Used to make corrugated and pressure pipe, pipe extrusion is one of the biggest users of high-density polyethylene.
Rapid Growth and Advances Coming for Plastic Pipe
The next few years will see a bevy of construction projects after many of them went on hold during 2020. Along with those on-hold projects comes a new drive around infrastructure development, increasing the need for pipes as well. The continuing recovery of construction spending will support rapid advances for plastic pipe demand in the United States. Widely used throughout construction, oil, gas, agriculture, and water, PE pipe is a popular material for many piping applications. Compared to other materials like clay, copper, iron, and concrete, PE pipe provides unique benefits like1:
- A 100-year life expectancy
- Corrosion resistance
- 0.00001% failure rate
- Resistance to bacteria and tuberculation
The conversation around pipes is also growing because of the 1.6M miles of water and sewer pipes that hit the age of 45 last year. With the potential to replace other materials, PE pipes are gaining even more popularity as a replacement for older materials. In order to meet these growing demands, pipe extruders will need high-quality resin from a top-tier supplier. Shell Polymers is set to provide extruders with the HDPE resin they need to create and supply PE pipes to their customers. We’ll work hand-in-hand with extruders to find solutions to their unique challenges and improve operational performance to get products to market faster.
Key Markets for Pipe Extruders
Pipe suppliers have a list of demands to meet when it comes to their products. Their pipes must be leak and corrosion resistant with a high level of strength. HDPE is one of the most popular materials for piping in utility use cases due to its strength, 100-year life expectancy, corrosion resistance, and affordability.
Compared to its metal counterpart, HDPE pipes are a more corrosion-resistant option than alternatives like copper. HDPE pipes are also more cost-effective and lighter in weight, making them the preferred choice over materials like clay and ductile iron pipes.
On-site Pipe Extrusion Equipment in Applications Hall
To set our technical service team up for success, we're filling the applications hall with state-of-the-art commercial equipment. As a result, customers can work hand-in-hand with our experts on our machines to test or qualify resin without having to shut down their business’ production lines.
The application hall will have the following industrial-sized pipe extrusion machine:
- A KrauseMaffei extrusion machine that can make pipe of varying sizes”
In-House Pipe Extrusion Expertise
Carl Baker, Senior Technical Service Engineer, Pipe
A registered professional engineer since 1985, Carl Baker has spent more than 35 years in the polymer industry doing a variety of roles ranging from technical services, development, troubleshooting, and more. Carl holds leadership positions in several key industry organizations including the Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association, the American Society for Testing and Materials, the Canadian Standards Association, and is a former board member of the Plastic Pipe Institute.
Adriana Velasquez, Technical Service Engineer, Non-Pressure Pipe
A member of the Shell Polymer team since 2018, Adriana has more than 15 years of experience helping customers innovate in pipe and rotomolding applications. An acknowledged leader in her industry, she is subject matter expert in external standards, certification and public safety organizations, including ASTM, CSA, NSF and the Transportation Research Board. Adriana holds leadership positions in industry organizations such as the Plastic Pipe Institute, Association of Rotational Molders, and Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association.
Technical Resources from Our Pipe Extrusion Experts
When it comes to underground pipes, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) is one of the most popular materials for the job.
The plastic pipe market is growing in many regions across the globe. Dive into Shell Polymers’ key insights on PE pipe trends and advancements.
Through a series of fireside chats, they will share insights that can help converters unlock competitive advantages, assess industry trends, and discover new techniques. In this edition, we focus on the pipe and film sectors with Shell Polymer Pioneers Carl Baker and Dan Falla.
1 Stating their Case: PVC vs. HDPE, Trenchless Technology