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.

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Undocumented Obstacles Below Railroad Tracks Complicate Ramming Job

Steering Through Sandy Soils to Upgrade City Sewer System

The economy in Garden City, Kan., is strong with the recent opening of a Dairy Farmers of America plant. Approximately 4 million pounds of milk from regional farmers makes its way to the plant each day, which has led to expansion for many other companies throughout the area. To keep up with the expected growth from the dairy industry and retail stores being constructed nearby, Garden City is upgrading existing utilities to ensure they are prepared to handle current and future needs.

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.

New INGAA Report Highlights Importance of Natural Gas to a Lower-Carbon Economy

Natural gas will remain a significant contributor to the energy portfolio and to economic growth in the United States over the next two decades, playing a key role in meeting low-carbon goals, a new study commissioned by the INGAA Foundation finds.

Anchorage Utility Will Drain City Lake to Repair Sewer Pipe

An Anchorage utility is draining a city lake to repair a sewer line.

Fort Wayne Announces $100 Million in Utility Infrastructure Investments

City officials in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Monday announced plans to invest $100 million in city neighborhoods for stormwater protection, sanitary sewer improvements, and water pipe upgrades.

Hard Work, Vision Bring Success to Great Lakes Fusion

As the owner of Great Lakes Fusion, Marks’ company specializes in all facets of landfill construction: excavation, drilling and HDPE pipe fusion services for pipe up to 65-inches and installation of methane and leachate collection systems. He’s also diversified by starting related companies.

AUCSC 2019 Offers Underground Corrosion Training

The 64rd annual Appalachian Underground Corrosion Short Course (AUCSC 2019) will take place May 7–9, 2019 in Morgantown, W.V. , covering topics that include instrumentation, corrosion surveys, cathodic protection, pipe coatings and miscellaneous methods of corrosion control.

Pipe Bursting Solution from Inside Park

In California’s San Francisco Bay Area, the Ross Valley Sanitary District faced several challenges on a project to rehabilitate or replace aging sanitary sewer infrastructure.

NTSB Preliminary Report Points Finger at Cast Iron Pipe in Massachusetts Explosion

A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) preliminary report published on Oct. 11, regarding the Massachusetts gas pipeline explosion in September, where one person was killed, is likely to spur renewed attention to the safety of cast iron distribution lines. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, a su..

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..

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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..


hammerheadtrehcnless.com The new 22-ton, radio remote-controlled HydroGuide HG2200 completes HammerHead’s line of next-generation cable winches designed for maximum efficiency and ease-of-use in pipe-bursting, slip-lining and pipe-slitting applications. Radio remote-control provides operators maxi..


mcelroy.com 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

bluediamond.com, hexatronicgroup.com 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 ..


QuickConnect, LLC introduced a new line of universal pull heads, pull collars and multi-pipe pullers that make life easier and more efficient for trenchless operators. The products are available for both purchase and distribution. The universal pullhead eliminates the need for multiple pullheads an..


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 ..

Report: Fiberglass Pipe Market to Exceed $6 Billion by 2025

The global fiberglass pipes market is expected to grow to $6.19 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Reasons for the projected growth include: Robust growth in Asia Pacific’s shipping industry Increasing demand from the oil & gas, chemicals and irrigation indu..

Water Jet Saw Boosts Hobas Pipe’s Fittings Process, Product

In continuing efforts to deliver the highest-quality products, quickly and cost effectively, Hobas Pipe USA has invested in a water jet saw. Now used on 85 percent of Hobas Pipe fittings, the new, upgraded equipment improves both process and product. Computer-controlled software enables centrifugal..

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