Plasti-Tech Company Profile

Plasti-Tech provides world class Thermoplastic piping systems and related products to the Building, Civil, Mining, Irrigation, Plumbing, Gas and Water-works industries of Southern and Sub-Saharan Africa. We specialise in HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) PE100, PP (Polypropylene) PP-R, EF (Electrofusion), Compression fittings and welding products, but always focus on providing a comprehensive solution for all related pipe products.

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[Johannesburg, 22 June 2018] In response to the growing need for GPS weld location traceability for high-end pipe installations, thermoplastic piping specialist, Plasti-Tech has launched Hürner’s new Whiteline series of welding units that can record GPS location of a weld within a buried pipeline for future reference in case of a weld failure.        

Hürner’s HST 300 Print+ 2.0 model of the Whiteline series is now available in the local market through thermoplastic piping specialist, Plasti-Tech. The new range – which covers all areas of application in electrofusion welding of PE, PP and PVDF pipes with heater coil fittings – takes electrofusion welding into a new era with its ability to not only trace who welded last, but also offer crucial GPS weld location traceability.  

Brad Chamont, managing member of Plasti-Tech, explains that data logging capabilities of today’s welding units have only been able to address the issue of “who welded what, when and how?” With Hürner’s HST 300 Print+ 2.0, traceability has now been extended to answer the critical question of “where is the welded joint buried?” The range features a specifically developed, high-res GPS module that determines the coordinates with maximum precision of within 1 m and can be used in remote areas via satellite.    

“GPS weld location is fast-becoming a requirement for all high-end pipe installations contracts and we needed to make sure that we could meet our clients’ demands,” explains Chamont. “Having an existing relationship with Hürner means that we are able to offer high-quality welding machines with new technologies to the local market.”

Chamont says it is very important to record GPS location of a weld within a buried pipeline for future reference if there is a weld failure. “With a GPS location on hand, one would know exactly where to excavate and repair the failed welded joint. Without GPS location, the whole pipeline would need to be excavated to find the failed weld, which is time-consuming and costly,” he says.

Hürner’s HST 300 Print+ 2.0 range is ideal for a wide range of applications, from jointing in the safety-sensitive area of gas networks, including accurate recording of geographic data, to jointing components with very small diameters, such as geothermal and sanitary fitting jobs, or very large diameters, for example, wastewater applications.  

The HST 300 Print+ 2.0 range offers an intuitive data transfer menu that enables the download of all, or finely tuned selection of welding and traceability reports, as an abstract or extended report in PDF format, as a label printed by the optional label tag printer, or in the DataWork format sent to a PC. 

The new generation 2.0 data loggers for welding reports also offer automation of component labelling, which previously called for manual use of marker pens. The data transfer menu allows for printing off a mini-summary of a selected welding report on a label tag printer. The abrasion-proof plastic tag is then simply affixed to the fitting or pipe.

Meanwhile, the standard versions of the Generation Whiteline welders come with a state-of-the-art, high-resolution, temperature range-extended character display. The novel GT keypad allows convenient input of all required parameters. The input is possible as you would use a traditional mobile device with a keypad. Another unique functionality is the ViewWeld feature, which enables browsing, viewing and checking the logged welding reports on the display screen of the welder, without any need to print the reports off.

Bearing in mind the advanced nature of this range of welders, Chamont says Plasti-Tech offers machine orientation training with the sale of every machine. To date, 25 units of the 14-model range are already operational in the local market.  In terms of price, the basic HST300 Junior + model costs in the range of R28 000, while the premium HST300 Print + retails at around R50 000.

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Plasti-Tech Piping Systems contact:
Brad Chamont
Tel: +27 (0) 11 609 5511

Cell: +27 (0) 82 471 5757
Email: brad@plasti.co.za
Web: www.plastitech.co.za

Media contact:
Samu Hashe
MoonDawn Media & Communications

Tel: 011 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)79 562 3941
Email: samu@moondawnmedia.co.za 

Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za

[Johannesburg, 13 June 2018] Due to continued growth of its business, thermoplastic piping specialist, Plasti-Tech has moved to new premises that combines larger office and warehousing space.    

As a result of improved business growth, Plasti-Tech outgrew its previous premises, which necessitated the recent move to a new, larger facility. Previously located at No 105 Terrace Road, Sebenza, the thermoplastic piping specialist has moved to No 27 Buwbes Road, still in the same area of Sebenza, Johannesburg.   

