Polypipe has launched its Polysure range of fittings in response to the market's requirement for highly-permanent and tamper-proof fix products.
Polysure is a new range of radial press-fit fittings that, the company said, is the first on the UK market available in UK imperial sizes.
The fittings can be used with grey Polyplumb and white Polyfit polybutylene pipes, in both residential and light commercial applications.
Polypipe product manager Darren Cockayne said the arrival of Polysure adds a significant new offering to the Polypipe range.
“Plumbers and heating installers are increasingly comfortable with the benefits of plastic piping systems,” he said. “There is no longer nervousness about plastics in plumbing and heating installations, especially where elevated temperatures and pressures are involved.
“Plastics give a clear advantage over traditional materials when it comes to flexibility. The ability to bend and curve pipes in and around buildings and their structure means quicker, easier installation.
“Coupled with highly-engineered push-fit fittings, plastic systems give the installer a level of security that gives real peace of mind.”
Press-fit fittings significantly reduce the risk of tampering – a major benefit when used in public buildings and social housing developments.
With thefts from buildings and construction sites at an all-time high, plastic piping systems are also far less tempting to thieves looking to cash in on the growing black market in scrap metals.
From an installer’s point of view, Polypipe believes that the Polysure fittings offer a number of installation benefits.
“Polysure provides an enhanced joint to pipes with a visual pipe socket-depth indicator and a double o-ring seal,” said Cockayne. “The chamfered Polyplumb or Polyfit pipe is inserted into the Polysure fitting and pushed in until pipe can be seen through the hole in the stainless steel pressing sleeve. When this has been done, the joint is ready for pressing.”
The dedicated pressing tool – available in manual and battery-operated versions – ensures that joints are secure. A location washer for pressing ensures the jaws of the pressing tool are correctly positioned for pressing onto the pipes.
“Polysure offers safe, heat-free jointing with no more jointing consumables to buy such as flux and solder, adding to the cost savings that using Polysure can offer,” added Cockayne. “Polypipe plastic plumbing products have traditionally been future-proofed – designed to meet future requirements and use new technology to ensure no corrosion, fewer joints and reduced risk of leakage.
“Polypipe’s plastic plumbing systems are made from clean, lightweight, non-hazardous products, so they require no hot works at all.”