EF TIPS TO SAVE TIME, MONEY AND HASSLES ON ANY JOB

No-one wants to re-do welds so the best way to save time, money and hassles is to ensure each and every weld is done according to best practice.  The key to good electrofusion welding is contained in the POP001 guidelines for electrofusion installation.

POP001 was put together by PIPA, the Plastics Industry Pipe Association of Australia to detail the best practice processes and parameters for electrofusion welding. Following these steps will help ensure quality, long-lasting and reliable pipe connections, helping you be a better installer and achieve more reliable, leak-free EF welds.

This quick install video shows how the steps outlined in POP001 apply in the field.

see the best practice method to install a 125mm electrofusion coupler

PLASSON has developed the SmartFuse system to help make electrofusion welding simplier. All SmartFuse fittings have built-in resistors that automatically load the correct weld parameters for the fitting into PLASSON SmartFuse electrofusion weld machines.

Welding is made even easier thanks to the SmartFuse app.  It not only guides and prompts installers to complete all of the best practice steps in POP001, the SmartFuse app records this information and the weld record either on USB or in the cloud.

It is important to know and understand all the steps outlined in POP 001 as omitting steps or failing to complete processes adequately can undermine weld quality and lead to failed pipelines.

The processes outlined in POP001 are known as best-practice.  It is crucial to always follow best-practice as failure to do so can open operators up to claims of negligence and compromise insurance cover.

For a full copy of POP001, click here…

SMARTFUSE FOR RELIABLE, LONG-LASTING PIPELINES

SmartFuse might just look like a product name etched into PLASSON fittings but it represents our commitment to high quality, reliable electrofusion welding – for installers, asset owners and those who rely on what comes down the pipes.


Over the last 50 years, metallic pipelines have been increasingly replaced by thermoplastic systems such as polyethylene, or PE. This is due to the significant advantages of PE like environmental resistance, especially corrosion, low maintenance demands and ease of installation; PE pipelines can even endure earthquakes.


Most newly installed water, sewage and gas distribution pipelines will be PE pipelines and they are increasingly being joined by electrofusion or EF.  Electrofusion is considered the most reliable method of joining gas-carrying pipes.  In fact, the gas industry was where EF was first used since gases can be hazardous if not secured properly.

Plasson EF couplers for welding poly pipe


SMARTFUSE: THE KEY TO RELIABLE LONG-LASTING INFRASTRUCTURE

Given the obvious need for reliable, long-lasting infrastructure, developing high quality electrofusion fittings and systems for installation has been a PLASSON priority.
 

With specialized control boxes, reliable electrofusion fittings and SmartFuse tooling, the SmartFuse electrofusion system helps deliver better electrofusion welding.


PLASSON SmartFuse electrofusion fittings range from options for small diameter poly pipe, like 16mm and 20mm, to options for large diameter civil water and waste water pipes at 400mm to 800mm, 900mm and even 1000mm.

Electrofusion delivers reliable results on small and large diameter poly pipe. EF is also suitable for pipes with a small diameter since it does not shrink the inner diameter of the pipe.  So whether welding a 32mm to 1/2″ brass transition fitting or a saddle onto 63mm blue stripe pipe, PLASSON SmartFuse fittings are engineered to deliver quality electrofusion welds.

the benefits of PLASSON Australia EF branch saddles

SMARTFUSE: TECHNOLOGY THAT WORKS SMARTER SO YOU DON’T WORK HARDER



The SmartFuse system offers fully automated welding and, when paired with the SmartFuse app, delivers image capture and cloud storage for all weld records. With the click of a button, weld data is stored and accessible, anywhere, anytime.


SmartFuse helps lower operational costs, reduces mistakes and joins can be easily traced and identified via the GPS data that is part of every SmartFuse weld record.


PLASSON is committed to innovation in the EF field. As a future focused company, we are continually working to improve what we offer, to facilitate better electrofusion welding, deliver enhanced asset management and asset visibility.

SmartFuse for guided EF weld from PLASSON Australia
WELD SMARTER


SmartFuse is one way PLASSON are helping raise the bar in electrofusion

SMARTFUSE POLYMATIC PLUS CONTROL BOX: OVERVIEW

The Polymatic Plus is a very powerful electrofusion control unit for welding PE pipes with electrofusion fittings. The Polymatic Plus is a workhorse that delivers ease and speed without breaking the bank.

This cutting-edge electrofusion processor is designed around PLASSON’s SmartFuse System. Whether making a single electrofusion or taking on a big project, this electrofusion processor is up to the task and will deliver the highest quality electrofusion welds.

Operators will have peace of mind with the Polymatic Plus as the control box executes and fully monitors each and every electrofusion weld. The Polymatic Plus is rugged, reliable, and conforms to industry standards for electrofusion equipment. Features include Bluetooth and GPS capability, an easy-to-use barcode scanner, safe and reliable connectors, data recording, USB interface and compatibility with the SmartFuse mobile app.

