Plastic Pipe

Zoo requires unique, specialized approach to infrastructure construction of new exhibit

Discover how Longhorn Organics utilizes high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes in a groundbreaking project at Caldwell Zoo's Amazon River's Edge exhibit. With a focus on water features for giant otters and jaguars, this article explores the fusion of 7,000 feet of HDPE pipe, ensuring reliability and durability.

Plastics Pipe Institute publishes technical document on HDPE pipe use in seismic sensitive areas

(UI) — The Municipal Advisory Board (MAB) of the Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. has published a new technical document that provides data for high-density polyethylene (HDPE) water lines in earthquake-sensitive areas, the organization announced on Feb. 9.

New Fusion Guides for Gas Piping Available from PPI

The Plastics Pipe Institute has developed two technical new reports on the fusion of polyethylene and PA12 pipe.

Plastics Pipe Institute Offering Bounty for Old Exhumed HDPE Pipe

The Plastics Pipe Institute is offering a reward for old exhumed HDPE pipe as part of a research project to demonstrate the material's longevity.

Plastics Pipe Institute Cancels Annual Meeting

The Plastics Pipe Institute has canceled its annual meeting due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Ameren Illinois Continues to Modernize With $8.5 Million Gas System Projects

Ameren Illinois announced additional updates to its natural gas system with $8.5 million in replacement projects scheduled for completion by late October in Springfield and San Jose.

PPI Announces Oil and Gas Pipeline Training and Fusion Course

The Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI), the major North American trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry, announced that its next training seminar for the energy industry will focus on the proper use of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and composite pipe for oil and gas gathering including process water lines.

New Jersey Gas Utility Pipeline Project Named Project of the Year

A $900 million gas main upgrade project responsible for upgrading over 500 miles of gas lines has been named as Project of the Year by the Project Management Institute - New Jersey Chapter.

Municipal Advisory Board Publishes HDPE Pipebursting Guidelines

The Municipal Advisory Board (MAB) announced that it has approved and published new step-by-step instructions for the pipebursting installation of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) PE 4710 pipe.

Plastic Pipes XX Conference Planned for 2020

Abstracts for papers to be presented at Plastic Pipes XX may be submitted until Oct. 22, 2019. The conference and exhibition, sponsored by the Plastic Pipes Conference Association—comprising the Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI), PE 100+ Association, and the European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA)—takes place Sept. 21–23, 2020, in Amsterdam at Hotel Okura.

PPI Offers Free Course on Selecting, Specifying HDPE for Power, Communications

The Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI) launched a new Continuing Education Unit (CEU)-style course about design, installation and specification of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) conduit and duct. Selecting & Specifying HDPE Conduit for Power and Communications Applications can be downloaded free from the PPI website.

PPI Publishes Latest Specs for Designing HDPE Conduit

An updated model specification for high-density polyethylene (HDPE) conduit has been published by the Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI), the major trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry. Document MS-5 Model Specification for HDPE Solid Wall Conduit for Power and Co..

Milliken’s Cable Management launches Vis Divide segmented HDPE

Milliken’s Cable Management business launched its newest product for the telecommunications industry. Vis Divide, segmented high-density polyethylene (HDPE) rigid conduit that provides dedicated pathways for placing more than one cable in a single conduit, now offers three available pathways. The fa..

PPI Creates New Geothermal Steering Committee

The Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI) has created a new group within its Building and Construction Division, which represents plastic pipe manufacturers that produce various types of (pressure) piping systems used within buildings and on their premises. Those activities are now focused, through the..

Installing 1.5 miles of power cable in dry Texas soil

Installing more than 1.5 miles of power cable in dusty, dry Texas soil turned into a relatively easy job for the contractor and earned the Plastic Pipe Institute (PPI) 2017 Project of the Year for the cable’s manufacturer, Southwire Company LLC (Carrollton, GA). Southwire’s cable-in-conduit (CIC) w..

McElroy McElroy’s Hot Tap Tool and Test Cap lines — available for years in Imperial sizes — were expanded to meet the international fused piping industry’s metric needs. Hot Tap Tools, which make it possible to add new service connections to live water or gas mains, while keeping existing serv..

