September 2018 Vol. 4

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Fletcher Building’s Earnings Drop 23% with $220 million Impairment Against its Iplex Australia and Tradelink Business Units
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/fletcher-buildings-earnings-drop-23-per-cent

Iplex Seeking Senior Operations Manager
https://au.linkedin.com/jobs/view/senior-operations-manager%2C-victoria-at-iplex-pvt-ltd-872412542

Pay the PEX Piper Say Industry Experts
https://www.rehva.eu/publications-and-resources/rehva-journal/2018/042018/pay-the-pex-piper-say-industry-experts.html

Navigating Liability for Defective Plastic Piping Products
https://www.constructionexec.com/article/navigating-liability-for-defective-products

Vinidex Durapipe’s Vulcathene Expanding Research in $20 Mill Melbourne Project
http://www.buildingtalk.com/durapipes-vulcathene-expanding-research-in-melbourne-project/

City West Water GRP Pipe Installation Update
https://www.viadux.com.au/industries/industry-case-studies/rothwell-west-branch-sewer

Application of GFRP for Unburied Submarine Pipeline in Shallow Water
https://ascelibrary.org/doi/pdf/10.1061/%28ASCE%29PS.1949-1204.0000343

London’s Antiquated Gas Mains Being Replaced With Modern HDPE Piping System
https://press.mcelroy.com/londons-antiquated-gas-mains-being-replaced-with-modern-piping-system/

Polyethylene (PE) Pipeline Code Provides Water Industry Practitioners with Best Practice in the Use of PE pipeline Systems Updated 2018
https://www.wsaa.asn.au/shop/product/27066

PE112 Pipe World-Class Standard for Water Pipelines and Collaboration for Sustainability (Video)
https://www.scgchemicals.com/en/news-media/media/video/18

Reliance Industries Now Producing Polypropylene PP-R Pipes
http://www.ril.com/DownloadFiles/Polymers/brochure/pipes_brochure.pdf

PEX Pipe Quality Varies Widely According to New Study
“One of the difficulties with the PEX pipe market is that all the pipe looks the same whereas the quality of the cross-linking can vary considerably from manufacturer to manufacturer especially if the sample is taken from a wide range of suppliers”
https://cloud.excelplas.com/index.php/s/yioY5H6DI5DBxBK/download

Addressing the Concerns Around Shrink-Fit Plastic Plumbing Systems
https://www.uponor.co.uk/company/news/news-items-south-west/addressing-the-concerns-around-quick-and-easy-plumbing-system

Plastic Pipe Class Action Update
https://www.dulciecrawford.com/kitec-class-action-update/

Plasson HDPE Pipe Fittings on Show at Electra Mining
http://www.miningweekly.com/article/pipe-fittings-on-show-at-electra-mining-2018-08-31

AGRU HDPE Piping System Fights Plastics Waste in the Pacific
https://agruamerica.com/fighting-plastic-waste/

Tasmanian Poly Fusion Pipe Supplier Winning Major Projects
https://tefcodist.com.au/industry/commercial-plumbing/

HDPE Pipe Welder Spotlight: TRACSTAR® 500 SERIES 3
https://press.mcelroy.com/product-spotlight-tracstar-500-series-3/

Fusion Western Sydney Seeking HDPE Pipe Layer
https://au.linkedin.com/jobs/view/pipe-layer-sydney-at-fusion-western-sydney-857242350

Plastic Pipe Failure Analysis Laboratory (ExcelPlas Australia)

Failures of plastic piping systems and components often result in costly downtime and can cause damage to facilities, the environment, and people.  Increasingly, modern industry and regulatory demands place a tighter operating envelope around nearly every product or process.  These increased constraints push materials and processes to the limit.  The rapid pace of innovation as well as a backlog of fixed infrastructure maintenance and upgrades is a perfect recipe for sudden catastrophic failure.  At such critical times, skillful testing, investigations and reconstructions are needed to uncover the circumstances leading to failure.

