I can't remember leaving the IGSHPA Conference without finding at least a few things that made the time and trip worthwhile. One of the things I saw on this trip was a new product that looks like it can make HDPE pipe connections quicker and easier. Watts Water Technologies had the new product on display in their booth. I spoke with Keith Whitworth and Steve Barrett in their booth who described the new HDPE pipe joining method.
Pipe and fittings are joined by radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic technology. Some of the advantages include:
According to Keith and Steve, the pricing of the fittings is roughly double the cost of socket fusion fittings, but about half the cost of electro-fusion fittings. With reduced time the labor component should be reduced compared to socket fusion fittings.
Since the product is new on the market place the range of fittings is not yet complete, with fittings currently available for 0.75", 1.00", 1,25", 1.50" and 2.00", with a limited range of fittings, including couplings, reducing couplings, tees, elbows and end caps. A greater range of fittings will gradually be introduced in the near future.
For further information, the website is: http://www.tritonpipefusion.com/
In my blog I'll be expressing my opinions about what I've the learned about ground coupled heat pump (GCHP) systems over the last 30 years. I've been very fortunate to work with many interesting people who are passionate about this technology...engineers, geologists, mechanical contractors, drillers, excavation contractors...in different parts of the world. I've learned a lot from them and will be using this forum to pass on some of the things I've learned and feel are important. Please feel free to use this information if you feel it's worthwhile...hopefully you can avoid some of the same mistakes I've learned from.