February 2019 Vol. 3

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Korea Petrochemical Becomes New PE100 Resin Supplier (Breaking News)
https://www.pe100plus.com/PE-Pipes/news/Welcome-to-a-new-prestigious-raw-material-supplier-i2022.html

Investigation on the Thermal Butt Fusion Performance of the Buried HDPE Piping in Nuclear Power Plants
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1738573318305709

Extreme Testing of PEX Pipe Fittings with Car Pull Test (Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVXCTfCVVDM

Warning Over Substandard PEX Pipes
Some PEX pipe manufacturers use cost-cutting processes which lead to pipes that aren’t uniform in composition and are defective. Defective PEX pipes will not last 50+ years as advertised and quickly degrade and become brittle when exposed to hot chlorinated water. These pipes are destined to fail. Get your PEX pipes tested for Durability and Expected Service Life at ExcelPlas Labs.
http://www.excelplas.com/

Reliance Publish Sharkbite PEX Installation Guide Published Feb 2019
https://www.sharkbite.com/sites/g/files/rgohfh321/files/migrate/SB_PEX_Install_Instructions_2017_FINAL_WEB.pdf

PE Pipe Lining Installation Animation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZo5VRvlr2c

Chlorine Degradation in Plumbing Pipes
https://www.flowguardgold.com/how-chlorine-degradation-impacts-new-home-performance/

Borehole Installation Fails Using Sub-standard PE100 Pipe
http://www.sappma.co.za/newsletters/January-2019-Newsletter.pdf

Rehau Expands PEX for Municipal Water & Wastewater Line
Rehau is offering two additional cross-linked polyethylene PEXa pipes in their municipal piping program. In addition to Municipex water service line, the expanded product range now includes Municipex pre-insulated for cold-weather applications and Municipex force main for wastewater applications.  “With more than 1 billion ft of Rehau PEXa pipe installed worldwide and many North American water service projects, municipalities have reason to trust Municipex to safely and efficiently transport potable water” said Dale Gentry, Rehau Municipex national account manager. “Now, with our expanded line including pre-insulated and force main, we are building on this proven performance with cold-weather and wastewater solutions. These products offer the efficient installation and longevity that municipalities have come to expect from Municipex water service line.”
https://www.rehau.com/us-en/mechanical-and-plumbing/municipal-piping

The Investigation of the Welding Process of Different-Type Polyethylenes (New Research)
https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-13-6133-3_23

Quality Assessment of High Density Polyethylene Pipe in Department of Water Supply and Sewerage (New Research)
http://adrjournalshouse.com/index.php/civil-environment-engineering/article/view/179/150

Uponor Patent New Plastic Insulated Pipe (New Research)
https://patents.google.com/patent/US20190017646A1/en

Hydraulic Characteristic of Selected Installation Valves Installed on Various Pipes Materials (New Research)
https://www.e3s-conferences.org/articles/e3sconf/pdf/2018/34/e3sconf_ciwt2017_00023.pdf

Welding Polymer Pipes at Low Climatic Temperatures (New Research)
https://www.scientific.net/MSF.945.379

New Patent for EF Welding of Lined Poly Pipe (New Research)
https://patents.google.com/patent/US20180363822A1/en

Characteristics of Water Quality and Bacterial Communities in Three Water Supply Pipelines (Ductile Iron, Stainless Steel and HDPE)
https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlehtml/2019/ra/c8ra08645a

Australian Poly Solutions Offering Polyethylene Pipe Fusion Services, Technical HDPE Jointing Procedures and Industrial Plumbing
http://www.aussiepoly.com.au/

Pick Your Plastic Plumbing Pipe: PEX vs. PVC
https://www.theintell.com/lifestyle/20190214/networx-pick-your-plastic-plumbing-pipe-pex-vs-pvc

Unique Carbon Technology In PP-R Pipe Systems Now With Oxygen Barrier
https://www.pipelife.cz/cz-en/downloads/CARBO-OXY_leaflet_aj.pdf

Skycity Expects $395 Mill from Fletcher Building
http://www.loopvanuatu.com/global-news/skycity-expects-395-million-fletcher-building-compensation-building-delays-82466
https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/110551367/sky-city-expects-395-million-from-fletchers-in-compensation-for-building-delays