The ExcelPlas team can provide:
* Failure Analysis
* Fractography & Microstructural Evaluations
* Oxidative Stress Cracking due to Chlorine
* Butt and Electrofusion Welding & Joining Process Evaluation
* Polymer Materials Selection
* Incident Investigation
* Fitness for Service Evaluation
* Risk Based Inspection

ExcelPlas has a wide variety of lab assets, including tensile testing, pressure testing, microscopy, strain monitoring, polymer science, etching and polishing equipment, Scanning Electron Microscope/Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy, and DSC, TGA thermal analysis.
Our decades of industry experience, the use of sophisticated failure analysis techniques, and specialized laboratory equipment combine to identify the active damage mechanism(s) and the root cause(s) of failure. This translates into long-term cost saving benefits as well as improved safety and reliability.  We work to your unique requirements.  Whether you need a simple failure analysis or a comprehensive root cause investigation that involves intensive laboratory and field work, our diverse team of experts has you covered.
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas has extensive experience investigating plastic pipe system failures, and can provide a root cause diagnosis.
The transportation of liquids and gases from one point to another has become an integral part of our lives. Plastic pipe systems (extruded pipes and injection moulded fittings) are used in many service installations including potable water, water heating, sprinklers or compressed air and in underground applications such as sewerage and land drainage. The application will dictate the type of pipe system specified – for example systems based on UPVC, CPVC, ABS, etc.
With most pipe system installations consisting of kilometres of pipe and potentially thousands of fittings, failures over time are an unfortunate but common occurrence.
Our experience shows these typically originate from four key sources:

  • Faults in the original pipe or joint components (manufacturing)
  • Faulty installation / engineering (workmanship)
  • Contamination effects, e.g. solvent cement effects (environment)
  • System operating outside of design criteria (end-user operation)

The consequences of such failure can vary dramatically dependent on the final application and location – from small scale failures in the home to potentially catastrophic industrial installation failures with significant associated damage and financial loss.
Supported by our extensive microscopy, analytical, material and product testing laboratories ExcelPlas are able to fully characterise polymer composition and mechanical performance in order to assess the cause of product / material failure. This can involve recommendations for remedial or corrective actions to minimise the risk of further failure. Our capabilities and experience investigating plastic pipe system failures provides valuable support to the service installation sector.
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas – the Australian Pipes & Fittings Testing Laboratory

  • The Australian Pipes & Fittings Testing Laboratory is 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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September 2018 Vol. 3

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Council Defends Display of GRP Pipe to be Used for Haughton Water Project (Breaking News)
https://cloud.excelplas.com/index.php/s/hlt3odwiXJzv2ul/download

Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) Issues Advisory for Substandard Plastic Pipes
https://www.plasticstoday.com/extrusion-pipe-profile/plastics-pipe-institute-issues-advisory-substandard-plastic-pipe-use-oil-gas-fields/69758061459405

Australian Pipelines and Gas Association Annual Pipeline Convention Delegates List 2018 Darwin (Declassified)
https://www.conferenceco.com.au/APGA/Delegates_List_Web.pdf

Iplex (Fletcher Building)  Seeking National Procurement Manager – Brisbane
https://au.linkedin.com/jobs/view/national-procurement-manager-brisbane-at-fletcher-building-853378609

Condition Monitoring of In-Service HDPE Pipes Using Critical Point Ageing
The ‘critical ageing point’ for different PE grades. This ‘critical point’ refers to the point where the change in material properties occurs. This point can be measured by means of oxidative induction time (OIT) and carbonyl index (CI).  A relationship between the measured CI and the ageing time has been developed which can assist industry to obtain a predictive understanding on the remaining life time of in service HDPE pipes.
http://www.excelplas.com/

New High Temperature Test Method for PEX, and PEX-Al-PEX Pipes
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S014294181830031X

Short-term Organic Carbon Release and Chlorine Disinfectant Decay for Cross-linked Polyethylene (PEX) Plumbing Pipes
https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/surf/2018/Presentations/131/

Insufficient Homogenization During Extrusion of PE Pipes – Windows and Their Effect on Butt Fusion Joint Integrity – Mike Troughton
https://www.pe100plus.com/PE-Pipes/media/News-Events/PE100-Association-19th-Advisory-Board-Meeting-i1997.html

Price Increases for HDPE Pipes at Tradelink
http://tradelink.com.au/trade/about-us/price-updates

Estimated Lifetime of a HDPE pipe with a Semi-Elliptical Defect Under Internal Pressure (PDF)
https://library.crti.dz/jr2146/document

HDPE PE100 Pipes Enhance the Quality and Standards of Infrastructure
https://www.scgchemicals.com/en/news-media/feature-story/detail/4

Smart Robotics Could Soon be Used to Extend the Life of Plastic Pipes in Australia
https://utilitymagazine.com.au/smarter-pipes-longer-life/

