July 2021 Vol. 3

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PPN- The Leading Source of Industry News on Polymer Pipes and Plastic Pipe Testing

Global News on Plastic Piping and Fittings


NEWSMAKERS:  * ADS * AGRU * Borouge * ExcelPlas * ImerTech  * IPLEX * PIPA * PE100 * PE-RT * PEX * PPI  * PPN * Reliance Worldwide * RWC * SAPPMA * Uponor * Wavin

INDUSTRY NEWS

Pipemaker ADS Seeking More Recyclables as It Turns Discarded Plastics into Pipes
https://cloud.excelplas.com/s/3mVCNqTFmE0r42D#pdfviewer

Uponor Expanding PEX Pipe Manufacturing Capacity in Two Facilities
https://www.supplyht.com/articles/104146-uponor-expanding-manufacturing-capacity-in-two-facilities

AGRU Introduces Novel Plastic Composite Pipe Which Prevents Diffusion
https://www.worldpipelines.com/equipment-and-safety/15072021/novel-plastic-composite-pipe-prevents-diffusion/

Reliance Worldwide (ASX:RWC) Set to Acquire LCL Assets for $37 Million
https://www.finnewsnetwork.com.au/archives/finance_news_network349197.html

ImerTech Patent New HDPE Pipe Composition with Functional Fillers
https://www.freepatentsonline.com/11067204.pdf

Six Frequently Encountered Problems in PE Pipes And Their Solutions
https://www.madisonpipe.com/blog/6-problems-in-pe-pipes-and-their-solutions/

Wavin Takes Over Dura-Line Manufacturing Facility in Hyderabad
https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/wavin-takes-over-dura-line-manufacturing-facility-in-hyderabad/article35186531.ece

PIPA POP007 – Metal Backing Flanges for use with Polyethylene (PE) Pipe Flange Adaptors
https://pipa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/PIPA-POP007-Metal-Backing-Flanges-for-Use-with-Polyethylene-PE-Pipe-Flange-Adaptors-Issue-2.6.pdf

HDPE Pipe Bursting Webinar – 27th July 2021
http://www.pepipe.org/july-27-2021

The First Eco & Hybrid Pipeline for Dredging in the World – With Wireless Remote Control
https://www.dredgingtoday.com/2021/07/21/the-first-eco-hybrid-pipeline-for-dredging-in-the-world-with-wireless-remote-control/

New Digital News Platform for Communicating to the Global Plastic Pipe Industry
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PIPE FAILURE

Eliminating The Risks Of Plastic Piping Degradation From Oxidation In Residential Water Systems
https://www.flowguardgold.com/en-us/blog/eliminating-the-risks-of-piping-degradation-from-orp-in-residential-water-systems

Cautionary Warning:  Some PEX Piping is Prone to Development of Cracks Due to Early Oxidation
ExcelPlas Labs have developed a three-step testing program to detect early failure of PEX pipe and their expected service lifetime.
The 3 Step Testing is based on:

  • Oxidative Induction Time (OIT) testing to determine the residual level of oxidative stability (i.e. thermal stability)
  • Quantitative Additive Analysis (QAA) to determine the type and level of protective antioxidants and stabilizer present.
  • Scanning Microscopy on inner surface after bend back to image developing microcracks

Samples of PEX pipe just 10 cm long are needed for the analysis.  7 Day turnaround on test reports.
https://www.excelplas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Excelplas-A4-Brochure-4pp-Plastic-Pipe-Testing-NTs.pdf

REINFORCED PIPES

Stress Distribution and Fracture Toughness of Underground Reinforced Plastic Pipe Composite
https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/13/2194/htm

Optimisation of Waisted Tensile Test Specimen Geometry and Determination of Tensile Energy Welding Factors for Different Polyethylene Pipe Wall Thicknesses
https://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/22945

Characterizing Mechanical Behaviour of Polyethylene Pipe Using Finite Element Method
https://era.library.ualberta.ca/items/f6929648-58c5-4cc4-810c-3ad35ccac758

NEW RESEARCH

Mechanical and Processing Enhancement of a Recycled HDPE/PPR-Based Double-Wall Corrugated Pipe via a POE-g-MAH/CaCO3/HDPE Polymer Composite
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsomega.1c02354

OTHER NEWS

Update on SAPPMA Activities
George Diliyannis, Technical https://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/service Leader at Safripol (Pty) Ltd, is responsible for heading up the HDPE committee, supported by Lesley Geyser, QC Manager and Production Planner at The Rare Group. Current areas of focus for this working group include addressing issues relating to the mixing and contamination of polyethylene, updating SAPPMA’s MFR document and addressing queries that relate to specific standards, i.e. SANS 21138 and ISO 4427:2019.
PVC committee
Renier Snyman, Technical Manager at Sun Ace SA, chairs the PVC committee with the support of Tanya van Rensburg, Production Co-Ordinator of Eurocelt. Issues that are currently being addressed by this working group include the SANS 967 (strap-on saddles),  SANS 966-2 (HSIT alternatives),  SANS 1601 (sockets and seals) and queries regarding https://www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/pipe-company lengths.
https://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/sappma-forms-three-new-specialist-standing-committee-with-specific-areas-of-focus-2021-07-15/rep_id:4136

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ExcelPlas Labs Pipe Failure Investigations
ExcelPlas Labs have created a new benchmark in failure analysis of HDPE, PP-R, PB and PEX pipes in addition to PVC &  CPVC pipes as well as composite GRP and GRE pipes.  When a plastic pipeline fails to perform as intended, our team can determine the root cause of failure (e.g.  oxidative failure, chemical failure, creep failure, over-stress failure, fatigue failure, design failure, etc).  ExcelPlas are experienced with all plastic piping failure modes and mechanisms including Slow Crack Growth (SCG) Rapid Crack Propagation (RCP), Environmental Stress Crack Resistance (ESCR), Oxidative Stress Cracking (OSC), cyclic fatigue, manufacturing defects, and polymer material problems.
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas Strain Hardening Test (SHT) for HDPE Pipes
The SHT in accordance with ISO 18488 is a relatively new, but excellent way to obtain a rapid indication of the Stress Crack Growth (SCG) resistance of your piping material. This tensile test performed at 80°C has become in just a few years the new standard for Batch Release Testing (BRT). And not without reason.  The test requires only a very small amount of material, the results are very reliable with a very low inter-laboratory scatter and the results are available within a few days, regardless of the PE grade. The SHT is usually performed on resin material but it can also be performed on samples taken directly from pipes or sheets. As accredited lab, EXCELPLAS is happy to discuss the possibilities with you, whether it is for BRT, benchmarking, quality control of your (high performing) PE grade or for polymer compliance/ validation.
http://www.excelplas.com/

Australian Plastic Pipe Testing Laboratory
ExcelPlas Laboratories provides a comprehensive plastic pipe joint testing service and is equipped with a state of the art laboratory to test a range of polymer materials including polyethylene and polypropylene. ExcelPlas can carry out testing on plastic tube and pipe ranging in wall thickness from 3 mm to 80 mm. ExcelPlas Laboratories provide a comprehensive service to Industrial & commercial companies, environmental consultants, Government bodies and local Authority customers throughout Australia & NZ. All testing is carried and out in accordance with ISO & ASTM methods and is fully accredited to ISO 17025 by NATA.
http://www.excelplas.com/

