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The TracStar® 618 Series 2 from McElroy Parts

The TracStar® 618 Series 2 from McElroy Parts

The TracStar® 618 Series 2 fusion machine package is now available through Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corp. (MimeCo) machinery equipment.

 

The TracStar® 618 Series 2 is designed based on feedback directly from industry professionals who have used the machines themselves. It shares a common vehicle with the 28, 250, and 412 range and TracStars and is powered by a diesel engine.

 

McElroy’s machine can fuse pipes between 6″ IPS to 18″ OD (180mm to 450mm) sizes while offering a self-contained and propelled vehicle that handles grades up to 30%. The design assists with heat dissipation and gives an easier way to access it when maintenance is needed. The updated electrical system helps circuit protection, while the standard battery disconnect can help with easy lockout.

 

Notable features include:

 

  • Interchangeable 4-jaw carriage with easy removal

  • 3-jaw carriage for tight installations

  • A step-by-step guide for the operator to reference when fusing pipes

  • All-terrain

  • Dual hydraulic pipe lifts when transferring

  • DataLogger® compatible

  • Hydraulic clamping

  • Patented Centerline Guidance System that enables the equable distribution of force around the joints

  • Self-contained electrical input

  • Self-propelled transportation

  • Rubber crawler tracks

  • Self-locking brake

  • 2,000 PSI max system pressure

  • On-board generator for hydraulics and heaters

 

If you are interested in purchasing The TracStar® 618 Series 2 from McElroy Parts, please visit us online. You can view more about the product and fill out your order form. From there, a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly. You can also view our other industrial products online.

 

Questions? Contact us at 305.680.5677.

Preparing Your Machines for Colder Weather

The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us, which means colder temperatures are just around the corner. MimeCo, machinery equipment, and industrial products online hope you and your loved ones enjoy your Thanksgiving and that it is a nice, restful break for you and your team.

 

With the colder weather, it is important to take note of a few tips to ensure you take care of your equipment when the temperatures drop. While the coldest months will fade out in February, lower temperatures can last all the way to April, so it is best to be prepared.

 

First, ensure the correct lubricants and condition hydraulic hoses are installed, along with the correct engines and transmission. When starting a machine, check every level to ensure there is enough fluid for everything to flow well. The outside wrapper of hydraulic hoses crack in the cold, so condition them before winter strikes if you want to avoid breakage. Operate your machine with the hydraulic oil temperature at 150 degrees, running for an hour. Then, apply an arctic hydraulic oil.

 

Next, be sure to properly store the equipment. While this is important at all times of the year, this is especially true in winter. When machines are not being used, keep them out of the elements. Detach attachments and store them away to avoid damage when not in use. Keep fluids, including oils, at room temperatures, otherwise, they can freeze.

 

Finally, keep your batteries fully charged and out of the cold. In lower temperatures, batteries generate double the amount of cranking amps to turn over. Keeping them warm and charged will make starting much easier and minimize the risk of damage.

Tips to Extend Equipment Life

Heavy machinery requires a consistent yet constant level of care and maintenance to ensure that it performs to its fullest potential and its fullest capacity for the intended life cycle. Poorly maintained machines run poorly, costing time and money on the job site as well as compromising safety. To properly care for your machinery equipment to make sure they last and run well, here are a few tips.

 

  1. Keep up with operator training: large machines can have more than one operator, but even if just one person does not know the ins and outs of the machine and has not been properly trained, you are putting the project and operators at risk. This includes those who inspect machines. It is recommended that large machines are inspected upon purchase, where operator training can be performed. Pay attention that operator manuals are up to date.

  2. Know the signs of wear and tear: vibration, high temperature, and friction are all common signs of machinery breakdown. Vibration often indicates misaligned belts, while high temperatures are a sign of the machine exerting itself too hard to function. Any wear and tear should be addressed immediately and replaced upon discovery.

  3. Maintain a clean working environment: when using machines such as our industrial products online, ensure your area and machines are kept clean/ Doing so will help parts stay clear of contamination and debris. Check often that seals are in good working condition. Change filters often. Large machinery should be stored properly – in buildings or sheds that will protect them from weather and temperature changes.

The Spirolite from IPF Plasson

Spirolite is a leader in the plastic pipe industry, and it can manufacture thermoplastic pipes through diameters of 120 inches through impressive technology. The individualized process unique to the Spirolite makes it the only high-density polyethylene system in the United States that offers a solution to traditional pipe systems for gravity, industrial waste applications, and pressure sanitary sewers while offering a cost-effective option.

