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An engineering innovation Viega has launched a press system for thick wall steeled pipes that delivers time a o cmpany Age: This is the 7th annual Gas Safety Week, but the official parliamentary launch took place in 2016 at the Houses of Parliament with more than 60 people from organisations across the industry. savings of up to 80% compared to welding. HPM reports Viega has extended its range of Megapress press connections with an innovation engineered for larger thick walled steel pipework. The new cold applied Megapress XL system is safer, cleaner and delivers time savings of up to 80% when compared with welding. Megapress XL allows thick walled steel tube with diameters between 2½ and 4 inches to be press connected. The specially engineered sealing element within the connector ensures a robust, leak proof seal on a range of materials including seamless, welded, black, galvanised, epoxy-resin-coated and industrially painted tube. As a cold applied press connection system, Megapress XL eliminates the fire and burn risks associated with welding and the heavy machinery needed to create a threaded tube. The zinc-nickel coated steel connectors are suitable for applications including heating and cooling systems and is rated for operating temperatures up to 140°C. An extensive range of sleeves, elbows, adapters, reducers, T-pieces and flanges provides flexibility to meet the demands of any installation. 38 P R O D U C T L A U N C H Viega’s compact Pressgun allows easy installation, even for overhead pipework or where space is limited. The lightweight Pressgun press booster, developed for use with larger Megapress XL connections is compatible with existing Viega tools and has been designed for ease of use. The Megapress XL fittings include Viega’s SC-Contur technology. If the connector is inadvertently unpressed SC-Contur is proven to deliver a 100% positive leak during leakage testing or when the system is filled for the first time. Ensuring a reliable method of detecting these issues early in the process is absolutely critical in helping to avoid costly remedial work after the project is completed. Viega director, Scott James, said: “For many contractors thick walled steel tube is still the preferred material due to its durability and our Megapress range overcomes many of the issues traditionally associated with its installation. With the launch of Megapress XL we are delighted to bring the benefits of press connection technology, such as speed and safety, to a far wider range of applications.” enquiry number 120 Press fitting is easy using Megapress XL and the Pressgun press booster from Viega explains… Gas safety Get to grips with Gas Safety Week (18th – 24th September) – what should you be doing? Appearance: An explosion if you’re not careful. But seriously, this deadly poison has been dubbed ‘the invisible killer’, so there isn’t much to see. So, what’s it all about? Gas Safety Week is an opportunity for installers and customers to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances. The results can be disastrous, leading to gas leaks, explosions and CO poisoning – all life threatening. Last year over 5,000 supporters took part in Gas Safety Week to help raise awareness. Oh ok, sounds good to me, what can I do to help? You can sign up at www.gassaferegister.co.uk/gassafetyweek to be part of the thousands of other companies and organisations that have committed their support. You should also speak to your customers about gas safety when you’re out and about, letting them know of the dangers and the products that can save them from a pretty sticky situation. Plumb Center stocks a wide range of CO monitoring devices, for example. Pop into a branch and speak to one of our experts who can let you know about the latest products available. Sharing this knowledge with your customers and keeping them up-to-date with new products will have them coming back to you again and again. So, it’s not just my good looks and charm that keeps my customers coming back? I’m sure you’re very attractive, but your customers will value your expert knowledge and product know-how even more. Customers rely on their installers to provide best practice advice on how to stay safe in their homes. Get to grips with the latest products and let them know what they need to be doing to protect themselves and their families. When is it again? Between the 18th – 24th of September, but this is something you should always be speaking to your customers about. To view the full range of CO monitoring devices from Plumb Center, visit: plumbcenter.co.uk/tools-essentials/test-equipment-detection/ @plumbcenterUK enquiry number 325 plumbcenter.co.uk www.hpmmag.com September 2017


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