“The company is growing and three months ago we found ourselves in dire need for more office space to accommodate new staff members and a larger warehouse with a yard to increase our stockholding capacity,” explains Plasti-Tech managing member Brad Chamont.

The company recently appointed two new sales representatives, which obviously called for more office space. Having a premises with a yard allows for more capacity to carry more piping stock, as well as easy loading and off-loading of trucks. “The beauty of the new premises is that it allows us to run our full operation, both offices and the warehouse, from one place,” says Chamont.

Plasti-Tech provides world-class thermoplastic piping systems and related products to the building, civil, mining, irrigation, plumbing, gas and waterworks industries across southern and sub-Saharan Africa. The company specialises in High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) PE100, Polypropylene (PP), PP-R, EF (Electrofusion), Compression fittings and welding products.

Ensuring quality of an international standard, Plasti-Tech is the distributor of European-manufactured products such as Hürner welding machines, Bänninger moulded fittings, HSK extruders and wedge welders, as well as Nupigeco EF and Compression fittings.

Plasti-Tech Piping Systems was founded in 2011 by managing member Bradley Chamont. With over a decade in experience and networks in the plastic industry, Chamont has grown the company into a thriving business with a team that has a combined total of 60 years of experience in the industrial thermoplastic piping industry.

“We understand our customer’s needs and seek to provide a one-stop solution for all piping products. The combination of our knowledge, skills and passion, coupled with the guarantee of quality products, has made Plasti-Tech a preferred supplier in the market,” concludes Chamont.

 

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Plasti-Tech Piping Systems contact:
Brad Chamont
Tel: +27 (0) 11 609 5511

Cell: +27 (0) 82 471 5757
Email: brad@plasti.co.za
Web: www.plastitech.co.za

Media contact:
Samu Hashe
MoonDawn Media & Communications

Tel: +27 (0)11 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0) 79 562 3941
Email: samu@moondawnmedia.co.za  
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za

[Johannesburg, 15 May 2018:] Thermoplastic piping specialist, Plasti-Tech, recently met a stringent lead time for an urgent order of a range of German-made HDPE injection moulded fittings supplied to Rendifield, a South African manufacturer and supplier of piping systems, for export to a Burkina Faso gold mine.    

When recently contracted to supply HDPE injection moulded fittings by a Burkina Faso gold mine, Rendifield turned to its fellow South African thermoplastic piping specialist, Plasti-Tech, for a range of German-made fittings from specialist manufacturer Bänninger. Founded in 2011, Rendifield specialises in the manufacture, supply and fabrication of thermoplastic HDPE, PP and PVC piping systems. Plasti-Tech is the sole distributor of the Bänninger range of pipes and fittings suitable for all areas of industrial application locally.

According to Mike Enslin, Managing Director of Rendifield, the R600 000 order was placed with Plasti-Tech in late November 2017 for importation of HDPE injection moulded fittings from German manufacturer, Bänninger. A key challenge was the stringent lead time for the supply of the order, which was urgently needed for a processing plant expansion project at the Burkina Faso gold mine.  

“A key challenge was that the order was placed with Plasti-Tech just before the year-end shutdown and the order lead time was a key concern. However, Plasti-Tech managed to supply the order on time as per the quoted lead time,” says Enslin. Rendifield took delivery of its order in late February this year.

Apart from the quality, well-priced product, Enslin says Plati-Tech was chosen to supply this order for its service efficiency, which has since been demonstrated by the ability to meet the tight lead time. “As a result, Plati-Tech shall remain our first choice supply partner for high-quality imported HDPE pipe fittings,” concludes Enslin.

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Plasti-Tech Piping Systems contact:
Brad Chamont
Tel: +27 (0) 11 609 5511

Cell: +27 (0) 82 471 5757
Email: brad@plasti.co.za
Web: www.plastitech.co.za

Media contact:
Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications

Tel: +27 (0)11 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0) 73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za 
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za

[Johannesburg, 11 April 2018]: Leading German manufacturer, Bänninger’s polypropylene pipes and fittings suitable for all areas of industrial application, are now available for the local market through thermoplastic piping specialist, Plasti-Tech.

The reliability and durability of the pipeline system directly depends on the quality and properties of the basic substance. According to Brad Chamont, managing member at Plasti-Tech, Polypropylene Random (PP-R) combines a number of valuable features, which make it the best selection for pressurised water heating systems and various chemical applications. The PP-R pipe system is the only plastic pipe system where both the pipe and fittings consist of exactly the same material, thereby reducing the chances of failure.

