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How to Choose the Right Machine

An important part of new equipment installation is selecting the right fusion machine that will provide the support necessary to specific job site needs.

In recent history, fusing thermostat pipes for a leak-free and corrosive-resistant system is common but has become a problem; these systems are failing every day.

McElroy is a world leader in joining the thermoplastic pipes in many infrastructures. Choosing them means choosing the right machine. Some things that will make the selection process easier:

Consider pipe size – what range and wall thickness will be involved. This will affect which size carriage and/or combination you need. Pipe size, dimensional ratio (DR), and fusion standards will determine if a low, medium or high-force fusion machine is right for the job.

Determine the magnitude of the job. Fusing smaller pipes will require different equipment than a long pipeline with large pipes. For larger projects, consider portability and how much accompanying equipment will be hauled from site to site.

Think carefully about deadlines. Productivity tools that will move along the fusion process at a faster rate will be worth the money. If you have complex projects with short deadlines, always choose the right equipment no matter the price. It will save you time and money in the long run.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in industrial equipment and McElroy parts. We have more than two decades providing professional solutions in The Guianas, the Caribbean, and Suriname, supplying brands like Performance Pipe, McElroy, Carboline, and more. With our years of experience working as exporters and purchasing agents, we look forward to supplying your company with robust, quality products and solutions at the best prices. Call MimeCo at 305-570-3831 for additional information.

The Acrobat Saves the Day in North Dakota

Once the McElroy Acrobat machine made its debut for polypropylene (PP) pipe, it has rapidly earned a reputation for being a machinery supply solution that can be used on polyethylene (PE) pipe installations. The Acrobat was built with a minimal footprint and is incredibly lightweight relative to its PE system counterparts since PP jobs are usually indoor installations in very close working environments. However, PE workers are often faced with the same space constraints.

The McElroy website outlines a real-life case involving a contractor working on a PE pipe job in North Dakota tasked with the expansion of a sugar beet processing facility. Connecting 17, 8” DR17 lines to a pump house for methane gas processing was one of the responsibilities. Since the lines were all crowded together, someone couldn’t get between the pipes to perform a fusion, resulting in a complicated situation. To fit between lines and valves while retaining portability, a lightweight, portable fusion machine solution was required.

At first, a DynaMc® 28 HP was used, which is a powerful, rugged, and lightweight unit, but maybe not the right option for a large number of fusions where space is an issue. In this situation, there were 76 fusions to complete in a few days, a significantly large amount for a hand pump to tackle. To save the day, the Acrobat was introduced.

The weight and height similarities are quite notable. The DynaMc carriage weighs 155 pounds, while the comparably svelte Acrobat carriage weighs a mere 54 pounds in 4-jaw configuration and 38 pounds in 3-jaw configuration. Consider the carriage lengths, which range from 34x26x23.5 to 30x18x17.

In the end, a pair of fusion technicians were able to perform the Herculean task in a mere four days thanks to the Acrobat.

Should you have questions about the Acrobat, McElroy solutions, or industrial equipment rentals, please contact us.

Polypropylene versus Polyethylene

Perhaps you’ve wondered about the potential of pipe in 2021, how it varies, and what it can do for you in the coming year. We’ve addressed polyethylene pipe, but for those just starting with the many advantages of HDPE, there might be uncertainty. Polypropylene is another option worth looking into, and it’s a term that also has its well-defined qualities, even though its name may sound a lot like polyethylene.

Polypropylene does have some similarities with polyethylene, which also relies on durable plastic. Even so, in contrast to polyethylene, polypropylene is capable of molding once the temperature reaches a certain point. The pipe strength returns to its normal state after the substance has cooled down. This trait means the pipe can be used in other ways beyond plastic. Its melting pot is higher versus polyethylene and its stability is incredibly robust. To begin with, this plastic can be opened and closed several times without a problem when utilized for purposes such as functioning as a hinge.

When it comes to physical properties, polyethylene and polypropylene have some things in common. However, for instance, the former is better able to endure harsh environments such as the cold, as described above.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in machinery equipment and machinery supply. We have more than two decades providing professional solutions in The Guianas, the Caribbean, and Suriname, supplying brands like Performance Pipe, McElroy, Carboline, and more. With our years of experience working as exporters and purchasing agents, we look forward to supplying your company with robust, quality products and solutions at the best prices. Call 305-570-3831 for additional information on our product selection, or saving money with industrial equipment rentals.

HDPE Pipe and Butt Fusion 101

HDPE is a pipe material often used for applications such as water distribution and transmission, and it continues to gain further adoption. Among its benefits, its strong resistance to corrosion and rust is a major plus which allows the pipe to last for as long as 100 years in some cases. The pipe material means it can also stand firm against ground shifts, pressure surges, and intense turns in temperature.

Just as important is how HDPE is joined by leak-free heat fusion, a process also known as butt fusion. The process involves heating the ends of the pipe and pressurizing them together. This allows melted materials to combine which alters the molecular structure going from crystalline amorphous. Upon cooling the pipe, the molecules go back to their original state resulting in a massive system of pipes.

