Resins, wash-outs, cure times; trenchless spot repairs can be full of pitfalls and obstacles, but with Pipeline Renewal Technologies’ Quick-Lock rehab sleeve, you can say goodbye to all those time-consuming aspects of pipeline repair.
Quick-Lock is a point repair product that is fast and easy to install. Offering a patented stainless steel locking mechanism and single-piece EPDM vulcanized rubber gasket, Quick-Lock can be used for anything from stand-alone point repair to pre-lining under high infiltration.
“In the world of pipe rehab, performing localized repairs can still be a big undertaking,” says Sean Lipscomb, field operations manager at Pipeline Renewal Technologies. “Either you’re digging up a road, or you’re using a trenchless method and everything that entails: resin mixing, winching, bypass pumping/plugging, wash-out risk, short pot life and long ambient cure times. Quick-Lock solves all these problems.”
Quick-Lock is positioned inside the host pipe on a wheeled flow-through packer pushed by any standard CCTV crawler. Once in position, air pressure supplied to the packer expands the sleeve against the pipe wall. Patented stainless steel gear ratchets within the sleeve sustain the outward pressure, which structurally reinforces failing regions of the host pipe, and also compresses the gasket for leak-proof service.
“The technology is as simple as it is effective,” Lipscomb says. Two people can install a Quick-Lock for a small-diameter repair in about 30 minutes, and the only major equipment needed is a common inspection crawler.
“This product handles all applications where you’d need spot repair: active infiltration, offset joints, abandoned laterals, root intrusion, holes and cracks. Beyond that, it also addresses a need in the CIPP industry for end cap protection,” says Jake Wells, director of marketing for Envirosight, which owns Pipeline Renewal Technologies. “When a CIPP liner fails, it often happens at the ends. Quick-Lock end caps install at the endpoints of a CIPP liner, providing rigid structural protection against damage from entrained debris and jetter hoses.”
Quick-Lock sleeves are available in diameters ranging from 6 to 28 inches, and in lengths of 16 and 20 inches. Multiple sleeves can be interleaved to perform longer repairs. The sleeve design meets ASTM F3110-14 for mechanical trenchless point repair.
“Everyone knows CIPP has a high barrier to entry — it requires a lot of costly support equipment with extensive training and licensing commitments, plus the costs associated with a failed installation are high,” Wells says. “Quick-Lock is the opposite — it’s installed with a common inspection crawler and relies on no sensitive chemical processes.” 973/252-6700; www.pipelinert.com.