 

The ease of the bell and spigot joint design, along with the plain-ended filed welded joint, decreases time spent installing the pipe and provides long-term assurance on corrosion resistance. This pipe meets ASTM F-894 requirements.

 

Traditional extruded thermoplastic pipes decrease in diameter as the wall thickens, but the Spirolite pipe keeps internal diameters consistent. Through a unique manufacturing and production process, the Spirolite is made by a profile extrusion that is continuously wound of a mandrel, so there is a maximum level of efficiency with each one produced. The pipe utilizes geometrically efficient hollow rib profiles and a closed profile design to cut down on the pipe weight and stiffness to weight ratio.

 

Standard classes are available for each size. Each engineer using the Spirolite can pick a profile and class, allowing a hands-on approach to projects with machinery equipment, making them more economical and efficient. Each pipe is made from high density and molecular weight polyethylene that is made to withstand piping applications. Resin included gives pipes strength and stiffness for long-lasting use. Material made to produce the Spirolite has a minimum cell classification of 335444C per ASTM D-3350 Standard Specification for Polyethylene Plastics Pipe and Fittings Materials.

 

For more information on industrial products online, visit MimeCo online.

Winners of Plastic Pipe Industry Awards Announced

On May 12, 2021, The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) held its annual membership meeting virtually and announced the winners of the Projects and Members of the Year program. The association has been meeting for over ten years, selecting winners for Project of the Year and Member of the Year for Building and Construction, Drainage, Energy Piping Systems, and Municipal and Industrial and Power and Communications PPI Divisions.

2021 was a record-breaking year for submissions, with the most PPI has ever seen, and the first time there were multiple project winners in two divisions.

Multi-storied facilities at a Texas military base, the Training Center 5 and 6 Project, won PPI BCD Project of the Year. The project included large diameter pipe and fittings for effective water flow throughout the campus, with installation in crawl spaces, underground, and riser locations.

The City of Fort Lauderdales’ Redundant Force Main Project in Fort Lauderdale, FL, won the PPI Municipal and Industrial Division Project of the Year. The project considered a new seven-and-a-half-mile redundant forced main sewer, which needed two contractors with HDD drilling to install the 54-inch in diameter HDPE pipe. HDPE pipes are a crucial component of successful construction, along with other machinery equipment.

Project Living Hope Soccer Complex at Camp Marie in Haiti won the PPI Drainage Division Project of the Year. Project Living Hope is a charitable organization that aids underprivileged youth in Haiti. The project included the construction of a sports facility, soccer fields, a housing complex, and a community hall.

Members of the year included:

  • Rick Stock of Uponor Inc.: PPI Building and Construction Division Member of the Year

  • Joe Babcanec of Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.: PPI Drainage Division Member of the Year

  • Barb Donaldson of WL Plastics: PPI Municipal and Industrial Division Member of the Year

MimeCo offers industrial products online. For more information, please visit us at mimeco.com.

Fusion Machine Manufacturer Unveils New and Improved Product Line

McElroy recently unveiled the next evolution of its powerful machinery equipment TracStar® line dubbed the iSeries!

The TracStar iSeries sets the bar for pipe fusion efficiency and reliability. A new generation of fusion machines draws on the TracStar’s history of being a tough, self-contained tracked vehicle while still incorporating industry-leading technologies for a better user experience. Several enhancements have been made to the technologies available while still hardening them to make the fusion experience more secure. New emission-compliant engines, CAN bus power, and various hydraulic, electronic, and electrical enhancements are all included in the iSeries. Operator consistency and adherence to standards were enhanced by integrated, software-controlled system choices ranging from manual to fully automatic.

The TracStar iSeries devices have an incorporated DataLogger tablet that acts as an operator input system while concurrently logging the entire fusion process. Keep track of important facts about the fusion process and jobsite, such as operator statistics, equipment information, GPS coordinates, and more, while ensuring that the fusion joint meets industry expectations.

The revised cowling on the iSeries machines solves a frequent requirement from the field: fusing broad tees and elbows without separating the carriage from the vehicle. The vehicle’s latest two-step construction also allows the user to do so while still being strengthened to withstand the weight of heavy fittings.

A new Controller Area Network (CAN) bus system and Power Control Module (PCM) facilitate communication among machine units, including heater control, carriage pressure and location, and more. For real-time computer statistics, a touchscreen vehicle monitor offers operation and diagnostic information.