WHAT COMES IN THE BOX: POLYMATIC PLUS

SMARTFUSE FOR QUALITY EF WELDING
THE 001 WAY TO BETTER ELECTROFUSION WELDS

TIPS TO SIMPLIFY EF WELDING

Are you searching for electrofusion welding tips?  Looking for that magic piece of advice wrapped up in an easy to watch video?  Achieving good electrofusion welds is not quite that simple but you have come to the right place!

The best tip to achieving good EF welds is summed up in two simple words: “precision” and “accuracy”.  Whether you are installing a 16mm coupler or a 1000mm fitting, precision and accuracy is crucial at every step of the process. A good weld is about following all the recommended steps, having the right precise tools to do the job and taking the time to use them accurately.

guidelines for good electrofusion welding


It may sound simple but quality electrofusion welds are literally built on precision (being exact) AND accuracy (being correct).

“Precision” is about instruments and their parameters.

As an example, vernier calipers will measure precise peel depth during pipe prep down to 0.02 mm. A metal rule is precise to 1 mm. That makes it perfect for witness marks but rules (!) it out for gauging precise peel depth.

Here is where “accuracy” steps in – the correct tool used correctly.

PIPA – the Plastics Industry Pipe Association of Australia – has created electrofusion industry guidelines, called POP001. It outlines the precison tools, accurate measurements and correct procedures (Best Practice) for EF welding.

Following the Best Practice steps in POP001 is the by far the best tip for achieving quality electrofusion welds.

Click here to read or download a copy… It has plenty of easy to understand diagrams and documents all the steps and measurements you need for successful electrofusion.

SMARTFUSE HELPS SIMPLIFY ELECTROFUSION WELDING

PLASSON created the SmartFuse EF system to deliver a framework to support the precision and accuracy required for successful electrofusion welding.

This system includes SmartFuse fittings with accurate welding parameters preloaded, robust welding control boxes which automatically detect weld parameters for all SmartFuse fittings and a free mobile app to guide installation and record key details, like GPS location, fitting type and barcode, for easy downstream management.

SmartFuse fittings have in-built resistors that feed accurate weld parameters to the SmartFuse control box once the fitting is connected. No manual entry and no scanning means it is not only faster to set up each and every weld but the potential for inaccurate input errors is eliminated.

The SmartFuse mobile app also helps make welding more accurate and precise. When using the app, installers are guided through weld steps, prompted to double-check settings and asked to confirm and record with photos of each step.

All visual records are stored along with details of the fitting being installed, precise location, installer ID, control box weld data and even the temperature on the day!

Weld data can be saved on site via USB, which is handy in remote areas with limited internet access, or, if you are using the SmartFuse App, data can be automatically uploaded to the cloud.

This gives managers and asset owners a real-time comprehensive picture of what is happening on any job, anywhere, anytime

QUICKER AND SMARTER WELDING

Weld times for PLASSON fittings are specific to the type of fitting.  This is automatically detected by the SmartFuse control box. By combining all the elements in the SmartFuse system – the fittings, weld control box and SmartFuse App – users benefit from automatically loading of correct settings and recording of all weld activity.

On top of this, the safe storage of records is also take care as with the SmartFuse App all data can be automatically uploaded to the cloud to your preferred storage provider. Click here to find out how to sign up for a free SmartFuse App account..

TIPS FOR ELECTROFUSION WELDING

The use of the SmartFuse system does not remove the requirement for EF installers to be certified. SmartFuse is designed to support certified electrofusion installers to work efficiently and accurately as well as helping by automatically recording detailed weld data for future reference.

See how SmartFuse fittings and welding control boxes work in this handy demo video:

see the best practice method to install a 125mm electrofusion coupler

SMARTFUSE 180 EF CONTROL BOX: OVERVIEW

PLASSON’s SmartFuse 180 is an entry-level electrofusion welding machine designed to weld PLASSON fittings up to DN180. Features include:

• Lightweight, weighs less than 14 kg

• Compact (470 x 370 x 180 mm)

• Bluetooth enabled for smartphones using PLASSON SmartFuse App

• Use app to automatically determine and record welding parameters

• 10 Amp plug

• Tough weather-proof carry case

• 3 m lead

SEE WHAT IS IN THE BOX: PLASSON SMARTFUSE 180

PLASSON SMARTFUSE AUTOMATES AND RECORDS ELECTROFUSION WELDING

NOTE: To achieve quality EF welds, it is key to use tooling specficially designed to EF welding and to follow all best practice procedure outlined in POP001.

It is also important to ensure equipment, such as EF welding control boxes, that require calibration has been calibrated. PLASSON recommends control boxes are serviced every 12 months or after 200 hours of use, which ever comes first.