Hot Tapping is the method of cutting a hole in an existing pressurized piping system or vessel to make a new connection without service interruption or product leakage. Also known as pressure tapping, live tapping or wet tapping.
Typical applications of a hot tap include making a branch connection, initiating a bypass and allowing performance of a line stop. Components required to perform a hot tap normally include a fitting designed to contain system pressure, a valve used to control the new connection and a drilling or tapping machine.
Hot taps are typically utilized for:
- new construction tie-ins
- installation of by-pass systems
- prevent system shutdowns
- install pressure/temperature gauges
- probe and sensor installation
- no chamber maintenance
- new pipeline construction
- quality control sample points
- valve installations
- pipe inspection
Our capabilities range from ½” to 60”+ on most materials and line contents. Larger upon request.