Quickly forging a reputation of design and manufacturing excellence in the Australian Pipeline Industry, Richmond Wheel and Castors are trusted to provide solutions for the most arduous and unique pipeline projects.
Two of Richmond’s most recent pipe roller challenges have been to provide a turn-key solution for loading a new pipeline inside an existing larger diameter pipeline.
Posing a number of challenges relating to the loading process, load capacity required and lack of access for installation of roller assemblies – Richmond’s in-house design team implemented a design consisting of a band and rollers to drastically reduce friction ensuring a safe and economical process.
This not only protected both the internal and external pipes but also acted as a pipe support once fitted.
A steel band fitted to the outer of the pipe with either 2 or 3 rollers welded to this frame, provides the basis for the pipe supports and rolling mechanism all in one.
The pipe bands can be fitted by securely tensioning in place and reduce the need for welding on-site. Depending on the environmental conditions, load capacity and rolling resistance or friction required, Richmond manufactures the rollers in engineered plastics such as nylon or polyurethane.
Our latest design has been used in Northcote, Victoria as an alternative to a dry sliding design on the refurbishment of a water pipeline.
The scope of the project saw Richmond supply 50 pipe bands with a capacity of 900kg - each fitted with two 110mm nylon rollers. This particular project located a 1127mm pipe inside a 1350mm pipeline.
This particular Richmond design can be suited to various diameters, as we pride ourselves on our ability to conceive and deliver high performance products for the Pipeline industry.