POLOPLAST America’s polypropylene (PP-R) piping and fittings have several significant advantages over more traditional, metallic pipes, but perhaps the biggest difference is in how our pipes and fittings are joined. No burn permits or open flames are needed to join our products with a water-tightseal. In fact, POLOPLAST products don’t require welding at all. Instead, our pipes and fittings are joined using a superior process known as thermal fusion.

Thermal fusion, sometimes called heat fusion, is a process used to join thermoplastics (includingPP-R) together. Instead of using glue, solder, or a mechanical connection and gasket, heat fusion actually turns the two pieces of plastic into one, solid piece. The process is similar to welding, but doesn’t require a filler material, and it also does not weaken the material at the point of connection. Our thermal fusion connections use a large joining area, making the connection at least as strong as the pipe itself, and often stronger.

Heat fusion works by returning the connection point to a melted state, the way it was during production. This allows the polypropylene chains to join together as the connection cools for a permanent bond, as if they were manufactured as one piece, preventing any sort of chemical or physical weakness at the point of connection and results in a much lower instance of leaks or failures. That’s what makes thermal fusion superior to welding! If a leak does appear, POLOPLAST America’s industry-leading customer service swings into action. We offer a 10-year warranty on all of ourproducts, and we always work with customers and clients to ensure complete satisfaction with POLOPLAST pipelines. We’ll do whatever it takes to help you solve your problem.

If no welding or soldering equipment is necessary, what exactly do you need to create thermal fusion bonds? Specialty tools for this process are readily available through our tooling partners: McElroy, Widos, and Ritmo America. Contact us for details on the best tools for your next project. The thermal fusion process produces virtually no smoke or fumes, keeping your jobsite fresh and clean. Best of all, the work goes much faster than welding! A faster, stronger connection with no permits and no fumes? That’s performance that metallic pipes simply can’t match. If you’re ready to work with the best materials and the most efficient joining process available today, don’t wait. Contact us today for a consultation on your building project and needs. We’ll provide all the training you need to get the job done quickly and safely.

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