Pipe End Plugs (PEP)
Pipe End Plugs are used primarily in construction and fabrication of the oil, gas and petrochemical industries to cap open ended pipe, pipe spools or piping systems facilitating hydrostatic leak and strength tests. Pipe End Plugs provide many benefits by reducing time and costs compared to traditional methods of welding end caps to the pipe spool. STATS range of Pipe End Plugs cover two separate products the I-PEP™ which fits internally to the pipe and the E-PEP™ which grips the pipe externally.
E-PEP™ – External Pipe End Plugs (Patented)
The E-PEP™ series of patented Pipe End Plugs are fitted to the pipe end and hydraulically actuated, gripping the pipe externally. The introduction of hydraulic set pressure activates a mechanical lock assembly that grips the OD of the pipe whilst simultaneously energising an elastomeric seal in the ID. This allows the pipework to be quickly and efficiently pressure tested with minimum preparation to the pipe end and no remedial work after the E-PEP™ is removed. A through port allows the system to be filled and pressurised or vented through the E-PEP™. To remove the E-PEP™ from the pipe end, hydraulic pressure is applied to the unset circuit. This retracts the lock assembly and de-energises the seal, allowing the tool to be removed.
The E-PEP™ range covers pipe sizes from 3” to 30” and compliments the I-PEP™ range but with the advantage of not being limited to nominal pipe sizes as the selection of tool is based on the internal diameter of the pipe being tested.
I-PEP™ – Internal Pipe End Plug
The I-PEP™ series of Pipe End Plugs are inserted into the bore of the pipe and hydraulically actuated. These tools internally grip the pipe allowing hydrostatic pressure tests to be quickly and efficiently performed. The introduction of hydraulic set pressure activates a mechanical lock assembly that grips the ID of the pipe whilst simultaneously energising an elastomeric seal. This allows the pipework to be pressure tested with minimum preparation to the ID of the pipe and no remedial work after the I-PEP™ has been removed. A through port allows the system to be filled and pressurised or vented through the I-PEP™. To remove the I-PEP™ from the pipe, hydraulic pressure is applied to the unset circuit, retracting the lock assembly and de-energising the seal allowing the tool to be removed.
Hydraulic I-PEP™ cover pipe sizes from 30” to 42”, however for sizes ¾” to 2” mechanical tools are used and fitted with securing clamps for added safety.
• Operators save time and reduce costs associated with welding / cutting end caps.
• Timely completion of construction and fabrication activities.
• Sale or rental options available, complete with full ancillary equipment.
• Fully certified client training provided by highly trained STATS personnel to support Pipe End Plug hire.