Quick Solutions For Full Colour Banding For Pipework

We get lots of enquiries from customers looking for bespoke rolls of tape printed with full colour banding to the latest British Standard specification.  We are always happy to print made to order tapes, but for some customers this can be a costly option if they only need to mark up a small amount of pipework, as there is a minimum quantity of six rolls for the bespoke tapes. There is also the time factor involved when producing these tapes, which take around 10-14 working days to produce.

When you are short on time or only need to mark up a small amount of pipework, here are a couple of solutions…

Solution 1 – Pipe Banding

We have a range of individual self adhesive vinyl pipe banding strips that come in three standard widths, each piece is long enough to wrap around the pipework and any lagging, and it then sticks back onto itself – quick, secure and easy to apply!  The banding is printed on an high quality vinyl suitable for internal or external use.  For added protection the vinyl can also be over-laminated.  The banding strips are printed to the latest British Standard BS 1710:2014 full colour specification and comes complete with directional arrows and mirrored descriptive text that clearly identifies the pipe contents and can be seen and read from any direction.

Buy as many or a little as you need Pipe Banding Stripsfor the job: sizes 1 and 2 are sold in packs of 5 pieces, with the larger size 3 being sold in individual pieces, get a discounted price when you buy 4 or more packs (or for size 3 20 pieces), and further discounts are available for larger quantities.

We offer a quick turnaround on all pipe banding orders, including bespoke bandings, with most items being dispatched within 1-3 working days. All orders are dispatched using a next day courier service.

There is a full range of Pipe Banding for all the main services: water, gas, air, steam, acids & alkalis, electrical, waste effluents and oils, plus the option to create your own banding.

Download the Pipe Banding Information Sheet for more details on this product.

Solution 2 – Pipe Identification Tapes

Create your own full banding from our ranges of internal grade text, arrow and coloured tapes.  These are all kept in stock and are ready for immediate dispatch.  We have many of the basic British Standard Identification, Code and Safety colours available in 50mm, 100mm and 150mm widths, so that you can build the full colour banding to suit your pipework (don’t forget to allow for any lagging when working out the diameter of the pipework).

Here are some examples…

Example 1 – Full colour banding for pipework containing Drinking Water derived from the Public Water Supply

This example is suitable for drinking water pipework and any lagging up to 50mm in diameter with the water being derived from the public water supply. To conform to the latest BS 1710:2014 full banding requirements you would need a minimum banding width of 130mm (made up of 2 x 50mm Identification colour bands and a central Code colour of no less than 30mm); to achieve this you could use the following tapes:

Place the above tapes side by side around the pipework in the following sequence: Green Drinking Water/Auxiliary Blue/Green Arrows

This would give a 150mm wide band as shown below:

Pipe Identification Tapes Example 1

Example 2 – Full colour banding for pipework containing Lubricating Oil

This example is suitable for pipework and any lagging up to 100mm in diameter with the pipework containing lubricating oil. To conform to the latest BS 1710:2014 full banding requirements you would need a minimum banding width of 275mm (made up of 2 x 100mm Identification colour bands and a central Code colour of no less than 75mm); to achieve this you could use the following tapes:

Place the above tapes side by side around the pipework in the following sequence: Brown Lubricating Oil/Brown Arrows/Emerald Green/Brown Lubricating Oil/Brown Arrows

This would give a 300mm wide band as shown below:

Pipe Identification Tapes Example 2

Example 3 – Full colour banding for pipework containing Non Potable Water derived from Any Other Source

This example is suitable for pipework and any lagging in excess of 100mm in diameter, the water in the pipe is non potable and is derived from any other source (ie. the water does not come from the public water supply) . To conform to the latest BS 1710:2014 full banding requirements you would need a minimum banding width of 450mm (made up of 2 x 150mm Identification colour bands, plus the central Code and Safety colours with a combined width of no less than 150mm); to achieve this you could use the following tapes:

Place the first three tapes side by side around the pipework in the following sequence: Green/Flint Grey/Black/Flint Grey/ Green

Then add the Non Potable Water tape and the arrow tape over the centre of the outer green bands

This would give a 450mm wide band as shown below:

Pipe Identification Tapes Example 3

Choose from over 130 different 50mm wide descriptive text and directional tapes covering the following main services: water, gas, air, steam, acids & alkalis, medical gases and oils, plus there is the option to create your own pipe identification tapes.

