KraussMaffei Berstorff pipe head with spiral distributor system
KraussMaffei Berstorff says it started 2015 with “multiple installations” of large-diameter pipe systems around the world.
The company says the demand for both high quality and increased output by polyolefin pipe processors is responsible for the increase in orders, as well as the replacement of ageing pipe systems in developing markets.
"Particularly in large pipe technology, perfectly tailored system components are indispensable in achieving optimum pipe quality," explained Andreas Kessler, General Sales Manager at KraussMaffei Berstorff’s Munich facility.
High-quality pipes are crucial because only error-free, flush welding can achieve optimum pressure stability and durability of the installed large pipes and prevent time-consuming pipe rotations during the installation stage.
"Three major factors influence the purchasing decision of the processor: high outputs, narrow wall thickness tolerances and precise melting temperature control for the best possible calibration control. This ensures that stringent requirements pertaining to wall thickness and ovality are observed,” he added.
KraussMaffei Berstorff says its systems meet these advanced requirements by combining single-screw technology, a spiral distributor pipe head concept and calibration technology that is designed with these needs in mind.
"In addition, our large pipelines can also be equipped with efficient internal pipe cooling (IPC), which cools the interior as well as the exterior of the pipe and results in an increase in output of up to 60 percent," Kessler continued.
The company says it is noticing “lively project activity”, in particular in the Near East and Middle East, but also in Africa and Southeast Asia.
"Soon, additional systems will be commissioned there that will produce large pipes for water pressure applications,” Kessler said. “These pipes are now becoming a common replacement for concrete or metal pipes due to their excellent product properties, such as a low weight and ease of installation.”