To expose local customers to the wide-ranging benefits of PP-R, Plasti-Tech now offers PP-R pipes and fittings from Bänninger, a German manufacturer of plastic pressure pipes and fittings which are used in various industrial applications worldwide. Bänninger’s products are made from pure raw material to ensure perfect installation every time. Its pipes and fittings have been tested and certified, and meet the audited requirements according to DIN EN ISO 9001 and ISO 15874:2008.

“We offer PP-R Pressure Pipe, SDR11 Material PP-R (Polypropylene Random-copolymer), Borealis RA130E, with a high molecular weight and high heat stabilisation, RAL 7032 pebble grey. The material complies with the requirements of the KTW-guideline of the Germany Federal Environmental Agency (UBA). The Geometric Properties and Nominal Pressure Outside diameter and wall thickness are according to DIN 8077 and DIN EN ISO 15494,” explains Chamont. “These are delivered in 5 m rods and packed in bundles or individual. All pipes/bundles are packed in black UV-protection-foil and are supplied only in complete packing units.”

Chamont says PP-R pipes come with an array of advantages, which have been proven for decades in all areas of industrial applications. “Particularly the outstanding resistance to corrosion guarantees a long-lasting and durable service life. This type of pipe offers high resistance to chemicals and generally has good long-term properties compared to many other media,” says Chamont.

PP-R material is absolutely non-toxic and chemical resistant, and therefore does not affect the quality of the water, and completely has no rust release. Widespread use of polypropylene not only in the pipelines, but also for the packaging of various food products and ultra-pure preparations, is a key indicator of the perfect hygienic characteristics of the material.

Meanwhile, polypropylene endures high pressure and temperature drops. Due to the elasticity of the material, an important advantage of polypropylene is that water in the pipe may freeze without destroying it.

“If water freezes in the polypropylene pipes and fittings, they are not destroyed, but only slightly increase in size and come back to the previous size after thawing. Polypropylene pipeline water supply system can withstand a certain amount of freezing/thawing,” concludes Chamont.

 

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Plasti-Tech Piping Systems contact:
Brad Chamont  
Tel: +27 (0) 11 609 5511

Cell: +27 (0) 82 471 5757
Email: brad@plasti.co.za
Web: www.plastitech.co.za

Media contact:
Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications

Tel: +27 (0)11 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0) 73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za 
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za

[Johannesburg, 13 March 2018]: A more than customer-supplier relationship between specialist pipeline contractor, JDC, and thermoplastic piping supplier, Plasti-Tech, was the recipe for success on a challenging pipe installation project recently completed by JDC for Henric Ferro Chrome in the North West Province of South Africa.     

In business, maintaining strong working relationships means everything. Strong working relationships are entirely possible, but it takes trust and transparency on both sides. A case in point is the relationship which JDC’s HDPE Piping Division has over the past four years forged with thermoplastic piping specialist, Plasti-Tech. The significance of such a strong customer-supplier relationship was recently demonstrated on a challenging pipe installation project which had a very short and stringent timeline where material shortages were out of question.

According to Nadine Roussouw, Contracts Administrator at JDC, the scope of the over R1-million project entailed the installation of 250 mm SDR9 Tailing Pipeline at a cyclone deposit at Henric Ferro Chrome’s Morula Plant just outside of Brits, North West Province. “The project called for the supply and installation of HDPE stub and flanges pipes lengths, fittings and valves,” explains Roussouw.

The project commenced at the start of October 2017 and the pipeline was commissioned by mid-October. “The entire job, including the delivery of pipes, stubs and flanges, butt-welding of pipes, installation of HDPE pipes and commissioning, took 10 days to complete,” explains Roussouw. 

As short as the timeline signals, this project was no walk in the park. “Every project has its own uniqueness to it, as well as its obstacles,” says Roussouw. The biggest challenge on this project was getting the material (considering the large quantities and that SDR9 is not so standard) at a very short notice as this was an urgent project request. “Additionally, all the pipe lengths were to be stub- and flanged at our workshop and then get transported to site to save on time,” explains Roussouw.

Roussouw says this challenge was overcome through great service delivery from pipe supplier Plasti-Tech which delivered the stubs on a daily basis in batches, straight to site to allow the extra team to butt-weld the pipes while the other team started laying the pipeline on route and the third team commenced fastening. “Once we got into the rhythm, everything went smoothly right until the very end,” explains Roussouw, adding that a total of 13 people worked on the project. 

