September 2019 Vol. 2

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

Newsmakers * Adani * AGA * Fletcher * Iplex * PEX * PIPA * PPI * Vinidex 

Public Pressure Works – Just Ask the Companies that Abandoned Adani
Piping companies Iplex and Vinidex were subject to people locking onto gates to draw media attention to their dealings.

Experimental Study of Adhesively-Bonded Polyethylene Pipelines (New Research)

Australian Poly Solutions Specialises in HDPE Pipe Fusion Welding and Hydrostatic Testing Services with Knowhow and Experience you can rely on

PPI Hosts Free Electrofusion Guides for HDPE Pipe

RITMO: APP – SET & GO! PRO Butt Fusion for Pressure Pipe

Advantages of Long Length HDPE Pipe Transport by Sea (Video)


American Gas Association (AGA) petitioned the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to reconsider language regarding heat fusion procedures provided in the plastic pipe rule. Specifically, AGA asks PHMSA to broaden § 192.281 of the pipeline safety regulations to allow qualified heat fusion procedures outside of, but in accordance with, ASTM F2620-12 Standard Practice for Heat Fusion Joining of Polyethylene Pipe and Fittings.

Erosion Study on Brass Insert Fittings Used in PEX Piping Systems

Correlation Between Isothermal Crystallization Properties and Slow Crack Growth Resistance of Polyethylene Pipe Materials

Multi‐Relaxation Test to Characterize PE Pipe Performance

Ductile Fracture Assessment of HDPE-PE100 Weakened by an Inclined Double Keyhole Notch

Characterisation and Analysis of Polyethylene Pipes in Water Pressure Pipe Applications
• Butt Weld Tensile
• Electrofusion Crushing Decohesion and Debonding
• Electrofusion Weld Tensile Peel
• Pipe Buttweld & Electrofusion Joint Tests
Our prices for Buttweld (ISO 13953), Bend Test (BS-EN12814-1), Crush Test (ISO 13955) and Electrofusion (ISO 13954); Decohesion Test (13956-2010)  Specimens are now as follows:
OPTION  A:               $350 + GST per test    Pipe sizes OD mm    DN63, 75, 90, 110, 140, DN160
OPTION  B:               $695 + GST per test    Pipe sizes OD mm    DN180, 200, 225, 250, 280, DN315
OPTION  C:               $795 + GST per test    Pipe sizes OD mm    DN355, 400, 450, 500 – DN560
OPTION  D:              $895 + GST per test    Pipe sizes OD mm    DN630 – DN710
OPTION  E:               $995 + GST per test    Pipe sizes OD mm    DN800 – DN1000
OPTION F              $1,400 + GST per test  Pipe sizes OD mm   DN1200 and above

PEX Pipe Manufacturing Comparison Study

Vinidex StormPRO® Installation: Pipe Jointing Instructional Video

Fletcher Building Limited shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 15% in the last month

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.

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.

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

New UHMWPE Pipe for Tailing Offers Greater Than 4X the Abrasion Resistance of PE100 (Australia wide)

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 [email protected]

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