Steel-Reinforced PE Pipes Used for Melbourne Drainage Project
https://www.pharostribune.com/news/local_news/article_e2cbf2f9-5d57-5c32-aa24-1d640d05e480.html

Richard Hill Becomes New President at BPF Pipes Group
https://www.britishplastics.co.uk/News/richard-hill-becomes-new-president-at-bpf-pipes-group/

ExcelPlas Offering TOF-D Inspection of HDPE Pipe in Service for Condition Monitoring and Weld Assessment
http://www.excelplas.com/

Warning Over Stresses on PEX Pipes
PEX piping has a maximum bend radius, which can lead to stress on the pipe caused by improper installation. In addition, extreme bends and kinks place a very high local stress on the wall of the pipe, making it more susceptible oxidative degradation. This is especially true in some states where water chlorine levels run high.  PEX pipe that is bent beyond its limit can develop leaks at the stress points.
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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February 2019 Vol. 2

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Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association Updates Recent Warning about Substandard HDPE Pipes that Do Not Comply with Relevant Standards
http://www.waterafrica.co.za/index.php/news-events/news/362-advisory-for-pipe-used-in-oil-gas-and-other-fields

Failed HDPE Sewer Pipe Leads to $5.4M Bill for Replacement
https://www.concretepipe.org/latest-news/innovation-or-renovation/

PVC Pipe Court Case Over Questionable PVC Pipe Materials Ends in Mistrial
https://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20181117/NEWS/181119927/whistleblower-case-against-jm-eagle-ends-in-mistrial

$97M Waiting for Homeowners with Faulty PEX Plumbing -Why Don’t They Claim It?
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/class-action-settlement-kitec-plumbing-1.4971290

Worldpoly Launches New Website! Offering World Leading PE Pipe Machines & Training
With clients in 118 countries and counting, and almost 60 years’ of continuous history in the PE pipe industry, Worldpoly has the contacts and experience to assist you in advancing your business activity in every aspect of the PE pipe industry
https://www.worldpoly.com/

Australia To Host Next Pipe Conference (Ozpipe XIX  PPXIX) on 7th and 8th of November 2019 at Dockside on Sydney’s Cockle Bay Wharf
https://www.pipa.com.au/index.php/ppxix-spin-off-conference-ozpipe-xix/

Ozpipe XIX Conference and Exhibition Attracts International Speakers
https://www.pipa.com.au/index.php/ozpipe-xix-international-presenters/

Rollepaal Appointed as Major Sponsor for Australian Pipe Conference
Rollepaal’s PVC-U, PVC-M, PVC-O and PO pipes are produced throughout the world
https://www.pipa.com.au/index.php/rollepaal-on-board-as-ozpipe-xix-major-sponsor/

New Technical Note Published on Sandwich Construction PVC-U Non-Pressure Pipe
https://www.pipa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/TN019.pdf

New Millimeter Wave Technology System for Measuring the Diameter, Ovality, Wall Thickness and Sagging of Large Plastic Pipes
https://www.ndt.net/search/docs.php3?id=23837&content=1

Friatec Uploads 2019 Range of EF Fittings
https://www.friatec.de/content/friatec/en/Technical-Plastics/FRIALEN-Safety-Fittings/Downloads/downloads/FRIATEC_Technical_Plastics_Product_Range.pdf

Friatec Uploads Corporate Image Brochure 2019
https://www.friatec.de/content/friatec/en/About-Friatec/downloads/Friatec-Brochure.pdf

Ritmo Issues Plastic Pipe Welding Product Catalogue for 2019
https://www.ritmo.it/assets/uploads/2019/01/Products-Catalogue-Eng-1-2019-1.pdf

The Good Guide to Butt Fusion Welding of HDPE Pipes by FUSION
https://cloud.excelplas.com/index.php/s/ihQTCN00xbI4Umm/download

The Good Guide to Electrofusion Welding of HDPE Pipes by FUSION
https://cloud.excelplas.com/index.php/s/2jCZoGfYy8HmoYD/download

Slip Lining Success with GRP Pipe for Melbourne Main Sewer
https://utilitymagazine.com.au/slip-lining-success-for-williamstown-main-sewer/

