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HPM October 2012

TUBES,VALVES,FITTINGS&PUMPS WWW.HPMMAG.COM Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com A fine alternative to rigid pipework You may think there’s little new to discuss in the world of gas piping. Tony Dark, sales and marketing director of Omega Flex, argues that TracPipe is becoming an essential part of a heating installer’s toolkit... AutoFlare fitting being tightened Trecognised as the perfect alternative to so much quicker? It’s a pipe that bends and forms 12 installers at one time. Should more peoplea few questions to demonstrate theirunderstanding of the product. Sessions take about45 minutes, with a trainer able to instruct up toWhy does using TracPipe make installation jobslooking for a competitive advantage by reducinglabour time in a challenging marketplace.racPipe, produced in Banbury by OmegaFlex, is a corrugated stainless steelsemi-rigid gas pipe that is becoming rigid pipework installed between the meter and a by hand, requiring no specialist bending tools. It require training, extra sessions can be arranged, or fixed appliance. TracPipe is made of semi-rigid can be bought in long continuous lengths on more trainers can attend a single session. corrugated stainless steel tube, with a yellow reels, removing the need for regular joints, which Although TracPipe is easy to use, it is important polyethylene protective cover that contains fire is especially beneficial in situations where access installers are trained to use it correctly, to ensure and smoke density inhibitors. to the pipe run is difficult. Fewer joints also that a gas tight joint is made first time, every time. Easy to cut and bend by hand and requiring no brings safety benefits, reducing the possibility of They will learn the performance capabilities of soldering or welding, TracPipe is suitable for leakage. When joints are required, AutoFlare TracPipe, the simple steps to make a good clean natural gas, propane and butane, (first, second fittings are used, the use of which requires no cut, and how to tighten the fittings to the correct and third family gases), at working pressures to special tools, and no brazing, welding or torque to ensure a leak proof seal. 500mbar. soldering. Training can be done in most locations – Though clearly a more modern product than As no hot work is involved, jobs can be on-site, at the premises of the installation copper pipe, TracPipe has a 30 year proven history completed more quickly, enabling more company or at the Omega Flex factory in Banbury. of installation. Developed initially in Japan, competitive quoting, which in turn results in Installers who complete the training are awarded where its ability to remain intact during seismic more business won. a certificate and an encapsulated wallet-sized ID activity was vital, TracPipe has now captured more Omega Flex provides free training courses for card, to show customers they are fully competent. than 50% of the US gas pipe market. its customers, nationwide. Training includes an TracPipe is stocked nationwide by major In the UK, its market penetration has grown introduction to TracPipe, and a demonstration of distributors. It is supplied in long lengths (up to steadily over more than a decade, as installers how to assemble the AutoFlare fitting, which 90 metres) in sizes from DN12 to DN50, on easy come to appreciate its benefits and advantages in requires no special tools. All that is needed are to handle reels and as TracPipe KITs in sizes many situations compared with rigid piping, such two spanners, a utility knife and a standard tube DN15, DN22, DN28 and DN32 in five, ten and as copper and steel. cutter. AutoFlare is self-flaring and easy to use. It 15 metre lengths. One of the main things that makes converts of is self-piloting, and the joint forms a Easy to transport, TracPipe has a further installers who have used TracPipe is its speed of metal-to-metal seal with normal spanner torque advantage over copper piping for installers in that installation. TracPipe typically saves up to 75% of for safe, leak-free connections. No jointing paste it is a much less attractive target for thieves. the time normally required for a rigid steel or or tape is required. copper pipe installation – ideal for installers Trainees will assemble a fitting and then answer enquiry number 176 90 OCTOBER 2012 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY


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