Butt fusion machines can work with 1⁄2″ CTS up to 2000 mm OD, making them highly flexible machines. The smaller manual machines with separate heater and facing components are usually lightweight enough to be moved across each joint. Self-propelled or with wheels, tracked vehicles can have mounting options for larger machine carriages. The tracked fusion machines feature all necessary components including an on-board generator.

While manual machine pressure is typically done by hand, the larger hydraulic-powered machines present a specified gage pressure using a mathematical formula that takes into account the type of machine, specification, pipe size, wall consistency, interfacial pressure, and other factors.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in industrial equipment and machinery supply. We have more than two decades providing professional solutions in The Guianas, the Caribbean, and Suriname, supplying brands like Performance Pipe, McElroy, Carboline, and more. With our years of experience working as exporters and purchasing agents, we look forward to supplying your company with robust, quality products and solutions at the best prices. Call 305-570-3831 for additional information on our product selection, industrial equipment rentals, or machinery solutions.

Multiple Fusion Solutions with the Polygon

The McElroy Polygon is a powerful yet easily transportable, three-in-one prefabrication solution packed with robust features. It features a one-of-a-kind and intelligent design that allows both polypropylene and polyethylene pipe to be butt, miter, or even socket fused. Furthermore, the Polygon is also compatible with the rugged and highly useful DataLogger®, becoming McElroy’s first manual butt fusion machine capable of doing so.

If you’re curious to see the McElroy Polygon in action and get an idea of how it works, you’ll find a short yet informative video provided by McElroy that provides a great machine. Should you have questions about the DataLogger or if you wish to purchase the Android-powered tablet, you can find out more information by heading over to the DATALOGGER page at our McElroy Parts sister website.

For any pipe or machinery equipment needs, please contact us and one of the MIMECO representatives we will be happy to discuss solutions for your business or project. We offer many products by different manufacturers including McElroy and more.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in machinery equipment and machinery supply. We have more than two decades providing professional solutions in The Guianas, the Caribbean, and Suriname, supplying brands like Performance Pipe, McElroy, Carboline, and more. With our years of experience working as exporters and purchasing agents, we look forward to supplying your company with robust, quality products and solutions at the best prices. Call 305-570-3831 for additional information on our product selection, industrial equipment rentals, or industrial products online.

Determining the Best Fusion Machine for the Job

The thermoplastic pipe fusion provides a system free of leaks and resistance to corrosion that is the preferred alternative for replacing failed conventional piping systems. McElroy remains at the forefront in entering the science of thermoplastic pipe within a thriving infrastructure range. A key element of each new project is the picking of a fusion machine to match specific job site requirements.

Which size range does it take for the thickness of the pipe and wall? This affects the carrying size and/or carriage combination that may be necessary. McElroy fusion machines are available as small as 16 mm or even as large as 2 m (1⁄2″CTS to 78′′ OD) for projects that involve the fusing of pipe.

The pipe size, its dimensional ratio (DR) and the fundamental fusion model to be adhered to will decide if a small, medium, or a more powerful fusion machine would be utilized for the job. Typically when fusing pipe with considerably elevated interfacial pressures a medium or high-strength cylinder is the solution.

How much fusing will happen and where is it going to happen? If the smaller diameter pipe fuses inside a ditch’s walls, a manual Pit Bull® butt fusion system may be a good idea. Such lightweight tools can provide easier maneuvering in small workspaces. They are lightweight and can be manually shifted from joint to joint, and are strong enough to fuse the whole day.

Deadlines, data collection criteria are only a few other considerations that may need to be evaluated.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in industrial equipment and machinery supply. We have more than two decades providing professional solutions in The Guianas, the Caribbean, and Suriname, supplying brands like Performance Pipe, McElroy, Carboline, and more. With our years of experience working as exporters and purchasing agents, we look forward to supplying your company with robust, quality products and solutions at the best prices. Call 305-570-3831 for additional information on our product selection, industrial equipment rentals, or machinery solutions.

Polyethylene and Polypropylene: What Are the Differences?

Polyethylene and polypropylene are a pair of words commonly used in scenarios involving machinery equipment and pipe fusion. Polyethylene (also referred to as PE or HDPE) is recognized for its exceptional durability and it is a flexible plastic that can withstand the effects of corrosion while still being able to be molded as needed. With so many qualities, how does polypropylene (PP) benefit your project?

PP offers a more precise plastic type that is acknowledged for being somewhat crystalline. It is especially helpful for injection molding and offers a degree of resistance against chemicals compared to bases or acids. Also, PP in its material is lightweight which also gives it an important plus versus other plastics.

PE and PP are both considerably ductile in terms of mutual attributes and offer outstanding resistance to heat. These are also recyclable, which may turn out essential for businesses who often pursue environmental responsibility in regards to maintaining as small a carbon footprint as possible.

