Yes, ASTM F2620 allows the technology as an option for the user stating “Applying conditioned air is acceptable only as part of a controlled cooling cycle procedure where testing demonstrates that acceptable joints are produced using the controlled cooling cycle procedure.”
YES! We created a video statement and shared multiple documents on the new Fast Fusion Web site. Any question, we are prepared to answer. PLUS Fast Fusion supplies a Performance Weld Warranty to the users. We have NEVER had a failed weld. We believe quality work should always be done when fusing HDPE pipe.
Our CoolPack® delivers the conditioned air and is connected to a conventional fusion machine through a set of halos in the internal jaws. Operators follow exactly the same procedure as conventional fusion, and when they finish the fusion and the cooling time starts, they hit the Fast Fusion button in the panel (PLC) to apply the air. The PLC will provide the new cooling time and will tell you when you are ready to release the jaws. In our MobileFusion Trac® machines, the CoolPack® is built in the machine.
Yes, Fast Fusion® Cooling Technology is unique, it is confidential and proprietary information of Fast Fusion. The invention is protected under several U.S. Patents, including U.S. Patent Nos. 6994766, 7294222, 7681924 and 7926534, or are subject of certain pending national and international patent applications.
The answer is one person. That person operates the machine from inside the climate controlled cab and moves towards the pipe on the ground. The loading of each pipe is done from inside the cab and the exiting of the fused pipe is managed by the same operator. Site personnel or assist machines are not needed. There is no safer method for pipe fusion.
The product was created in 2003 and the first machines were available by 2004. A great deal of end user input was involved in the creation.
In fact, with the track system for stability and the completely enclosed cab, there should never be a time when you can not fuse pipe. Compare that to Windy, Wet, Cold or Hot days when tents or containers must be used to protect the fusing process……and not very well either.
The appearance will look the same as what the operators have been trained to look for. Due to the Fast Fusion controller, this patented fully automatic process has established the time for cooling, the sound from the Fast Fusion process will tell the operator that the cooling cycle is complete…… as much as two to five times faster than conventional fusion time.
Using a MobileFusion Trac machine we never pull or drag the pipe. That is time savings and cost savings.
The answer is simply yes. It is easy to transport and secure enough to leave over night at locations where other heavy equipment would be safely kept. Although the “run” of pipe will be different in a city environment, quality fusion welds still MUST be the standard. The enclosed cab allows protection for the welds as well. And the added safety of this cab and no need for additional site personnel is another bonus.
Fast Fusion is committed to have inventory available for quick shipment. However, sometimes the demand is greater than the supply.
Fast Fusion provides an instructor/trainer to the job site where the machine is first delivered. The customer’s training personnel will coordinate who needs to attend the class from machine operators to mechanics. A date will be set and Fast Fusion will stay on site until the training is completed and people are certified.
Yes, we do have various options for outright purchase or rental on a 3 month minimum rent. Contact Fast Fusion direct or call the Fast Fusion Rep for details. We encourage more questions to come forward so we can expand our list of most Frequently Asked Questions.
The appearance should be the same as a joint created with a conventional fusion machine, with the exception the double-roll bead will show a little wave shape due the air circulating in the heating zone. This doesn’t affect the fusion integrity at all and can even be removed for applications like lining.
Yes, there are several in different countries with the most important being:
– ISO 21307 – ISO 1167-1, ISO 1167-3 & ISO 1167-4 for long term 1,000 hr. 80C Testing
– ASTM F2634
– ASTM D638
– ASTM 714
– ASTM 2513-04a – 1,000 hr 80C Testing
– ASTM 1598-02
These tests were accomplished using PE 2406, PE 3408, PE 80, PE 100 & PE 4710
Fast Fusion® Cooling Technology finish the cooling time when the bead is 140 degrees Fahrenheit or less (60C or less).
It will always depend on the wall thickness of the pipe. The thicker the pipe, the more you will gain using Fast Fusion® Cooling Technology. Normally you will double your productivity. The Fast Fusion team is always willing to prepare estimations for you using either U.S. or International Fusion Standards.
With the MFT machines, you will get the same cooling technology with a CoolPack built in. However, you will gain a lot of productivity picking up the pipe and loading it into the fusion machine in a few minutes without any equipment or additional labor. You will also reduce weather influenced downtime by working inside a climate-controlled cabin.
Yes, we don’t compete with fusion machines, we concentrate our efforts on enhancing the fusion process. Our machines can be hooked up to any fusion machine in the market.
No, the Fast Fusion® Cooling Technology delivers pressurized air flow that is controlled by flow rate, pressure, pattern, temperature and duration. The technology allows the control of the weld bead temperature which the machine monitors and makes the adjustments needed. Each weld made with an ambient temperature from minus 45 Fahrenheit (-43C) to plus 140 Fahrenheit (60C) the air used is automatically adjusted to maintain ratios of hot, warm, or cooler air.