THESE ARE NOT THE I-RODS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR
by Steve Young
I-Rod® was first installed in 1989 when it was specified by name in the design of topside piping for the corrosive spray conditions on an offshore platform. Since that initial specification, the number of onshore and offshore companies that specify I-Rod® has grown but the number of product failures has remained the same: zero. I-Rod® was developed by corrosion engineers at Deepwater Corrosion Services in Houston, Texas. Though many unscrupulous companies claim to manufacture comparable products, Deepwater is the sole manufacturer of genuine I-Rod® material and Nu-Bolt™ anti-corrosion pipe support systems.
What many suppliers are actually selling are potentially dangerous imitation products made of inferior-quality materials that tend to crush and break once they are installed. In essence, they create hazardous failed supports by inducing the problem they are sold to solve. When fakes fail the damage can be expensive. They have even resulted in the catastrophic failure of production pipelines. Sometimes these imitations are marketed or sold as real I-Rod®. This resource will help you learn identify the fakes in order to avoid costly and dangerous failures. Remember, when in doubt, always look for the I-Rod® logo and batch number printed on the material.