May 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: * Aliaxis * BASF * Braskem * DRTS * Electrofusion * ExcelPlas * GEM Industrial * INOEX * IPEX * McElroy * ORBIA * PE100 * PERT * PipeLife * PPI  * PPN * Rehau * VITO * Wavin

INDUSTRY NEWS

Orbia Reports Strong Q1 2021 Results with Net Revenues of $1.9 Billion an Increase of 18%
Driven by a tight PVC environment for Polymer Solutions, as well as strong demand across markets for Wavin PVC Pipe and Netafim PE Pipes and Tubing;
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/orbia-announces-first-quarter-2021-230300486.html

2021 Vinyl Piping Systems Industry Manual – Just Published [PDF]
https://www.ipexna.com/media/12334/manual-us-ipex-vinyl-process-piping-systems.pdf

Inventor Develops New Type of PVC Pipe Fitting
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/inventhelp-inventor-develops-new-type-of-pvc-pipe-fitting-mtn-3469-301275856.html

BASF Patent New Stabilization Package for PE100 Pipes
https://www.freepatentsonline.com/EP3649189B1.pdf

GEM Industrial and McElroy Team Up to Expand Water Recycling Infrastructure of a Growing Population
https://www.pipeliner.com.au/2021/04/26/growing-population-expands-water-recycling-infrastructure/

Investments in Braskem Green Polymers: Extraordinary Profits Instead of Decarbonization of the Environment
http://article.ijosd.com/pdf/10.11648.j.ijsdr.20210701.13.pdf

Pipelife Commissions Independent Study by the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) to Measure the Environmental Footprint of Various Plastic Pipes
https://apps.apple.com/cv/app/pipelife-epd-calculator/id989794425

Rehau Publish Guide on Design Considerations for Sustainable Multi-Residential Buildings
https://www.rehau.com/downloads/830816/designing-healthy-apartments.pdf

NEW PRODUCTS

DRTS New Crosshead Facilitates Creation of Recycled-Content Polymer Pipes
The DRTS device allows pipe makers to manufacture PE, PVC and rigid PP pipes that feature a middle layer of recycled resin
https://www.plasticsmachinerymanufacturing.com/extrusion/pipe-profile-tubes/article/21146590/crosshead-creates-recycledcontent-pipes

INOEX Handheld Radar Sensor can Accurately Measure Wall Thickness of Poly Pipes
https://www.inoex.de/en/products/radar/warp-portable/
https://www.plasticsmachinerymanufacturing.com/extrusion/pipe-profile-tubes/article/21213439/inoex-sensors-use-radar-to-measure-pipe

NEW RESEARCH

New Study Identifying the Factors that Affect the Operational Lifetimes of PVC Sewer Pipes
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/15732479.2021.1907601?needAccess=true

Studies and Research on the Behaviour of Polyethylene when Electrofusion (EF) Welding Fittings to HDPE Pipes
https://revmaterialeplastice.ro/pdf/10%20AVRIGEAN%201%2021.pdf

Evaluating Tensile Strength in Butt Fusion and Electrofusion Joints in Glass-Fibre and Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposite HDPE Pipes
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40799-021-00477-x

Integrity and Cost Evaluation of Natural Fibres/HDPE Composite Tailored for Piping Applications
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/08927057211010878

Swelling Failures of PVC Pipes
https://assets.speakcdn.com/assets/2683/summertime-blues-swollen-pipe-and-fittings.pdf?1617916893306

Analysis of Filament-Wound Sandwich Pipe Under Combined Internal Pressure and Thermal Load
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0308016121000491?dgcid=rss-sd-all

ExcelPlas Interdisciplinary Testing Lab for all your testing needs, tensile, compression, thermal, DSC, TGA, FTIR, shear strength, pipe testing, plastic recycling, plastic pipe failure analysis, plastic identification, analytical methods, additive analysis, etc.
https://www.excelplas.com/

BRAND MARKETING

How to Get Noticed by More Than 40,000 People in the Poly Pipe Space Across the Globe
PPN we reach 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

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