Australia’s Plastic Pipe Testing Laboratory
ExcelPlas Laboratories provides a comprehensive plastic pipe joint testing service and is equipped with a state of the art laboratory to test a range of polymer materials including polyethylene and polypropylene. ExcelPlas can carry out testing on plastic tube and pipe ranging in wall thickness from 20mm to 1200mm. ExcelPlas Laboratories provide a comprehensive service to Industrial & commercial companies, environmental consultants, Government bodies and local Authority customers throughout Australia and Asia. 
All testing is carried and out in accordance with ASTM, ISO & WIS methods and is fully accredited to ISO 17025 by NATA.
• Butt Fusion Weld Testing
• Weld Testing
• Testing of Electro-fusion Welds
• Tear on saddle joints
• Crush De-cohesion of Electro-fusion welds
• Polymer & Plastics Identification
• Chemical & Thermal Testing
• Site Audits
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas – the Australian Pipes & Fittings Testing Laboratory

  • Accredited to ISO 17025 by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) Australia, and is Australia’s largest laboratory dedicated for the testing of plastic pipes and fittings to various Standards which include Australian, European and International Standards.
  • The staff employed at the laboratory have a combined experience of more than 85 years within the plastics industry specifically with manufacturing, quality control and the research and development of plastic piping systems including HDPE, PEX, PP-R, PVC, U-PVC, M-PVC, O-PVC, ABS, GRP, GRE and PB.
  • Services provided include conformance testing, compliance testing, batch release testing, root cause analysis for field failures and non-destructive testing of samples.
  • http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas Lab Specialising in HDPE Pipe Condition Monitoring, Failure Analysis and Testing
In the event of a HDPE buttweld or electrofusion weld failing during initial testing, or in service, we can conduct investigations to assist in identifying the root cause of the failure.
This service also extends to the premature failure of the pipe or fitting itself.
http://www.excelplas.com/plastic-pipes

ExcelPlas Pipe Testing is a Leader in the Field of Polyethylene (PE) and High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Testing
ExcelPlas is accredited with the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) for butt weld tests, bend and tensile tests, peel decohesion tests on electro fusion sockets and failure mode determination
http://www.polypipetesting.com.au/butt-fusion-welds/

New UHMWPE Pipe for Tailing Offers Greater Than 4X the Abrasion Resistance of PE100 (Australia wide)
http://slurrypipes.com.au/

ExcelPlas Poly Pipe Weld Inspection Lists Top 7 Causes of Weld Failure:
• Lack of scraping
• Inaccurate scraping
• Contamination from dirt, water, oil or clays
• Lack of Paralell-ness of fusion faces
• Misalignment of surfaces
• Time, temperature and pressure deviations
• Not adhering to cool times

We have extensive experience in inspection of poly pipe welds for assuring welded joint quality.  Direct Poly Pipe Inspection ensures that operators are following the proven welding procedure; this reduces the occurrences of operational errors which lead to defects such as inclusions, lack of fusion (LoF), porosity and misalignment.
More information, contact john@excelplas.com

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July 2021 Vol. 2

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PPN- The Leading Source of Industry News on Polymer Pipes and Plastic Pipe Testing

Global News on Plastic Piping and Fittings


NEWSMAKERS:  * Butt Fusion * Failure Analysis * Electrofusion * ExcelPlas * Geberit  * GFR-HDPE * ISCO * NDT * PE100 * PE-RT * PEX * PPN * PP-R * Rehau * TOFD * Uponor * Victaulic * Zetec

INDUSTRY NEWS

USA Pipe Manufacturer ISCO Inks Deal in Africa
https://pmnewsnigeria.com/2021/07/06/nigerian-firm-signs-sales-agreement-with-us-based-isco/

Zetec Present Ultrasonic Inspection Solution for HDPE Butt-Fusion Joints
https://materialsperformance.com/news/2021/07/ultrasonic-inspection-solution-for-hdpe-butt-fusion-joints
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7303905524892510221?source=SP

TOFD Inspection of HDPE Piping to Assure Quality of Fusion Welding
https://www.zetec.com/blog/tofd-inspection-of-hdpe-piping-for-petrochemical-use/

Geberit Australia Showcase their Geberit ESG 3 Pipe Welder Used for HDPE Pipes and Electrofusion Couplings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc0KdVbAGco

Uponor Recommendations on PEX Pipe Supports (Hangers) for Large-Diameter Commercial PEX Pipe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvF9NEk-aJs

ExcelPlas Pipe Testing Labs Report Greater Incidence of Plastic Pipe Failures with PEX, PP-R and PB Pipes/Fittings
EP Labs has worked on 55 cases of plastic pipe forensic failure analysis for the first 7 months of 2021
https://www.excelplas.com/about-us/our-company/

Thermal Effects In Piping Systems and Potential for Failure
https://www.edtengineers.com/blog-post/thermal-effects-piping-systems

Rehau Seeking Business Development Manager for PEXa-based Water Service Pipes 
https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/business-development-manager-municipex-at-rehau-2647395356

Victaulic Patent New Pipe Adapter Coupling
https://www.freepatentsonline.com/11060639.pdf

China Develops Automatic Identification Method for Electrofusion Welding Defects
https://cloud.excelplas.com/s/wizSh3hMC3794JZ#pdfviewer

New Digital News Platform for Communicating to the Global Plastic Pipe Industry
Send Us Your News!!!  PPN Publishes weekly.
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NEW PUBLISHED RESEARCH

Numerical Simulation of the Severity of Surface Defects in HDPE Pipes
https://www.asjp.cerist.dz/en/downArticle/293/5/2/158322

Influence Analysis of the Controllable Factors on the Objective Functions for Optimizing the Welding of PE100 Pipelines for Natural Gas Distribution
https://www.scientific.net/AMR.1164.25

Cooling and Annealing of Plastic Pipe in Commercial Pipe Extrusion
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2451904921001323#

Hydraulic Transients in HDPE Pipeline Systems with Sudden Cross-Section Changes
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kamil-Urbanowicz/publication/353034517-Hydraulic-Transients-in-Viscoelastic-Pipeline-System-with-Sudden-Cross-Section-Changes

Large-Scale Model of Lateral Pressure on a Buried HDPE Pipeline in Medium Dense Sand
https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3417/11/12/5554/pdf

Study on Method of Onshore Launching System Design for Over-length Large Diameter HDPE Pipe
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1755-1315/768/1/012160/pdf

Production of Off-Axial Glass Fibre-Reinforced HDPE Pipes Fabricated via Rotating Co-extrusion
https://cloud.excelplas.com/s/WVlYpjht4IqRDtS#pdfviewer

The Effect of Hydrothermal Aging on the Low-Velocity Impact Behaviour of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Reinforced Carbon Fiber/Epoxy Composite Pipes
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10443-021-09923-w

