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Young children are often fascinated with construction equipment and heavy machinery, watching the vehicles work and playing with replicas for hours on end. When one considers the machines used in mining, it’s not hard to see from where the interest may arise–the implements that dig through rock or haul ore away perform under harsh conditions and undergo rigorous use at mine sites. They require a wide range of durable parts–and associated components–to get the job done. Manufacturers serving this industry turn to Molded Dimensions as the go-to source for superior molded rubber and cast polyurethane items that the market depends on for strength and reliability.

PCO Urethane, one of the members of Molded Dimensions Group, offers expertise in these items. It is proud to be a highly engineering-oriented company with superior technical competence and an exceptional attention to detail. As a producer of custom urethane parts, the company combines quality materials, skilled employees, and new technologies to manufacture a wide range of specialty products that are cost-effective and of high-quality.

One such product is Armadillo Pipe, made from a specially formulated polyurethane that is an extremely durable and versatile material. It can be used in a wide variety of applications, including mining but also with pulp & paper and sand & gravel, and in agriculture, waste treatment & sewage, and power plants. It has found a particular sweet spot within the potash mining industry. If abrasion and wear are a problem–whether the current application is plastic or metal–Armadillo Pipe may be the solution: its abrasion resistance is rated 10 times better than carbon steel and 15 times better than polyethylene.

In addition to abrasion resistance, Armadillo Pipe has outstanding chemical resistance. It is unaffected by contact with most chemicals and is capable of working in both caustic (10ph) and acidic (5ph) environments. All pipe is also produced in accordance with schedule 80 pipe dimensions, so it matches the bolt holes, diameters, etc. of steel pipe. And its low coefficient of friction means less material buildup on pipe walls.

Another benefit of Armadillo Pipe is its handling flexibility and ease of installation. Assembly is quick and simple due to polyurethane’s light weight, which saves labor hours. The translucent design allows blockages to be readily seen for easier cleanout, and its greater wall thickness translates to extensive durability and extended life of the pipes.

Armadillo Pipe comes in 10-foot lengths in a variety of sizes. Fittings, including elbows, couplings, and flanges, are also available for use, and elbows have the coupling built into the finished part, which equates to less labor and less inventory. With stock on hand, PCO Urethane, as part of the Molded Dimensions Group, provides fast delivery and thereby facilitates less downtime for its customers. Contact us today to learn more about how Armadillo Pipe may be the solution for you.