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Reformer Services

Reformer Services LLC is a leader in Specialized NDT Inspection services. We serve clients in the Petroleum, Chemical, and SynGas Industries. We specialize in Steam Methane Reformers (SMR’s) and Fired Heaters for tube inspection, catalyst loading, burner revamps and tube cleaning.

Our team of experienced professionals are passionate about our work and believe in providing quality from beginning to end. We believe in building long-term relationships with our clients to provide project solutions on the complete reformer system. Safety, quality, communication, integrity and innovation guides our efforts on a daily basis in helping us to exceed our client expectations.

Reformer Services thrives on being your full-service reformer project solution. Our team of professionals can provide technical advice on all aspects of your project to add value and lower cost.

Whether you are planning new construction or an upgrade or expansion, please call us today to discuss your current and future project needs.

Tube Inspection
Pigtail Inspection
Fired Heater Tube Inspection
Tube Cleaning System

Tube Scan-360-ID

For testing from the internal surface, a rotating probe equipped with a powerful proprietary technique sensor and simultaneous working laser. For data acquisition, the probe will be pulled by a motorized winch ensuring a constant scanning speed and complete scanning of the pipe surface.

The Reformer Tube Scanner type Tube Scan-360-ID is equipped with a powerful proprietary technique for sensitive crack detection in reformer pipes up to 23mm wall thickness. As this proprietary technique needs no couplant, the readings are repeatable from one inspection to the next inspection. Both measurements strain and crack detection are carried out simultaneously during the inspection. During each tube inspection, millions of data points are collected on each tube. With this data, we will perform a level 1 assessment on each tube and present this information in a report before leaving the job site. Afterwards, a final inspection report will be completed and sent to the client with all tubes chart overviews.

Tube Scan-360-OD

With our newly developed proprietary crack detection system we are able to scan 360° of the tube circumference and the complete thickness of the wall. The current systems available for tube wall scans were developed over 30 years ago and only offer minimum coverage of tube wall (sometimes less than 30%)

The Reformer Tube Scanner type Tube Scan-360-OD is equipped with a powerful proprietary technique for sensitive crack detection in reformer pipes up to 23mm wall thickness. As the proprietary technique needs no couplant, the readings are repeatable from test to test. Both measurements strain and crack detection are carried out simultaneously during the inspection. During each tube inspection, millions of data points are collected on each tube. With this data, we will perform a level 1 assessment on each tube and present this information in a report before leaving the job site. Afterwards, a final inspection report will be completed and sent to the client with all tubes chart overviews.

The commonly reported failure mechanism in the outlet pigtails is inter-granular oxidation cracking, due to the combination of creep, oxidation. This mechanism involves interaction of mechanical fatigue, high temperature creep, diffusion of carbon and chromium, and high temperature oxidation. Mechanical fatigue is due to the repeated expansion and contraction of both tubes and headers that occur during both on-stream and transient periods.

Testing the external surface Pigtail-360-OD

For testing from the external surface, the complete unit will be moved by hand allowing the passage from the bottom of the pigtail to the top of the pigtail assuring a fast and reliable inspection. We’re performing a 360° inspection on the entire accessible length of each pigtail.

The Key Benefits

  •    360° OD inspection
  •    accurate, robust and reliable
  •    high inspection speed
  •    accurate location and sizing of expansion
  •    high repeatability allowing indication monitoring
  •    on-site reporting

RS-Heater Scan 360°

Crack Inspection

The Fired Heater Scan 360 inspects from one accessible side of the tube to perform a complete circumferential scan that uses our proprietary technology to inspect carbon, stainless, chrome molly, and Inconel materials.

Our inspection system has many advantages for working in the heaters as we do not require any liquids that could fall on the refractory or burners. We can detect ID wall loss, cracking and pitting at high speeds on either Coils, Horizontal or Vertical tubes.

 

The Key Benefits:

  • Lightweight portable
  • No couplant needed
  • 100% coverage
  • Accurate and fast inspection
  • Inspection during shutdowns
  • Repeatable results so additional measurements can be taken to ensure results accuracy

Heat transfer is a crucial factor in ‘cracking’ components during chemical processes. The reactions are set off in furnace tubes in which temperatures ranging between 800°C and 1,300°C are no exception. The tubes, that can reach lengths up to 20 meters, are heated by burners on the outside causing dirt to be deposited on the tube walls due to the use of fuel. The tube walls also suffer considerably from corrosion. Investigation shows that these are the two main causes of loss of heat transfer and wear of industrial furnaces.

Out-Tube Cleaner

Out-Tube Cleaner is the latest technology advancement to safe and efficient method for external cleaning of reformer tubes and/or furnace heater’ tubes, applicable to tube sizes from 3” to 10” nominal diameter. Out-Tube cleaner incorporates the highest regards towards safety. With the Out-Tube Cleaner, it is proven that working in height is eliminated and confined space entry is minimized to essential personnel only. Ultimately time saving is also achieved as the need for scaffolding is no longer required.

In-Tube Cleaner

In-Tube Cleaner is the latest technology advancement to safe and efficient method for internal cleaning of reformer tubes and/or furnace heater’ tubes, applicable to tube sizes from 3” to 8” nominal diameter. In-Tube Cleaner incorporates the highest regards towards safety. With the In-Tube Cleaner, it is the first ever invention specifically built to cater the cleaning requirement for reformer tubes. The In-Tube Cleaner also has undergone rigorous testing to ensure its functionality is effective and at the same time does not compromise the tube.