The manual hydraulic valves on all iSeries machines now feature smart keypads, which allow for improved feedback. These intelligent keypads assist users in the fusion process via dynamic colors as certain activities are required. New paddle levers have also been installed to replace the hydraulic valves and knobs, allowing for more direct operation of the indexer and carriage.

As your source for machinery equipment and industrial products online, we’re excited about this latest TracStar evolution and look forward to providing our clients the improved power of the iSeries. We’ll keep you updated as developments occur.

The Rolling 618 Shows up on Television

Since 2010, the reality television series Gold Rush on the Discovery Channel has focused on the gold mining efforts of multiple family-operated mining companies throughout the country. The series has since expanded to also include the western area of North America as well as South America.

One of the more recent episodes of Gold Rush aired earlier this month and titled “The Viking Detective” featured an appearance by none other than McElroy®. Specifically, it was the Rolling 618 that helped the miners tackle a jam they were in. The machine was also accompanied by another popular McElroy tool: the PolyHorse.

The Rolling 618 Fusion Machine has remained one of McElroy’s strongest products. Not unlike other McElroy tools, the Rolling 618 boasts a comprehensive, easily removable four-jaw carriage that dramatically eases remote fusion needs. The system is something of a midway point between the fusion of large and small diameters. In situations where a finite amount of room is reserved, the outer jaw and skid also allow for detachment from the carriage to make the Rolling 618 even easier to use.

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.

Best Practices When Dealing With Pipe

Applications require higher wall thickness as the industry moves to greater diameter HDPE pipes and applications. Although it is important to have the right equipment for these heavy-duty instruments, heavy-wall HDPE pipe fusion comes with problems that require real-world solving. However, the procedure can be made even simpler with the assemblage of the right McElroy methods and the use of modern approaches.

McElroy knows the problems inherent in heavy wall fusion as a pioneer in the fusion of HDPE tubing. It posted a video last year devoted to explaining best practices for Heavy Wall Fusion. The long video is about an hour in length and deals with the whole process in detail and how to better handle the process.

We have the solutions at MIMECO to help you get the work done safely and successfully if you need to solder HDPE wide diameter pipes. Using the time-tested and validated technology that has made McElroy a big industry player, our portfolio of solutions includes instruments for handling pipes of practically any scale. If you need to work with the HDPE tubing, we advise you to review the video and get in touch with us for any questions or needs involving pipe and other machinery equipment.

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.

Massive Pipes Are No Problem for the McElroy Talon

Can you recall the largest job you were involved in? You should recognize that the pipe sizes can often be extremely wide based on the length of time you have been dealing with pipe, needing heavy-duty equipment to do it securely and effectively. The McElroy Talon™ 2000 rises to robust demands when pipe needs involve massive machinery.

The Talon 2000, the largest McElroy device to date, provides an innovative, new method of fusing thermoplastic large-diameter pipes that are increasingly in demand to replace aging infrastructures and extend functionality for a variety of contemporary applications.

The Talon 2000 boasts powerful features like a self-propelling capability and the ability to firmly lift pipes off the ground, position them for fusion needs, and drive them through via all joints across the pipeline. It features a quick-action facer and an electric-powered indexer to accurately and securely place the heater and facer in the fusion machine.

If you’re curious as to how the McElroy Talon operates, a video shot in Chile can be viewed on the McElroy Facebook page. Should you have questions about McElroy machines or parts, the MIMECO team is ready to help.

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.

The Powerfully Versatile McElroy Polygon

The McElroy® Polygon is basically a jack-of-all-trades capable of conducting a trio of different operations successfully, including butt fusion and miter joint from zero to 45-degree angles with additional socket fusion capability directed at polypropylene pipe. The Polygon is the first DataLogger® compliant fusion system from McElroy, which makes it super easy to record that each and every joint has been fused according to current requirements.

The mitering solutions featured on the Polygon are designed around the particular complex operations involved with mechanical piping and retrofit installations, minimizing the time and expense of buying manufactured or molded fittings. By a quick switch of the jaws, the Polygon can seamlessly adapt to socket fusion.

For our Spanish-speaking customers, we have a useful YouTube video showing how simple the jaw-swapping process is with the Polygon.

Should you have any questions about the McElroy Polygon or other fusion equipment, please contact us for more information. Our team will be happy to provide guidance on what tools you may need for the fusion job.

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.