October 2019 Vol. 4

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


NEWSMAKERS: * APA * ExcelPlas * McElroy * Iplex * ICC * McElroy * PIPA * PPN  * SCG * Uponor   

McElroy Launches the In-Ditch 1600 Large-Diameter Fusion Machine for Tight Spaces
Tulsa, Okla. (October 23, 2019) ? McElroy offers the solution for fusing large-diameter pipe up to 65? OD in challenging, close-quarter working environments with the new In-Ditch 1600. Its creation is in direct response to a customer who needed a machine capable of butt fusing large-diameter tie-in connections in a high-density neighborhood with many turning roadways.
https://www.mcelroy.com/en/fusion/1600inditch.htm

Crack-resistant Polyethylene Pipe is Being used for a Wastewater Project
http://cloud.excelplas.com/index.php/s/hgIbZT58OJJFUiK#pdfviewer

“This is the first time in Australia that a high-stress, crack-resistant polyethylene pipe is being used for a wastewater project,” Mr Ross said.
https://www.miragenews.com/logan-breaking-new-ground-with-drilling-project/

High Performance Black and Colour Masterbatches for E80, PE100 and PE100-RC Pipe Compounds
https://colloids.com/hdpe-pipe

Class Action Lawsuits Have Been Filed Against the Manufacturers of Uponor / Wirsbo “PEX” Plumbing Systems
http://audetlaw.com/investigations/uponor-wirsbo-plumbing-system-lawsuit/

Advances in Detection of Pipe Failures Using Polymer Films
https://engineering.vanderbilt.edu/news/2019/alert-system-for-failing-nuclear-plant-pipes-uses-thin-films-and-sound-vibrations/

Sewer Pipe Condition Monitoring and Failure Predictions
https://www.mdpi.com/2412-3811/4/4/64/pdf

ICC qualified in Electrofusion Welding and Butt welding of Poly Pipes
http://ipswichcitycivil.com.au/

Australian Poly Solutions Specialises in HDPE Pipe Fusion Welding and Hydrostatic Testing Services with Knowhow and Experience you can rely on
https://www.aussiepoly.com.au/

RITMO: APP – SET & GO! PRO Butt Fusion for Pressure Pipe
https://www.ritmo.it/en/butt-fusion-for-pressure-pipe/app-set-go-pro/
Video: https://youtu.be/YP4GmmBdufU


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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