Tracking pipeline welds for future reference


PHOTO: Hürners HST 300 Print+ 2.0 model of the Whiteline series

in case of a weld failure

IN RESPONSE to the growing need for GPS weld location traceability for high-end pipe installations, thermoplastic piping specialist, Plasti-Tech, has launched Hürner’s new Whiteline series of welding units that can record GPS location of a weld within a buried pipeline for future reference in case of a weld failure.

Hürner’s HST 300 Print+ 2.0 model of the Whiteline series is available in the SA market through thermoplastic piping specialist Plasti-Tech. The new range – which covers all areas of application in electrofusion welding of PE, PP and PVDF pipes with heater coil fittings – takes electrofusion welding into a new era with its ability to not only trace who welded last, but also offer crucial GPS weld location traceability. 

Brad Chamont, managing member of Plasti-Tech, explains that data logging capabilities of today’s welding units have only been able to address the issue of “who welded what, when and how?” With Hürner’s HST 300 Print+ 2.0, traceability has now been extended to answer the critical question of “where is the welded joint buried?” The range features a specifically developed, high-res GPS module that determines the coordinates with maximum precision of within 1m and can be used in remote areas via satellite.   

Bearing in mind the advanced nature of this range of welders, Chamont says Plasti-Tech offers machine orientation training with the sale of every machine. To date, 25 units of the 14-model range are already operational in the local market.