Polyethylene Pipes for Gas Applications – Radius Systems
https://www.radius-systems.com/storage/app/media/Downloads/PE%20pipe-ProFuse%20and%20Service%20relining%20solutions.pdf

Plastic Pipe Failure Analysis Laboratory (ExcelPlas Australia)

Failures of plastic piping systems and components often result in costly downtime and can cause damage to facilities, the environment, and people.  Increasingly, modern industry and regulatory demands place a tighter operating envelope around nearly every product or process.  These increased constraints push materials and processes to the limit.  The rapid pace of innovation as well as a backlog of fixed infrastructure maintenance and upgrades is a perfect recipe for sudden catastrophic failure.  At such critical times, skillful testing, investigations and reconstructions are needed to uncover the circumstances leading to failure.

The ExcelPlas team can provide:
* Failure Analysis
* Fractography & Microstructural Evaluations
* Oxidative Stress Cracking due to Chlorine
* Butt and Electrofusion Welding & Joining Process Evaluation
* Polymer Materials Selection
* Incident Investigation
* Fitness for Service Evaluation
* Risk Based Inspection

ExcelPlas has a wide variety of lab assets, including tensile testing, pressure testing, microscopy, strain monitoring, polymer science, etching and polishing equipment, Scanning Electron Microscope/Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy, and DSC, TGA thermal analysis.
Our decades of industry experience, the use of sophisticated failure analysis techniques, and specialized laboratory equipment combine to identify the active damage mechanism(s) and the root cause(s) of failure. This translates into long-term cost saving benefits as well as improved safety and reliability.  We work to your unique requirements.  Whether you need a simple failure analysis or a comprehensive root cause investigation that involves intensive laboratory and field work, our diverse team of experts has you covered.
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas has extensive experience investigating plastic pipe system failures, and can provide a root cause diagnosis.
The transportation of liquids and gases from one point to another has become an integral part of our lives. Plastic pipe systems (extruded pipes and injection moulded fittings) are used in many service installations including potable water, water heating, sprinklers or compressed air and in underground applications such as sewerage and land drainage. The application will dictate the type of pipe system specified – for example systems based on UPVC, CPVC, ABS, etc.
With most pipe system installations consisting of kilometres of pipe and potentially thousands of fittings, failures over time are an unfortunate but common occurrence.
Our experience shows these typically originate from four key sources:

  • Faults in the original pipe or joint components (manufacturing)
  • Faulty installation / engineering (workmanship)
  • Contamination effects, e.g. solvent cement effects (environment)
  • System operating outside of design criteria (end-user operation)

The consequences of such failure can vary dramatically dependent on the final application and location – from small scale failures in the home to potentially catastrophic industrial installation failures with significant associated damage and financial loss.
Supported by our extensive microscopy, analytical, material and product testing laboratories ExcelPlas are able to fully characterise polymer composition and mechanical performance in order to assess the cause of product / material failure. This can involve recommendations for remedial or corrective actions to minimise the risk of further failure. Our capabilities and experience investigating plastic pipe system failures provides valuable support to the service installation sector.
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas – the Australian Pipes & Fittings Testing Laboratory

  • The Australian Pipes & Fittings Testing Laboratory is 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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September 2018 Vol. 2

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Fletcher Building Complete Board Refresh with Appointed of Australian Director
https://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20180829/pdf/43xsjdk6nxkwzq.pdf

NSW Dept of Industry, Crown Lands and Water, is seeking tenders for the installation of HDPE Pipes 
https://utilitymagazine.com.au/tender-basin-water-efficiency-scheme-nsw/

Condition Monitoring of In-Service HDPE Pipe Using Critical Point Ageing
The ‘critical ageing point’ for different PE grades. This ‘critical point’ refers to the point where the change in material properties occurs. This point can be measured by means of oxidative induction time (OIT) and carbonyl index (CI).  A relationship between the measured CI and the ageing time has been developed which can assist industry to obtain a predictive understanding on the remaining life time of in service HDPE pipes.
http://www.excelplas.com/

High-performance carbon fibres from polyethylene for HDPE Pipe Reinforcement 
https://www.arc.gov.au/file/9041/download?token=yBSKEq9z

Plasson Warning Notice – Reminder
http://www.plasson.com.au/news.php?action=view&nid=16

Acu-Tech Seeking Plastic Pipes Fabricator
https://au.linkedin.com/jobs/view/fabricator-plastics-at-acu-tech-845565601

