HOBAS Continues to Invest in the Future
HOBAS Pipe USA has been manufacturing centrifugally cast, fiberglass-reinforced, polymer mortar (CCFRPM) pipe at our Houston plant since 1987. As the need for corrosion resistant sewer pipes grew, so did our investments in the manufacturing facility to meet the customer’s needs. The investments include expansion of capacity as well as upgrades to equipment improving both process and product.
One recent capital investment, which allows for more precise cutting of CCFRPM fittings, is a new custom manufactured water jet saw. This fully automated cutter not only produces perfectly cut pipes, but does so quickly and in a more environmentally friendly manner. Since cutting is done in a wet environment, no dust is generated as with past methods. To meet the needs of customers we are investing in our facility to ensure we can deliver the highest quality products, quickly and cost effectively.
A member of the HOBAS engineering department produces the design drawing for the fitting based on project requirements. This is done in a program called Inventor, developed by Autodesk. The program is 3D mechanical CAD software. The data from this software is then uploaded into the water jet program that transposes the data into the necessary code. The water jet machine is then run by a computer-controlled program that cuts the pipe to the appropriate dimensions.
HOBAS offers a full line of fiberglass pipes and fittings for many applications and installation methods. HOBAS fittings are custom designed and manufactured to exact specifications. Using HOBAS CCFRPM pipe, we can fabricate a wide range of fittings such as T-base manholes, elbows and reducers. We have strict quality control measures in place, certified in ISO 9001 and 14001 and exceed the product standards for sanitary sewer pipe.
Photo - Lee Ramirez operates the custom built water jet cutter to accurately cut a 96-inch diameter pipe, which will be fabricated into a Tee for use in a manhole.