At a total value of about R800 000, Plasti-Tech supplied 800 m of 250 mm SDR9 pipes in 140 lengths, as well as the stubs and flanges reducers, among other things. Roussouw hails the “excellent” service from the thermoplastic piping specialist.

“We have done business with Brad Chamont (managing member at Plasti-Tech) and his team for the past four years, and we have built an incredible relationship with them over that time. Their service delivery is excellent and the customer service is even better. Brad will always personally go the extra mile to sort out our needs,” says Roussouw.

Roussouw concludes that the success of this project opens up many more doors for JDC and Plasti-Tech as far as future projects and new plants are concerned. “The successes recorded here can always be replicated elsewhere, further building our profile in the execution of jobs of this nature,” concludes Roussouw.

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Plasti-Tech Piping Systems contact:
Brad Chamont  
Tel: +27 (0) 11 609 5511

Cell: +27 (0) 82 471 5757
Email: brad@plasti.co.za
Web: www.plastitech.co.za

Media contact:
Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications

Tel: +27 (0)11 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0) 73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za 
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za

 

[Johannesburg, 6 February 2018]: In line with international standards, thermoplastic piping specialist, Plasti-Tech has introduced high-density polyethylene stub ends labelled with a Lynx laser printer using invisible laser-radiation. Plasti-Tech becomes the first supplier to offer HDPE butt ends with this sort of labelling in South Africa, moving away from the conventional white marker approach.  

Highlighting the significance of traceability and accountability in the manufacture of stub ends, Plasti-Tech managing member Brad Chamont states that the local thermoplastic piping company has become the first supplier in South Africa to offer high-density polyethylene (HDPE PE100) stub ends labelled by means of a Lynx laser printer which utilises laser-radiation.

He highlights the worrying lack of traceability in the market for HDPE stub ends in South Africa, owing to the fact that there is no identification and marking tools for these products. This creates room for manufacturers to turn a blind eye on the quality of their products, bearing in mind that there is no traceability and, subsequently lack of accountability for failures that may occur as a result of installing poor quality HDPE fittings.

Chamont highlights that the importance of labelling stub ends using the Lynx laser machine is that the manufacturer’s mark, size and pressure rating markings are permanently visible, and these cannot be tampered with without damaging the butt ends. This helps holding manufacturers accountable for the quality they produce. 

“The labelling method currently being used across the local market is a white marker. The obvious shortcoming of this approach is that this can be rubbed off during regular handling of the butt ends,” says Chamont.

Internationally, the European Standards Association compels that manufacturer names and fittings information be clearly marked on all HDPE fittings. Barcodes also form part of the standards to facilitate easy of traceability. In line with these international standards, the Installation and Fabrication Plastics Pipes Association (IFPA) is, in the next few months, scheduled to pass a regulation that compels labelling of stub ends using permanent markings such as the Lynx laser printer locally. Chamont is confident that Plasti-Tech’s labelling model will conform to the IFPA standards. 

Plasti-Tech has been in the business of supplying stub ends for the past four years. In line with its best-practice approach, the company engaged the services of a local manufacturer that has agreed to manufacture and label the stub ends using the Lynx laser printer. These are available in sizes of between 50 mm and 355 mm in diameter with diverse pressure classes. “The IFPA has requested suppliers to have manufacturers’ names and all the necessary identifiable markings regarding the size pressure and STR,” explains Chamont. 

He further explains that these standards are very crucial, bearing in mind the criticality of stub ends in applications they are used. Stub ends form parts of a mechanical joints that comprise two components: namely, the stub end, which essentially is a short length of pipe which has one end that is flared outwards and the other prepared to be welded to a pipe of the same thermoplastic material and of a similar wall thickness, as well as the lap joint flange, which is a ring backing flange.  

The combination of stub ends and backing flanges is an alternative to the use of a conventional pipe to pipe butt-weld. Typical applications include slurry pipelines where sections of the pipeline can be easily removed and replaced in sections due to the stub and flange mechanical connection.

“Once pipes are welded, you can’t remove sections or repair them. With a stub and flange system, the stub ends are bolted together to join pipe lengths. So, basically a stub end is a mechanical connection of an HDPE pipe,” concludes Chamont.

