Victaulic has launched its Refuse-to-Fuse system for high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe. Featuring a range of couplings and fittings, the Victaulic Refuse-to-Fuse system offers installation up to 10 times faster than fusing while meeting or exceeding the performance capabilities of traditional fused joints. Victaulic Refuse-to-Fuse couplings represent a significant innovation for HDPE pipe installers because couplings are installed with common hand tools in any weather condition, resulting in quick, simple HDPE pipe connections. Assembled with a standard socket or impact driver, Victaulic HDPE couplings do not require special equipment or certified crews. The couplings can be installed rain or shine without protective tents or covers, and joint completion time does not depend on atmospheric conditions. The couplings also permit HDPE pipe to be installed in-line, even in vertical orientations and tight spaces. Unlike fusing, the couplings offer simple visual confirmation of correct installation: Metal-to-metal bolt-pad contact confirms proper assembly. In addition to simplified installation, the Refuse-to-Fuse system streamlines maintenance, because couplings can be readily disassembled and removed from the pipe then easily reassembled upon completion of the work. Victaulic Refuse-to-Fuse couplings offer superior long-term reliability. The couplings meet or exceed the pressure ratings of HDPE pipe, as well as tensile load and minimum bend radius requirements. Extensive testing has shown the pipe will fail before the joints give way.
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