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PP-R PIPE, OFFSITE FABRICATION HELP MEAT PROCESSING PLANT BEEF UP ITS REFRIGERATION SYSTEM


Project
Meat processing plant, Glycol piping
Products Used
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®
Location / Date
Ohio
September 2017 - January 2018

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Much of the piping for this project was fabricated offsite and shipped to the jobsite, saving the contractor time and money
  • The long service life of PP-R pipe, and the properties that prevent it from corroding, gave it an advantage over traditional carbon steel pipe
  • The refrigeration piping contractor estimated it saved approximately 50 percent on labor by heat fusing Aquatherm pipe compared with welding steel pipe
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The Challenge

This large plant with high ceilings needed an easy-to-install, durable piping system to carry a secondary refrigerant (glycol) throughout the processing and shipping and receiving areas


The Solution

Offsite fabrication services and the light weight of Aquatherm pipe allowed 436 spools to be fabricated and hung 25 to 30 ft above the floor


Versatility and ease of use of are among the “meat and potatoes” qualities of polypropylene-random (PP-R) pipe, and both played a prominent role in the successful completion of a refrigeration project at an Ohio beef and pork processing plant.

The project began in September 2017 and the piping portion was completed on schedule in January 2018. On this project, Aquatherm Blue Pipe® SDR 17.6 MF, ¾-in. through 14-in., was used to carry a secondary refrigerant (glycol) throughout the 500,000 sq ft facility. The glycol, which is used in the processing areas and shipping and receiving, is piped through the PP-R pipe at a frosty 22°F.

The refrigeration contractor on this project, AC General Inc., Jacksonville, FL, was experienced working with PP-R pipe. AC General is a mechanical contractor, but was working as a refrigeration subcontractor to Stellar Refrigeration. Stellar Refrigeration is a design/build refrigeration contractor that does work across the United States. Its resources include more than 120 full-time refrigeration engineers, designers, field service specialists, and experts in automation and controls. The company has completed more than 1,000 food and distribution system installations to date.