UCT Is Go-To Place For New Technologies

March 2010 Vol. 65 No. 3
A metal culvert before and after AP/M Permaform's coating is applied.

Cosmic TopHat
Cosmic TopHat has once again chosen UCT to showcase a new product to the public. The CS100 Navigator system is a portable small diameter lateral cutter for pipelines from 3.5 inches to 6.5 inches. Designed to navigate through 45 and 90 degree bends, it can propel itself up to 90 feet. The joystick controls forward/reverse, left/right and 340-degree rotation. The CS100 also has an integrated camera with force air to keep the lens clean. The two-horsepower, 16,000 rpm electric motor will allow an operator to cut through various obstacles. The system adapts to the H100 Applicators for small diameter (4- and 6-inch) spot repairs. 424.288.9053, www.cosmic.at

Cretex Specialty Products
PRO-RING is the only manhole grade adjustment system made from Expanded Polypropylene (EPP). PRO-RING products provide a proven alternative to concrete grade or adjustment rings. The material is renowned for its ability to stand up to the harshest of conditions without damage or deformity for many years.

It usually takes four men to lift a concrete grade ring, which can result in possible injury; however, a 6-inch PRO-RING weights only 14 pounds and eliminates that hazard, helping to reduce worker injuries.

The PRO-Ring system has rings that nest together that include a finishing ring and a slope adjustment ring for a precision fit, making it easy for one person to install the system in just minutes.

PRO-RING products speed manhole installation and repair dramatically, allowing the site to close for only one day and reducing overall cost from 20 to 30 percent based on conditions. No water, sand mortar or bricks are needed, just a few simple tools. 262.542.8153, www.cretexseals.com

Herrenknecht AG
Herrenknecht, Schwanau, Germany, is introducing the Direct Pipe one-pass pipeline installation method to the United States. The German Federal Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Technology first promoted the development of the Direct Pipe method and the implementation of the pilot project in Worms, Germany, in October 2007.

The Direct Pipe method opens up new application potentials by combining the advantages of Harrenknecht’s microtunneling and Pipe Thruster technology. A prefabricated pipeline is installed almost continuously in one step concurrently with the excavation. A cutterhead adjusted to the geology requirements, and a cone crusher, remove possible obstacles.