Implementation of Lean Six Sigma in an Effort to Reduce the Failure of the PVC Pipe Quality Load Test
https://press.umsida.ac.id/index.php/PELS/article/download/933/612/

OTHER NEWS

Singapore Publishes New Standard Guidance for Plastic Pipes and Fittings
https://www.pub.gov.sg/Documents/PUB-Stipulated-Standards-Requirements-for-Water-Fittings.pdf

BRAND MARKETING

How to Get Noticed by More Than 40,000 People in the Poly Pipe Space Across the Globe
PPN we reaches over 40,000 people each month and this high level of audience engagement comes from years of creating content that matters to the plastic pipe industry.
We provide the industry’s most reliable and current information, and have the trust and attention of the leaders and decision makers.
Not only can we help you get in front of our highly engaged audience, but we also have a number of channels you can use to target your message – as well as the subject matter experts to put it all together.
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ExcelPlas Labs Pipe Failure Investigations
ExcelPlas Labs have created a new benchmark in failure analysis of HDPE, PP-R, PB and PEX pipes in addition to PVC &  CPVC pipes as well as composite GRP and GRE pipes.  When a plastic pipeline fails to perform as intended, our team can determine the root cause of failure (e.g.  oxidative failure, chemical failure, creep failure, over-stress failure, fatigue failure, design failure, etc).  ExcelPlas are experienced with all plastic piping failure modes and mechanisms including Slow Crack Growth (SCG) Rapid Crack Propagation (RCP), Environmental Stress Crack Resistance (ESCR), Oxidative Stress Cracking (OSC), cyclic fatigue, manufacturing defects, and polymer material problems.
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas Strain Hardening Test (SHT) for HDPE Pipes
The SHT in accordance with ISO 18488 is a relatively new, but excellent way to obtain a rapid indication of the Stress Crack Growth (SCG) resistance of your piping material. This tensile test performed at 80°C has become in just a few years the new standard for Batch Release Testing (BRT). And not without reason.  The test requires only a very small amount of material, the results are very reliable with a very low inter-laboratory scatter and the results are available within a few days, regardless of the PE grade. The SHT is usually performed on resin material but it can also be performed on samples taken directly from pipes or sheets. As accredited lab, EXCELPLAS is happy to discuss the possibilities with you, whether it is for BRT, benchmarking, quality control of your (high performing) PE grade or for polymer compliance/ validation.
http://www.excelplas.com/

Australian Plastic Pipe Testing Laboratory
ExcelPlas Laboratories provides a comprehensive plastic pipe joint testing service and is equipped with a state of the art laboratory to test a range of polymer materials including polyethylene and polypropylene. ExcelPlas can carry out testing on plastic tube and pipe ranging in wall thickness from 3 mm to 80 mm. ExcelPlas Laboratories provide a comprehensive service to Industrial & commercial companies, environmental consultants, Government bodies and local Authority customers throughout Australia & NZ. All testing is carried and out in accordance with ISO & ASTM methods and is fully accredited to ISO 17025 by NATA.
http://www.excelplas.com/

Australia’s Plastic Pipe Testing Laboratory
ExcelPlas Laboratories provides a comprehensive plastic pipe joint testing service and is equipped with a state of the art laboratory to test a range of polymer materials including polyethylene and polypropylene. ExcelPlas can carry out testing on plastic tube and pipe ranging in wall thickness from 20mm to 1200mm. ExcelPlas Laboratories provide a comprehensive service to Industrial & commercial companies, environmental consultants, Government bodies and local Authority customers throughout Australia and Asia. 
All testing is carried and out in accordance with ASTM, ISO & WIS methods and is fully accredited to ISO 17025 by NATA.
• Butt Fusion Weld Testing
• Weld Testing
• Testing of Electro-fusion Welds
• Tear on saddle joints
• Crush De-cohesion of Electro-fusion welds
• Polymer & Plastics Identification
• Chemical & Thermal Testing
• Site Audits
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas – the Australian Pipes & Fittings Testing Laboratory

  • Accredited to ISO 17025 by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) Australia, and is Australia’s largest laboratory dedicated for the testing of plastic pipes and fittings to various Standards which include Australian, European and International Standards.
  • The staff employed at the laboratory have a combined experience of more than 85 years within the plastics industry specifically with manufacturing, quality control and the research and development of plastic piping systems including HDPE, PEX, PP-R, PVC, U-PVC, M-PVC, O-PVC, ABS, GRP, GRE and PB.
  • Services provided include conformance testing, compliance testing, batch release testing, root cause analysis for field failures and non-destructive testing of samples.
  • http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas Lab Specialising in HDPE Pipe Condition Monitoring, Failure Analysis and Testing
In the event of a HDPE buttweld or electrofusion weld failing during initial testing, or in service, we can conduct investigations to assist in identifying the root cause of the failure.
This service also extends to the premature failure of the pipe or fitting itself.
http://www.excelplas.com/plastic-pipes

ExcelPlas Pipe Testing is a Leader in the Field of Polyethylene (PE) and High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Testing
ExcelPlas is accredited with the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) for butt weld tests, bend and tensile tests, peel decohesion tests on electro fusion sockets and failure mode determination
http://www.polypipetesting.com.au/butt-fusion-welds/

New UHMWPE Pipe for Tailing Offers Greater Than 4X the Abrasion Resistance of PE100 (Australia wide)
http://slurrypipes.com.au/

ExcelPlas Poly Pipe Weld Inspection Lists Top 7 Causes of Weld Failure:
• Lack of scraping
• Inaccurate scraping
• Contamination from dirt, water, oil or clays
• Lack of Paralell-ness of fusion faces
• Misalignment of surfaces
• Time, temperature and pressure deviations
• Not adhering to cool times

We have extensive experience in inspection of poly pipe welds for assuring welded joint quality.  Direct Poly Pipe Inspection ensures that operators are following the proven welding procedure; this reduces the occurrences of operational errors which lead to defects such as inclusions, lack of fusion (LoF), porosity and misalignment.
More information, contact john@excelplas.com

Get Your HDPE Pipe Products or Services Noticed – Advertise in Poly Pipe News (PPN) Australia
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This Newsletter is brought to you by Excelplas Labs, Australia’s Largest group of Poly Pipe Testing Labs.

Pipe Poly News (PPN) is now Australia’s most current and comprehensive source of news on Polyethylene pipes and Poly Pipe Welding;

Poly Pipe News is now sent to over 4500 Poly Pipe Industry Members every week.

Any news requests should be sent to john@excelplas.com
To subscribe, visit https://www.polypipenews.com.au/subscribe/

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PPN is owned and operated by ExcelPlas Pty Ltd.  By subscribing to PPN you agree to receiving regular PPN newsletters as well as the PPN platform using your email contact details to enhance the performance and functionality of PPN and its analytics reports.  These email contact details allow PPN to track page views and create more targeted and relevant content.  PPN provides an unsubscribe link on the bottom of each PPN newsletter.