Seeking Polywelders
https://au.linkedin.com/jobs/view/ta-poly-welder-at-ctc-844057284

GRP Manholes Installed in Melbourne CBD
https://www.globalpipe.com.au/spencer-street-update-hobas-pre-fabricated-manholes-installed/

Viadux HDPE Pipe Sizes Table Updated
https://www.viadux.com.au/sites/default/files/2018-08/Viadux%20Pipe%20Chart.pdf

HDPE Pipe Removal & Recycling Service
http://psah.com.au/environmental-products/

New PP-R Pipe Installer Manual
http://www.aquatherm.com/downloads/documents/aquatherm_installer_manual.pdf

Plastic Pipe Failure Analysis Laboratory (ExcelPlas Australia)

Failures of plastic piping systems and components often result in costly downtime and can cause damage to facilities, the environment, and people.  Increasingly, modern industry and regulatory demands place a tighter operating envelope around nearly every product or process.  These increased constraints push materials and processes to the limit.  The rapid pace of innovation as well as a backlog of fixed infrastructure maintenance and upgrades is a perfect recipe for sudden catastrophic failure.  At such critical times, skillful testing, investigations and reconstructions are needed to uncover the circumstances leading to failure.

The ExcelPlas team can provide:
* Failure Analysis
* Fractography & Microstructural Evaluations
* Oxidative Stress Cracking due to Chlorine
* Butt and Electrofusion Welding & Joining Process Evaluation
* Polymer Materials Selection
* Incident Investigation
* Fitness for Service Evaluation
* Risk Based Inspection

ExcelPlas has a wide variety of lab assets, including tensile testing, pressure testing, microscopy, strain monitoring, polymer science, etching and polishing equipment, Scanning Electron Microscope/Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy, and DSC, TGA thermal analysis.
Our decades of industry experience, the use of sophisticated failure analysis techniques, and specialized laboratory equipment combine to identify the active damage mechanism(s) and the root cause(s) of failure. This translates into long-term cost saving benefits as well as improved safety and reliability.  We work to your unique requirements.  Whether you need a simple failure analysis or a comprehensive root cause investigation that involves intensive laboratory and field work, our diverse team of experts has you covered.
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas has extensive experience investigating plastic pipe system failures, and can provide a root cause diagnosis.
The transportation of liquids and gases from one point to another has become an integral part of our lives. Plastic pipe systems (extruded pipes and injection moulded fittings) are used in many service installations including potable water, water heating, sprinklers or compressed air and in underground applications such as sewerage and land drainage. The application will dictate the type of pipe system specified – for example systems based on UPVC, CPVC, ABS, etc.
With most pipe system installations consisting of kilometres of pipe and potentially thousands of fittings, failures over time are an unfortunate but common occurrence.
Our experience shows these typically originate from four key sources:

  • Faults in the original pipe or joint components (manufacturing)
  • Faulty installation / engineering (workmanship)
  • Contamination effects, e.g. solvent cement effects (environment)
  • System operating outside of design criteria (end-user operation)

The consequences of such failure can vary dramatically dependent on the final application and location – from small scale failures in the home to potentially catastrophic industrial installation failures with significant associated damage and financial loss.
Supported by our extensive microscopy, analytical, material and product testing laboratories ExcelPlas are able to fully characterise polymer composition and mechanical performance in order to assess the cause of product / material failure. This can involve recommendations for remedial or corrective actions to minimise the risk of further failure. Our capabilities and experience investigating plastic pipe system failures provides valuable support to the service installation sector.
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas – the Australian Pipes & Fittings Testing Laboratory

  • The Australian Pipes & Fittings Testing Laboratory is 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/

2018 Copyright ExcelPlas Labs 🔬


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September 2018 Vol. 1

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Fletcher Building Announces a Net Earnings loss of $190 million for the 12 months Ending 30 June 2018 (Declassified)
https://fletcherbuilding.com/news/fletcher-building-announces-2018-annual-results/

Fletcher Building Ltd. 2018 Q4 – Results – Earnings Call Slides
https://seekingalpha.com/article/4201294-fletcher-building-ltd-2018-q4-results-earnings-call-slides

Lawyers Clash in $21M Plastic Pipe Lawsuit
http://www.sanduskyregister.com/story/201808060018

Conformance Testing of PEX and AL-PEX-PEX Pipes to Ensure Compliance with Australian Standards (Compliance)
http://www.excelplas.com/

