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You may have never heard of electrofusion before, right? That’s understandable, but you probably want to know what on earth electrofusion is, if I’m guessing correctly. Well you just may find this article of interest, read on…
So here goes… Electrofusion, for those that are interested, is basically an electric coil contained within a plastic pipe socketed fitting. The poly pipe and fitting is heated by the electrical coil to a set temperature, so as to melt the fitting and the plastic pipe that it is being welded to, in a controlled fashion, causing the two items to be joined and become as one part. Electrofusion utilises a 240V electric control box, which by means of a transformer, lowers the voltage and increases the amperage. This machine is plugged into the electrofusion socket via two low voltage leads, for the duration of the weld cycle. Nothing too complicated here. Quite simple actually.
So what are the advantages of electrofusion? Well, electrofusion offers unparalleled flexibility as a method of jointing poly pipe. An electrofusion weld can be performed simply onsite in the trench with minimal set-up time. In common sizes, pressure testing of the pipe can be performed within an hour of welding. Wow that makes it so much easier, doesn’t it!
So how strong is electrofusion? Well, as strong as or stronger than the pipe the electrofusion is being welded to. Large weld zones on the external of the pipe means that the weld zone surface area or contact area is maximised, reducing risk of failure and maximising pressure potential of the pipeline being installed. How does that benefit me? Well, reduced failure rates means reduced downtime and maintenance costs, and most importantly, a reputation for high quality works that can be recommended to other potential clients.

Maximised flows are possible with Electrofusion. Due to electrofusion causing no internal beads that disrupt flows, and polyethylene being a ‘slippery’ material, frictional losses are kept to an absolute minimum and far less than all metallic type pipes. Why would I need maximum flows? Maximised flows reduce pumping costs, and reduce the sizing of piping required, allowing greater returns on investment.

How easy is it to install? Thankfully, installation is easy with simple electrofusion tooling and can be performed by personnel with only 1-2 days of training. There are many accredited training facilities Australia wide and I’d highly recommend you make the small investment.

Longevity is excellent, as electrofusion provides a life span of up to 100 years. Electrofusion allows jointing in tight access areas and can be used with Poly Piping in all colour stripes, including Blue Stripe, Yellow Stipe, Red Stripe, Green Stripe and All Black.

So what should I do with my next pipeline? Well definitely consider poly pipe as the material of choice and I’d suggest you seriously consider the advantages of using electrofusion to join it together.
That’s all from me for now

(Author Information) Roy Craig
Poly Enthusiast & National Sales Manager for Matrix Piping Systems

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5 Richards Road, , Swan Hill, Victoria, 3585, Australia
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