Butt Welding or Electrofusion?

With pipe, there are two types of welding techniques that are commonly used: butt fusion and electrofusion. While both are easy to perform, it is vital to ensure that surfaces are correctly prepared so that welding/fusion is done properly. With that in mind, it is also vital that welding parameters are strictly utilized.

Today’s electrofusion and butt fusion machines are highly automated, though it is still essential to ensure that workers have received the training and skills to properly and safely operate these machines. When butt fusing pipes of distinct materials and thickness, it is also recommended that you do not fuse them together. In such a scenario, it may be better to stick with electrofusion fittings instead of butt fusion. With butt fusion, these procedures should be performed solely on pipes that have the same level of thickness. If you’re working with low density or PE 40 pipe, neither electrofusion nor butt fusion will work. With this type of pipe, it’s best to stick to plastic or metallic mechanical fittings.

Both electrofusion and butt fusion have their distinct advantages. For example, electrofusion works well under tough conditions while butt welding removes the need for connection components while also allowing the pipe to bend without worrying about tension increase.

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