Faulty Polyethylene/ Aluminium/ Polyethylene (PE-AL-PE) Composite Pressure Pipes Cause Headache for Apartment Owner
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/kitec-plumbing-real-estate-toronto-1.4797120

Fletcher Building CEO Ross Taylor Says Tighter Bank Lending Already Biting
https://www.afr.com/business/construction/fletcher-building-ceo-ross-taylor-says-tighter-bank-lending-already-biting-20180821-h14a91

Nearly 100 Sessions Confirmed For Plastic Pipes Conference in September
https://csengineermag.com/nearly-100-sessions-confirmed-for-plastic-pipes-conference/

British Plastics Federation (BPF) Issues Guidance on Electrofusion of Polyethylene Pipes
https://bpfpipesgroup.com/media/22298/quality-assurance-with-electrofusion-may-2018.pdf

British Plastics Federation (BPF) Issues Guidance on Joining of Polyethylene Pressure Pipes for Below Ground Gas Applications
https://bpfpipesgroup.com/media/28818/Joining-of-polyethylene-pressure-pipes-for-below-ground-gas-applications-27072018.pdf

New Group Resource Showcases the Options for PE Gas Pipe Jointing
https://envirotecmagazine.com/2018/08/16/new-group-resources-showcases-the-options-for-pe-gas-pipe-jointing/

Failure Analysis of Buried Polyethylene Pipe Subjected to Combined Loading of Non-uniform Settlement and Landslide
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11668-018-0521-6

Aqua Options Pty Ltd specialises in polyethylene butt welding, polyethylene electrofusion welding, fabrication, pipe and fitting supply and quality assurance documentation.
https://www.trenchless-australasia.com/listings/aqua-options-pty-ltd/

Main Laying Skills – City and Guilds Electro Fusion training course
http://www.developtraining.co.uk/courses/gas/electro-fusion-pe-pipe

Latest Pipe and Fitting Appraisals
https://www.wsaa.asn.au/publications/appraisals

Plastic Pipes Body Plays Important Role In Trenchless Technology
http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/plastic-pipes-body-plays-important-role-in-trenchless-technology-2018-08-24/rep_id:4136

Material Characterization of Filament-wound Composite Pipes
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0263822317320470

Plasson Electrofusion Saddles for Large-Diameter Pipes
https://www.plasson.co.uk/home/jail/home/plassonuk/images/cms/2018%20Data%20Sheets%20Price%20Lists/
Electrofusion%20Saddles%20for%20Large%20Diameter%20Pipes.pdf

Single Investor Unloads $45 Mill Worth of Stock in Polyethylene Pipe Company
https://cardinalweekly.com/joseph-chlapaty-unloaded-45120000-worth-of-advanced-drainage-systems-inc-wms-stock-last-week-integra-lifesciences-holdings-iart-analysts/

Presentation on Polyethylene Pipe Systems for Wastewater
https://www.mill-pro.com.hk/media/2288/pe-workshop-topics-picker-v01.pdf

Vinidex Pty Ltd – SAI Global – Certification Register
http://register.saiglobal.com/(F(nxlIYYSLFonVrV3BqZNTwZgt4yNw4a7AvPmzFZ2mAYhYA3PpmsFQxF8HEgjQQQC
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GEM Industrial  Seeking Poly / HDPE Pipe Welders
https://au.linkedin.com/jobs/view/poly-hdpe-pipe-fusion-welders-operators-at-gem-industrial-837396741

Tasmania HDPE Pipe Welding Company Kicking Gaols
https://tasmanianmanufacturing.com.au/organisation/view/mitchellplasticwelding

Plastic Pipe Failure Analysis Laboratory (ExcelPlas Australia)

Failures of plastic piping systems and components often result in costly downtime and can cause damage to facilities, the environment, and people.  Increasingly, modern industry and regulatory demands place a tighter operating envelope around nearly every product or process.  These increased constraints push materials and processes to the limit.  The rapid pace of innovation as well as a backlog of fixed infrastructure maintenance and upgrades is a perfect recipe for sudden catastrophic failure.  At such critical times, skillful testing, investigations and reconstructions are needed to uncover the circumstances leading to failure.

