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What welding standards do your machines work to?

A summary of the principal welding standards is as follows: DVS2207-1 [09/2005] , TSG , UNT 10967 [10/2001] , MESCO , GAZ DU FRANCE , UNI 10520 , [01/1997] , DVS2207-11 POLYPROP [08/2008] , DS/INF [INSTA] , FUSION FW LANDFILL , UKWIR 90? C FASTWELD [04/2002] , S/EM-044-E PART 1 [01/2002] , TOHO GAS [J537/D] , JAPAN [J537/B] , OSAKA GAS [J533/E] , GAS [BG] , WATER WIS 4-32-08 [09/2002].

Can you weld polypropylene using your butt fusion machines?

Yes. Fusion's butt fusion machines can weld polypropylene.

How can I decide whether to use butt fusion or electrofusion?

Electrofusion is typically used for service connections, small bore pipe installations, repair situations, and awkward final connections particularly when in a trench. Butt fusion is typically used for joining larger diameter pipes, particularly when large continuous pipe runs are required.

You make a wide range of butt fusion machines. How do I choose the most suitable one for me?

The critical factors in the selection process are the range of pipe sizes you wish to join, and the dominant pipe diameter. For example, if you intend joining 125mm pipe on a regular basis, it would make sense to opt for a 180mm or 250mm butt fusion machine rather than the 315mm option because of the lighter weight of the chassis. You can always hire butt fusion machines from Fusion Hire and Repair if you occasionally need to join larger pipes outside the range of your existing butt fusion machine.

What is the range of pipe sizes covered by your butt fusion machines?

Gator automatic butt fusion machine size ranges: Gator 180 welds pipe from 63mm to 180mm ; Gator 250 welds pipe from 63mm to 250mm; Gator 315 welds pipe from 90mm to 315mm; Gator 400 welds pipe from 160mm to 400mm; Gator 500 welds pipe from 315mm to 500mm. Gator No-Lift range: Gator No-Lift 315 welds pipe from 90mm to 315mm; Gator No-Lift 400 welds pipe from 160mm to 400mm. The Welda manual butt fusion range: the Welda 180 welds pipe from 63mm to 180mm ; Welda 250 welds pipe from 63mm to 250mm; Welda 315 welds pipe from 90mm to 315mm; Welda 400 welds pipe from 160mm to 400mm. You can download Gator and Welda documentation from this website's Resource Library.

What are the benefits of removing the internal bead from a butt fusion pipe joint?

Internal beads are removed to avoid the potential for pipe blockages. This is more critical in certain applications than others, for example sewage pipes, drainage, slurry and cable ducting should always have their internal beads removed.

What are the benefits of removing an external bead from a butt fusion pipe joint?

The external bead, once removed, can be used to check the integrity and quality of the joint. The external bead also has to be removed for practical reasons when the pipe is being used in swage lining or slip lining applications.

My utility client wants me to collect, store and report on joint data. Why would they want this information, and can your equipment help me meet the expectations of my client?

A key focus for utilities is asset integrity. They want to be sure that the infrastructure assets they bury in the ground are fit for purpose and will not fail. One aspect of asset integrity is the joint integrity of pipelines. Fusion's Gator butt fusion machines and QBox electrofusion boxes all capture key joint integrity data. This is now uploaded to the Joint Manager website where the contractor can review and analyse the jointing performance of his site teams. More recently, Fusion has introduced RedBox and Cyclops technologies which enable the joint data and a linked photograph to be sent to the Joint Manager website in almost real time. You can download details of Joint Manager, RedBox and Cyclops from this website's Resource Library.

Are there any security features built into Fusion's butt fusion machines and electrofusion boxes?

Security software can be fitted to work with Touch Key Technology, example: Each operator has his own key to enable him to access the computer to make the joint at the start of the day, or each joint as to be confirmed by the operator.

Fusion has developed Touch Key Technology to provide contractors with greater security and traceability. For example, a butt fusion machine or electrofusion box can be programmed such that only the operator with the correct touch key can use it. Further details on Touch Key Technology can be obtained by speaking to Steve Botchett on 07836 778120.

How do I ensure my equipment is correctly calibrated?

Equipment such as butt fusion machines and electrofusion boxes need to be serviced and calibrated once a year. You should check your equipment to make sure it has a calibration label showing the last service and calibration date.

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Commercial

If I purchase multiple machines can I qualify for a discount?

Fusion is happy to discuss discounts for the bulk purchase of electrofusion boxes, butt fusion machines and tooling.

Can I lease your butt fusion and electrofusion machines?

Both butt fusion machines and electrofusion boxes can be leased. This option is also extended to some of the more expensive tooling and ancillary equipment such as squeeze tools, clamps, and pipe scraping equipment.

How can I source spares for my Fusion butt fusion machine or electrofusion box?

You can source spares directly from Fusion Provida UK depots, overseas subsidiaries and distributors. To identify the exact spare you require please consult the drawings provided in the 'spares' section of this website. Click here to go to the spares page.

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