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Pipe fusion quality assurance tools

Pipe fusion quality assurance tools

McElroy recently introduced the latest version of the DataLogger series of quality assurance tools. The DataLogger 4 is a new, smaller version that records and documents key parameters of the pipe fusion process.

McElroy DataLoggers are cost-effective devices that are used to verify that the proper pipe fusion procedures have been followed prior to installation. The device consists of a rugged, handheld computer for recording and navigating the data, as well as a data-collection unit that records fusion pressure over time.

The DataLogger 4 has a wide range of enhancements over previous models. One of the major additions is FusionGuide, a feature designed to give a faster visual “go/no-go” interpretation of the graphs presented on the handheld computer and the PC after data download. A trained inspector could look at the generated graphs and determine if a fusion joint was fused with the correct pressures and times according to published standards.

Fusion technicians will also appreciate a smaller size, internal battery within the handheld computer that powers all the included DataLogger equipment, twice the screen resolution as previous models, and a coiled cord between the pressure sensor data-collection unit and the handheld computer that extends to four feet long and stores at a smaller two feet long. The pressure sensor has a 0 to 3,000 PSI pressure range. Technicians will also be able to provide temperature readings using their own preference of pyrometer.

“The new DataLogger 4 is a huge step in the progression of our quality assurance tools,” said Chip McElroy, president and chief executive officer of McElroy. “This DataLogger has many of the world’s fusion standards built into the software. That will help more fusion technicians accurately fuse pipe to the standards chosen for their job.”

Besides cosmetic improvements, the DataLogger 4 will have worldwide appeal due to the multilingual options. English, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and Simplified Chinese are all installed and available for use with the DataLogger 4 software. The desktop computer software also supports these languages.