July 2021 Vol. 1

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PPN- The Leading Source of Industry News on Polymer Pipes and Plastic Pipe Testing

Global News on Plastic Piping and Fittings


NEWSMAKERS:  * Aquatherm * Blansol * Borouge * CalcEdge™ * Cooke & Dowsett * Failure * Easypress™ * ExcelPlas * Georg Fischer  * GF Piping * GRP * IPLEX * IPEX * KiTEC Piping * ISO * Lendlease * LG Chem * Lucene™ * PE100 * PE-RT * PEX * PPN * PP-R * PP-RCT * SABIC * Uponor * Vinidex

LEGAL NEWS

Georg Fischer Appeals Judgement Where it Was Found Negligent Over Fusion Welding Machine (Declassified)
Hundreds of plastic pipes needed to be removed and replaced when it was discovered that one of the settings on the Georg Fischer IR-225 fusion welding machine used to weld the pipes had been mistakenly recalibrated during a service call, which potentially compromised the welds. Quality Plus was sued as a result and, in turn, sued the manufacturer of the welding machine, Georg Fischer, LLC, and the company that performed the service call, Plastic Services Northwest, Inc. A jury returned a verdict in favour of Quality Plus, finding that Georg Fischer and Plastic Services were negligent
https://scholar.google.com.au/scholar_case?case-11832837228977817835&q-polypropylene-pipe&hl-en&scisbd-2&as-sdt=2006

FAILURE OF POLYMER PIPES

Lendlease Agrees to Replacement of Aquatherm PP-R Hot Water Pipes At Major Melbourne Hospital (Royal Women’s Hospital) (Declassified)
https://doylesarbitrationlawyers.com/rw-health-partnership-pty-ltd-v-lendlease-building-contractors-pty-ltd-2019-vsc-353-29-may-2019/
http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/vic/VSC/2019/353.html?context=1;query=Aquatherm;mask_path=

Tribunal Hearing Involving Failed Hot Water PP-R Piping from 34 Storey Apartment Tower at 109 Clarendon Street, Southbank (Melbourne) Australia
Owners Corporation 1 Plan No. PS608199K v Aquatherm Australia Pty Limited (ACN: 059 578 782)
Owners Corporation 1 Plan No. PS608199K v Built Vic Pty Ltd (ACN 095 993 365), Built Holdings Pty Ltd(ACN: 108 928 409), Cooke & Dowsett Pty Ltd, Aquatherm Australia Pty Ltd ACN 059 578 782
https://www.heraldsun.com.au/subscribe/news/1/?sourceCode=HSWEB_WRE170_a_GGL&dest=https%3A%2F%2F
https://www.skyscrapercenter.com/building/109-clarendon-street/13478

Degradation of Polymer Pipes Exposed to Chlorinated Water (A Review) [PDF]
https://cloud.excelplas.com/s/I7248SnXY2q9Vf9#pdfviewer

INDUSTRY NEWS

LG Chem Becomes Asia’s No. 1 Polyolefin Producer with New Naphtha Cracking Centre (Breaking News)
Increased demand for Lucene™ SP980 Metallocene Pipe Resin for PERT Pipes
https://pulsenews.co.kr/view.php?year=2021&no=615674

Sabic Sets Up HDPE Pipe Innovation Centre Across the Globe
https://www.sabic.com/en/industries/building-construction/pipe-utilities/innovation/innovation-support-across-the-globe

PPN Achieves Another Milestone with +40,000 Readers Worldwide
https://www.polypipenews.com.au/

Borouge Seeking Manager, Application Marketing for PE Pipes – Asia South
http://www.borougecareers.com/borouge/VacancyDetail.aspx?PageId=100&VacancyID=154391&lang=en-US

Blansol Offers Easypress™ Press-fitting System for PEX pipes
https://www.blansol.com/pex-multilayer/pex-pipe-fitting-pressfitting/

New App – Vinidex HDPE Lookup with HDPE Pipe Pressure Design Guide
This CalcEdge™ based app assists in selecting HDPE pipe and provides a basic design guideline for the flow and velocity limits of the selected pipe. Temperature deration of the rated pressure is also considered.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SlC6K7aEeA

Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating  Appoints Uponor’s Bill Hooper As Chair
https://www.canadianconsultingengineer.com/companies-people/ciph-appoints-uponors-bill-hooper-chair/1003412955/

Canadian Pipe Maker IPEX Eyes Off US Market and Opens New Distribution Centre in Texas
https://www.canplastics.com/canplastics/canadian-pipe-maker-ipex-opens-new-distribution-centre-in-garland-texas/1003456593/

NEW PATENTS

Kitec Patents New Method for Manufacturing PEX Piping [PDF]
https://www.freepatentsonline.com/20210197529.pdf

NEW PRODUCTS

Fabrication of Anti-Scaling HDPE/Fluorinated Acrylate Polymer/Nano-Silica Composite for Landfill Leachate Piping System
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0045653521017744!

POLYMER PIPE TESTING SERVICES

Polymer Pipe Failure Analysis – 30 Years Experience
ExcelPlas Polymer Testing Laboratory, ISO-IEC 17025  Recognized & Accredited
Provides independent testing, failure analyses and other analytical services for the Plastics, Composites, HDPE, PP-R, PVC, PEX, PB, GRP Pipes and More!
https://www.excelplas.com/about-us/our-company/

Digital Weld Bead Inspection (DWBI)
ExcelPlas has developed a Digital Weld Bead Inspection Method for quality checks of the integrity of fusion welds to prevent potentially catastrophic leaks from occurring.
https://www.excelplas.com/about-us/our-company/

GRP PIPES

Stress Distribution and Fracture Toughness of Underground Reinforced Plastic Pipe Composite
https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/13/2194/pdf

ISO Revises GRP Pipe Standard ISO 23856:2021
Plastics piping systems for pressure and non-pressure water supply, drainage or sewerage — Glass-reinforced thermosetting plastics (GRP) systems based on unsaturated polyester (UP) resin
https://www.iso.org/standard/77173.html

PEX PIPES

Cautionary Warning:  Some PEX Piping is Prone to Development of Cracks Due to Early Oxidation
ExcelPlas Labs have developed a three-step testing program to detect early failure of PEX pipe and their expected service lifetime.
The 3 Step Testing is based on:

  • Oxidative Induction Time (OIT) testing to determine the residual level of oxidative stability (i.e. thermal stability)
  • Quantitative Additive Analysis (QAA) to determine the type and level of protective antioxidants and stabilizer present.
  • Scanning Microscopy on inner surface after bend back to image developing microcracks

Samples of PEX pipe just 10 cm long are needed for the analysis.  7 Day turnaround on test reports.
https://www.excelplas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Excelplas-A4-Brochure-4pp-Plastic-Pipe-Testing-NTs.pdf

BRAND MARKETING

How to Get Noticed by More Than 40,000 People in the Poly Pipe Space Across the Globe
PPN we reaches over 40,000 people each month and this high level of audience engagement comes from years of creating content that matters to the plastic pipe industry.
We provide the industry’s most reliable and current information, and have the trust and attention of the leaders and decision makers.
Not only can we help you get in front of our highly engaged audience, but we also have a number of channels you can use to target your message – as well as the subject matter experts to put it all together.
https://www.polypipenews.com.au/


