Press Release Summary:
Available with two hydraulic power units for providing fusion pressures up to 800 PSI or 1,500 PSI, Acrobat™ 180 Butt Fusion Machine is designed for underground/construction market. Capable of butting fuses 63mm to 180mm HDPE pipe and fittings, unit is suitable for in-ditch work and tie-in fusions. Product is built with hard-anodized aluminum surfaces.
Original Press Release:
McElroy introduces the Acrobat™ 180
The McElroy Acrobat — a hydraulic butt fusion machine originally designed for the plumbing and mechanical industry — is now available for the underground/construction market.
Priced competitively, the Acrobat 180 is ideal for those interested in a reliable, easy-to-use machine. It butt fuses 63mm to 180mm (2” IPS to 6” DIPS) HDPE pipe and fittings with a variety of pressure ratings. With its light weight, it can be carried from joint to joint but still maintains the same rugged reliability expected of any McElroy butt fusion machine.
The Acrobat 180 is the perfect tool for in-ditch work and tie-in fusions and provides a cost-effective alternative to electrofusion which requires the purchase of additional fittings. It functions in tight work spaces by removing the base and converting the carriage from 4 to 3 jaws. The top jaws can even be removed for easier manipulation around pipe and fittings.
“The Acrobat 180 is a sophisticated machine that is easy to operate at the same time,” said Jason Lawrence, Director of Product Development. “While the capabilities of the machine are impressive, it is not intimidating. It was engineered from the user’s perspective and what they need to meet the demands of their job.”
Two Hydraulic Power Unit (HPU) options are available to provide fusion pressures up to 800 PSI or 1,500 PSI. Both HPUs allow the operator to easily pre-set the carriage, facer and heater pressures — eliminating repetitive adjustments between operations. Both HPUs offer a smart design so that both the heater and facer plug into the HPU, allowing the entire machine to draw power from only one receptacle.
The Acrobat 180 is also compatible with the DataLogger® for joint reporting and quality assurance which is a growing requirement on jobsites today.
McElroy machines are built to last with hard-anodized aluminum surfaces that prevent corrosion. They come with an industry-leading 5-year warranty.
For more information, please visit the McElroy website at mcelroy.com.
Founded in 1954, McElroy has grown from a two-person startup in an Oklahoma garage to the industry leader in the science of joining thermoplastic pipe. The name McElroy is recognized worldwide as the most reliable, efficient, rugged and technically-advanced fusion equipment in the world. McElroy holds dozens of U.S. and foreign patents on fusion-related equipment. The company credits its marketplace leadership to an unyielding focus toward excellence.
PR and Marketing Department