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Pipe Line Development Company (PLIDCO) Achieves ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 Certifications

When to Repair?  When to Replace? Feature Article in World Pipelines

The Pipe Line Development Company (PLIDCO®), the world?s leading supplier of products for pipeline repair and maintenance, announced it has achieved ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certification.

The internationally recognized ISO 9001 certification is a process which documents and verifies that a specific design/engineering and manufacturing facility consistently operates at a world-class quality level.

To achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification, PLIDCO had to meet the latest international ISO requirements for a quality management system. It did this by:

  • demonstrating its ability to consistently provide product that meets customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and
  • aiming to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for continual improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
  • PLIDCO® has been ISO 9001:200 certified since 2000 and recently achieved the latest ISO 9001:2008 certification. This was done by demonstrating its ability at effective planning, operation and control of its processes and the implementation and continual improvement of the effectiveness of its Quality Management System.
ISO 14001:2004 certification is a process which enables an organization to develop, implement, maintain and improve an environmental management system.

To achieve ISO 14001:2004 certification, PLIDCO® had to demonstrate conformity with ISO 14001:2004 by having its environmental management system certified and registered through an accredited certification organization.

?Both the voluntary ISO 14001 and 9001 certifications demonstrate PLIDCO®?s commitment to quality in its products and processes and its ongoing commitment to customer satisfaction through quality control,? said Kim Smith, marketing manager, PLIDCO®.

The company?s principal product categories are leak-enclosure fittings, connector fittings, hot-tapping/line-plugging products, and custom-designed fittings. The products have been designed for pressures up to 10,000 psi and temperatures from -250 degrees Fahrenheit to +900 degrees Fahrenheit. The company maintains an inventory of standard products in API pipe sizes, 1-1/2 inches through 48 inches, for pressures up to 2000 psi.



The Pipe Line Development Company (PLIDCO) is proud to announce the following promotions of two of its current employees.
WESTLAKE, OHIO ? January 15, 2010 ? Wilbert "Bud" Zanders is the new Chief Engineering Officer. Mr. Zanders was previously the Manager of Engineering and Quality. He has been with PLIDCO for 37 years.

Reinhard Bauer is the new Manager of Engineering and Quality. Mr. Bauer was previously an engineer in the Quality Department. He has been with PLIDCO for a year and a half.

PLIDCO would like to congratulate both men on continued success with the company and their dedication to making hazardous piping safer.



Pipe Line Development Company (PLIDCO) Turns 60 in 2009 And Continues to Put Quality First
CLEVELAND ? November 2009 ? The Pipe Line Development Company (PLIDCO), the world?s leading supplier of products for pipeline repair and maintenance, is celebrating the start of its 60th year in business producing quality products.

PLIDCO was founded on October 1, 1949 by Joseph and Berneice Smith. Today, it is a three-generation family owned business that has stayed true to its core values. ?PLIDCO is proud to be celebrating its 60th year in business with the community, our customers and loyal employees,? said Kim Smith, marketing manager, PLIDCO. ?Many of our employees have been with us for over 30 years, which reflects our commitment to them. We even have had several scenarios where two generations of family members have been employed at PLIDCO during the same time.?

The company designs and manufactures pipeline repair and maintenance fittings and has sold hundreds of thousands of fittings worldwide in thousands of applications, both onshore and offshore. Applications include oil, gas, water, chemical, steam, slurry and other piping systems. The company?s products have enabled customers to make fast, safe repairs, thus avoiding or minimizing costly shutdowns. Because PLIDCO products are frequently needed in emergency situations, a 24-hour answering service is in place. PLIDCO is ISO 9001-registered. PLIDCO continues to expand its business in overseas markets and 60 to 70 percent of its business is exports.

?In today?s changing world and facing a challenging economy, PLIDCO is committed to quality, ensuring every product we produce meets our customer?s highest standards,? said Smith. ?We have remained true to our founding values and our commitment to our customers has remained unchanged.?

The company?s principal product categories are leak-enclosure fittings, connector fittings, hot-tapping/line-plugging products, and custom-designed fittings. The products have been designed for pressures up to 10,000 psi and temperatures from -250 degrees Fahrenheit to +900 degrees Fahrenheit. The company maintains an inventory of standards products in API pipe sizes, 1-1/2-inches through 48-inches, for pressures up to 2000 psi.


WESTLAKE, OHIO ? January 31, 2008 ? The Pipe Line Development Company (PLIDCO?) has recently announced the appointment of Ben T. Sweeney to general manager. In this role, Sweeney will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day business operations, including engineering, research and development, sales and marketing, and manufacturing and operations.

Sweeney was a facilitator of The Alternative Board (TAB) for PLIDCO before accepting the position as general manager. He brings an accomplished history of international business experience and strategic management skills to the position. Prior to his association with PLIDCO, Sweeney was president of Decision International, Cleveland, Ohio, and president of Affordable Office Furniture, Cleveland, Ohio. Before that, he held various positions in the finance department at Premier Industrial Corporation and Newark Electronics, Cleveland, Ohio, and Esquire, Inc., New York, N.Y.

