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Pipe Fittings & MRO: Making the Best Choice

March 20, 2019 Viega
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One hour of downtime equals an average of $260,000 for manufacturing companies, according to a 2016 report from the Aberdeen Group, a marketing intelligence company. (That’s a 60 percent increase from the 2014 report.)

With downtime costs on the rise, the pressure is on for MROs to find effective solutions to piping problems fast. But unlike routine maintenance that you can plan for and optimize around schedules, unplanned scenarios that call for new pipe fittings are a more difficult burden to address.

Rather than building a large inventory of MRO materials — an investment that’s often a waste of capital, space and manpower — it’s best to direct your efforts on choosing the optimal installation techniques. That way, you can get systems back up and running with minimal delays.

Two Installation Methods for a Single Piping Problem

Let’s consider the case where a leak requires several new pipe fittings for iron pipe size (IPS) stainless steel, a suitable fit for corrosive chemicals in manufacturing or processing operations.

If welding is used to complete repairs, you’ll need a skilled specialist and heavy equipment to establish new pipe connections. And because the process uses open flame, a fire watch and hot work permit will often be required for safety purposes. All of these factors translate into longer installation times that stall the flow of revenue.

But what if there was a way to install these pipe fittings up to 90 percent faster?

While this may seem too good to be true, it isn’t. With Viega press technology, you only need a single press tool with system-matched jaws to make clean, secure pipe connections in a matter of seconds. With work completed in a fraction of the time without any sparks or mess, our products (IPS stainless steel pipe included) help keep your business productive and profitable.

Ready to connect with a Viega distributor near you? Our dealer locator identifies local providers who carry pipe fittings to meet your needs.

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