ExcelPlas Labs Pipe Failure Investigations
ExcelPlas Labs have created a new benchmark in failure analysis of HDPE, PP-R, PB and PEX pipes in addition to PVC &  CPVC pipes as well as composite GRP and GRE pipes.  When a plastic pipeline fails to perform as intended, our team can determine the root cause of failure (e.g.  oxidative failure, chemical failure, creep failure, over-stress failure, fatigue failure, design failure, etc).  ExcelPlas are experienced with all plastic piping failure modes and mechanisms including Slow Crack Growth (SCG) Rapid Crack Propagation (RCP), Environmental Stress Crack Resistance (ESCR), Oxidative Stress Cracking (OSC), cyclic fatigue, manufacturing defects, and polymer material problems.
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas Strain Hardening Test (SHT) for HDPE Pipes
The SHT in accordance with ISO 18488 is a relatively new, but excellent way to obtain a rapid indication of the Stress Crack Growth (SCG) resistance of your piping material. This tensile test performed at 80°C has become in just a few years the new standard for Batch Release Testing (BRT). And not without reason.  The test requires only a very small amount of material, the results are very reliable with a very low inter-laboratory scatter and the results are available within a few days, regardless of the PE grade. The SHT is usually performed on resin material but it can also be performed on samples taken directly from pipes or sheets. As accredited lab, EXCELPLAS is happy to discuss the possibilities with you, whether it is for BRT, benchmarking, quality control of your (high performing) PE grade or for polymer compliance/ validation.
http://www.excelplas.com/

Australian Plastic Pipe Testing Laboratory
ExcelPlas Laboratories provides a comprehensive plastic pipe joint testing service and is equipped with a state of the art laboratory to test a range of polymer materials including polyethylene and polypropylene. ExcelPlas can carry out testing on plastic tube and pipe ranging in wall thickness from 3 mm to 80 mm. ExcelPlas Laboratories provide a comprehensive service to Industrial & commercial companies, environmental consultants, Government bodies and local Authority customers throughout Australia & NZ. All testing is carried and out in accordance with ISO & ASTM methods and is fully accredited to ISO 17025 by NATA.
http://www.excelplas.com/

Australia’s Plastic Pipe Testing Laboratory
ExcelPlas Laboratories provides a comprehensive plastic pipe joint testing service and is equipped with a state of the art laboratory to test a range of polymer materials including polyethylene and polypropylene. ExcelPlas can carry out testing on plastic tube and pipe ranging in wall thickness from 20mm to 1200mm. ExcelPlas Laboratories provide a comprehensive service to Industrial & commercial companies, environmental consultants, Government bodies and local Authority customers throughout Australia and Asia. 
All testing is carried and out in accordance with ASTM, ISO & WIS methods and is fully accredited to ISO 17025 by NATA.
• Butt Fusion Weld Testing
• Weld Testing
• Testing of Electro-fusion Welds
• Tear on saddle joints
• Crush De-cohesion of Electro-fusion welds
• Polymer & Plastics Identification
• Chemical & Thermal Testing
• Site Audits
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas – the Australian Pipes & Fittings Testing Laboratory

  • Accredited to ISO 17025 by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) Australia, and is Australia’s largest laboratory dedicated for the testing of plastic pipes and fittings to various Standards which include Australian, European and International Standards.
  • The staff employed at the laboratory have a combined experience of more than 85 years within the plastics industry specifically with manufacturing, quality control and the research and development of plastic piping systems including HDPE, PEX, PP-R, PVC, U-PVC, M-PVC, O-PVC, ABS, GRP, GRE and PB.
  • Services provided include conformance testing, compliance testing, batch release testing, root cause analysis for field failures and non-destructive testing of samples.
  • http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas Lab Specialising in HDPE Pipe Condition Monitoring, Failure Analysis and Testing
In the event of a HDPE buttweld or electrofusion weld failing during initial testing, or in service, we can conduct investigations to assist in identifying the root cause of the failure.
This service also extends to the premature failure of the pipe or fitting itself.
http://www.excelplas.com/plastic-pipes

ExcelPlas Pipe Testing is a Leader in the Field of Polyethylene (PE) and High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Testing
ExcelPlas is accredited with the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) for butt weld tests, bend and tensile tests, peel decohesion tests on electro fusion sockets and failure mode determination
http://www.polypipetesting.com.au/butt-fusion-welds/

New UHMWPE Pipe for Tailing Offers Greater Than 4X the Abrasion Resistance of PE100 (Australia wide)
http://slurrypipes.com.au/

ExcelPlas Poly Pipe Weld Inspection Lists Top 7 Causes of Weld Failure:
• Lack of scraping
• Inaccurate scraping
• Contamination from dirt, water, oil or clays
• Lack of Paralell-ness of fusion faces
• Misalignment of surfaces
• Time, temperature and pressure deviations
• Not adhering to cool times

We have extensive experience in inspection of poly pipe welds for assuring welded joint quality.  Direct Poly Pipe Inspection ensures that operators are following the proven welding procedure; this reduces the occurrences of operational errors which lead to defects such as inclusions, lack of fusion (LoF), porosity and misalignment.
More information, contact john@excelplas.com

Get Your HDPE Pipe Products or Services Noticed – Advertise in Poly Pipe News (PPN) Australia
https://www.polypipenews.com.au/advertise/

This Newsletter is brought to you by Excelplas Labs, Australia’s Largest group of Poly Pipe Testing Labs.

Pipe Poly News (PPN) is now Australia’s most current and comprehensive source of news on Polyethylene pipes and Poly Pipe Welding;

Poly Pipe News is now sent to over 4500 Poly Pipe Industry Members every week.

Any news requests should be sent to john@excelplas.com
To subscribe, visit https://www.polypipenews.com.au/subscribe/

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PPN is owned and operated by ExcelPlas Pty Ltd.  By subscribing to PPN you agree to receiving regular PPN newsletters as well as the PPN platform using your email contact details to enhance the performance and functionality of PPN and its analytics reports.  These email contact details allow PPN to track page views and create more targeted and relevant content.  PPN provides an unsubscribe link on the bottom of each PPN newsletter.

