“We have been largely responsible for pioneering the product changes that we thought necessary to bring South African galvanised piping up to world standards,” says RIH Tube market development director Rob White.
Galvanised piping standard SABS 763, as it relates to piping, was changed in 1997, and has been replaced by SABS EN 10240, and the tube-manufacturing specification SABS 62 is at its closing stages of revision – these developments will bring South Africa in line with the latest developments worldwide, and combine a market-delivery ethic of world-class products with the long-term aim of water-delivery to all.
The company’s products are said to comply with all of these standards, and this has necessitated a differentiation programme within RIH tube known as ‘Tosagalv’.
“Product development will not convince the market to support a traditional product.
“The use of case history through the development guides for practical use is what the discerning engineer requires,” opines White, adding that such guides were developed by the company more than two years ago, and are now in the process of being formalised into a South African Bureau of Standards code of practice.
White says this will incorporate the experience of numerous organisations to ensure that the information provided will be reliable and relevant – more so if one notices that steel is becoming popular once again due to its ruggedness; an essential requirement in remote locations.
The guide will also be of use in selecting materials which are environment-friendly.
The company offers an additional service to the industry whereby water and soil conditions are analysed by an independent laboratory in order to determine the suitability of galvanised piping for a particular application.