Australia embracing the benefits of press-fit technology
Improved on-site safety, enhanced joint performance and finish and time-efficient installation – the benefits of press fit technology make it very clear as to why this joining method is fast gaining ground in Australia and across the world.
Growing industry use of ”˜press fit’ technology has been a major trend in Europe for many years. And there is now an increasing use of the technology in Australia, particularly since the world leader in pressing technology, Viega introduced the Propress system eight years ago.
This system integrates state-of-the-art press-fit technology and purpose designed fittings, offering its users myriad benefits. The consistent pressing force delivered by the pressing tool ensures a secure, permanent, non-detachable connection.
Viega’s Propress system has been used across the globe for some incredible projects, including the Statue of Liberty, the Pentagon and the acclaimed cruise liner Serenade of the Seas.
In Australia, the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, the Gold Coast University Hospital and the 25-level Istana apartment building in Melbourne’s CBD are just a few large scale projects that have used Propress.
The stand out feature of Viega’s press fit technology is that it completely eliminates the need for brazing of joints, resulting in total elimination of heat, gas and flame from the worksite. This means improved on-site safety, plus huge savings in installation time.
The safety aspect was a key reason why the Viega Propress system was chosen for the Array Tower project at Docklands in Melbourne. Welding was the initial consideration for the extensive pipework system, however it would have been the source of major OH&S issues. Viega’s Propress system does not pose these risks to workers on site.
With the system enjoying continuing popularity, Viega has introduced their new range of stainless steel press connections into Australia. A great alternative to copper installations, the Sanpress Inox range is made of high-alloyed non-rusting stainless steel and can be used for residential, industrial and gas installations.
Viega has recently released the new Pressgun5 press tool, which is more lightweight and compact – and perfect for installations where space is tight, such as in a shift or cavity.
Worldwide, more than 3500 people are employed by the Viega Group, which is among the leading manufacturers of installation technology. Viega is working to continue its long-term success at nine locations. While production is concentrated at its four main sites in Germany, the McPherson/USA group manufactures solutions specially designed for the North American market. Installation technology as a core skill drives growth forward. Pre-wall and drainage technology belong to the product range alongside piping systems. The range consists of approximately 17,000 articles, which are used nearly everywhere: in building services installations, in utilities or in industrial plant construction and shipbuilding.
The family-owned business was founded in Attendorn, Germany, in 1899. In the 1960s, the course was set for the internationalisation of the group. Viega brand products are used all over the world. Distribution mainly takes place via sales and marketing organisations in the respective countries.
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