Think about it - to turn a blob of glass into something so long and thin demands a space of immense height.
The specialized equipment needed to manufacture the fiber came with requirements for air handling – outside air brought in, conditioned and exhausted. The manufacturing areas themselves had two different levels of cleanliness that had to be achieved, ISO 7 and 8. Both needed to be kept at an unwavering 68 degrees with 50% humidity.
On his first walk-through of the site, our foreman, Chris Milam, looked over how systems were to be laid out.
“One observation Chris made saved OFS considerable time and money,” says Bill Doty, who ran the project. “He recognized that by changing the location of the tie-in points for the process chilled water, they could shorten the distance from the original design. Less pipe would be needed, and that reduced material cost and installation time.”
Much of that piping would carry natural gases, requiring purity in the pipe itself. Thus, we began our work in B&K’s (Class 1000) clean-room fabrication facility in Conyers, Ga. There, using orbital welding procedures meeting specifications and preserving purity, we assembled three-fourths of the welded specialty gas piping in sections.
The medical-grade copper and (316L) stainless steel piping we fabricated was factory cleaned, bagged and capped for deployment to the construction site. Installing it meant we had to follow a system of stringent protocols.