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Plasti-Tech Piping Systems contact:
Brad Chamont  
Tel: +27 (0) 11 609 5511

Cell: +27 (0) 82 471 5757
Email: brad@plasti.co.za
Web: www.plastitech.co.za

Media contact:
Samu Hashe
MoonDawn Media & Communications

Tel: +27 (0)11 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0) 79 562 3941
Email: samu@moondawnmedia.co.za 
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za

 

Press release
15 km HDPE water supply pipeline for new Mozambican graphite mine
[Johannesburg, 24 August 2017]: Confirmed in 2013, by Syrah Resources, Australian industrial minerals and technology company, to represent the largest graphite resource ever known at the time, multiple projects at Balama in Mozambique have since been under way to leverage this unique mineral. One such project is the recent construction of a new graphite mine, which involves the installation and commission of a 15-kilometre-long 315 mm HDPE pipeline for the supply of water.

Originally discovered more than 120 years ago, the rich deposits of graphite were described by Nyassa Company geologist and engineer, John H. Furman as, “the greatest deposits of graphite, of a most excellent quality, which I think have ever been found. They extend several miles in length and will aggregate more than 700ft in thickness.”1

The project, whose main stakeholders are IEPS, Tayanna Mozambique and Syrah Resources, required a reliable water supply pipeline, for which Plasti-Tech Piping Systems, provider of world-class thermoplastic piping systems, was commissioned.

“The water supply pipeline project had a very strict deadline for completion, which I am pleased to say, was met by using the two Hürner ECO CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) 2.0 355 mm butt-weld machines day and night until completion,” comments Bradley Chamont, Plasti-Tech Managing Member, comments. “We had four teams of eight people each, including four butt-welders and four assistant welders working around the clock to complete our work on the project and have them and our top-quality equipment to thank for another job well done,” he says.

Plasti-Tech have been involved with the sale of German-made Hürner welding equipment for five years and were appointed to this project based on their offering of the unique Hürner CNC model butt-weld machine at a competitive price.

The Hürner way

The Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 is a next-generation plastic butt-welder that is both durable and manufactured in strict compliance with international standards. “The CNC ECO 2.0 comes in 12 basic machine chassis models, which can join pipes as wide as O.D. 1600 mm in diameter. The unit is easy to transport and comes with a fully encased CNC hydraulic and control box of ingress protection (IP) of 54, handling pressures of up to 220 bar,” says Chamont.

The heating element of the CNC ECO 2.0 is covered with an anti-stick coating and, along with the facing tool, is connected to the chassis of the unit on the hydraulic and control box. During the welding process, the heating element temperature and pressure control are implemented in line with applicable standards; all parameters for a good quality, reproducible joint are carefully monitored throughout the welding process and the related information is saved to the unit’s memory, which handles up to 10 000 reports.
The Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 also represents innovation in user identification and access control in butt-welding technology. “Data is made available to the hydraulic and control box by the error-proof and user-friendly RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, which makes it so unique,” says Chamont.

Hürner’s CNC ECO + 2.0 model also features the HDC, or Hürner Distance Control, which is a sensing system for accurate verification of proper welding and welding process preparation.

Conclusion

“As a company whose expertise and experience lie in bringing high-end thermoplastic piping system technologies to southern and sub-Saharan Africa with after-sales support to match, Plasti-Tech Piping systems was well positioned to serve this project best,” Chamont notes. “Water supply is a key aspect of successful mining, because without it the mine cannot operate. At Plasti-Tech, we are pleased to have played our part in paving the way for a smooth and hassle-free transport network for the delivery of this resource to the graphite mine at Balama; this represents to us not only another satisfied customer, but a firmer foothold on the African market and an open door to future export projects,” he concludes.

Construction of the new mine commenced in June 2017 with operations set to commence by September.

Reference:

1. Balama Project. Syrah Resources. http://www.syrahresources.com.au/balama-project Accessed: 24 July 2017.

About Plasti-Tech Piping Systems

Plasti-Tech Piping Systems provides world class thermoplastic piping systems and related products to the construction, civil, mining, irrigation, plumbing, gas and water-works industries in southern and sub-Saharan Africa. Specialising in High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), PE100, Polypropylene (PP), PP-R, electrofusion (EF), compression fittings and welding products, Plasti-Tech offers a comprehensive solution for all related pipe products.

Ensuring quality of an international standard, Plasti-Tech distributes European-manufactured products for Hürner welding machines, Bänninger moulded fittings, HSK extruders and wedge welders, and Nupigeco EF and compression fittings.