The ExcelPlas team can provide:
* Failure Analysis
* Fractography & Microstructural Evaluations
* Oxidative Stress Cracking due to Chlorine
* Butt and Electrofusion Welding & Joining Process Evaluation
* Polymer Materials Selection
* Incident Investigation
* Fitness for Service Evaluation
* Risk Based Inspection

ExcelPlas has a wide variety of lab assets, including tensile testing, pressure testing, microscopy, strain monitoring, polymer science, etching and polishing equipment, Scanning Electron Microscope/Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy, and DSC, TGA thermal analysis.
Our decades of industry experience, the use of sophisticated failure analysis techniques, and specialized laboratory equipment combine to identify the active damage mechanism(s) and the root cause(s) of failure. This translates into long-term cost saving benefits as well as improved safety and reliability.  We work to your unique requirements.  Whether you need a simple failure analysis or a comprehensive root cause investigation that involves intensive laboratory and field work, our diverse team of experts has you covered.
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas has extensive experience investigating plastic pipe system failures, and can provide a root cause diagnosis.
The transportation of liquids and gases from one point to another has become an integral part of our lives. Plastic pipe systems (extruded pipes and injection moulded fittings) are used in many service installations including potable water, water heating, sprinklers or compressed air and in underground applications such as sewerage and land drainage. The application will dictate the type of pipe system specified – for example systems based on UPVC, CPVC, ABS, etc.
With most pipe system installations consisting of kilometres of pipe and potentially thousands of fittings, failures over time are an unfortunate but common occurrence.
Our experience shows these typically originate from four key sources:

  • Faults in the original pipe or joint components (manufacturing)
  • Faulty installation / engineering (workmanship)
  • Contamination effects, e.g. solvent cement effects (environment)
  • System operating outside of design criteria (end-user operation)

The consequences of such failure can vary dramatically dependent on the final application and location – from small scale failures in the home to potentially catastrophic industrial installation failures with significant associated damage and financial loss.
Supported by our extensive microscopy, analytical, material and product testing laboratories ExcelPlas are able to fully characterise polymer composition and mechanical performance in order to assess the cause of product / material failure. This can involve recommendations for remedial or corrective actions to minimise the risk of further failure. Our capabilities and experience investigating plastic pipe system failures provides valuable support to the service installation sector.
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas – the Australian Pipes & Fittings Testing Laboratory

  • The Australian Pipes & Fittings Testing Laboratory is 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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Pipe Poly News (PPN) is now Australia’s most current and comprehensive source of news on Polyethylene pipes and Poly Pipe Welding;

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Preventing Electrofusion Welding Pipe Failures (Special Feature)
https://plumbingconnection.com.au/electrofusion-making-sure-you-get-the-basics-right/

PEX Pipe Design Manual for Water, Oil, Gas & Industrial Applications (2018)
https://plasticpipe.org/pdf/pex-design-manual.pdf

Polyethylene Pipe Systems for Wastewater –  Presentation Modules (Free Download)
https://www.mill-pro.com.hk/media/2288/pe-workshop-topics-picker-v01.pdf

PIPA Publishes New Industry Guidelines for PVC Pressure Pipes Design For Dynamic Stresses (AUGUST 2018)
https://www.pipa.com.au/sites/default/files/document/attachment/pop101_0.pdf

New Conference – Plastic Pipes Inside Buildings 2018 (16-18th October 2018)
https://www.plastic-pipes.events/

Correlating Polyethylene Microstructure to Stress Cracking; Correlations to Post Yield Tensile Tests
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0032386118307274

Damage to Plastic Pipelines and its Consequences
https://cloud.excelplas.com/index.php/s/VYV404N0MvWVLPe

South Australian Government Issue Advice on Hydrostatic Pressure Testing Procedure for Polyolefin Pipes ( MDPE, HDPE)
Polyolefin pipes can change dimensions during testing to 1700 kPa due to their elastic nature. Expansion of the pipe may mean it’s not possible to secure a fixed pressure gauge reading without using a unique testing procedure. As the pipe expands, the pressure will reduce and not meet the requirements of a firm 1700 kPa reading. The Office of the Technical Regulator (OTR) will only accept a steady pressure gauge reading of 1700 kPa.
https://www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/258765/Fire-Hydrant-and-Fire-Hose-Reel-Services.pdf

NEW Tariff Concession Order Granted for PIPE, POLYETHYLENE COMPOSITE, cross helically-wound steel wire skeleton, pressure rating NOT less than 2.5 MPa and NOT greater than 7.5 MPa,
https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Domesticmanufacturersandproducers/Documents/tc-18-31.pdf

GEM Industrial Installs HDPE Piping for Hanson Wollert Leachate Collection
http://www.gemindustrial.com.au/?project=hanson-wollert-leachate-collection

