Urethane pipe spacers are considered by many to be a better value than metallic pipe spacers. In addition to being less costly, these types of pipe spacers are not vulnerable to the problems common to metallic and plastic spacers, which may include corrosion, cracking, breaking, swelling, abrading, and overall deterioration. Problems such as these will inevitably result in the slowing of business operations - and the resulting loss of revenue.
While safety is the number one concern of industry owners and employees alike, there are many other factors that contribute to the decision to use polyurethane based pipe spacers instead of those made of metals.
Here are the top ten reasons why our customers use Mark Tool's high quality, versatile urethane and polyurethane products.
1. Metallic pipe spacers are more prone to damage such as cracking, swelling, and breaking but pipe spacers made of polyurethane are more flexible and resistant and not as prone to deterioration.
2. Polyurethane spacers are less expensive than metallic spacers.
3. Unlike metallic pipe spacers, which would rust and corrode, those made of polyurethane can be used safely in underwater pipelines.
4. Pipe spacers made of polyurethane are highly and easily customizable. Formed by a casting process which is unique to specific or complicated needs, each polyurethane spacer is not only a custom fit but can also be adjusted through simple chemical processes after they are generated.
Computer aided design (CAD) and engineering is usually required in order to create or adjust unique pipe spacers of metal while these customizable urethane based materials are formed into pipe spacers from simple silicone molds.
5. While the design of metallic pipe spacers is unalterable once produced, because polyurethane is a material that yields easily to chemical adjustments, pipe spacers can be altered on the field in short amounts of time to ensure the quality and effectiveness of production. On the other hand, metallic pipe spacers offer zero flexibility.
6. Polyurethane spacers are more flexible than those that are composed of rigid metals. This quality lends itself to even distribution of weight within pipelines, helping to ensure uniformity and effective production.
7. Although metal pipe spacers conduct heat and energy, pipe spacers made of polyurethane actually serve as electrical insulators.
8. Because polyurethane is composed of multiple chemicals with varying catalysts and surfactants, simply varying the formula can aid in producing pipe spacers with varying densities or hardness of the pipe spacers. This ability allows for versatility and effectiveness in their application that is impossible for pipe spacers composed of metallic materials.
9. In addition to diversity of density and shape, chemical diversity can also aid in creating the perfect match for any industrial use. For example, thermosetting blends of polyurethane are most common and form pipe spacers so that they do not melt when heated but thermoplastic blends of urethane can also be used if this safety measure is not required.
10. Installation labor costs of polyurethane spacers are low because there is a simple process, which requires little training. Additionally, the simplicity of the installation process of this type of pipe spacer offers an added benefit of requiring only a minimal amount of labor time.
For more on polyurethane and urethane pipe spacers and pipeline rollers visit the Mark Tool & Rubber pipe spacers information page.