Blue Diamond Industries/Hexatronic Group, Hexatronic Group, of Sweden, a leading manufacturer of microduct and fiber infrastructure technology, will purchase Blue Diamond Industries, of Lexington, KY, a leading US manufacturer of HDPE conduit to the power and telecom marketplace. Closing of the definiti..

Making Pipe Dream A Reality

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking – the process of cracking rock deep underground to release oil and gas – has revolutionized the oil and gas industry and helped reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil. Industry estimates show U.S. crude oil production is up more than 85 percent, or some 4.5 million bar..

Proposed Standard Aims To Reduce Plastic Pipe Production Contamination, Costs

A standard proposed by ASTM International’s plastic piping systems committee aims to use best practices to prevent contamination in manufacturing polyethylene pipe and fittings. Manufacturers could use the WK56697 standard to prevent contamination from virgin resin, reprocessed pipe (rework) and oth..

NEMA Publishes New Guideline, Standard

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published its new Guideline for the Selection and Installation of Smooth-wall Coilable High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Conduit, NEMA TCB 4-2016.  Developed and written with the participation of the Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI), it ..


McElroy’s Spider 125 Series 2 socket fusion tool introduces an all-new, serrated jaw design that keeps polypropylene pipe perfectly round and improves force distribution to produce leak-free joints for top-performing plumbing and mechanical systems. This upgraded tool features a removable fitting s..

New Study Finds HDPE Pipe With Recycled Resin Maintains Structural Integrity

Researchers at Villanova University completed a study that found the performance of corrugated, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe containing recycled HDPE resin in commuter rail installations, is indistinguishable from pipe made from virgin material. The three-year field and laboratory evaluatio..

Municipal/Private Partnership Constructs Massive Water Pipeline In West Texas

Thousands, if not millions, of barrels of water are needed every day for shale oil and gas extraction. Securing and delivering such mass quantities of water to frack sites efficiently is always a challenge, and that challenge isn’t going away any time soon. The U.S. Geological Survey has identified..

ASTM International Standard Aims to Reduce Contamination and Costs in Plastic Pipe Production

ASTM International announced its committee on plastic piping systems is developing a new standard that aims to use best practices to prevent contamination in manufacturing polyethylene pipe and fittings. According to ASTM International member Eugene Palermo, manufacturers could use the standard to ..

PVCPA Study Examines Environmental Impacts, Safety, Costs Of Water Pipes

The Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA), which represents U.S. and Canadian manufacturers of PVC pipe, announced the completion of the first comprehensive environmental and performance review of water and sewer pipes in North America. The study used life-cycle assessment methodology to evaluate th..

PPI Division’s New Name Reflects Expanding Use Of HDPE Conduit

The Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI), the major trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry, has renamed its Conduit Division as the Power & Communications Division (PCD).  This change was prompted by growth within the division, uses of conduit in rapidly developing applica..

SSC Releases Environmental Review Of Underground Piping

Sustainable Solutions Corporation (SSC), an industry leader in life-cycle analysis and sustainable product design and analysis, has released the first comprehensive environmental review of underground piping systems in North America. Based on a 100-year life-cycle assessment methodology, the Life C..

McElroy Introduces Acrobat 180 Butt-Fusion Machine

The McElroy Acrobat – a hydraulic butt-fusion machine originally designed for the plumbing and mechanical industry – is now available for the underground construction market. Priced competitively, the Acrobat 180 is ideal for those interested in a reliable, easy-to-use machine. It butt fuses two-in..

Irrigation Project Testing Ground For Large HDPE Pipe Installation

In February 2014, a news photographer snapped a picture of almond trees being ripped from dry soil in Firebaugh, CA. Baker Farming uprooted 20 percent, about 1,000 acres, of almond trees that day because adequate access to water was lacking, as the California drought continued into yet another year...

Uponor to Expand PEX Pipe Manufacturing Capacity in North America

Uponor will expand its manufacturing facility in Apple Valley, Minnesota.  As part of the expansion, an additional 58,000 square feet in manufacturing operations space related to crosslinked polyethylene pipe production will be added. “Uponor, Inc. continues to see growth opportunities in commercia..

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