|Keeping Up with Fusion Standards
If you were fixing a dinner for someone, you’d follow a recipe.
If you were working on a car, hopefully you’d consult an owner’s manual.
In that same vein, if you are fusing pipe – you should be using a fusion standard.
The key reason to stay up-to-date on fusion standards is to know that your fusions have the best possible opportunity to succeed.
Polyethylene pipe and the fusion process are forgiving, but unless you are following a standard, how can you be truly sure you’ve fused correctly?
An update on one of the most followed standards – ASTM F2620-11e1. The American Society for Testing and Materials has recently revised this standard to address several areas in the standard that needed further clarification.
These changes are important because they establish firm times for heat soak, heater removal and cooling under pressure. The ASTM F2620-11e1 is backed up with destructive testing outlined in Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) Technical Report TR-33.
Here are the three major changes to the ASTM F2620-11e1 standard:
Many other changes were made to the table, including a table for socket fusion that specifies the heating and cooling times for different socket sizes.
To learn how to fuse within published standards, courses are held each year through McElroy University. Click here to enroll in classes and learn how to fuse pipe according to published standards.Sincerely,
P.S. – Do you have an interesting job site that you would like to share? McElroy is always looking for fusion job sites where HDPE is being used and fused to solve an infrastructure problem. Contact Tyler Henning, public relations specialist at (918) 831-9286 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Certified McElroy Rental
There are plenty of rental fusion machine options in the marketplace, but how do you know if your next rental machine is properly maintained and ready to perform?
Choose a better fusion rental experience with Certified McElroy Rentals. Certified McElroy Rental fusion machines are available at participating distributors across the United States and Canada. Here are the advantages of choosing a pipe fusion machine from a Certified McElroy Rental fleet:
To locate your next fusion rental machine, visit www.certifiedmcelroy.com to find a participating McElroy distributor near you.
|McElroy at EXPOMIN
McElroy attended EXPOMIN in Santiago, Chile on April 9 – 13. The event hosts 60,000 mining professionals and features exhibitions of 1,300 companies.
Congratulations to Winners of McElroy's 2012 Calendar Giveaway for April
Our pictures this month come from A.H. McElroy Sales and Service in Canada where a TracStar® 900 and MegaMc® PolyHorse™ are working together to fuse 24-inch DR 21 insulated pipe. The temperature you ask? A blistery -35 degrees Celsius (-31 degrees Fahrenheit).
If you have photos from a jobsite, we'd love to see them! Yours may be chosen for the next issue of McElroy Connections. Simply email your photos to Tyler Henning, at email@example.com.
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North American Society of Trenchless Technology
Plastics Pipe Institute