Does your business have certain pipe needs that you’re unsure about or could use some guidance on? We ‘re here to give you the answers and advise you on any machinery needs you might have.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in industrial equipment and machinery supply. We have more than two decades providing professional solutions in The Guianas, the Caribbean, and Suriname, supplying brands like Performance Pipe, McElroy, Carboline, and more. With our years of experience working as exporters and purchasing agents, we look forward to supplying your company with robust, quality products and solutions at the best prices. Call 305-570-3831 for additional information on our product selection, industrial equipment rentals, or machinery solutions.

Rely on Fusio-Tech UV Black Piping This Summer

Another summer season is upon us and temperatures are hotter than ever. Fusio-Tech UV Black Piping by aquatechnik NA may be the deciding factor in helping your pipe durability during the sultry season. Fusio-Tech UV Black Piping was designed specifically to combat the damaging effects caused by prolonged ultraviolet (UV) ray exposure. Installation and labor will be cut down dramatically whenever your needs involve fusion pipe. Since the UV protection is built into the pipe, painting is more like an option versus a genuine requirement. Built for long term durability and the various effects of Mother Nature, Fusio-Technick UV Black Piping is made using optimum quality polypropylene and its industrial strength is top-notch.

The Fusio-Tech UV stabilizer has been exhaustively tested to make sure the UV resistance is as excellent as possible. The pipe can also take on cement, plaster, and electrochemical reactions. The pipe can be fused or welded without necessarily having to undergo treatment, in addition to improving installation outdoors. It can be used in industrial applications, and so much more, for hot or cold drinking or non-potable fluid transport. This product is a breakthrough that will greatly aid your pipe projects.

Should you wish to discover more about Fusion-Tech UV Black Piping, please visit the product page or get in touch with us.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in industrial equipment and machinery supply. We have more than two decades providing professional solutions in The Guianas, the Caribbean, and Suriname, supplying brands like Performance Pipe, McElroy, Carboline, and more. With our years of experience working as exporters and purchasing agents, we look forward to supplying your company with robust, quality products and solutions at the best prices. Call 305-570-3831 for additional information on our product selection, industrial equipment rentals, or machinery solutions.

Saddle Fusion 101

Saddle or sidewall fusion is utilized in joining a saddle to a pipe side by heating the pipe’s outer surface and the fitting surface. The process makes use of a device to ensure proper regulation of heating, alignment, and force. This process can be carried out while the production of a “hot tap” is pressurized when regulations and the owner of the pipeline allow. The fitting surfaces of the pipe and saddle are heated until they reach a sufficient temperature, which then leads to the removal of the heating tool and the weld being formed. After a cooling cycle, the process is complete.

Along with saddle fusion, we have solutions for socket fusion, including the McElroy Socket Tooling. It provides an ideal method for fittings installation and supports the fusing of pipe from ½” CTS to 4″ IPS (16mm to 125mm). These tools comply with ASTM pipes F1056, ISO 8085-1 and ISO 4437 standards. The Socket Tooling Kits come in a variety of sizes to suit your unique needs and provide all the required tooling components so you don’t need to order each item separately. Each kit has equipment capable of conveniently fitting in a specially designed toolbox and tray so everything remains in one place.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in industrial equipment and machinery supply. We have more than two decades providing professional solutions in The Guianas, the Caribbean, and Suriname, supplying brands like Performance Pipe, McElroy, Carboline, and more. With our years of experience working as exporters and purchasing agents, we look forward to supplying your company with robust, quality products and solutions at the best prices. Call 305-570-3831 for additional information on our product selection, industrial equipment rentals, or machinery solutions.

Fusion Equipment for Limited Spaces

In a perfect world, all work environments should have adequate space to ensure work can be performed with ample space and efficiency. Realistically, however, we know that a compact solution is often called for by the work. McElroy parts and tools have been used in scenarios where space can sometimes be an issue. The McElroy DynaMc® 28 Fusion Machine and the McElroy Spider™ 125 Fusion Machine are a pair of tools available to meet the needs of tight space work.

The McElroy Spider 125 Series 2 is the solution if socket fusion speed and precision of polypropylene pipe and fittings between 63 mm and 125 mm is a major priority. A single person can operate this tool, including alignment, heating, fusion, and cooling the tubing. The unit itself is a powerful device and its lightweight and compact nature make it incredibly useful for overhead or vertical socket fusions.

The McElroy DynaMc ® 28 Fusion Machine Kit is able to fulfill the demands for in-ditch or close-quarter fusion requirements. The size of this tool can seem oddly diminutive, but it packs tremendous power and is available with a hand pump or an electric pump.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in industrial equipment and machinery supply. We have more than two decades providing professional solutions in The Guianas, the Caribbean, and Suriname, supplying brands like Performance Pipe, McElroy, Carboline, and more. With our years of experience working as exporters and purchasing agents, we look forward to supplying your company with robust, quality products and solutions at the best prices. Call 305-570-3831 for additional information on our product selection, industrial equipment rentals, or machinery solutions.