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Maximize StoryMinimize StoryQuickly deployed pipeline stoppers answer an environmental challenge for distribution centres - June 2017

Transport and distribution centres need a plan to react quickly to stop hazardous spills entering waterways from drains
Transport and distribution centres need a plan to react quickly to stop hazardous spills entering waterways from drains

One of the environmental challenges facing operators of heavily trafficked warehouse and distribution centres is how to safeguard against waterway pollution from accidental fuel, cleaning chemical and hazardous material spills from vehicles, loading equipment and cargos.

One solution is Pronal inflatable pipe stoppers, available from importer Air Springs Supply Pty Ltd. The stoppers - proven in use in Australasia with national food and beverage, defence manufacturing and chemical processing companies - can be rapidly deployed, easily transported and widely applied in remote, temporary and permanent industrial situations. They are suitable for most types of pipelines.

"Local and global acceptance of Pronal stoppers mean that increasing volumes and types are available. The range of style and sizes can fit pipelines up to 2200m metres inside diameter." says Air Springs Supply National Sales and Marketing Manager Mr James Maslin.

Certain models of stoppers can be permanently located in pipelines for instant remote inflation with compressed air or other gas where there is a risk of toxic runoff at different stages of production, or where spillages occur. In other instances, they are used to temporarily seal off sections of pipe where leaks are occurring, serving the dual role of enabling pressurisation of that section so leaks can be detected, then protecting the workers in the pipeline from any product flows while they work to fix the problem.

The common factor with maintenance, testing and emergency situations is that they need stoppers that can be rapidly and securely deployed to provide primary or secondary safety and environmental security as required by both by Safe Work Australia and State Environmental Protection Agencies, says Mr Maslin.

Advantages of Pronal technology include simplicity, portability and re-use. Maintenance staff don't need huge amounts of gear on-site and the stoppers themselves are easy to transport around plants to remote locations, where they can be used, moved on, and used again and again.

Pronal products are based on more than 40 years of producing specialist pneumatic elastomer designs for demanding applications, including government, military, heavy industrial, emergency service, sub-sea and exploration. Australian distributor Air Springs Supply also has more than 30 years' specialist experience in applying pneumatic actuation and isolation technologies.

Information about Pronal products can be obtained through the Pronal website of Air Springs Supply Pty Ltd, www.pronal.com.au. Air Springs Supply's complementary website, www.airsprings.com.au is one of Australia's most comprehensive guides to pneumatic actuation, isolation and suspension.

For more information about Air Springs Supply's ranges, national distribution and technical support network, please contact Air Springs Supply Pty Ltd, Unit 18, 38-46 South Street, Rydalmere, Sydney 2116, ph (02) 8877 5500, fax (02) 9807 6979, sales@airsprings.com.au


Pronal's lifting cushions and shapes

One of the Pronal stopper ranges, above, and a stopper in-situ, below. High pressure models can withstand a back pressure of 30 bar and are used on onshore, offshore and in urban and remote applications
 
Pronal's lifting cushions and shapes

Maximize StoryMinimize StoryPipeline maintenance, safe lifting and environmental protection specialist Pronal boosts customer service with new Australian facilities - February 2017

Pronal's new headquarters
Pronal's new headquarters

One of the world's most experienced and respected producers of flexible products used to lift, push, separate, seal and store, Pronal, has relocated to a new and expanded facility at Unit 18, 38-46 South Street in Rydalmere, NSW, to better serve its customers.

Elastomer Engineering expert, Pronal, is represented throughout Australasia by Air Springs Supply Pty Ltd, which says the new facility is more centrally located for distribution to customers and service and supply networks nationally, as well as providing additional room for inventory and spare parts.

Pronal cushions, stoppers, grippers, lifting bags and storage tanks are employed in tasks as diverse as safe lifting of static plant and mobile machinery, through to pipeline construction, maintenance and pipeline pollution prevention by local government, public utilities and private industry. The global strength of Pronal engineering expertise extends from onshore mining and quarrying, to water resources protection, offshore petroleum exploration and sub-sea operations.

"We wanted our new headquarters to have better access for all our customers and additional space for our products to improve availability and lead times. At Rydalmere we found a place that ticked all the boxes and looked bright and professional at the same time," said Pronal Sales and Marketing Manager, Mr James Maslin.

"We spent more than a generation at our previous office, so it may take some getting used to, but the team is excited about the benefits this new place will offer to our valued customers," said Mr Maslin.

Pronal products are based on more than 40 years of producing specialist pneumatic elastomer designs for demanding applications, including government, military, heavy industrial, emergency service, sub-sea and exploration. Australian distributor Air Springs Supply also has more than 30 years specialist experience in applying pneumatic actuation and isolation technologies.

The big advantages of the technology also include simplicity, portability and re-use. Maintenance staff don't need huge amounts of gear on-site and the stoppers themselves are easy to transport around plants to remote locations, where they can be used, moved on, and used again and again. They are an ideal method by which to achieve compliance with statutory requirements in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

About Pronal

Pronal is one of the world's most experienced and respected producers of flexible products used to lift, push, press, seal and store.

Founded in 1961 and headquartered near Lille in the north of France, PRONAL builds standard and customised flexible products from fabrics coated with elastomer and/or plastomer. In addition to extensive industrial expertise, Pronal also works in the defence, aerospace, civil emergency and maritime/harbour sectors.

Pronal's Australian distributor, Air Springs Supply, is Australia's leading supplier of air springs and associated pneumatic technology for the industrial and transport sectors. www.airsprings.com.au

For more information about Air Springs Supply's national distribution and technical support network, please contact Air Springs Supply Pty Ltd, Unit 18, 38-46 South Street, Rydalmere, Sydney 2116, ph (02) 9807 4077, fax (02) 9807 6979, sales@airsprings.com.au


Pronal's lifting cushions and shapes
 
Pronal's lifting cushions and shapes
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examples of industry and water authority pipeline maintenance and environmental protection products
 
examples of industry and water authority pipeline maintenance and environmental protection products