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Plastics experts select Aquatherm for new manufacturing facility

New process cooling system showcases flexibility, advantages of Aquatherm pipe

Location/Date
Washington, IL - Spring 2018

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®, Aquatherm Green Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The versatility of Aquatherm pipe was valuable to a plastics manufacturer that was looking to reconfigure its process cooling system
  • The virtually leak-free performance of Aquatherm was important in the facility’s new underfloor piping system
  • Because it was installed by Aquatherm-trained technicians, the pipe’s comprehensive warranty provides the owners with peace of mind for years to come

HAPPY AS A PIG? AQUATHERM PIPE EXCELS IN TOUGH AGRICULTURAL APPLICATION

Aquatherm Blue Pipe moves 1.2 million BTUs generated by five 399,000 Btu condensing boilers at this pig barn.

Location/Date
Southeastern Ontario, Canada Autumn, 2017

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Aquatherm pipe holds up well in the corrosive indoor environment in a pig barn — an environment that quickly corrodes metal pipe
  • The inherent insulation value of Aquatherm delivered the heat to where it was needed rather than radiating it into the barn’s 1.2 million Btu mechanical room
  • Aquatherm’s environmental friendliness and heat fusion that joins pipes with no open flames or solder were also important on this project

PP-R PIPE, PROTOTYPE FUSION MACHINE LEAVE NOTHING TO CHANCE AT SPECTACULAR NEW HOTEL AND CASINO

Aquatherm pipe in sizes ranging from ¾-in. to 24-in. was installed at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Location/Date
Hollywood, FL 2017 - 2019

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®, Aquatherm Green Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The speed with which Aquatherm polypropylene- random (PP-R) pipe can be heat fused compared to welding steel was crucial on this project
  • The ability to fabricate piping assemblies and deliver them to the site allowed the contractor to maximize the amount of fusion work completed each day
  • The durability and longevity of PP-R pipe were key in a facility that is operational 24/7/365

A PEACH OF A PROJECT

The 22-story Windsor Over Peachtree condominium building features commanding views of downtown Atlanta and the surrounding area. Aquatherm pipe in place at Windsor Over Peachtree. Its virtually leak-free performance impressed the installing contractor.

Location/Date
Atlanta, GA. December 2017 - July 2018

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The virtually leak-free performance of heat-fused Aquatherm pipe impressed the contractor — only five leaks were detected out of more than 4,000 fusion welds
  • The ability to fabricate risers offsite presented considerable installation time savings over steel pipe, and dramatically reduced system downtime in an occupied building
  • As this was an occupied building, the ability to install new pipe without welding or open flame was of paramount importance to the building owner

AQUATHERM TAMES AGGRESSIVE WATER IN RETROFITS, NEW CONSTRUCTION AT UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

A major university in Western Canada was seeking a piping material for its residence halls and other campus buildings that would stand up well to the area’s aggressive water.

Location/Date
Vancouver, BC, Canada Multiple projects completed or anticipated approximately 2015 - 2019

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®, Aquatherm Green Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The hydrophobic nature of Aquatherm pipe and its resistance to corrosion, erosion, and scaling were important to the client in an area of aggressive water.
  • Aquatherm’s custom fabrication services were employed by the customer to save time and labor on the job-site.
  • The light weight of Aquatherm pipe, as well as its low likelihood of jobsite theft, were appreciated by the contractor throughout multiple projects.

ILLINOIS’ OLDEST SCHOOL GOES FROM “H” TO “HVAC” WITH PP-R

Aquatherm’s polypropylene-random (PP-R) pipe provided a safe, quick installation along with significant labor and material savings.

Location/Date
Peoria, IL

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The speed of fusion connections versus welding and soldering allowed the construction team to meet a very tight deadline.
  • Using Aquatherm for the domestic plumbing system saved the district $22,000, plus $28,000 related to pipe insulation.
  • Using Aquatherm to connect the heat pump system allowed the contractor to offer $30,000 in overall value engineering savings.

CLEAN, HEAT-FUSED AQUATHERM PIPE HELPS NEW BUSINESS GET UP AND BREWING

Aquatherm PP-R pipe has gained a reputation across North America as being ideal for glycol piping. Its clean, heat-fusion process requires no glue, and the pipe has an inherent R-value of 1 depending on pipe size and SDR.

Location/Date
Salt Lake City, UT Summer 2018

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The contractor on this project estimated that Aquatherm pipe offered an installation time roughly one-third less than working with copper pipe.
  • The brewery owner appreciated Aquatherm pipe’s good looks and easy cleanability, and — since it was installed by Aquatherm-trained technicians — strong warranty.
  • Aquatherm PP-R pipe is joined using heat fusion, creating a system with virtually no leak paths.

EASE OF INSTALLATION AT COLLEGE MAKES EVERYONE A WINNER – ESPECIALLY THE CUSTOMER

The labor-saving aspects of Aquatherm Blue Pipe® allowed the contractor to finish the job ahead of schedule.

Location/Date
New Jersey Spring 2018

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The lighter weight, ability to easily fabricate assemblies and ability to make pipe connections “in the air” presented considerable labor and cost savings over steel pipe.
  • The mechanical contractor offered the owner a corrosion-proof piping system with an anticipated service life of 60-plus years, with low operating and maintenance costs.
  • Aquatherm PP-R piping systems require no open-flame welding or solder, so no fire watch was required and work proceeded while the buildings were occupied.

PP-R PIPE, OFFSITE FABRICATION HELP MEAT PROCESSING PLANT BEEF UP ITS REFRIGERATION SYSTEM

Offsite fabrication services and the light weight of Aquatherm pipe allowed 436 spools to be fabricated and hung 25 to 30 ft above the floor.

Location/Date
Ohio September 2017 - January 2018

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Much of the piping for this project was fabricated offsite and shipped to the jobsite, saving the contractor time and money.
  • The long service life of PP-R pipe, and the properties that prevent it from corroding, gave it an advantage over traditional carbon steel pipe.
  • The refrigeration piping contractor estimated it saved approximately 50 percent on labor by heat fusing Aquatherm pipe compared with welding steel pipe.

AN EXTRAORDINARY RETROFIT FOR THE STANDARD BUILDING

The Aquatherm piping system offered a clean, budget-conscious solution for the Standard Building, with a total material and cost savings of $250,000 compared to steel pipe

Location/Date
Cleveland, OH April 2016 – December 2017

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®, Aquatherm Green Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The Aquatherm piping system offered a clean, budget-conscious solution for the Standard Building, with a total material and cost savings of $250,000 compared to steel pipe.
  • Aquatherm’s lightweight pipe increased the productivity of the team of 20 installers.

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