June 2021 Vol. 3

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PPN- The Leading Source of Industry News on Polymer Pipes and Plastic Pipe Testing

Global News on Plastic Piping and Fittings


NEWSMAKERS:  * Aliaxis * Borealis * Borouge * Ecoflex™ * ExcelPlas * FB Balzanelli  * IPLEX * McElroy * PE100 * PE100+ Association * PE-RT * PEX * PPN * PP-R * PP-RCT * PVC-A * Rehau * RAUPEX™ * SCG (Thailand) * Simona * Uponor * Zurich Insurance

INDUSTRY NEWS

Simona Develops Special PE100 Pipes with Wear Resistant Co-extruded Inner Layer for Waste Water Applications
https://www.simona.de/en/applications/water-management/waste-water-disposal/pe-100-ap-line-wastewater-disposal-pipes/

Video – ‘Moving Forward with Uponor’ – from PEX to PP-RCT pipe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAW0qGA8M9o

PE100+ Association Updates List of Approved PE100 Resin Suppliers
https://www.pe100plus.com/PE-Pipes/pe100/companies/r1016.html

Rehau Launches RAUPEX® UV Shield PEX-a Pipe
Crosslinking takes place in special extruders and this results in a higher degree of crosslinking compared to PEX-b or PEX-c pipes, which gives the pipe greater strength, higher flexibility and greater toughness
https://www.rehau.com/downloads/496556/raupexuvshieldcounterguide-855825-rehau.pdf

New Digital News Platform for Communicating to the Global Plastic Pipe Industry
Send Us Your News!!!  PPN Publishes weekly.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUKxWbOZY10

REHAU Showcases Polymer Heat Networks District Heating & Pre-insulated Pipe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PLbg07VjyA

UPONOR LAUNCHES ECOFLEX™ VIP THERMO PRE-INSULATED PIPES
https://www.installeronline.co.uk/uponor-launches-ecoflex-vip-thermo-pre-insulated-pipes/

PE100+ Association Invited to Speak at the Annual German Pipe Conference
https://www.pe100plus.com/PE-Pipes/news/PE100-Association-had-been-invited-to-speak-at-the-annual-German-Pipe-Conference-i2241.html

Cautionary Warning:  Some PEX Piping is Prone to Development of Cracks Due to Early Oxidation
ExcelPlas Labs have developed a three-step testing program to detect early failure of PEX pipe and their expected service lifetime.
The 3 Step Testing is based on:

  • Oxidative Induction Time (OIT) testing to determine the residual level of oxidative stability (i.e. thermal stability)
  • Quantitative Additive Analysis (QAA) to determine the type and level of protective antioxidants and stabilizer present.
  • Scanning Microscopy on inner surface after bend back to image developing microcracks

Samples of PEX pipe just 10 cm long are needed for the analysis.  7 Day turnaround on test reports.
https://www.excelplas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Excelplas-A4-Brochure-4pp-Plastic-Pipe-Testing-NTs.pdf

Aliaxis Share Price Recovers to Pre-COVID Levels
https://cloud.excelplas.com/s/iS7Qac89Q6GtzVd

Borealis and Borouge to Share Latest Plastic Piping Innovations at Plastic Pipes XX Conference
https://www.borealisgroup.com/news/borealis-and-borouge-to-share-latest-innovations-at-plastic-pipes-xx-conference

FB Balzanelli Strengthen its Fleet of Automatic Coilers for Large HDPE Pipe Sizes
https://www.fb-balzanelli.it/fb-balzanelli-strengthen-its-fleet-of-automatic-coilers-for-large-pipe-sizes/

Zurich Insurance Issues Bulletin on Plastic Pipe Plumbing Failures
https://www.zurich.co.uk/news-and-insight/-/media/Zurich_Resilience_Solutions_ZMunicipal_Final_Version.pdf

Aliaxis Announce Their Commitment to Plastics Recycling in Australia
https://aliaxis.com/recycling-australia/

McElroy Minute: Update GPS Location For A HDPE Pipe Joint’s Final Location In A Fuse/Pull Situation?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P8CQDRLIM4

NEW PATENTS

Thai Polyethylene and SCG Patent New Bimodal Polyethylene for HDPE Pressure Pipes
https://www.freepatentsonline.com/EP3293208B1.pdf

Borealis Patent New PP-R Pipe Composition
https://www.freepatentsonline.com/20210108058.pdf

Borealis Patent Polyethylene Blend of Recycled PE and Virgin PE
https://www.freepatentsonline.com/WO2021122299A1.pdf

NEW RESEARCH

Aging of Polyethylene of Raised Temperature Resistance (PE-RT) Pipe Liner After a Four-Year Service in a Crude Oil Gathering System
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11668-021-01176-w

Life Cycle Assessment of PVC-A Pipes in the Construction Sector [PDF]
https://www.cetjournal.it/cet/21/86/121.pdf

Structural Response of Non-Perforated and Perforated Corrugated HDPE Pipes Under Variable Loading
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1537511021001021

JOBS

Iplex Seeking Testing and Design Engineer for Plastic Pipes
https://www.careerone.com.au/jobview/testing-design-engineer/950457ea-24af-4199-9f5a-55e23ee1a7c0

BRAND MARKETING

How to Get Noticed by More Than 40,000 People in the Poly Pipe Space Across the Globe
PPN we reaches over 40,000 people each month and this high level of audience engagement comes from years of creating content that matters to the plastic pipe industry.
We provide the industry’s most reliable and current information, and have the trust and attention of the leaders and decision makers.
Not only can we help you get in front of our highly engaged audience, but we also have a number of channels you can use to target your message – as well as the subject matter experts to put it all together.
https://www.polypipenews.com.au/


ExcelPlas Labs Pipe Failure Investigations
ExcelPlas Labs have created a new benchmark in failure analysis of HDPE, PP-R, PB and PEX pipes in addition to PVC &  CPVC pipes as well as composite GRP and GRE pipes.  When a plastic pipeline fails to perform as intended, our team can determine the root cause of failure (e.g.  oxidative failure, chemical failure, creep failure, over-stress failure, fatigue failure, design failure, etc).  ExcelPlas are experienced with all plastic piping failure modes and mechanisms including Slow Crack Growth (SCG) Rapid Crack Propagation (RCP), Environmental Stress Crack Resistance (ESCR), Oxidative Stress Cracking (OSC), cyclic fatigue, manufacturing defects, and polymer material problems.
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas Strain Hardening Test (SHT) for HDPE Pipes
The SHT in accordance with ISO 18488 is a relatively new, but excellent way to obtain a rapid indication of the Stress Crack Growth (SCG) resistance of your piping material. This tensile test performed at 80°C has become in just a few years the new standard for Batch Release Testing (BRT). And not without reason.  The test requires only a very small amount of material, the results are very reliable with a very low inter-laboratory scatter and the results are available within a few days, regardless of the PE grade. The SHT is usually performed on resin material but it can also be performed on samples taken directly from pipes or sheets. As accredited lab, EXCELPLAS is happy to discuss the possibilities with you, whether it is for BRT, benchmarking, quality control of your (high performing) PE grade or for polymer compliance/ validation.
http://www.excelplas.com/

Australian Plastic Pipe Testing Laboratory
ExcelPlas Laboratories provides a comprehensive plastic pipe joint testing service and is equipped with a state of the art laboratory to test a range of polymer materials including polyethylene and polypropylene. ExcelPlas can carry out testing on plastic tube and pipe ranging in wall thickness from 3 mm to 80 mm. ExcelPlas Laboratories provide a comprehensive service to Industrial & commercial companies, environmental consultants, Government bodies and local Authority customers throughout Australia & NZ. All testing is carried and out in accordance with ISO & ASTM methods and is fully accredited to ISO 17025 by NATA.
http://www.excelplas.com/

