Equipment Spotlight: Pipe & Joint Fusion Equipment

February 2011, Vol. 66 No. 2
McElroy’s PitBull 26 fusion machine.

Pipe and joint fusion equipment from McElroy Manufacturing, IPEX, Georg Fischer Connectra, Ritmo America and Footage Tools.

McElroy Mfg.
McElroy’s new PitBull 26 fusion machine is compact, lightweight and rugged with the ability to butt fuse pipe sizes from 2-inch IPS through 6-inch DIPS and all models come standard with a 6-inch IPS insert set. With a design similar to the McElroy’s popular PitBull 14, the PitBull 26 features McElroy’s patented Centerline Guidance System and a semi-automatic locking cam system that maintains force during the cooling cycle. Contractors and pipeliners that already own McElroy’s PolyPorter and PolyHorse can continue to use those tools with the new PitBull 26 for enhanced productivity. 918.831.9352,

Manufactured in the United States, Friatec couplings feature a unique, exposed coil design that provides a strong seal. This is achieved in two ways: the heat, created by the electrical current passing through the exposed coil of the Friatec coupling, is transferred directly to the PE pipe; and the coil protrudes from the interior surface of the coupling. When the pipe is heated, the coil sinks into it creating a much stronger bond. As a result of this process, every joint will be sealed precisely to specification, automatically, every time, minimizing the risk of human error. Because every joint is as strong as the pipe itself, the Friatec Electrofusion system is ideal for horizontal direct drilling and other trenchless applications. 416. 445.3400,