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Innovative new pipe markers set to combat corrosion risks

23 September 2015

Strategic Corrosion Management to launch two new versions of its SafeMark pipe markers at Asset Integrity Management Aberdeen 2015.

Pioneering asset integrity firm Strategic Corrosion Management has developed an innovative system of pipe markers which will help companies to manage fabric maintenance more effectively – and reduce the risk of corrosion becoming a critical problem for a plant or structure.

Representing an evolution of the North East England-based company’s already successful SafeMark pipe markers, the new Fabric Maintenance markers and IM Integrity Anomaly markers help staff to identify fabric maintenance priorities and reduce dangers to personnel and plant integrity.

The new products, which will be officially launched at the Asset Integrity Management Aberdeen 2015 exhibition on September 29-30, can be used to highlight pipes which are at risk of failure due to corrosion or require maintenance.

SafeMark pipe markers are specially formed from a ‘memory retaining’ material, printed on their inner surfaces, with high visibility ‘traffic-light’ style colour coding, text, identification codes and individual notes if required. The standard sized markers are both UV resistant and for temperatures of up to 80oC+, and can be fitted rapidly without special tools to pipes and large diameter cables.

The SafeMark Fabric Maintenance markers can prevent unplanned maintenance costs, clearly define the exact location and extent of required maintenance and highlight isolation requirements, while both sets of markers can improve safety and risk controls and reduce materials and labour costs.

Strategic Corrosion Management currently supplies major companies across the globe with its unique SafeMark product pipe markers, including multinationals in the oil and gas and petrochemical sectors: these products are used to fulfil the statutory requirements of typical Health and Safety regulations around the world, which demand that employers display appropriate safety signs to advise personnel of the type of gases, liquids, solids and hazards associated with pipe contents. BP, Maersk, Shell, Total, Chevron and Conocophillips are among the companies to use SafeMark.

Using barcode reading technology, the SafeMark products can link maintenance to management systems such as Strategic Corrosion Management’s 360integrity framework, incorporating the company’s innovative RISCm software: this ground-breaking system provides objective evidence of effective integrity management to regulatory authorities, which makes it easier for businesses to demonstrate control and supports them in the compliance process.

Ian Cordingley, managing director of Strategic Corrosion Management, said: “There is a pressing need across a wide range of industries to effectively manage corrosion and our new SafeMark Fabric Maintenance and IM Integrity Anomaly markers have been designed to support companies in achieving this – in a simple, cost-effective way.

“The markers are a standalone system in their own right, but when combined with our 360integrity package, using RISCm software, SafeMark forms part of a complete integrity management solution which can help companies, from SMEs to multinationals, increase productivity, reduce costs and minimise risks.

“We’re looking forward to demonstrating the new products next week at Asset Integrity Management Aberdeen 2015 and showing companies how they can play a key role in managing corrosion.”

Strategic Corrosion Management has been continuously supporting industry since 1985 as a specialist in fabric maintenance management consultancy services and products.

With more than 30 years of expertise in integrity management corrosion and fabric maintenance issues, it supports a wide range of businesses, from those running small plants to those with multiple large sites, from regional SMEs to globally-recognised multinationals.

Asset Integrity Management Aberdeen 2015 will be held on September 29-30 at Ardoe House, Aberdeen. The event looks to address the impact of aging assets and smaller margins on maintenance, HSE and production, and determine the most economical and effective solutions for operators to overcome the challenges facing them.

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