Australian Standards Project 103771  AS/NZS 4129 ‘Fittings for Polyethylene (PE) pipes for Pressure Applications’
Under Revision & Open for Public Commenting
https://www.standards.org.au/getmedia/bc0036eb-7883-4a13-8069-b73a18170b4c/Current_Projects.xlsx.aspx

Uponor Publishes Literature on PEX Pipe Supports
https://www.uponorengineering.com/catalog/products/tubing-supports/tubing-supports/pex-a-pipe-support.aspx

Rehau Product Submittal for RAUPEX® Oxygen Barrier PEX Pipe (21 January 2019)
https://www.rehau.com/download/869648/ps102-raupex-o2-barrier-pipe-sdr-9.pdf

PPI Pushes for Recycled HDPE in Underground Storm Water Pipe Systems
https://www.plasticstoday.com/recycling/plastics-pipe-institute-encourages-going-underground-recycling/114167376660159

HDPE Pipe Plant Closes, Cutting 33 Jobs
https://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20181207/NEWS/181209930/prinsco-closing-hdpe-pipe-plant-cutting-33-jobs

Uponor to Post Financial Results – Uponor’s top competitor is Rehau. Uponor generates $2.2B less revenue than Rehau
https://www.centralcharts.com/en/147359-uponor-oyj-chix/news/1926541-invitation-to-uponors-2018-results-briefing

In 2015, Uponor, along with Several Builders, Plumbers and Distributors, paid $18 million to settle two class-action suits about failure risks in brass fittings on its PEX Pipes
http://tcbmag.com/news/articles/2018/march/revolutionizing-the-plumbing-industry

ExcelPlas Plastic Pipe Testing Labs – The Largest Poly Pipe Testing Lab in Australia
Multidisciplinary lab fully equipped to perform routine QC testing to customized product testing, failure analysis, and consulting.
-Independent verification of conformity to specifications and standards.
-Evaluate performance of polymers, elastomers, and composites.
-Material properties including flexural, tensile, creep, impact resistance, density, melt flow, etc
-Fully equipped laboratory to handle wide range of testing needs
-In-depth materials science and experimental process
-ID unknown foreign materials, chemical contamination, and fracture analysis
-Materials selection, testing a new formulation, or deformulate a recipe of interest.
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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February 2019 Vol. 1

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COPPER CANCER IN PP-R HOT WATER PIPES (Breaking News)
Failed hot water PP-R systems with replacement values well over $200 million
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/copper-cancer-ppr-hot-water-pipes-mark-alexander

“There’s not much point selling a pipe system in a plumbing market where there’s a fine line between failure and fit for purpose. PP-R is just not suited for hot water recirculated systems in Aus and NZ.”
James Boon , Technical Sales Consultant at UPG Pipe Systems
UPG Pipe Systems is one of New Zealand’s top suppliers of HDPE and PP-RCT pipe & fittings
https://upg.nz/

How Cracked or Broken Pipes Affects the Reliance Worldwide Share Price
https://www.fool.com.au/2019/02/01/why-is-the-reliance-worldwide-share-price-down-after-reaffirming-guidance/

$2.3 Billion Plumbing Pipe Company, best known for inventing and developing the “SharkBite” push-to-connect plumbing fitting, has been a strong Stock Market performer 
https://www.afr.com/business/retail/hardware/due-diligence-why-reliance-worldwides-founder-might-hang-on-to-his-stock-20180117-h0jokz

Safety Alert – Fatal Risks in Handling HDPE Pipe Exposed
https://www.fcx.com/sites/fcx/files/documents/suppliers/hdpe_pipe_handling_policy.pdf

Speakers Announced for Plastic Pipe Conference USA (April 16-17, 2019)
https://www.4spe.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=4285

Installation of a HDPE Gas Pipeline Through Rock Under the Most Difficult Conditions
http://www.tracto-technik.com.au/Installation-of-a-gas-pipeline-through-rock-in-Northern-Ireland-37-news-535.html

New Advanced Manufacturing Jobs Flowing from Townsville’s Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project
http://www.australianmanufacturing.com.au/65112/new-advanced-manufacturing-jobs-flowing-from-townsvilles-haughton-pipeline-duplication-project

Reduced Demand for PVC Forces REHAU to Close Factory
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-46967984

