August 2019, Vol. 246, No. 8

Tech Notes

Bringing High-Tech Welding for Oil and Gas Pipes

Many oil and gas projects – ranging from onshore refineries to LNG terminals to offshore platforms – require extensive piping to connect process oil and gas.  The Spool Welding Robot (SWR) combines advanced automation technology with human input to produce repeatable weld quality. These projects are often on a fast track schedule and have limited on-site space, which makes them have to rely heavily on offsite fabrication and assembly. As a result, a timely supply of pipes and spools to the installation site can often make or break a project. Offsite fabrication or pre-fabrication is the process of taking raw pipes and fittings, such

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