I-Rod pipe support imposters found: Customers, be aware of these dangerous knockoffs
Case 1: Neptune spar
In October 2007, some of Deepwater's offshore corrosion inspectors aboard the Neptune spar came across pipe supports very similar in appearance to Deepwater's own I-Rod brand. The inspectors immediately recognized the impostor supports by the lack of Deepwater's custom batch markings (provided on every piece of I-Rod manufactured) and by the fact that the supports had failed, leaving the piping vulnerable to dangerous crevice corrosion.
I-Rod pipe supports are specified by major operators because of their reliability and proven corrosion-prevention capabilities. In 18 plus years, there has not been one reported failure of I-Rod. The simple appearance of the Nu-Bolt assembly leads many companies to attempt to copy the trademarked design, but the high-impact thermoplastic material that comprises the half-round rod is impossible to replicate. No other known material possesses its heat-resistance and compressive strength, which are the key factors to its success.
See below how the impostor product quickly fails on a structure that is only 11 years old. Some I-Rod pipe supports have been in service as long as 19 years and are still performing as well as on day one. (Read a 13-year inspection of installed I-Rod supports)
If you have questions about I-Rod Pipe supports, visit the IROD FAQ section of stoprust.com.