Sweeney earned his master?s degree in business administration from Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio and his bachelor?s degree in accounting from St. Peter?s College, Jersey City, N.J.

Sweeney and his wife, Donna, reside in North Ridgeville, Ohio.

The Pipe Line Development Company has been helping companies avoid costly shutdowns with pipeline repairs for more than 50 years. Today, the company is the world?s leading designer and builder of standard and custom engineered products for pipeline repair and maintenance.

For more information, contact The Pipe Line Development Company at 870 Canterbury Road, Cleveland, OH 44145 U.S.A. Phone: 440-871-5700. Toll Free: 1-800-848-3333. Fax: 440-871-9577. Web: www.plidco.com E-Mail: pipeline@plidco.com.


Berneice K. Smith
June 8, 1908 - September 2, 2007
Birthplace: St. Louisville, OH
Resided In: Berea, OH

BERNEICE KERRIGAN SMITH, Age 99. Died peacefully at home on Sunday September 2, 2007. Devoted wife of the late Joseph B. Smith. Dear mother of Ellen of San Francisco, CA, Edward, William (Mary), and Harriet Schenk (Kyle). Beloved aunt of Deborah Berman (William) of Toronto, Canada. Most loving grandmother and great grandmother of many. Dear sister of Katie Carter (the late Bob) and the late John Kerrigan. Friend to many.

She was born on June 8, 1908 in St. Louisville in Licking County, OH. After graduating from Utica High School in 1925, she studied at Wittenburg College for two years. Later she attended summer quarters at Denison and Ohio State Universities. Berneice taught school in Licking County, teaching grades 3 and 4 at Hanover School and grades 1 through 8 at Concord School in Eden Township and first grade at Utica School. She also taught in Cleveland Public Schools during and after World War II.

In 1949 Berneice and her late husband Joe founded the Pipe Line Development Company where she worked until she retired in 1970. She was very active on the Baldwin Wallace College Theatre Committee, the League of Women Voters, The Collectors Club, the Berea Historical Society, the Berea Democratic Club. She was recognized by the City of Berea as an outstanding citizen and awarded the Grindstone Award.

Memorial Celebration of Berneice's life will be held on Sunday October 7, 2007 at 4:00pm at the John Patrick Theatre at Baldwin Wallace College on the corner of Bagley Road and Beech Street in Berea, OH 44017. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to her hometown church:

St. Paul's Lutheran Church of St. Louisville
8039 Loches Road
St. Louisville, OH 43071-9749
or
the First Baptist Church of Berea
572 Pearl Street
Berea, OH, 44017.

BUSCH FUNERAL AND CREMATORY SERVICES, 216-741-7700.

For more information, to view an online memorial or to send a condolence, go to www.buschfuneral.com.


Flang

The Pipeline Development Company, the world’s leading supplier of products for pipeline repair and maintenance, has introduced the PLIDCO®+Flange, a fitting designed for making tie-in connections on prefabricated expansion and rework projects.

Useful for hundreds of applications, PLIDCO®+Flanges are particularly valuable for making tie-in connections in process lines. The products are easy to install, even in hard-to-reach locations such as high overhead piping, conduits and tunnels, tight manifolds or in hazardous locations.

The PLIDCO®+Flange provides a pressure-tight seal, with no need for welding unless specified. It is designed to save the user time, money and energy in making pipe repairs. In addition, the PLIDCO®+Flange can be removed and used again, or welded later with the pipeline in operation.

To install, no special preparation of the pipe ends is necessary. After cutting the pipe,
the installer simply slides the PLIDCO®+Flange onto the end of the pipe until it is within about one inch of the flange face. After the connecting mating pipe with flange is brought into place, the installer rotates PLIDCO®+Flange, and/or the mating pipe, until the flange bolt holes on the two flanges line up. S everal flange bolts may be inserted to assist with the alignment.

Next, the installer advances the clamp screws in order to center the PLIDCO®+Flange on the pipe. The flange bolts are then tightened to their specified torque, as are all clamping screws. When the end thrust screws are tightened, it causes the steel thrust ring to move forward and squeeze the packing ring against the pipe, assuring a pressure-tight seal.

If welding is specified, the pipeline is first put in operation, following the recommended pressures. First, thrust screws are cut or burned off flush. The end of the coupling is fillet-welded around the circumference, including the seal-welding of the thrust screws. Clamping screws are then cut or burned off and seal-welded.

The Pipe Line Development Company has been helping companies avoid costly shutdowns with pipeline repairs for over 50 years. Today, the company is the world’s leading designer and builder of standard and custom engineered products for pipeline repair and maintenance.

For more information on the PLIDCO® Flange, please contact:
The Pipe Line Development Company
870 Canterbury Road, Cleveland, OH 44145
Phone: (440) 871-5700 • Fax: (440) 871-9577
Toll Free in U.S.A. and Canada: (800) 848-3333

E-mail: pipeline@PLIDCO.com


Weld

The PLIDCO® Weld + Ends, a safety welding coupling, enables pipes to be joined without special preparation of the pipe ends. Available from the Pipe Line Development Company, Weld + Ends couplings are used for joining high and low pressure pipelines carrying crude oil, gasoline, gas, steam, asphalt, chemicals and water.

