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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pipeline Bumpers

Pipeline Spacer Bumpers

     As you've likely seen elsewhere within this website, our BBS Bumper System (used on bundled road bore projects) has seen great success.  As always seems to be the case, with success comes customization.  Since we pride ourselves on our ingenuity and our ability to engineer solutions to customer needs, we always welcome customizing our products to specific projects.  In this particular case, we've been asked to modify our current BBS system to incorporate a 2" tall bumper rather than the traditionally used 1" tall bumper.  The answer (due to the specific pipe sizes associated with this pipe bundle) is YES.

     We utilize two different systems for our bumper system.  These two systems are:

- BBS - a very thick, tough and rugged bumper containment system with a standard shrink ratio (~25%).  This is our most commonly sold bumper system installed on pipelines 8" OD and larger. 

- BBS/CCS - a slightly less thick, tough and rugged bumper containment system with a high expansion backing (~66%).  This is our most commonly sold bumper system on pipe sizes: 6", 4", 3" and 2". 

    Both of these systems have been utilized and to this point, all has been installed with a 1" tall bumper (by 2" wide).  Those time may be changing, however.

bundled pipe bumper
Our specially formulated bumper in a 1" thickness.

     For those customers who are interest in using a 2" tall bumper instead of a 1" tall bumper, we have good news.  It can be done.

     With our BBS system, the limiting factor is the shrink ratio built into the sleeves.  Since the BBS material shrinks only ~25%, the BBS system can be used with a two inch bumper only for pipe diameters 14" and up.  For smaller diameter lines, the BBS/CCS is fully capable of utilizing the two inch tall bumpers in the system.  So, what do you prefer?  1" or 2"?  Now you've got a choice. 

doughnuts for pipeline
2" thick bumper system utilizing specially formulated and custom cut bumpers.


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