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Friday, May 3, 2013

Most Popular Shrink Sleeve of All Time

Seven Fantastic Features of the WPCT product
(This is part 5 of 7 in our Product Spotlight on Covalence WPCT; 
Wrap Around Pipe Coating with Thermal Indicator)

     In the last decade, more than 2,000,000 field joints have been coated with WPCT.  That equates to more than 15,000 miles of pipelines (assuming forty foot joints).  Keep in mind; WPCT is only one of many field joint coating solutions that are regularly specified and sold.  That really is an astounding number!  That would be the equivalent of a pipeline that ran from Houston, Texas  to Kuwait City, Kuwait....AND BACK! 

     It doesn't stop there though.  WPCT has been in service in one form or another (TPS, WPC, WPC/B, etc) for more than thirty years!  I would guess that there are enough miles of pipeline coated with WPCT in the world to circle the earth; and probably circle it more than one time.  That is incredible.

     So, with literally millions of WPCT sleeves either buried or subsea for more than thirty years now; the simple truth is that we (with our close to one hundred years of combined coating experience) know of almost no reports of product failures.  Sure, we've heard of shrink sleeve failures over the years; but indubitably, when we are able to find out the details of the problem, we find that the failure was not a Covalence (previously Raychem) failure, it was a failure by one of "the other" heat shrink sleeve manufacturer's products.  I know it may be hard to believe, but I've seen it play out this way time after time after time.

      And that is why; an incredibly long, successful use history, is fantastic feature number five of seven for WPCT!

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