PE100 Pipes from ACP Australian Custom Pipes Get Approval
https://www.wsaa.asn.au/appraisal/acp-australian-custom-pipes-pty-ltd-polyethylene-pe-pressure-pipe

Viadux Supreme™ PE Electrofusion Fittings Get Approval
https://www.wsaa.asn.au/appraisal/viadux-water-network-solutions-supreme%C2%AE-pe-metric-compression-fuse-pe-electrofusion-and-pe

Update to PIPA POP001 Electrofusion Jointing of PE Pipe (Jan 2019)
https://www.pipa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/POP001.pdf

Plasson Seeking Business Development and Sales Manager – Electrofusion Fittings
https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/business-development-and-sales-manager-electrofusion-at-plasson-usa-1059641190

Plasson Announces Phase Out of Electrofusion Fittings with Pins
http://www.plasson.com.au/news.php?action=view&nid=17&type=-1

ExcelPlas Offering TOF-D Inspection of HDPE Pipe in Service for Condition Monitoring and Weld Assessment
http://www.excelplas.com/

Warning Over Substandard PEX Pipes
Some PEX pipe manufacturers use cost-cutting processes which lead to pipes that aren’t uniform in composition and are defective. Defective PEX pipes will not last 50+ years as advertised and quickly degrade and become brittle when exposed to hot chlorinated water. These pipes are destined to fail. Get your PEX pipes tested for Durability and Expected Service Life.
http://www.excelplas.com/

Warning Over Stresses on PEX Pipes
PEX piping has a maximum bend radius, which can lead to stress on the pipe caused by improper installation. In addition, extreme bends and kinks place a very high local stress on the wall of the pipe, making it more susceptible oxidative degradation. This is especially true in some states where water chlorine levels run high.  PEX pipe that is bent beyond its limit can develop leaks at the stress points.
http://www.excelplas.com/

Failure Analysis of PVC Potable Water Pipe
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1350630718309750

Simona to Showcase its Ovoid PE100 Pipe and Pipe Systems Solutions
https://www.simona.de/en/company/detail/?tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=318&cHash=4b6ac007d1c58c13123ef23df3a90434

Learn More About Simona’s Unique Ovoid-Shaped PE100 Pipe
https://www.simona.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Medien/Mediacenter/Produktinformationen/Rohre_Formteile_Armaturen/
SIMONA_PE_Ovoid_Piping_Systems_-_For_highly_fluctuating_waste-water_flows.pdf

New Reports Studies Failure of Flexible Bonded Pipes {PDF]
http://www.ptil.no/getfile.php/1350961/Tilsyn%20p%C3%A5%20nettet/vrige/
PSA%20Norway%20State%20of%20the%20art%20Bonded%20Flexible%20Pipes%202018.pdf

Gem Industrial Services and KenKar Awarded HDPE Pipe Welding Contracts by Hunter Water
https://www.hunterwater.com.au/Resources/Documents/GIPA/Register—Government-Contracts—GIPA.xlsx

Pezzimenti Trenchless Successfully Undertakes Sewer Duplication Project in Somerton, Victoria by installation of 700m of DN 650mm GRP pipe through basalt, with grades of one in 400
https://utilitymagazine.com.au/overcoming-tough-conditions-with-groundbreaking-technology/

GHD Engaged to Study Widespread Pipe Failures in Water and Wastewater Pipes
https://www.ghd.com/en/services/resources/Advisory/Documents/Asset-Management_NA_ONLINE_FINAL.pdf


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/

2019 Copyright ExcelPlas Labs 🔬


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January 2019 Vol. 4

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Townsville RPC 1.8-metre diameter Glass Reinforced Polymer Pipe Project on Track
https://www.facebook.com/TownsvilleCityCouncil/videos/2220312108216670/

“The contract to provide and install the pipes for the pipeline was awarded to Iplex and included ensuring advanced manufacturing was established locally, which has been done through Iplex’s partnership with RPC.”
https://www.townsville.qld.gov.au/about-council/news-and-publications/media-releases/2019/january/pipeline-project-boosting-townsvilles-advanced-manufacturing/_nocache

