The explosion in popularity of craft breweries across North America requires fresh ideas and techniques to meet the unprecedented demand from the marketplace. Forward-thinking brewers are investing in equipment and materials that not only offer a new level of efficiency, but unprecedented purity, as well. Many are turning to polypropylene (PP-R) piping systems to achieve their production goals.
PP-R piping provides an ideal solution for connecting breweries’ chillers to fermenting vats. Traditionally, copper or CPVC pipe was used for this purpose, but POLOPLAST PP-R piping systems offer numerous advantages over ordinary pipes. Our systems are created using hydrostatic, pneumatic plastic pipe with a pressure test of 200 psi with no glue required and virtually no risk of corrosion. Brewery systems typically require the transmission of propylene glycol, and the glue from Schedule 80 CPVC reacts with the glycol in the system and affects the glue’s ability to recover. POLOPLAST pipes and fittings pose no such problem.
Our German-made pipes are connected via heat fusion, which bonds both sides of a joint into a single, homogenous material without the use of toxic chemicals or mechanical connections, eliminating weaknesses and fail-points in the pipe. PP-R is corrosion- and chemical-resistant, has high environmental compatibility, and is impact resistant. It also features heat- and sound-insulating capabilities. POLPLAST Mechanical pipes are thinner and lighter than metal pipes with smoother interior surfaces, allowing for higher flow rates with less pressure.
POLOPLAST Mechanical piping produces high pressure systems that are glue-free, which is exactly what modern brewers need. The flux in an alternative such as copper can cause impurities in the line, and the glue that is used for CPVC can destroy the bonding agents and reduce the efficiency of glycol. Conversely, PP-R is chemically inert to most common chemicals. Exposure to glycols and oils from mechanical equipment won’t damage our pipe or fittings, and PP-R is non-toxic and non-leaching, making it safe for both people and the environment.
For extra peace of mind, POLOPLAST America offers a 10-year product warranty on everything we manufacture. We also provide industry-best customer support to ensure all of our clients stay happy with their POLOPLAST piping systems for decades. In addition to lasting for up to 60 years with virtually no maintenance or loss in efficiency, our products are 100-percent recyclable at the end of their useful life, making POLOPLAST the sustainable choice for North American brewers.
If you’d like to know more about the brewing applications for POLOPLAST America’s innovative PP-R piping systems, contact us today. Our team of piping-system experts is standing by to answer questions and help you engineer a superior piping system for your needs.