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Over 1500 Stock Bellows for Your Quick-Turn/Emergency Requirements

June 18th, 2012 Comments off

We have an inventory of stock bellows for your quick-turn/emergency requirements. Contact us now if you need a replacement expansion joint. We can run it through our expedited manufacturing line using a prefabbed bellows and get it to you within 1-2 days in some cases.

Stock Bellows
Using our inventory, we can quickly assemble and ship a variety of expansion joints including single, single tied, universal, elbow pressure balanced and in-line pressure balanced expansion joints. Stock bellows are available from 2″ to 24″ diameter and in three pressure values: 85 psig, 150 psig and 300 psig.

Emergency Shutdown: Replacement of a Metallic Universal Expansion Joint for a Chemical Plant in Wisconsin

Replacement of a Metallic Universal Expansion Joint for a Chemical Plant in Wisconsin Replacement of a Metallic Universal Expansion Joint for a Chemical Plant in Wisconsin

One of U.S. Bellows’ customer’s existing expansion joint failed and caused a plant shut down. They required an immediate replacement joint. This universal expansion joint order was placed, designed and fabricated in just one day. The order came in at 8:30 am on Saturday, Labor Day weekend and was shipped at 4:00 pm, which minimized the time of the plant shut down. This universal expansion joint is 96″ in overall length, 20″ inside diameter and can absorb 3.25″ lateral movement. A 100% dye-penetration test and a hydro-test were performed to ensure quality.

Three Day Emergency: 40″ Clam Shell Expansion Joint Fabricated for a Chemical Plant in Texas

40" Clam Shell Expansion Joint Fabricated for a Chemical Plant in Texas 40" Clam Shell Expansion Joint Fabricated for a Chemical Plant in Texas

Within a three day span, U.S. Bellows, Inc., fabricated a 40″ I.D., single coded, clam shell expansion joint for a chemical plant in Beaumont, Texas. The chemical company utilized U.S. Bellows’ 24 x 7 Quick Turn/Emergency service. After the representative from the chemical plant completed the online form, the U.S Bellows’ on-call team was immediately paged. Three days later the bellows had been successfully fabricated, welded to an A516-70 heat exchanger shell and shipped to the chemical plant to resume operation. The bellows was fabricated from A240 tp 321 SS and designed at 50 PSIG and 750°F. In order to detect any leaks in the weld, the bellow’s long seam weld was 100% x-rayed and its attachment weld was 100% dye-penetrant.

Why choose U.S. Bellows for all your expansion joint needs?

December 5th, 2011 Comments off

Why choose U.S. Bellows for all your expansion joint needs?

Engineering & Design
- Per EJMA Standards (Proud member since 2002 with representation on both the technical and management committees)
- Per Latest Revisions of the ASME B31.1, B31.3 and Section 8, Division 1
- ASME U-Stamp, R-Stamp and NS Certified, ISO 9001:2008 Certified
- Full In-house Design Software and Finite Element Analysis Capabilities
- 24-hour Emergency Service and Field Services Available

Manufacturing Capabilities & Facility
- Roll bellows from 2″ to 138″ in diameter and .010″ to .500″ wall thickness
- Stock bellows and material on-site
- 5x the Resources with subsidiaries, PT&P, SWECO Fab., Pipe Shields and Fronek Anchor/Darling
- More than 450,000 sq. ft. of covered shop space and 35 acre property
- Located near the ship channel (one of the largest ports in the U.S. and in the world)

Quality Control & Assurance
- QA/QC Approval: UOP and GE / Stewart and Stevenson
- Manufacturing Qualifications: ASME Section IX, AWS D1.1 and MIL-STD-248
- SASOL QA Plan: 100% X-ray, 100% Dye Pen., Hydro-test, Pneumatic Test and PMI
- Product Testing: Helium Leak Testing, Fatigue Testing, Burst Testing, Ultrasonic and Radiography Testing

Continuous Improvement
- In-House Training: Welding School, JQ/QC Training Courses, Expansion Joint Application Classes and Fabrication Classes
- Four meetings a week and constant communication amongst engineering, manufacturing and management teams
- Continuing to expand facility and add new members to the U.S. Bellows team

Panoramic View of U.S. Bellows Manufacturing Facility
Panoramic View of U.S. Bellows Manufacturing Facility

Do you have a plant turnaround coming up?