Vinidex Introduce StormPRO® and Sewer PRO® Twin-Walled Corrugated Polypropylene Pipe
https://www.vinidex.com.au/wp-content/uploads/VIN264-StormPRO-and-SewerPRO-Product-Catalogue-1.pdf

Building Products Stocks Only for the Brave as Housing Sours (Plumbing Pipe Demand to Fall)
https://www.afr.com/business/construction/building-products-stocks-only-for-the-brave-as-housing-sours-20181220-h19bl5

Canary in the Coalmine – Fletcher Building Dual-listed on both the Australia and New Zealand stock exchanges
https://www.afr.com/business/construction/builders-hold-their-nerve-amid-housing-gloom-20181228-h19irp

New Vinidex Pipe Case Study – Vulcathene™
https://www.vinidex.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Vulcathene_Industrial_VIC_029-Melbourne-Uni.pdf

Uponor Patent New Method of Manufacturing PEX Pipe
https://patents.google.com/patent/US20180258255A1/en

Organic Carbon Release and Chlorine Disinfectant Decay for Cross-linked Polyethylene (PEX) Plumbing Pipes
https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1929&context=surf

Uponor Publishes Hydronic PEX Piping Guide
https://www.uponorpro.com/~/media/extranet/files/hydronic%20distribution%20literature/hydronic%20piping%20product%20guide.ashx?version=060520181229

Rehau Publishes Technical Manual on PEX Piping
https://www.rehau.com/download/2105628/raupex-technical-manual.pdf

Polybutylene Pipes – The Danger Lurking Behind Your Walls
https://blackdiamondexpert.com/the-danger-lurking-behind-your-walls-polybutylene-pipes/

Discovering Polybutylene Piping in a Home can be a Difficult Obstacle to Overcome When Buying or Selling a Property
https://www.gulfshoreinsurance.com/the-polybutylene-piping-solution/

ExcelPlas Labs Offering Pressure Testing of PB Pipes to ASTM D1599 (zero to burst in 60 seconds) and AS 2642.1 Appendix C (15.5 MPa at 20 deg.C for 60 mins.)
http://www.excelplas.com/

Warning Field Failures of PB Pipe Related to Depleted Antioxidant Levels
To protect PB pipes from degradation, antioxidants are added during pipe manufacture. When the antioxidants are depleted, the PB pipe’s oxidative resistance, or oxidation induction time (OIT), approaches zero, and polymer chain scission can occur unchecked leading to pipe embrittlement.
Unprotected PB, like virtually all other polymers, is vulnerable to degradation due to prolonged exposure to heat, oxygen and chlorine, resulting in embrittlement and reduced service life. To prevent these damaging effects, PB pipe materials are typically formulated with a variety of stabilizing additives, ranging from antioxidants to long-term heat stabilizers, to maintain required long-term performance.   ExcelPlas Labs can conduct a condition assessment on in-service PB pipes to determine residual lifetime.
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Solving Plastic Pipe Problems – We solve polymer problems and find economic solutions that help drive product development to yield higher quality plastic products.
Whether the problem occurs during manufacturing or during the lifetime of a product, our knowledge and technical expertise can provide you with solutions. From consulting and technical expertise to engineering and design solutions ExcelPlas can help.
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ASTM Standard Specification for Polyethylene of Raised Temperature (PE-RT) Plastic Hot and Cold-Water Tubing and Distribution Systems
https://www.astm.org/Standards/F2769.htm

Useful Links for Poly Pipe Welders
https://www.acu-tech.com.au/about-us/useful-links-for-hdpe-pipe-installers/

Stay Up to Date with the Latest Poly Pipe News by visiting the PPN Newsletter Website!
https://www.polypipenews.com.au/


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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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.

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Plastic Pipes Welding Brings McElroy Machines To Middle East
https://press.mcelroy.com/%EF%BB%BFplastic-pipes-welding-brings-mcelroy-machines-to-middle-east/

Plastic Pipes Welding hosts McElroy’s fusion machines in Dubai
https://www.eppm.com/machinery/plastic-pipes-welding-hosts-mcelroy-fusion-machines/

Evaluation of Accelerated Aging of Cross-Linked Polyethylene (PEX) Pipes by Applying Machine Learning Concepts to Infrared Spectra
http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/MAR19/Session/L70.88

