Pipe Shoes / Saddle Shoes
Designed to support over-sized and heavyweight piping, pipe shoes elevate the pipe at some height above the supporting foundation or structure. Pipe shoes sometimes act as a wear plate for process piping to prevent wall thinning from vibration or thermal cycles. Pipe shoes are generally custom made with a fast turnaround to meet specific project requirements.
How do I size saddles for pipe insulation?You should size your saddle based on the diameter of the pipe and the thickness of the insulation.
How do I support a pipe without welding?An anchor system can be used to keep the pipe in position, with supportive structures incorporated into the design to maintain constant tension throughout the pipe’s operating cycle.
How do you inspect pipe shoes?Always ensure that your pipe shoes lack severe corrosion or damage to the shoe plate components. Additionally, verify the following for these shoe types:
- Welded design pipe shoes—welds are in tact.
- Bolted pipe shoes—bolts are in tact, all components are tightened to the correct torque specifications.
- Insulated supports—bolts are intact and properly tightened, insulation is complete without being damaged or exposed to the environment.