October 24th, 2011 Comments off

Do you have a plant turnaround scheduled or planning one in the near future? PT&P is prepared to be there for you throughout the entire process. From planning, to execution, and follow-up, we have what it takes to accomplish a successful plant turnaround.

Prior to Your Turnaround:
- Call our field service team to assist with plant walk-downs to assess your plant for maintenance, repair or replacement of pipe supports and expansion joints
- Contact our quotations department for immediate pricing on pipe supports, expansion joints, or auxiliary steel needed during the turnaround.
- Consult our experienced engineers for guidance on support placement, materials, finishes, etc. to ensure optimum life of the supports.

During Your Turnaround:
- Use our field service team to guide you through installation, start-up, and replacement to safely and efficiently handle your turnaround.
- For quick delivery, PT&P stocks over 1500 bellows, over 100,000 lb. of insulation materials, over 30,000 spring coils, and over 1 million pounds of standard items

Post Turnaround:
- Receive training to monitor the supports, and identify potential failure, in order to prevent unplanned turnarounds in the future.
- Learn correct size and selection of pipe supports and expansion joints per application for any post-turnaround resolutions.
- Call on our field service team to develop a data book of existing pipe supports and expansion joints and their conditions in order to identify potential maintenance issues in upcoming turnarounds.

Examples:

Metallic Expansion Joint Refurbished in 2 Days

Metallic Expansion Joint Refurbished in 2 Days

A rectangular metal expansion joint was refurbished  on an emergency   basis for a local chemical plant. Upon arrival, it was acid washed and   dye-penetrant examined for any cracks.  View the full Article.

Refurbishment of 54" Pressure Balanced Elbow Turbine Crossover Expansion Joints

Refurbishment of 54" Pressure Balanced Elbow Turbine Crossover Expansion Joints

U.S.   Bellows, Inc. refurbished two pressure balanced elbow expansion joints with a quick turnaround for a power generation plant during outages.   They are designed for high pressure turbine crossover piping. The first 54″ outside diameter expansion joint leaked from a crack in the bellows   causing an unscheduled outage.  View the full article.

4" Single Expansion Joint

4" Single Expansion Joint

This expansion joint was received in the morning and shipped to the customer the very same day. The bellows, liner and cover were replaced and the carbon steel parts were sand blasted, cleaned and painted. A dye-penetrant test and hydro-test to 518 PSIG were performed prior to shipment. View the full article.

Same Day Turnaround Service on an 8" Single Expansion Joint

Same Day Turnaround Service on an 8" Single Expansion Joint

This expansion joint was received in the morning, refurbished by adding new bellows and limit rods, and then shipped the very same day. New 321 stainless steel bellows were fabricated and the existing flanges were reused by sandblasting and then painting for corrosion protection. View the full article.

24/7 Quick Turn Emergency Service for Expansion Joints

November 15th, 2010 Comments off

U.S. Bellows has extensive experience in providing quick turn emergency services during unexpected shut-downs and planned turnarounds. We provide expansion joint on-site services, installation supervision, inspection, problem resolution, repair, refurbishment and replacement.

U.S. Bellows has a system of stock bellows and an “on-call” engineering and manufacturing team to meet any of your quick turn and emergency requirements.

For the quickest response, use our online emergency form. We guarantee a response to your request within 30 minutes.

54" Pressure Balanced Elbow Turbine Crossover Expansion Joint Refurbished with a Quick Turn Around

54″ Pressure Balanced Elbow Turbine Crossover Expansion Joint Refurbished with a Quick Turn Around

U.S. Bellows, Inc. refurbished two pressure balanced elbow expansion joints with a quick turnaround for a power generation plant during outages. They are designed for high pressure turbine crossover piping. The first 54″ outside diameter expansion joint leaked from a crack in the bellows causing an unscheduled outage. View the full article ——————————————————————————————————

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