Training & Field Support
Although Powerwrap's Composites Systems are all designed to be as simple and field-friendly as possible, and although just about anyone can rip open a package and wrap it onto a pipe or column, truly high quality results require an informed familiarity and hands-on training. We believe strongly in this principle. Written installation procedures are provided for technical reference when needed. Any installer of our products should attend a Powerwrap approved training session. This classroom and hands-on class is necessary to gain experience in working with and applying the various types of composite products we offer. It is the responsibility of the installer to be fully aware of any safety hazards that may be associated with an installation. The installer must also wear the proper personal protective equipment required for the material being worked with and the environment in which the installation is being made. Read and understand all MSDS's for these products prior to handling them. Chemical gloves and safety glasses are mandatory when using any of our products.
Operator Qualified Training
We can work with your existing contractors or employees to make sure they are OQ (Operator Qualified) and certified for installation or we will help you find a contractor that is certified. We are Veriforce certified and NCCER covered task certified for "Abnormal Operating Conditions - General Pipeline V2" and "Pipeline Maintenance Technician V3" so that we may work with your construction engineers on location. Our Compliance Records are listed in ISNetworld.com
PowerWrap can provide hands-on training for installation personnel at our facilities, customer facilities or onsite . Specially arranged training sessions can also be scheduled at locations around the world.
All training is heavily oriented to hands-on work so that the trainee is immediately forced to create the actual finished products on piping training stands. This also allows the Trainer to spot problems with a trainee's methods and correct them in the training facility.
A Trainee that successfully completes our course of study is certificated as a "Product Installer" in one or more disciplines (product types).
Our Calculators are designed pursuant to the requirements of ASME PCC-2. Calculators can be provided for your staff for use of calculations once trained or Powerwrap is more than happy to calculate repairs based upon specific data that has been supplied.
We have different Calculators to address the following:
- Corrosion Anomalies on High Pressure Pipelines
- Corrosion Anomalies on Girth Welds
- Dent/Gouge Anomalies on High Pressure Pipelines
- Dent/Gouge Anomalies on High Pressure/High Cycle Pipelines
- Column Repairs for Concrete, Steel, or Wood
Surface preparation is critical to success when high performance composites are applied in the field. Bad surface preparation can result in premature failure or weakened properties of the repair system. Please contact our office for information on preparation when encountering questionable conditions.
Major surface contamination buildup must be removed prior to any high quality cleaning. This is often done with water-based pressure washer machinery and high-alkalinity detergent wash. Paint may or may not need to be removed, depending on the type of repair. Generally any paint or coating must be removed. All pipeline tape wraps, bitumen coatings, insulation, etc. must be removed. Abrasive blast to a near white (NACE No.2/SSPC-SP 10) level all surfaces that the composites or Epoxies will contact. This is adequate for most work. Installations requiring structural adhesion, or for isolated patch applications where the patch is held to the work surface by its adhesion, must be white metal blasted (NACE No.1/SSPC-SP 5). Where abrasive blasting is dangerous or impossible, surfaces that the composite will contact should be abraded (scratched up) with the equivalent of an 80-grit abrasive and the metal surfaces should be brought to the equivalent of the appropriate NACE level mentioned above. If abrasive cleaning is not allowed, chemical cleaning of the affected are must be done. In addition, a high strength, high build epoxy should be applied over the worst areas and allowed to cure before the application of the composite reinforcement.