Key takeaways from this article on MLC Press Connections
• In order to overcome this issue, the Uponor MLC system comes equipped with a joint inspection window for full reviewing capabilities
• Uponor recently implemented an MLC system in the iconic Strand Palace Hotel in London, UK.
This type of connection failure is caused by the pipe not being installed to the correct depth.
The perils of full bore detachment
Traditional metal press systems completely rely on the installing engineer following an exact process, which includes the use of measuring gauges and calibrated equipment to ensure installation failures are eliminated. When looking at a major residential or commercial project which includes hundreds of connections, it is easy to see how installation errors occur when the process is not followed with 100% accuracy.
These "errors" are "ticking time bombs", as the pipe could become detached at any time from the fitting. We already know what the consequences of this can be!
What are the alternatives?
Recognising the issues surrounding metal press connections, Uponor have developed an alternative way to create a secure joint that can be easily be reviewed following an installation. We call it our Multi-Layer Composite Pipe (MLCP) system, which comes equipped with a joint inspection window for peace of mind (see above).
As an additional point of security, the foil surrounding the fittings will peel away once a secure joint has been made. So there is no need to leave the site in two minds.
The MLCP system offers the best of both worlds, as the plastic outer core ensures greater flexibility in tight installation spots and the aluminium core provides a form stable base.
Learn more about the MLCP System
1) MLCP and the S-Press Plus range
2) How copper press connections compare to MLCP
3) MLCP supporting literature
4) Projects where MLCP has been used
And if you would like to discuss how the MLCP solution can be included on your next project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Strand Palace Hotel, London
Built in 1907, the iconic Strand Palace Hotel required a refurb to its plumbing system. The aim was implement a solution which would provide long term joint security and no risk of leakages.
After early engagement with the M&E Contractor (Working Environments), Uponor delivered an MLCP solution to provide hot and cold water to each room. The MLCP solution was chosen due to many different reasons- joint security technology, minimal number of connections and its immunity to the ravages of corrosion.
The project is due to be finished in 2020 and you can read more about it below. We hope to work with Working Environments across many different projects in the coming years