McElroy Develops Innovative Pipeline Technology Tool

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McElroy has released the first all-in-one fusion tool for outlet fusion of polypropylene pipe — the Hornet™. The patent-pending Hornet helps installers maintain perfect alignment of the pipe and fitting for more efficient and accurate fusions in less time and strain compared to manual methods.

“It’s exciting to offer a machine that did not exist in this marketplace until now,” said Jason Lawrence, Director of Product Development for McElroy. “In the past, outlet fusion was a painstaking process done by hand so this is a huge leap forward. The Hornet makes it easier and faster because it’s doing all the work.”

The unique, “V-base” design of the Hornet allows it to self-align on the center of the main pipe. A slide-mounted precision carriage guides the drilling of the outlet hole and fusion of the fitting — keeping everything perfectly aligned to produce consistent and accurate fusions.

With a small footprint and weighing only 13 pounds, the Hornet can perform outlet fusions in any orientation — making it ideal for overhead and vertical fusions in tight spaces.

The Hornet is compatible with all McElroy socket heaters and fusion outlet adapters for polypropylene pipe from 20mm to 63mm on mains up to 630mm. Each socket adapter is Teflon-coated for durability and long-lasting life. The Hornet uses small McElroy heaters that feature a micro-processor control and dial thermometer for precise, reliable temperature.

Designed to withstand tough environments, the Hornet also comes with an industry-leading five-year warranty.

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