Tectite Pro, the highly versatile push-fit fitting by leading manufacturer of plumbing and heating solutions, Pegler Yorkshire, has been tested beyond its reported capabilities and passed with flying colours!
The metal push-fit fitting has been put to the test in both a conventional and non-conventional way. Initially, independent testing facility the Advanced Structural Testing Centre (ASTC), based at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), was sought due to its UKAS Accredited tensile testing capacity which allowed tests up to 1000 kN or Kilonewtons.
Phil Spiers, Head of the ASTC, said: “The AMRC has a range of capabilities within its UKAS accredited test facility and this type of testing suits our in-house developed methods certification.
“The facilities at AMRC are a fantastic way to test to destruction in a safe environment, allowing companies like Pegler Yorkshire to independently validate the performance of their products.”
Following the successful results, the team at Pegler Yorkshire decided to put the fitting to the test in their own unique way. Eleanor Johnson, Tectite Market Manager for Pegler Yorkshire said: “It’s sometimes difficult to convey the actual strength of our fittings to those that have not yet experienced them so what better way than to physically show their capabilities!
“The image of a car being lifted off the ground is quite arresting and certainly shows the immense strength of Tectite.”
The non-conventional test carried out by Pegler Yorkshire saw the team set up a lifting system using a Tectite Pro 54mm fitting. The joint took the strain of lifting the 1440kg Mercedes car off the ground for five minutes.
“We could have continued the test for quite sometime as there was no sign of the fitting being under any pressure during the five minutes it was lifting the weight. This is clearly not a conventional test by any means and not what our fittings are actually designed to be used for. However, it enables our customers to visualise its performance and strength which can only reassure them that Tectite will provide a guaranteed joint under the most extreme conditions.”
Tectite is literally going from strength to strength after recently being the first push-fit fitting to receive the BSI Kitemark BS EN 1254-6:2012 certification which reaffirms Pegler Yorkshire’s commitment to providing only highly engineered and quality fittings.
Tectite has become the choice product for many installers due to its unique and unrivalled features such as grip first grab rings which prevent any risk of full bore blow offs, pre-lubricated seals for reduced insertion force and a cooper, DZR brass or stainless bodies. The range is suitable for jointing with a wide range of tube materials, including copper, flexible metal, PEX and PB and a variety of steel including stainless and carbon. Additional features include non-demountable and demountable options.
Furthermore, Tectite offers speed of installation and therefore provides installed cost savings, it negates the need for a hot works permit which also saves time immediately after installation as the Tectite system is intrinsically clean, there is no need for adhesive curing or long flushing times.
Eleanor concluded: “Tectite is fast becoming a product of choice for many contractors and installers. The independent, accredited, testing carried out by the AMRC and our Kitemark certification can only consolidate this and our reputation as a leading innovator and manufacturer of high quality assured products.”