Fusion Services and Rental
Having the right equipment for the job is just as important as having the right pipe, fittings and fabrications. That's why ISCO offers the industry's largest selection of HDPE fusion equipment available from the best manufacturers - for purchase or rental. ISCO Industries is also part of McElroy's Certified Rental Program.
Whatever your fusion job, we have the equipment. We offer McElroy fusion rental and sale options, such as:
- McElroy Butt Fusion Equipment
- McElroy Socket Fusion Equipment
- McElroy Sidewall Fusion Equipment
Plus additional fusion equipment and accessories such as:
- Electrofusion Equipment
- Handheld Extrusion Welders
- Hot Air Guns
- Spark Testers
Trained technicians and jobsite training
We can also provide experienced, factory-trained fusion technicians to accompany any purchased or leased machine for on-site training nationwide. These technicians are also OSHA and Confined Space Certified.
Fusion help is a phone call away!
Need help fast? Customers can call our Fusion Troubleshooting Hotline at 1-800-345-4726 • Ext. 4790. Qualified fusion technicians are on hand Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.(EST) to 7:00 p.m.(EST) M-F to answer any questions about equipment operation, fusion techniques or to address problems.
Typically, polyethylene pipe and fittings are connected by means of butt fusion, which is done by utilizing a fusion machine that holds the pipe &/or fitting in a stationary position. A facer that has a cutting blade then trims the ends to be mated. A heater plate is positioned between the ends to be connected. The heater is then removed and the ends are brought together and allowed to cool.
By following the manufacturers' recommendations for butt fusion, the weld becomes as strong as the pipe itself. It is even possible to pull several hundred feet or more of HDPE pipe after it has been butt fused together, since you actually have created a section of monolithic pipe.
Electrofusion is a simple, cost-effective method for joining HDPE pipe. As an alternative to butt fusion, electrofusion is ideal for repairs and difficult connections of HDPE pipe. It has been successfully and cost effectively used for applications such as pipe bursting, slip lining, dual containment, directional drilling, and manhole connections.
Electrofusion couplings are available in a wide-range of sizes. Other fittings available in electrofusion are self-tapping tees, branch saddles, and high-volume tapping tees.
ISCO stocks electrofusion processors for sale or lease at multiple ISCO locations.
Extrusion welding of HDPE is a typical welding procedure. Before welding begins, the surface of the polyethylene must be ground down, to expose the virgin HDPE. A spark test wire may be placed in the groove; this will be used to later test the quality of the weld. Now the extrusion gun is set in place and it begins to extrude a bead of molten polyethylene. Super-heated air is forced out the nozzle, melting the surface. Molten polyethylene is then forced out of the extruder, where it bonds with the surface. A spark tester is used to test the integrity of the weld seam. The extrusion weld creates a molecular bond between the sections of polyethylene.