Product

PE Pipe Pusher

Requirement

Inserting PE pipe into existing services is not a new concept, but the PE pipe pusher is. Usually, inserting PE pipe is done by hand, but this can be impeded by the users own strength and only provides enough force to one 90° bend, whereas pipe lays often require 3 bends. This excessive force required and repetitive motion that pushing by hand requires has also resulted in both back and arm injuries.

It is important to develop a tool to improve this method, rather than changing the method itself, as when PE pipes are inserted back into their original position, relay costs and the disruption to gas is reduced.

Case Study

The PE Pipe Pusher is used to provide gas to a household or building by threading new pipe into the existing service. It is capable of pushing PE pipe around three 90° slow bends positioned evenly on a clean 20 metre steel service pipe run and is capable of pushing through 20/25/32 and 40mm pipe sizes. An external assessor has concluded that the PE Pipe Pusher achieves the same minimum levels of performance of new pipes – and at a fraction of the cost.

Concept

Two machines allowing for different pipe diameters, will pneumatically push through the PE pipe into the existing steel service through a compressed air powered cylinder which imparts force onto the PE pipe via close jaw fittings.

This method will reduce the need for multiple excavations for the removal and replacement of old services. This will vastly reduce operational costs due to the time and disruption being minimised. The biggest benefit, however, is taking the manual handling out of the operation, which not only reduces the required team size, but also reduces the potential of physical injury due to the labour being reduced.

Pipetech was commissioned by SGN to complete this project,
which was funded by the National Innovation Allowance

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Requirement

Inserting PE pipe into existing services is not a new concept, but the PE pipe pusher is. Usually, inserting PE pipe is done by hand, but this can be impeded by the users own strength and only provides enough force to one 90° bend, whereas pipe lays often require 3 bends. This excessive force required and repetitive motion that pushing by hand requires has also resulted in both back and arm injuries.

It is important to develop a tool to improve this method, rather than changing the method itself, as when PE pipes are inserted back into their original position, relay costs and the disruption to gas is reduced.

Case Study

The PE Pipe Pusher is used to provide gas to a household or building by threading new pipe into the existing service. It is capable of pushing PE pipe around three 90° slow bends positioned evenly on a clean 20 metre steel service pipe run and is capable of pushing through 20/25/32 and 40mm pipe sizes. An external assessor has concluded that the PE Pipe Pusher achieves the same minimum levels of performance of new pipes – and at a fraction of the cost.

Concept

Two machines allowing for different pipe diameters, will pneumatically push through the PE pipe into the existing steel service through a compressed air powered cylinder which imparts force onto the PE pipe via close jaw fittings.

This method will reduce the need for multiple excavations for the removal and replacement of old services. This will vastly reduce operational costs due to the time and disruption being minimised. The biggest benefit, however, is taking the manual handling out of the operation, which not only reduces the required team size, but also reduces the potential of physical injury due to the labour being reduced.

FINDINGS


Huge cost savings
Improves operator safety
User friendly
Suitable for operation with standard site compressor

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