Effect of Chlorine Dioxide on Plastic Pipes [PDF]
https://www.kiwa.com/nl/globalassets/netherlands/kiwa-technology/downloads/ppxix—literature-review-effect-of-clo2-on-ageing-of-polymer-materials-and-related-test-methods.pdf

Plastic Pipe Conference 2019 – Speakers Announced by SPE
https://www.4spe.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=4285

PEX Piping Failures Due to Chlorinated Water [PDF]
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.729.8498&rep=rep1&type=pdf

Plastic Pipeline Company Wins Big on New Pipeline Rules
https://ucononline.com/2019/01/distribution-pipelines-win-big-new-plastic-pipe-rules/

Plastic Pipe Institute (PPI) Issues List of New Rule Changes
https://plasticpipe.org/pdf/plastic-pipe-final-rule-key-changes-49-cfr-part-192.pdf

News Toronto Video on Faulty Plastic Pipes in Condo Apartments
https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1198337

Efficient Installations: Welding HDPE Pipes Using Poly Electrofusion Fittings
https://www.acu-tech.com.au/news/efficient-installations-welding-hdpe-pipes-using-poly-electrofusion-fittings/

IPEX Publish Catalogue on PE Electrofusion Systems for Gas and Water
http://ipex-cms.dev.kpd-i.com/media/5965/pe-electrofusion-systems-for-water-gas-catalog.pdf

Manual for Testing HDPE Pipe Publishes
https://bis.gov.in/wp-content/uploads/IS-4984-Product-Manual.pdf

Geberit Piping Annual Report (Declassified)
https://www.marketscreener.com/GEBERIT-39433234/pdf/704824/Geberit_Annual-Report.pdf

Health Ministry Audits Christchurch Hospital Water Piping
https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/369043/health-ministry-audits-christchurch-hospital-water-piping

Evaluation of Mechanical Properties of Polyethylene for Pipes by Energy Approach During Tensile and Fatigue Tests
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2452321618305894

Is Your PEX Pipe a Quality Product?  Get it Tested!
With PEX Pipe it is critical that there is consistent and uniform crosslinking throughout the entire pipe wall during the manufacturing process since this improves performance properties such as optimal thermal memory, elasticity, elevated temperature strength, chemical resistance, environmental-stress-crack resistance, slow-crack-growth resistance, and abrasion resistance.  ExcelPlas can test the degree of cross linking through the wall thickness of the pipe.  Despite the flexibility of PEX piping and being highly resistant to breakage it can undergo brittle cracking in service due to exhausted antioxidant reserves.
PEX piping is an easy-to-install alternative to copper pipe however quality assurance checks should be done on PEX pipe particularly that imported from Asia.   ExcelPlas Labs use a range of analytical techniques to assist all stakeholders (Building Owners, Facility Management, Body Corporate, Insurance companies, Plumbers and Hydraulics Engineers) to better understand the composition, quality and durability of imported PEX piping.  Our fully trained professional staff can conduct in-situ sampling on site and sampling of provided reference pipes (from spare rolls or off-cuts).  Contact ExcelPlas Labs to assess the quality of PEX piping.
http://www.excelplas.com/

Australian NATA Testing Lab for HDPE Pipe Weld Testing
ExcelPlas Labs (Australia) can perform weld testing of HDPE pipe, butt welds or electrofusion welds. ExcelPlas an independant NATA-accrediated poly testing company which provides weld testing of HDPE pipe, raw material, and fittings. ExcelPlas Labs equipped with NATA accredited testing facilities specialising in tensile testing of butt welds and peel decohesions for Electrofusion welds, as well as a complete range of QA/QC tests.
NATA Accredited Laboratory Tests performed by ExcelPlas Labs include:
• Tensile Testing of butt welded joints to ISO 13953 – Polyethylene (PE) pipes and fittings – Determination of the tensile strength and failure mode.
•  Bend Testing of butt welded joints to BS EN 12814.1 – 2000 – Testing of welded joints – Bend test.
•  Electrofusion joint Peel Decohesion testing to ISO 13954 – Peel decohesion test for electrofusion assemblies.
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Do you have any Poly Pipe Industry News that you want to Announce Globally to a Targeted Audience in Plastic Pipes? Contact: info@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/

2019 Copyright ExcelPlas Labs 🔬


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