Posted on April 11, 2018
Six Ways Mechanically Joining HDPE Will Save You Money
When it comes to joining high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe, mechanical solutions are a cost-effective alternative to fusion. Mechanically joining HDPE pipe requires the purchase of couplings, but does not require any special equipment or certified workers for installation. Reliable, verifiable joints can be created in less time, in tighter spaces, and in any orientation. Fusing HDPE requires the capital purchase of a fusion machine, which can mean hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the size range of the project, but that’s not the only instance in which a company will reach deep into its pockets. With fusion comes a variety of hidden costs – things like equipment maintenance, specially trained workers, more man hours, the potential for project delays, and the need for installation space.
No Special Equipment
Mechanically joining HDPE pipe does not require the purchase of any special equipment – simple, standard tools are all that’s required.
No Special Equipment Maintenance
With the absence of special equipment comes the absence of costly maintenance of special equipment.
No Certified Fusion Technicians
Specially trained (read: more expensive) crew members are not required in order to mechanically join HDPE.
Fewer Man Hours
Up to ten times faster than fusion, mechanically joining HDPE pipe allows for confirmation of correct installation, removing the cost of joint rework. Mechanical systems also cut out the downtime associated with heating and cooling the pipe and the time required to mobilize cumbersome equipment to move to the next joint.
Less Potential for Project Delays
With a mechanical joining solution, design changes can be made on the fly and pipe can be joined in any orientation. Proper installation is verifiable, preventing delays due to rework. Weather also isn’t a factor – pipe can be joined in a heatwave or in rain, snow, sleet, or hail.
Less Space Required
No need to spend money trying to get a fusion machine into a tight space or making a tight space, like a trench, bigger in order to accommodate a fusion machine. Mechanical joints can be installed in tight spaces and narrow trenches.
Overall, comparative studies of mechanically joined and fused projects have shown the Refuse-to-Fuse™ system for HDPE to be a competitively priced option. In a recent interview, David Sharkey, Victaulic Vice President and General Manager of Asia Pacific, said it best: “As leaders in the mechanical joining business, we are extremely proud of the Refuse-to-Fuse solution. At Victaulic, we’re passionate about educating the market about the benefits of our mechanical joints. Our solution exceeds HDPE pressure ratings, cuts down installation times, eliminates the need for expensive equipment and specialized workers and works in a range of underground buried and outdoor exposed conditions. What more could you want?”
We concur. What are you waiting for?
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