Plasti-Tech was founded in 2011 by Managing Member, Bradley Chamont. With over a decade of experience and networks in the plastic industry, Chamont has grown Plasti-Tech into a thriving business with a team that has a combined total of sixty years’ experience in the industrial thermoplastic piping industry, making Plasti-Tech South Africa’s one-stop solution for all piping products.

Plasti-Tech Piping Systems contact:
Brad Chamont
Tel: +27 (0) 11 609 5511
Cell: +27 (0) 82 471 5757
Email: brad@plasti.co.za
Web: www.plastitech.co.za

Media contact:
Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: +27 (0) 79 5494
Cell: +27 (0) 73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za

Beating competition through high quality products and superior service.

[Johannesburg, 05 September 2017]: To be ahead of competition, especially with larger plastic pipe providers, Plasti-Tech Piping Systems, supplier of world class thermoplastic piping systems and related products to industry in southern and sub-Saharan Africa, offers superior service levels and a complete range of high-quality pipe products.

Plasti-Tech provides high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes to the mining, industrial and civil engineering industries where they are being used for gas lines, water lines, wastewater lines, chemical pipelines, slurry lines, irrigation lines and pipelines in the construction of factories.

“The pipes that we supply adhere to the South African National Standard (SANS) ISO 4427 HDPE PE100 standards, which is a quality standard that defines the necessary material grade, dimension tolerances and required traceability of HDPE pipes” says Bradley Chamont, Plasti-Tech Managing Member.

As part of its superior service levels, Plasti-Tech can deliver pipes to Johannesburg, Witbank, Rustenburg and Vereeniging within one to two days. Moreover, delivery can be made to areas further into South Africa and Southern Africa in larger quantities. However, larger project quantities are manufactured on order and leads times are determined by quantities needed.

Currently, Plasti-Tech has longstanding business relationships with several local manufacturers of HDPE pipes that adhere to the SANS ISO 4427 standards and are members of the South African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association. The company also supplies other types of plastic pipes such as unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (UPVC) and polypropylene random (PPR) pipes. UPVC is used in construction and is considered a common pipe while PPR pipes are used regularly in water and plumbing systems.

Chamont highlights that the company commenced supplying pipes to the African market in 2010 and has overcome competition from larger plastic pipe providers by offering higher quality pipes and excellent service. “We offer a complete range of high quality, off the shelf, HDPE pipes, fittings and welding equipment and coupled with years of experience in the field of HDPE pipe, supply and installation, we have overcome many challenges,” remarks Chamont, concluding, “The company can deliver large range of pipes anywhere in Southern Africa given enough time.”

About Plasti-Tech Piping Systems Plasti-Tech Piping Systems provides world class thermoplastic piping systems and related products to the construction, civil, mining, irrigation, plumbing, gas and water-works industries in southern and sub-Saharan Africa. Specialising in High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) PE100 pipes, fittings and welding equipment, Plasti-Tech offers a comprehensive solution for all related pipe products.

Ensuring quality of an international standard, Plasti-Tech distributes European-manufactured products for Hürner welding technologies, Bänninger butt-weld and electrofusion fittings.

Plasti-Tech was founded in 2011 by Managing Member, Bradley Chamont. With over a decade of experience and networks in the plastic industry, Chamont has grown Plasti-Tech into a thriving business with a team that has a combined total of sixty years’ experience in the industrial thermoplastic piping industry, making Plasti-Tech South Africa’s one-stop solution for all piping products.

Plasti-Tech Piping Systems contact: Brad Chamont

Tel: +27 (0) 11 609 5511 Cell: +27 (0) 82 471 5757 Email: brad@plasti.co.za Web: www.plastitech.co.za
Media contact: Sabelo Nkuta MoonDawn Media & CommunicationTel: +27 (0)11 079 5494 Cell: +27 (0) 83 621 5176 Email: sabelo@moondawnmedia.co.za Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za



THERMOPLASTIC PIPE WELDING A CINCH WITH NEXT-GEN CNC BUTT-WELDING MACHINE

[Johannesburg, 28 June 2017]: The Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 plastic pipe butt welding machine is available through Plasti-Tech Piping Systems, providers of world-class thermoplastic piping systems to the construction, civil, mining, irrigation, plumbing, gas and water-works industries in southern and sub-Saharan Africa.

The CNC ECO 2.0 from Hürner, leading German welding technology company, represents next-generation plastic butt-welding technology of the highest quality and durability, developed in compliance with the highest global industry standards.

