The Ever-Onwards Decline of Iplex Parent Fletcher Building

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The Ever-Onwards Decline of Iplex Parent Fletcher Building

Manufacturer Behind BGC’s Iplex Pipes Leak Saga Sinks Amid Leadership Shakeup

Minister Sue Ellery Organises Mediation in Hopes of Fixing Perth’s Faulty Pipe Saga After Months of Deadlock

Case Study: Fletcher Building – Proof the Market Does Not Like Surprises

What Will it Take to Fix Iplex Parent Fletcher Building?


Dubai Replacing Stainless-Steel Water Pipes with Polyethylene Pipes for Enhanced Sustainability

EUR 100 Mil Plastic Pipes Maker Up for Sale

Fixing Leaking Pipes with a Magic Pill (Video)

EPA sets PFAS test for HDPE – Caution over use of Polymer Processing Aids

Elydan launches “PROLINEAR RCD”, the Strongest HDPE Pipe for Drinking Water Networks on the Market

Navigating Change: Uponor Corporation’s Acquisition

Uponor’s Operating Profit Increases Amid Turbulent Markets

Uponor Reports Earnings Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended December 31, 2023 -February 16, 2024

Plastics Reckoning: PVC Is Ubiquitous, But Maybe Not for Long

RWC Publishes Investor Presentation

Reliance Worldwide Corporation Limited announces an Equity Buyback for $17.8 million worth of its shares

RWC to Acquire Holman Industries

Arbitral Tribunal Appointed for the Arbitration Proceedings Concerning the Redemption of the Minority Shares in Uponor

Why Reliance Worldwide Shares are Pushing Higher

Smart Joint HDPE Pipe and Butt Fusion Fitting Blue


Reducing Resin Costs: The Advantages of Physical Foaming for HDPE Pipe Manufacturers

Navigating the Challenges Ahead: Insights for the European Polyolefin Pipe Resins Market in 2024


Plastic Pipes 2024 Conference: Pioneering Innovation in the Plastic Pipes Industry


BorSafe™ Super Low Sag HDPE Advances Politejo’s Pipeline Projects

Prediction of the Mechanical Behaviour of HDPE Pipes Using the Artificial Neural Network Technique

Using J-integral analysis to predict the failure of HDPE pipes under crack face load and internal pressure

Modelling the Failures and Decommissioning of HDPE Water Mains and HDPE Water Service Lines with Time-Dependent Factors


Radiation Crosslinking of PE-Xc Plastic Pipes


Plastic Pipes, Microplastics & Impacts on Human Health


Plastics Reckoning: PVC Is Ubiquitous, But Maybe Not for Long

USA Publishes Dangers of Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM)


The Application of High-Resolution, Embedded Fibre Optic (FO) Sensing for Large-Diameter Composite Steel Reinforced HDPE Pipeline Performance under Dynamic Transport Loads

Experimental and Analytical Evaluation of the Performance of Hybrid Steel-CFRP Pipelines at High External Pressures


Mechanical Evaluation Analysis of Pipe-Liner Composite Structure Before and After Polymer Grouting Rehabilitation


ExcelPlas Pipe Condition Assessment (PCA)
Owners and operators of plants have been using thermoplastics for many years, transporting water, gas and chemicals along their process. However, for operational and maintenance purposes, the asset integrity of the piping system is required. This could be for a number of reason, such as piping system maintenance, ability to maintain current service conditions. EP offers its 30 plus years of plastic piping application experience to assess the fitness for service of used piping. Our specialists inspect the samples in our state-of-the-art accredited materials testing laboratory for piping components, to give our clients the necessary information to make an informed decision and next steps during a project’s operational, maintenance or design phases resolve threats to client assets. ExcelPlas offers the following testing to determine the condition of plastic pipes:
Technical Data:

  • Visual Inspection
  • Dimensional check
  • Oxidation Induction Time (OIT)
  • Melt Flow Rate (MFR)
  • Fourier-transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Hydrostatic Test
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry test (DSC)
  • Vicat test
  • Microscopic analysis
  • Report with assessment of the integrity of the piping material


Plastic Pipe Consulting Experts and Services
If you need a team of pipe plastic experts, then ExcelPlas Consulting is the obvious choice – our size is our strength in a market dominated by single consultants.
We provide services on everything from material selection, product testing, processing to failure analysis


ExcelPlas Investigating Poly Pipe Failures
Through failure analysis & forensic chemistry, we help clients improve product performance, increase profits, & resolve product liability claims with plastic pipes and fittings.
We are dedicated to unmatched excellence in failure analysis, investigative chemistry, material testing, and expert witnessing for plastics, polymers and composites.
With over 25 years of investigative experience, the staff at ExcelPlas are uniquely positioned to help clients resolve the most challenging performance and processing issues related to materials and finished pipes and fittings.


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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.

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.

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 3mm 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

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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