Featuring a unique, patented construction, the Weld + Ends couplings allow pipelines to resume operation immediately at recommended pressures, keeping downtime to a minimum. The Weld + Ends coupling slides onto the cut pipe ends; after fully tightening the clamping and thrust screws, the pipe is joined and a leakproof seal is established.

Standard Weld + Ends couplings have a single row of clamping and thrust screws at each end. The coupling is operational when the screws are tightened, or it can be welded. If necessary, it can be welded with the pipeline in operation. When welding is not feasible, and excessive end-pulling loads are involved, additional rows of clamping screws or PLIDCO® clamp rings can be provided.

Standard sizes of the PLIDCO® Weld + Ends couplings range in API pipe sizes from 1-1/2” through 48” and at working pressures up to 2000 psi. Special sizes, diameters, lengths and pressures can be custom designed.

The PLIDCO® Weld + Ends are delivered ready for installation, enabling fast and efficient pipeline joining with minimal downtime.

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, The Pipe Line Development Company (PLIDCO®) was founded in 1949 as a manufacturer of pipe repair products. With applications including piping systems for oil, gas, water, steam, chemicals and slurry, the company is a leading designer and builder of standard and custom fittings for the repair and maintenance of pipelines for both offshore and onshore.

For more information on the PLIDCO® Weld + Ends, please contact:
The Pipe Line Development Company
870 Canterbury Road, Cleveland, OH 44145
Phone: (440) 871-5700 • Fax: (440) 871-9577
Toll Free in U.S.A. and Canada: (800) 848-3333

E-mail: pipeline@PLIDCO.com


Smith

The PLIDCO® Smith + Clamp is designed to locate and shut off high-pressure pit-hole leaks in piping. Available from the Pipe Line Development Company, the lightweight clamp is easy to install, even in darkness or a pipeline submersed in water or oil.

The clamp features a unique, patented, pilot pin that guides a cone point into the pit hole and centers it on the leak. Pressure applied behind the cone by a force screw provides the minimum force required to shut off the leak. Exerting pressure directly on the cone eliminates the danger of caving in a badly corroded pipe. Draw bolts at the bottom of the fitting hold the clamp in place.

Standard sizes of the PLIDCO® Smith + Clamp range in pipe sizes from 1-1/2” through 48” and at working pressures up to 2000 psi. Special sizes can be custom designed.

The PLIDCO® Smith + Clamp is delivered ready for installation, enabling fast and efficient pipeline repair. Line pressures do not need to be reduced during installation of the Smith + Clamp, which keeps downtime to a minimum.

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, The Pipe Line Development Company (PLIDCO®) was founded in 1949 as a manufacturer of pipe repair products. With applications including piping systems for oil, gas, water, steam, chemicals and slurry, the company is a leading designer and builder of standard and custom fittings for the repair and maintenance of pipelines for both offshore and onshore.

For more information on the PLIDCO® Smith + Clamp, please contact:
The Pipe Line Development Company
870 Canterbury Road, Cleveland, OH 44145
Phone: (440) 871-5700 • Fax: (440) 871-9577
Toll Free in U.S.A. and Canada: (800) 848-3333

E-mail: pipeline@PLIDCO.com


Split
The PLIDCO® Split + Sleeve™, designed for safe, easy and reliable permanent repair of both offshore and onshore pipelines, is available from The Pipe Line Development Company. The Split + Sleeve can be used for repairs to both high and low pressure and temperature pipelines carrying oil, gas, steam, chemicals and water.

Featuring a unique, patented construction, the Split + Sleeve allows repairs to be made while the line is in operation. Steel GirderRings™ prevent displacement of gaskets by leaking fluids during installation. The seal is completed once the Split + Sleeve is bolted. If necessary, it can be welded with the pipeline in operation.

Stock sizes of the PLIDCO® Split + Sleeve range in API pipe sizes from 1-1/2” through 48”, at standard working pressures of 1000 psig. Higher working pressures, longer lengths and other sizes can be custom designed.

The PLIDCO® Split + Sleeve is delivered ready for installation, with no loose parts or assembly required, enabling fast and efficient pipeline repairs, with minimal downtime.

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, The Pipe Line Development Company (PLIDCO®) was founded in 1949 as a manufacturer of pipe repair products. With applications including piping systems for oil, gas, water, steam, chemicals and slurry, the company is a leading designer and builder of standard and custom fittings for the repair and maintenance of pipelines for both offshore and onshore.

For more information on the PLIDCO® Split + Sleeve, please contact:
The Pipe Line Development Company
870 Canterbury Road, Cleveland, OH 44145
Phone: (440) 871-5700 • Fax: (440) 871-9577
Toll Free in U.S.A. and Canada: (800) 848-3333

E-mail: pipeline@PLIDCO.com
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