ACP Australian Custom Pipes Pty Ltd – Polyethylene (PE100) Pressure Pipe Approved by WSAA
https://www.wsaa.asn.au/appraisal/acp-australian-custom-pipes-pty-ltd-polyethylene-pe-pressure-pipe

Hydroflow (AUS) Pty Ltd – Plastitalia Electrofusion Fittings Approved by WSAA
https://www.wsaa.asn.au/appraisal/hydroflow-distributors-aus-pty-ltd-plastitalia-electrofusion-and-spigot

Viadux SUPREME® PE Metric Compression, Fuse PE electrofusion and PE Pushfit Fittings Approved by WSAA
https://www.wsaa.asn.au/appraisal/viadux-water-network-solutions-supreme%C2%AE-pe-metric-compression-fuse-pe-electrofusion-and-pe

ASA Plastics Pty Ltd – BLUELINE Polyethylene (PE100) Pressure Pipe Approved by WSAA
https://www.wsaa.asn.au/appraisal/asa-plastics-pty-ltd-blueline-polyethylene-pe-pressure-pipe

Qenos exhibiting its PE100 HSCR Resin for Piping at APGA 2018 Annual Convention (8-11th September, 2018)
https://alkadyne.com.au/qenos-exhibiting-at-apga-2018-annual-convention/

Plastic Pipe Failure Analysis Laboratory (ExcelPlas Australia)

Failures of plastic piping systems and components often result in costly downtime and can cause damage to facilities, the environment, and people.  Increasingly, modern industry and regulatory demands place a tighter operating envelope around nearly every product or process.  These increased constraints push materials and processes to the limit.  The rapid pace of innovation as well as a backlog of fixed infrastructure maintenance and upgrades is a perfect recipe for sudden catastrophic failure.  At such critical times, skillful testing, investigations and reconstructions are needed to uncover the circumstances leading to failure.

The ExcelPlas team can provide:
* Failure Analysis
* Fractography & Microstructural Evaluations
* Oxidative Stress Cracking due to Chlorine
* Butt and Electrofusion Welding & Joining Process Evaluation
* Polymer Materials Selection
* Incident Investigation
* Fitness for Service Evaluation
* Risk Based Inspection

ExcelPlas has a wide variety of lab assets, including tensile testing, pressure testing, microscopy, strain monitoring, polymer science, etching and polishing equipment, Scanning Electron Microscope/Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy, and DSC, TGA thermal analysis.
Our decades of industry experience, the use of sophisticated failure analysis techniques, and specialized laboratory equipment combine to identify the active damage mechanism(s) and the root cause(s) of failure. This translates into long-term cost saving benefits as well as improved safety and reliability.  We work to your unique requirements.  Whether you need a simple failure analysis or a comprehensive root cause investigation that involves intensive laboratory and field work, our diverse team of experts has you covered.
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas has extensive experience investigating plastic pipe system failures, and can provide a root cause diagnosis.
The transportation of liquids and gases from one point to another has become an integral part of our lives. Plastic pipe systems (extruded pipes and injection moulded fittings) are used in many service installations including potable water, water heating, sprinklers or compressed air and in underground applications such as sewerage and land drainage. The application will dictate the type of pipe system specified – for example systems based on UPVC, CPVC, ABS, etc.
With most pipe system installations consisting of kilometres of pipe and potentially thousands of fittings, failures over time are an unfortunate but common occurrence.
Our experience shows these typically originate from four key sources:

  • Faults in the original pipe or joint components (manufacturing)
  • Faulty installation / engineering (workmanship)
  • Contamination effects, e.g. solvent cement effects (environment)
  • System operating outside of design criteria (end-user operation)

The consequences of such failure can vary dramatically dependent on the final application and location – from small scale failures in the home to potentially catastrophic industrial installation failures with significant associated damage and financial loss.
Supported by our extensive microscopy, analytical, material and product testing laboratories ExcelPlas are able to fully characterise polymer composition and mechanical performance in order to assess the cause of product / material failure. This can involve recommendations for remedial or corrective actions to minimise the risk of further failure. Our capabilities and experience investigating plastic pipe system failures provides valuable support to the service installation sector.
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas – the Australian Pipes & Fittings Testing Laboratory

  • The Australian Pipes & Fittings Testing Laboratory is 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/

2018 Copyright ExcelPlas Labs 🔬


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