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Thursday, 25 June 2015

BlazeMaster - How Fire Sprinklers Work

For more than 20 years now, IPS Flow Systems has been instrumental in the development of CPVC Fire Sprinkler Systems in the UK and Ireland and it's fair to say there is now widespread acceptance of this system as opposed to more traditional materials, especially in the domestic and residential fire sprinkler market.

The CPVC system is fully tested and approved by UL, FM and LPCB, as well as being accepted by all leading insurers. In the UK the product has also been tested and is listed by WRAS for use with wet fire sprinkler systems.

The short video below (courtesy of The Lubrizol Corporation) might help dispel some of the urban myths surrounding the installation of fire sprinklers and how they operate in a real-life fire situations.

Here at IPS Flow Systems we hold substantial stocks of pipes, fittings, hangers, valves, controls, accessories and just about anything else you think you might need to install a fire sprinkler system!
All orders placed before 4.30pm can be delivered to your works or site address the very next day - either on our own fleet of vehicles or our appointed national carriers.

IPS Flow Systems is the only company in the UK who can offer certified installer training, accredited by SGS under ISO 9001.  Once approved, all installers are given an individual photo ID skill card which can be carried on to site for inspection by the relevant authorities.  

Please feel free to register on our dedicated fire sprinkler website at

For further information on this system or any of our other product ranges, please call our sales office on +44 (0)191 5213111 or email to

And finally, please remember - FIRE SPRINKLERS SAVE LIVES!


Monday, 1 June 2015

Water Sewerage and Waste Exhibition - Scotland

We're looking forward to Thursday this week when we will be showing off our latest exhibition stand at the Scottish WS&W Exhibition at
MacDonald Inchyra Hotel
Just off Junction 5 on the M9
Grange Road

The stand is dedicated to the latest addition to our product range, the innovative Kessel hybrid drainage system. Our product manager Dave Whalley will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, and will be conducting live demonstrations of the unique technology.

The show runs from 10am to 3pm and all visitors receive complimentary drinks and lunch. You will also be entered into a draw to win a £250 cash prize.

We look forward to seeing you.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Love is in the Air!

Our congratulations go to one of our warehouse team, Kevin Callaghan, who is marrying his lovely fiancé, Laura today.

Kevin joined us as a fresh faced 18 year old in September 2003 and has become an important part of the warehouse operation. At 6 feet 7 inches tall, Kevin is a gentle giant of a man, and is the only member of the team who doesn’t need to worry about the “Working at Height” regulations – steps are unnecessary for him!

Kevin and Laura have been together for 7 years, and live in Penshaw, just outside Sunderland. As Laura is quite tall as well, there’s every chance that, should there be the patter of tiny feet, they may be rather large “Tiny” feet!

We wish Kevin and Laura a long and happy marriage.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Newly Refurbished Trade Counter Office

In today's fast track world, and with more and more local companies collecting their orders on the same day, we thought it would be nice to try and make our trade counter collection area more inviting and ultimately, make the whole experience of purchasing from IPS Flow Systems a more enjoyable one for our customers.

Over the course of the last few weeks and months, we have decorated the office and installed glass display cabinets and literature stands to promote our new and existing product lines.  If you follow our blog on a regular basis, then you will know we have recently introduced two new product lines - namely Kessel Hybrid Drainage Systems from Germany and RM Press-fit lightweight metallic piping systems from Italy.

Samples of these, together with some of our more well established product lines are now on display and our experienced counter staff are on hand to answer your questions on any of our product lines.

We always try to pick and pack your orders as quickly as possible and in the unlikely event that you have to wait for 5 or 10 minutes, we have installed a drinks vending machine so if you are calling in to collect your order, please feel free to have a tea, coffee, soup, hot chocolate, or Bovril on us!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Newly Refurbished Training Room

Do you have the necessary skills to install plastic piping systems?

Here at IPS Flow Systems we have developed our own purpose built training facility and we provide installer training in all aspects of thermoplastic welding.

From basic solvent cement welding through to the latest infra-red high purity welding technology, we can guide you through all the correct welding protocols.

For our CPVC Fire Sprinkler Systems we also offer certified installer training, accredited under ISO 9001 and this can be carried out at our Head Office or alternatively at our customers' site address.

If you would like any further information regarding any of our training programmes, please contact us via email to or alternatively call us directly on +44 (0)191 5213111.

Friday, 20 March 2015

IPS and Kessel – taking our product range to a new level

We are certainly keeping ourselves busy in our 25th year!
Just a few weeks after introducing the RacMet range of Pressfit fittings, we have added the Kessel range of drainage products to our portfolio.

Once again this marks a departure from our established product ranges, and reinforces our commitment to developing the company to see us through the next 25 years.

The Partnership between IPS and Kessel brings together the UK’s Leading Industrial Pipe Systems Supplier and the highly regarded German Drainage Product Manufacturer. Focusing predominantly on Hybrid Drainage and Back Water Protection Products, IPS and Kessel will be working with UK Water Companies, Drainage Engineers and Contractors alike to provide a complete service from consultation and system design, through training on installation, repair and maintenance, to supply, commissioning instruction and after sales support, giving our customer true added value and a route to supply they can trust.

Dave Whalley, our newly appointed Kessel Product Manager, would be delighted to come along and introduce this innovative range to you. He can be contacted on 07469 859871 or by e-mail Alternatively, if you would like some information on the Kessel product, please contact our sales team.

Meet Dave Whalley National Product Manager Kessel Drainage

For the second time this year here at IPS Flow Systems we are expanding our range, by becoming the premier distributor for KESSEL Drainage Products in the UK. We are delighted to welcome aboard Dave Whalley, who as our KESSEL National Product Manager, will be responsible for developing sales in Backwater Protection, Pumping and Hybrid Drainage Systems. Working closely with all the UK Water Companies, Drainage Consultant Engineers and Contractors, Dave will use his considerable experience to help our customers to deliver reliable, cost effective and sustainable solutions for the protection of properties from internal flood through the waste water network. 

We will be providing further details regarding this product very soon, but in the meantime we thought it would be good for Dave to introduce himself to you.

“Hi I’m Dave Whalley, I’m 46 and though originally from Cheshire, I’m now living in Pickering on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. A Design and Technology graduate, I’ve been working in the construction industry for over 15 years, as a Design Engineer,  Bid Manager,  in Business Development, Specification Sales, and now Product Management. I’ve always been involved in drainage, but for the last three years my focus has been on Internal Flood Protection Systems, Small Package Pumping Stations and the KESSEL range of products.

I’ve travelled in South East Asia, South Africa, and lived and worked in Spain and Belgium, but now with my feet firmly on the ground, I share my lovely house in the hills with six dogs, two cats and my fabulous long suffering partner Julie. When I’m not working, I like to spend my time with the gang at home, hiking, normally on the North Yorkshire Moors or in the Lake District where I have family. “

We are confident that, Dave will be a fantastic ambassador for IPS and Kessel and are looking forward to seeing this new side to our business develop and prosper.