Australia’s Plastic Pipe Testing Laboratory
ExcelPlas Laboratories provides a comprehensive plastic pipe joint testing service and is equipped with a state of the art laboratory to test a range of polymer materials including polyethylene and polypropylene. ExcelPlas can carry out testing on plastic tube and pipe ranging in wall thickness from 20mm to 1200mm. ExcelPlas Laboratories provide a comprehensive service to Industrial & commercial companies, environmental consultants, Government bodies and local Authority customers throughout Australia and Asia. 
All testing is carried and out in accordance with ASTM, ISO & WIS methods and is fully accredited to ISO 17025 by NATA.
• Butt Fusion Weld Testing
• Weld Testing
• Testing of Electro-fusion Welds
• Tear on saddle joints
• Crush De-cohesion of Electro-fusion welds
• Polymer & Plastics Identification
• Chemical & Thermal Testing
• Site Audits
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas – the Australian Pipes & Fittings Testing Laboratory

  • Accredited to ISO 17025 by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) Australia, and is Australia’s largest laboratory dedicated for the testing of plastic pipes and fittings to various Standards which include Australian, European and International Standards.
  • The staff employed at the laboratory have a combined experience of more than 85 years within the plastics industry specifically with manufacturing, quality control and the research and development of plastic piping systems including HDPE, PEX, PP-R, PVC, U-PVC, M-PVC, O-PVC, ABS, GRP, GRE and PB.
  • Services provided include conformance testing, compliance testing, batch release testing, root cause analysis for field failures and non-destructive testing of samples.
  • http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas Lab Specialising in HDPE Pipe Condition Monitoring, Failure Analysis and Testing
In the event of a HDPE buttweld or electrofusion weld failing during initial testing, or in service, we can conduct investigations to assist in identifying the root cause of the failure.
This service also extends to the premature failure of the pipe or fitting itself.
http://www.excelplas.com/plastic-pipes

ExcelPlas Pipe Testing is a Leader in the Field of Polyethylene (PE) and High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Testing
ExcelPlas is accredited with the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) for butt weld tests, bend and tensile tests, peel decohesion tests on electro fusion sockets and failure mode determination
http://www.polypipetesting.com.au/butt-fusion-welds/

New UHMWPE Pipe for Tailing Offers Greater Than 4X the Abrasion Resistance of PE100 (Australia wide)
http://slurrypipes.com.au/

ExcelPlas Poly Pipe Weld Inspection Lists Top 7 Causes of Weld Failure:
• Lack of scraping
• Inaccurate scraping
• Contamination from dirt, water, oil or clays
• Lack of Paralell-ness of fusion faces
• Misalignment of surfaces
• Time, temperature and pressure deviations
• Not adhering to cool times

We have extensive experience in inspection of poly pipe welds for assuring welded joint quality.  Direct Poly Pipe Inspection ensures that operators are following the proven welding procedure; this reduces the occurrences of operational errors which lead to defects such as inclusions, lack of fusion (LoF), porosity and misalignment.
More information, contact john@excelplas.com

Get Your HDPE Pipe Products or Services Noticed – Advertise in Poly Pipe News (PPN) Australia
https://www.polypipenews.com.au/advertise/

This Newsletter is brought to you by Excelplas Labs, Australia’s Largest group of Poly Pipe Testing Labs.

Pipe Poly News (PPN) is now Australia’s most current and comprehensive source of news on Polyethylene pipes and Poly Pipe Welding;

Poly Pipe News is now sent to over 4500 Poly Pipe Industry Members every week.

Any news requests should be sent to john@excelplas.com
To subscribe, visit https://www.polypipenews.com.au/subscribe/

2021 Copyright ExcelPlas Labs

PPN is owned and operated by ExcelPlas Pty Ltd.  By subscribing to PPN you agree to receiving regular PPN newsletters as well as the PPN platform using your email contact details to enhance the performance and functionality of PPN and its analytics reports.  These email contact details allow PPN to track page views and create more targeted and relevant content.  PPN provides an unsubscribe link on the bottom of each PPN newsletter.

June 2021 Vol. 2

Download PDF

PPN- The Leading Source of Industry News on Polymer Pipes and Plastic Pipe Testing

Global News on Plastic Piping and Fittings


NEWSMAKERS: * Aliaxis * ASTM * Cimbria Capital * Corzan * CPVC * Electrofusion * ExcelPlas * Failure Analysis * GF Piping * IPEX * QENOS * PE100 * PERT * Plasson * PPN * PolyPipe Ltd. * Rehau * Reliance * RWC * SCG * Shell * TUBI Group * Uponor

INDUSTRY NEWS

Australia’s Qenos to Shut Petrochem Units
https://www.argusmedia.com/en/news/2216354-australias-qenos-to-shut-petchem-units

Top Quality, Traceable Welds are Crucial to Ensuring High Performing HDPE Pipelines
https://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/top-quality-traceable-welds-are-crucial-to-ensuring-high-performing-pipelines-2021-06-07/rep_id:4136

Aliaxis and Private Equity Owner Cimbria Capital to Accelerate Big Data Analytics of Water Pipe Systems
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/corporate-venture-investor-joins-cimbria-capital-to-accelerate-apx10-301310578.html

Interview with Tubi Group About Continuous Extrusion of HDPE Pipes In the Field With Elimination of 90% of Fusion Welds
https://irrigationleadermagazine.com/wes-long-bringing-hdpe-on-site-with-tubi-group/

Shell Presents Profiles of its In-House Plastic Pipe Expertise
https://www.shell.us/business-customers/shell-polymers/pipe-extrusion.html

Corzan Publish Technical Brochure on Chemical Resistance for CPVC Pipe and Fittings [PDF]
https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/4298533/Corzan_Industrial/Guides_and_Resources/en-us/en-us-COR-Chemical-Compatibility-WP-PDF_V2.pdf

PolyPipe Limited (UK) Patents New Poly Pipe Connection Method
https://www.freepatentsonline.com/WO2021111130A1.pdf

IPEX Patent New Push Fitting for Plastic Pipes
https://www.freepatentsonline.com/WO2021068055A1.pdf

Today – Webinar on Minimum Performance Requirements of HDPE Pressure Pipes (Register Now)
https://alkadyne.com.au/register-your-interest-for-the-upcoming-pipe-webinar-series/

Plasson Australia Receives Approval for Electrofusion, Compression Joint and Pushfittings for HDPE Pipe
https://www.wsaa.asn.au/appraisal/plasson-australia-pty-ltd-electrofusion-compression-joint-and-pushfit-fittings-pe-pipe

Celebrating 50 Years of Swiss Quality and Innovation at GF Piping Systems’ Seewis Factory
https://news.cision.com/georg-fischer-piping-systems-ltd/r/celebrating-50—years-of-swiss-quality-and-innovation-at-gf-piping-systems–seewis-factory,c3364517

ASTM Releases New Standard Specification for Standard Specification for Polyethylene of Raised Temperature/Aluminium/Polyethylene of Raised Temperature (PE-RT/AL/PE-RT) Composite Pressure Pipe
https://www.astm.org/DATABASE.CART/HISTORICAL/F3506-21.htm