Download the Pipe Identification Tapes Information Sheet for further details on these products.

The text, arrow and coloured tapes are all kept in stock for immediate dispatch using a next day courier service.

Alternatively, contact us for details of our bespoke internal and external tapes printed in full banding colours, including text and directional arrows.  The maximum width available is 275mm, with a minimum order quantity of six rolls per type.

If you would like advice on marking up your pipework please give us a call on 01348 840 675 or send us an email.

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New Products

New Gas and Water Pipe Identification Tapes

Our full range of Pipe Identification Tapes offer a quick, easy and cost effective way to mark up all your pipework to comply with the British Standard regulations.  We are continually increasing our range of standard Pipe Identification Tapes and our latest additions are:

For Gas: Bio-Methane

This 50mm wide self-adhesive tape has a yellow ochre 08-C-35 flood coat, the British Standard colour for Gas , with Bio-Methane printed in black. Gas Pipe Identifiction TapesEach roll is 33 metres long.

To see the full range of Gas Tapes click here

For Water: CHW, Primary Flow and Primary Return

Water Pipe Identifiction TapesThese 50mm wide self-adhesive tapes all have a green 12-D-45 flood coat, the British Standard colour for Water and black text. Each roll is 33 metres long.

With over 40 standard Water Tapes to choose from, click here to see the full range.

Coloured and Directional Pipe ID Tapes

Directional and Coloured Pipe Identifiction TapesWhen you need to mark up your pipework with full banding to the British Standard, why not team up our 50mm wide text tapes with our Directional Arrows and Coloured Tapes.  The coloured tapes are available in 50mm, 100mm and 150mm widths.

Pipe Banding and Pipe Markers

Pipe Markers and Pipe BandingIf you are looking for something more bespoke have a look at our Pipe Markers and Pipe Banding.  These are printed to comply with the British Standard requirements, but can also have your specific text added and both are available in three sizes to suit all pipework diameters.

 

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BS 1710:2014 Specification for Identification of Pipelines and Services

All pipework containing water should be clearly marked to show where the water comes from and whether it is potable or non-potable, to avoid

R M Labels Full Colour Banding for Water Pipework
Full banding by R M Labels Limited for pipework containing water

contamination of drinking water. This is clearly described in the BS 1710:2014 specification for Identification of Pipelines and Services. Below is an extract from the BSI (British Standard Institution) website giving an overview of the revisions that came into effect in 2014:

BS 1710 specifies the colours and other information that should be used to identify pipes, ducts and electrical conduits.

As the last version of the standard was published in 1984, it is long out of date. There was a particular need to update the coding system for the water supply industry, where alternative water reuse systems are becoming more popular – and where alterations can lead to contaminated drinking water if the content of different pipes is not explicit.

BSI has now fully revised the standard. Among other things, the new version:

  • Refines the labelling system to aid identification
  • Simplifies identification in building and water systems
  • Introduces a new three-size methodology to accommodate the full range of fluid services
  • Removes ship systems, which are now covered in BS ISO 14726

BS 1710:2014 will support the legal requirement for those who install and use plumbing systems to prevent cross contamination.

More broadly the new standard will be of interest to building designers, operators, users and service installers, and a wide variety of associated industries and activities including waste, water, liquid fuels, gases, and refrigeration.

Pipe Markers to BS 1710 2014
Pipe Markers to BS 1710 2014 by R M Labels Limited

There are many products available for marking up pipework and the associated valves for both commercial and domestic properties, such as pipe identification tape, pipe banding, pipe markers and valve tags.

 

British Standards Institution: www.bsigroup.com

BSI: 1710:2014 Specification for Identification of Pipelines and Services

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