Acrobat™ 315 Pipe Fusion Machine features trigger-released lock.

Press Release Summary:

Acrobat™ 315 Pipe Fusion Machine is suitable for polypropylene materials up to 315mm and polyethylene pipes. Unit can be paired with two hydraulic power units and is available in low and high force configurations. Product is suitable for fusing in low-drag situations or thinner-walled pipe. Machine features motor, heater and guide rod latching system and is compatible with DataLogger®.

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McElroy Releases the Acrobat™ 315

The new McElroy Acrobat 315 is helping meet the demand for larger polypropylene pipe fusion capability up to 315mm (12”) while offering low- and high-force options for polyethylene pipe. The compact, lightweight machine caters to the HVAC, plumbing and mechanical industry as well as the underground/construction world. It functions as easily indoors in tight work spaces as it does outdoors in the smallest trenches.

“We’re excited to offer a design with such broad appeal and are working diligently to build on these innovations as we grow the Acrobat line for larger pipe sizes,” said Jason Lawrence, director of product development at McElroy.

The Acrobat 315 is a versatile machine for the polyethylene industry; it can be paired with two different hydraulic power units (HPUs) to meet the maximum system pressure desired. There are also two options for carriage pressure configurations: low force, for fusing in low-drag situations or with thinner-walled pipe; and high-force, for fusing in high drag and vertical applications. Both allow the operator to preset the facing, heating and fusing pressures.

Unique to the 315 is the design of the facer which features a motor and gear reduction which creates a lightweight, compact assembly that is balanced for use in many orientations; it also has a trigger-released lock to secure it in the carriage during use.

All Acrobat 315 models share benefits that make it ideal in environments using polypropylene or polyethylene pipe. The carriage converts from 4 to 3 jaws to further reduce the size of its footprint; narrow jaws allow fusions to most flanges and fittings. A lightweight heater and guide rod latching system helps reduce operator fatigue. Compatibility with the DataLogger® makes it possible to record joint data for analysis and added assurance that joints were fused properly.

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About McElroy

McElroy is the leading manufacturer of the industry’s most complete line of fusion equipment for joining thermoplastic pipe such as high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene. We have butt, saddle and socket fusion machines for every application whether underground or in the building from 1/2” CTS to 2000mm OD. We also offer a complete line of accessories that can increase productivity and efficiency on the jobsite. Our commitment to the industry includes an extensive training program through McElroy University to ensure that operators and inspectors develop best practices in the quality and reliability of fused pipe systems.

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