Armor Plate® Pipe Wrap was developed to provide the oil and gas industry with an economical and structural pipeline repair system for corroded and mechanically-damaged pipes.
The Armor Plate, Inc. venture originated from Wil-Cor, Inc., which owns the registered trade name of Armor Plate® products.Wil-Cor, Inc. started its business in 1978 and manufactures and formulates epoxy polyester resins for floor coatings, tank linings, grouts, and adhesives for the oil and gas industry. Wil-Cor, Inc. also has field crews that have been repairing fiberglass pipe and structures, fabricating fiberglass pipe and applying chemical resistant linings to concrete pits and tanks since 1978.
The Tests Begin
Recognizing the potential for developing a pipe repair method using composite materials, Armor Plate, Inc. started an extensive testing program in the fall of 1997. The intent of this research program was to ensure that the Armor Plate® Pipe Wrap system meets and exceeds the ASME PCC-2 standards and repair needs of the oil and gas industry. Stress Engineering Services, Inc. of Houston, Texas was selected as the engineering firm to conduct the evaluation because of their extensive experience in pipeline analysis and testing.
Armor Plate, Inc. has committed to on-going engineer test programs to further serve our customers.
In 2008, Armor Plate, Inc. had engineering testing performed on wrinkle bends. Using some of the insights from a prior wrinkle bend test, Stress Engineering Services, Inc. and El Paso Corporation developed a program to specifically assess the performance of wrinkle bends as a result of vintage construction on a vintage pipeline.
Armor Plate® All Over the World
Again, Armor Plate® Pipe Wrap solved the problem and saved the expense of shutting down and replacing the area with new pipe.
Armor Plate, Inc. has continued to grow and now has numerous world-wide installations in regions such as Alaska, Trinidad, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Malaysia and South Africa. Product development continued during this same period involving long-term testing, evaluating the high temperature system, and investigations relating to the underwater application system.