POLY PIPE FAILURE

Plastic Pipe Failure Analysis
HDPE PIPE, PVC PIPE, PP-R PIPE, HOBAS PIPE AND SPOOLABLE COMPOSITE PIPE
If you are looking for an expert witness for your case involving plastic pipe failure analysis, then you rely on the team at ExcelPlas Polymer Consultants
https://www.excelplas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Excelplas-A4-Brochure-4pp-Plastic-Pipe-Testing-NTs.pdf

GRP PIPES

The Influence of Acidic Soil and the Environment for Glass-Reinforced Plastic (GRP) Composite Material Used for Ground Water Transport Pipes
https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1944/14/12/3160/pdf

Investigations of the Effect of Moisture and Impurities on the Long-Term Creep Behaviour of Polymer Composite Pipes
https://www.x-mol.com/paperRedirect/1402391750406291456

ENVIRONMENT

Twenty Polymer Firms Produce 55% of World’s Plastic Waste, Report Reveals
“Plastic pollution is one of the greatest and most critical threats facing our planet,” said Dr Andrew Forrest AO, chairman of the Minderoo Foundation
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/18/twenty-firms-produce-55-of-worlds-plastic-waste-report-reveals

Polymer Resin Producers Invest Billions in New Recycling Technology
https://waste-management-world.com/a/european-plastics-manufacturers-invest-billions-of-euros-in-chemical-recycling

BRAND MARKETING

How to Get Noticed by More Than 40,000 People in the Poly Pipe Space Across the Globe
PPN we reaches over 40,000 people each month and this high level of audience engagement comes from years of creating content that matters to the plastic pipe industry.
We provide the industry’s most reliable and current information, and have the trust and attention of the leaders and decision makers.
Not only can we help you get in front of our highly engaged audience, but we also have a number of channels you can use to target your message – as well as the subject matter experts to put it all together.
https://www.polypipenews.com.au/


ExcelPlas Labs Pipe Failure Investigations
ExcelPlas Labs have created a new benchmark in failure analysis of HDPE, PP-R, PB and PEX pipes in addition to PVC &  CPVC pipes as well as composite GRP and GRE pipes.  When a plastic pipeline fails to perform as intended, our team can determine the root cause of failure (e.g.  oxidative failure, chemical failure, creep failure, over-stress failure, fatigue failure, design failure, etc).  ExcelPlas are experienced with all plastic piping failure modes and mechanisms including Slow Crack Growth (SCG) Rapid Crack Propagation (RCP), Environmental Stress Crack Resistance (ESCR), Oxidative Stress Cracking (OSC), cyclic fatigue, manufacturing defects, and polymer material problems.
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas Strain Hardening Test (SHT) for HDPE Pipes
The SHT in accordance with ISO 18488 is a relatively new, but excellent way to obtain a rapid indication of the Stress Crack Growth (SCG) resistance of your piping material. This tensile test performed at 80°C has become in just a few years the new standard for Batch Release Testing (BRT). And not without reason.  The test requires only a very small amount of material, the results are very reliable with a very low inter-laboratory scatter and the results are available within a few days, regardless of the PE grade. The SHT is usually performed on resin material but it can also be performed on samples taken directly from pipes or sheets. As accredited lab, EXCELPLAS is happy to discuss the possibilities with you, whether it is for BRT, benchmarking, quality control of your (high performing) PE grade or for polymer compliance/ validation.
http://www.excelplas.com/

Australian Plastic Pipe Testing Laboratory
ExcelPlas Laboratories provides a comprehensive plastic pipe joint testing service and is equipped with a state of the art laboratory to test a range of polymer materials including polyethylene and polypropylene. ExcelPlas can carry out testing on plastic tube and pipe ranging in wall thickness from 3 mm to 80 mm. ExcelPlas Laboratories provide a comprehensive service to Industrial & commercial companies, environmental consultants, Government bodies and local Authority customers throughout Australia & NZ. All testing is carried and out in accordance with ISO & ASTM methods and is fully accredited to ISO 17025 by NATA.
http://www.excelplas.com/

Australia’s Plastic Pipe Testing Laboratory
ExcelPlas Laboratories provides a comprehensive plastic pipe joint testing service and is equipped with a state of the art laboratory to test a range of polymer materials including polyethylene and polypropylene. ExcelPlas can carry out testing on plastic tube and pipe ranging in wall thickness from 20mm to 1200mm. ExcelPlas Laboratories provide a comprehensive service to Industrial & commercial companies, environmental consultants, Government bodies and local Authority customers throughout Australia and Asia. 
All testing is carried and out in accordance with ASTM, ISO & WIS methods and is fully accredited to ISO 17025 by NATA.
• Butt Fusion Weld Testing
• Weld Testing
• Testing of Electro-fusion Welds
• Tear on saddle joints
• Crush De-cohesion of Electro-fusion welds
• Polymer & Plastics Identification
• Chemical & Thermal Testing
• Site Audits
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas – the Australian Pipes & Fittings Testing Laboratory

  • Accredited to ISO 17025 by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) Australia, and is Australia’s largest laboratory dedicated for the testing of plastic pipes and fittings to various Standards which include Australian, European and International Standards.
  • The staff employed at the laboratory have a combined experience of more than 85 years within the plastics industry specifically with manufacturing, quality control and the research and development of plastic piping systems including HDPE, PEX, PP-R, PVC, U-PVC, M-PVC, O-PVC, ABS, GRP, GRE and PB.
  • Services provided include conformance testing, compliance testing, batch release testing, root cause analysis for field failures and non-destructive testing of samples.
  • http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas Lab Specialising in HDPE Pipe Condition Monitoring, Failure Analysis and Testing
In the event of a HDPE buttweld or electrofusion weld failing during initial testing, or in service, we can conduct investigations to assist in identifying the root cause of the failure.
This service also extends to the premature failure of the pipe or fitting itself.
http://www.excelplas.com/plastic-pipes

ExcelPlas Pipe Testing is a Leader in the Field of Polyethylene (PE) and High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Testing
ExcelPlas is accredited with the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) for butt weld tests, bend and tensile tests, peel decohesion tests on electro fusion sockets and failure mode determination
http://www.polypipetesting.com.au/butt-fusion-welds/

New UHMWPE Pipe for Tailing Offers Greater Than 4X the Abrasion Resistance of PE100 (Australia wide)
http://slurrypipes.com.au/

ExcelPlas Poly Pipe Weld Inspection Lists Top 7 Causes of Weld Failure:
• Lack of scraping
• Inaccurate scraping
• Contamination from dirt, water, oil or clays
• Lack of Paralell-ness of fusion faces
• Misalignment of surfaces
• Time, temperature and pressure deviations
• Not adhering to cool times

We have extensive experience in inspection of poly pipe welds for assuring welded joint quality.  Direct Poly Pipe Inspection ensures that operators are following the proven welding procedure; this reduces the occurrences of operational errors which lead to defects such as inclusions, lack of fusion (LoF), porosity and misalignment.
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