compound with an approved black masterbatch in the production of the black HDPE pressure pipe.

Related keywords : modular mobile extrusion technology, mobile extrusion, modular extrusion, PE4710 pressure pipe, black compound, in-line compounding.
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