“This computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine is available in South Africa from Plastic-Tech Piping Systems in 12 basic machine chassis models, which can join pipes as large as O.D. 1600 mm in diameter,” comments Brad Chamont, Plasti-Tech Managing Member, adding, “The unit is easily transportable and comes with a fully encased CNC hydraulic and control box of ingress protection (IP) of 54 and can handle pressures of up to 220 bar.”

The CNC ECO 2.0’s heating element is covered with an anti-stick coating and, along with the facing tool, is attached to the chassis of the unit on the hydraulic and control box. This configuration negates the need for any additional power distribution on the unit.

Throughout the welding process, the heating element temperature and pressure control are implemented in line with applicable standards, including DVS, UNI, WIS, NEN, etc. All parameters for a good quality, reproducible joint are carefully monitored throughout the welding process and the related data are saved to the unit’s internal memory, which boasts the capacity for up to 10 000 reports.

Additional features on the unit include a movement pushbutton, a tag printer and label tags, and front panel. “The pushbutton on the basic machine chassis of the Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 allows for movement of the unit while the welder stands alongside,” remarks Chamont. “This renders the machine a far more convenient setup than its competition, because it eliminates the usual back-and-forth between the hydraulic and control box and the chassis,” he says.

The standard version of the Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 comes with matching next-generation high resolution temperature-range-extended character display. The modern GT keyboard allows for easy input of component parameters and traceability data. Furthermore, each welded joint is easily labeled with the dedicated tag printer that comes as an optional extra. The printer prints a scratch-proof sticker that can be used as a label on fittings or joints.

“All next-generation butt-weld machines from the Hürner range are made to house additional extras and model upgrades,” says Chamont, adding, “This includes weld data recording and transfer, label printers, CNC automation, etc.”

Driven by data

The Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 also represents innovation in the line of user identification and access control in butt-welding technology. On this unit, user IDs and access control are not reliant on barcodes or scanners as is the case with traditional technology. “Data is made available to the hydraulic and control box by the error-proof and user-friendly RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, which makes it so unique.”

Regular input devices like the scanning pen and handheld scanner remain available as optional extras on Hürner’s next-generation units, which also carry a USB port for downloading welding data in short abstract form or in an extended PDF format or for archive in the Hürner DataWork format.

Hürner’s CNC ECO + 2.0 model features the HDC, or Hürner Distance Control, which is a sensing system for accurate verification of proper welding and welding process preparation.

Training & safety

While operation of the CNC ECO 2.0 does require any special qualifications, training on the use of these is necessary and is conducted at Plasti-Tech’s Edenvale premises. “Working at such high welding pressures with large pipes, design consideration for the operator’s safety is paramount,” comments Chamont, who goes on to say that “The units boast excellent operator safety features, including the radio frequency ID system that restricts unauthorized access, as well as the hydraulic system bypass valve that must be opened to relieve the pressure before the machine and weld can be inspected.”

“It is our recommendation that when the welder is operating the unit’s control box, there must be no interference by a second person in the welding zone, due to safety risks associated with high pressure and temperatures,” cautions Chamont. “We always ask our clients to ensure that only one person operates the unit during the welding process,” he says.

“The Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 embodies cutting edge German technology in the field of plastic pipe butt-welding. With its generous features and scope for adaptability and adoption of optional extras, we a proud to carry a range of machinery that speaks the language of Plasti-Tech’s customer base across sub-Saharan Africa,” Chamont concludes.

All Hürner welding machine repairs and maintenance are conducted at Plasti-Tech Piping Systems’ workshop by a trained technician.

About Plasti-Tech Piping Systems

Plasti-Tech Piping Systems provides world class thermoplastic piping systems and related products to the construction, civil, mining, irrigation, plumbing, gas and water-works industries in southern and sub-Saharan Africa. Specialising in High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), PE100, Polypropylene (PP), PP-R, electrofusion (EF), compression fittings and welding products, Plasti-Tech offers a comprehensive solution for all related pipe products.

Ensuring quality of an international standard, Plasti-Tech distributes European-manufactured products for Hürner welding machines, Bänninger moulded fittings, HSK extruders and wedge welders, and Nupigeco EF and compression fittings.

Plasti-Tech was founded in 2011 by Managing Member, Bradley Chamont. With over a decade of experience and networks in the plastic industry, Chamont has grown Plasti-Tech into a thriving business with a team that has a combined total of sixty years’ experience in the industrial thermoplastic piping industry, making Plasti-Tech South Africa’s one-stop solution for all piping products.

