Hot Tapping Service
Hot Tapping Procedures:
A. Saddle or weld nozzle installed, valve installed, assembly pressure tested and tapping machine attached. Here are some examples of some pipeline hot tapping fittings, saddles and sleeves. B. Valve opened, hot tap completed, coupon or cut portion retained by latches on the pilot drill. Pressure is contained within the tapping machine. Here is a great example of a 36" Hottap coupon retained before we completed the 54" Linestop. C. Cutter and coupon retracted and valve closed. Fluid is drained and tapping machine is removed. The tapped valve is now ready for the contractor’s tie-in or IFT’s Linestop service equipment to be inserted. Typical Tapping Angles: Straight Tap, Angle Tap, and Elbow Tap, as seen in the image diagram on this page.
Adding new connections or tie-ins
Adding branch connections to existing pipelines without interrupting service is our specialty. Capabilities: 1/2" - 96" on water, gas, steam, air, and chemicals. Available for any type of pipe, with complete turnkey service available. IFT specializes in large diameter connections and examples can be seen on our Featured Work Page. Hot tapping, wettaps, hottaps, or pressure tapping is the method of making a connection, or tying into, existing pipe or vessels without interrupting the system. Pipeline tapping is also the first procedure in line stopping, where the hole saw is used to make an opening in the pipe, so a line plugging head can be inserted. IFT's hot tapping services include tapping 1/2" to 96" on natural gas, water, sewage, steam, petroleum products, and chemicals. To get a quote for your Hot/Wet tapping needs, with or without a valve, call IFT 1-800-221-3332 or use our free quote form.
Hot Tapping Cut Sheets PDF'sDolor Sit Amet
24" x 24" Hot Tap
Hot Tapping Slideshow Video
Wall Tank Vessel Hottaps
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Hot tapping slideshow
Indoor 16inch Hot Tap Pipeline Prep Work for the 18" Stopple
18" Steel Pipeline Plug
Welder welds on the split weld tee flange and pressure tests to make sure of no leaks. The hot tap is performed next followed by the 18" line stop in which we can see the pivot head plug 100% shutdown inside the pipe.
23" Hot Tap Line stop on High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Pipeline
23" coupon retained, line stop has plugged the pipe so valve can be added downstream, completion plug is set and blind flange completes the job.
102inch Pipeline with a 42inch Hottap Without leaving a permanent valve
This hot tap was the 1st of its kind as it had a 102" full wrap split weld tee with a 42" tap and coupon retained. As you can see in the image this 102" pipe is massive.
Large Pipeline Hot Taps are our Speciality
Dual 30" and 54" Pipe Linestop Services + Bypass
Long Beach California Big Hot Taps
California 12inch Team Insert Valve Installation In Tight Location
The 12 inch Insert Valve requires a size on size hot tap and we retain the entire section of 12" pipe.
Valve Replacements Require Hot Taps and Coupon Retained