One of the main benefits of a thermoplastic pipe is the ability to fuse two sections of it together to create a single monolithic piece. Smooth, continuous runs of pipe make it easy to transfer gas, water, and other fluids without worries about leaks.
How does the pipe fusion equipment here at TRIC Tools get the work done?
The Fusion Basics
Butt fusion is the most common joint involving fusion machine equipment. It joins two sections of pipe into a single length using heat and force.
The first step is to insert and clamp down the ends of both pipes. They are aligned with each other and the machine's centerline. Workers then machine each pipe end to provide a clean parallel pipe end on both sides.
A temperature-controlled heater goes in between the aligned pipe ends. The heater raises the temperature on the pipe ends to the temperature for the material being used. At that point, workers remove the heater.
The fusion welding machine then applies equal force to both pipes, bringing the ends together. That force remains in place while the pipe ends fuse together. The fusion process time depends on the pipe material.
At the end of the process, the new monolithic pipe comes out of the machine and receives a full inspection. If it passes, it can be put into use or have another length of pipe added.
Fusion Works on Different Types of Pipe
The fusion process works on many types of thermoplastic pipe, including HDPE, DIPS, IPS, and PE. We offer equipment designed to fuse several pipe types. Some of our equipment can also be used for fusing ells, tees, and other fittings.
If you need reliable fusion equipment, contact TRIC Tools today. We are the leaders in pipe bursting technology and accessories. Check out how our equipment handles pipe fusion.