Plasti-Tech Piping Systems contact:

Brad Chamont
Tel: +27 (0) 11 609 5511
Cell: +27 (0) 82 471 5757
Email: brad@plasti.co.za
Web: www.plastitech.co.za

Media contact:

Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: +27 (0) 79 5494
Cell: +27 (0) 73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za



PRESS RELEASE

USUTHU WATER PURIFICATION PLANT EXPANDS FOR INCREASED OUTPUT

[Johannesburg, 30 May 2017]: Zululand District Municipality is currently in the process of expanding its Usuthu Water Purification Plant to increase output by 20 mega-litres per day. Plasti-Tech Piping Systems, supplier of world class thermoplastic piping systems and related products to industry in southern and sub-Saharan Africa, has been commissioned to supply the expansion project with a range of piping, custom fittings and flanges.

Based in Nongoma in KwaZulu-Natal, the water purification plant, along with reservoir and access road, was first commissioned in 2015 as part of a long-term project established by the Zululand District Municipality to address the water and sanitation needs of the community.

According to a report by the Vryheid Herald, as quoted in an article by Infrastructurene.ws & Service Delivery, the municipality’s then Mayor Mpiyakhe Hlatshwayo commented, “This (project) forms part of our programmes to deliver water services to our communities which has been suffering for some time. The situation was aggravated by the severe drought that continues to affect the whole district and the province of KwaZulu-Natal. We hope the construction of the purification plant will help resolve water challenges within the Nongoma area.”

“The Usuthu Water Purification Project in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal has called for a plant expansion to increase water purification and supply output by 20 mega-litres per day,” says Bradley Chamont, Plasti-Tech Managing Member, who adds, “This has necessitated the involvement of civils, mechanical and electrical services and supply, overseen by project stakeholders, Isimo Project Engineers, Stefanutti Stocks and Water Purification Chemical & Plant (WPCP), who have been in the water treatment works business for 15 years.”

Plasti-Tech is mandated to supply HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) pipes in diameters of 500 mm, 710 mm, 800 mm and 900 mm PN8; HDPE fabricated fittings in diameters of 500 mm, 710 mm, 800 mm and 900 mm; and galvanised flanges of 500 mm, 710 mm and 900 mm in diameter, comprising in total a R1.8 M supply of piping and ancillaries to the R19 M project.

“Plasti-Tech has been in the business of supplying HDPE locally produced SANS / ISO 4427 SAPPMA approved piping and importing HDPE fittings and welding equipment for the past seven years. With extensive expertise in this field coupled with excellent pricing and lead times on delivery, it made sense that we were chosen to supply the HDPE piping and fittings to this project,” remarks Chamont, concluding, “We are proud to have played a role in a project that has not only enhanced the current water supply infrastructure to the people of Nongoma, but whose legacy will serve this community for many years to come.”

The Usuthu Water Purification Plant expansion project, which created employment for 10 WPCP employees and a thermoplastic butt-welding specialist, commenced in January 2017 and is due for completion in September 2017.

Reference:

Frankson, Liesl. ‘Contractors Raring to go on Usuthu Water Purification project’. Infrastructurene.ws &Service Delivery. www.infrastructurene.ws/2016/02/09/contractors-raring-to-go-on-usuthu-water-purification-project/# Posted: 9 February 2016. Accessed: 19 May 2017.

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About Plasti-Tech Piping Systems

Plasti-Tech Piping Systems provides world class thermoplastic piping systems and related products to the construction, civil, mining, irrigation, plumbing, gas and water-works industries in southern and sub-Saharan Africa. Specialising in High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) PE100 pipes, fittings and welding equipment, Plasti-Tech offers a comprehensive solution for all related pipe products.

Ensuring quality of an international standard, Plasti-Tech distributes European-manufactured products for Hürner welding technologies, Bänninger butt-weld and electrofusion fittings.

Plasti-Tech was founded in 2011 by Managing Member, Bradley Chamont. With over a decade of experience and networks in the plastic industry, Chamont has grown Plasti-Tech into a thriving business with a team that has a combined total of sixty years’ experience in the industrial thermoplastic piping industry, making Plasti-Tech South Africa’s one-stop solution for all piping products.

Plasti-Tech Piping Systems contact:

Brad Chamont
Tel: +27 (0) 11 609 5511
Cell: +27 (0) 82 471 5757
Email: brad@plasti.co.za
Web: www.plastitech.co.za

Media contact:

Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: +27 (0) 79 5494
Cell: +27 (0) 73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za