Plastic Pipe Fusion/Fittings: Equipment Spotlight

September 2012, Vol. 67 No. 9
The McElroy DataLogger 4 offers the ability to record and document the parameters of the pipe fusion process.

Ritmo America
The RAM 414 is an independent and motorized electro-hydraulic butt fusion machine with fusion capabilities ranging from 4-inch IPS to 14-inch IPS pipe sizes. The machine is designed for in-field fusion of HDPE pipe and fittings and other plastic pipes. Features include an on-board generator; low vibration gas engine; motorized wheels; GPS system; milling cutter with safety micro-switch; SMARTLock inserts. Lateral pipe lift aids in loading and unloading pipe and the machine body and control panel can be easily removed for in-ditch use. 863.679.8655,

Q-TEK’s model 23, 45 and 66 saddle fusion machines are designed for polyethylene pipe ranging from 1¼-inch to 6-inch IPS. Standard 10-inch top frames are used for applying standard tapping tee fittings in tight work areas. High volume 16-inch top frames are used for both standard and high volume fittings. Top frames are easily interchanged. All Q-TEK liners and tapping tee holders are interchangeable on all Q-TEK saddle fusion machines. For trouble-free service, a baked epoxy finish is applied to the frames and all steel parts are plated for protection. 800.258.7899,