Fast Fusion: What is it Used For, and How Can it Help You?
As our cities grow and new communities are being built, there is a strong need for utility services in remote areas and on new construction sites. A lesser-known technique used by construction contractors is the fast fusion service. This technique increases the production capacity and efficiency of fused or welded polyethylene pipelines.
So let’s take a closer look at what the fast fusion service is and the products used to offer a much more streamlined utility and pipeline construction experience.
What Is Fast Fusion Service?
The fast fusion service aims to create a safe, efficient, and controlled work environment for the fusion process, the fusion operator, and people or animals that live nearby. The process isn’t as environmentally taxing, or as expensive as some traditional piping methods.
The fusion process has been proven to be effective and better for nearby buildings and people – not to mention the fact that there is no change in the pipe(s) when being joined together. This is because Americom uses an 18,750 lb. self-propelled, automatic machine that can make sound judgments during operation, reducing downtime.
The procedure is used for butt fusion, or joining the polyethylene pipes together while being laid. The joint is meant to be seamless, in accordance with industry standards as the pipe will be used for gas, water distribution, wastewater management, industrial waste, or irrigation purposes. The applications may be pressurized or non-pressurized, meaning there is no room for error.
The pipes are welded directly with each other at the corners, ensuring there is no overlap wastage or loss because of damage during welding.
Fast Fusion Techniques
There are two fast fusion techniques that utility construction services use, both of which depend entirely on the product and equipment used.
- Cool Packs
These seem like small versions of commercial diesel generators that control welding temperature. Cool Packs are particularly useful in job sites where mobile fusion tracks are not available, either due to space constraints, material shortages, or an extremely large pipeline site, such as laying a gas pipeline to a rural area.
The pipe needs to be fed into the machine manually before it gets welded. Then, it’s removed and placed. Sometimes, a crane may be used to move the pack itself.
- Mobile Fusion Tracks
These tracked machines can travel to the construction site under their own power, require less labor with just one operator, and can automatically self-load the pipes with the help of heavy-duty rollers. The pipe gets welded, and a conveyer belt, running at the same speed as the tracks, ejects the welded pipe backward. At the same time, it picks up the next pipe, and the process repeats itself.
This is a much faster alternative compared to Cool Packs.
Mobile fusion tracks are suitable for virtually every environment because of their sealed control cabin, which is also where the welding takes place. Pipes ranging from 4 inches (110mm) to 36 inches (900mm) can be welded with the tacked unit.
If you want to learn more about Fast Fusion and how it can help you make short work of your utility pipeline construction service, get in contact with Skyline today.