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Friday, 20 December 2013

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

The IPS Christmas Party

Behind the scenes the IPS staff have been beavering away all year to consistently deliver the excellent service that we're known for; so tomorrow night we'll all be enjoying a well earned treat!

We'll be going to Ramside Hall for the 2013 IPS Directors and Staff Christmas Party.

With a 'Cabaret de Paris Meets Vegas' theme and a lovely Christmas dinner menu, it looks like we've got a great night in store!

Monday, 16 December 2013

Factory Mutual (FM) Approved Polyethylene Piping

Factor Mutual (FM) Approval is a internationally acknowledged third-party certification which approves products that have been rigorously tested and have be found to have high loss prevention standards.

The FM approval means that the pipes and fittings correspond to the highest requirements – ensuring consistent quality of the product range - achieved by means of a third party audit undertaken by FM.

AGRU – Frank was the first European manufacturer to achieve FM Approval for High Density Polyethylene (PE100) pipes and fittings for the underground fire protection service. 

PE100 piping is ideal for buried applications. It is very ductile and will withstand very unfavourable ground conditions. Additionaly PE100 is easy to install using a simple butt fusion or electro-fusion welding methods.

It is common for industrial and automotive groups to require FM approval for infrastructure piping systems within their factories. This need can now be satisfied with a comprehensive range of AGRU PE100 approved pipes and fittings. The FM approval has been issued for the dimension range 63mm to 400mm, and it includes a wide range of fittings. And the system is approved for use up to a service pressure of 12 bar.

IPS stock the complete range of FM approved AGRU piping systems together with documentation, as well as welding equipment for butt or electro fusion jointing.

If you require welder training, we are also able to provide this on request.

Friday, 13 December 2013


How long between ordering and dispatch?

For stock items: All orders placed before 4.30pm on weekdays will be dispatched the same day.
For non-stock items: Orders will be dispatched within 7 days.
For specially fabricated products: Orders will be dispatched within 14 days.

How long will delivery take?

Customers in most parts of the UK will revive their order within 24 hours. For More remote areas such as the Scottish Highlands, Islands, and Ireland delivery takes a little longer, if you live in one of these areas contact us for specific details.

How much is the delivery charge?

We charge £13.50 plus VAT for all standard deliveries, regardless of the size of the order.

Is next day delivery available?

We offer next day AM delivery at a charge of £19.50 plus VAT. For deliveries with specific requirements please contact our office.

Is VAT included in prices?

All of our prices exclude VAT.

What are your opening hours?

The office is open 8.30am until 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Is training available?

We are happy to provide off-site or on-site training to customers. Please enquire for details.

How can I be assured of quality?

IPS Flow Systems has complete ISO9001:2008 accreditation and operates an environmental management system that is accredited to ISO14001. 

You will only every receive deliveries from IPS Flow Systems and never from third parties.

Our products are manufactured by world leading manufacturers who operate to UK, EU and International standards and to ISP9001 quality systems.

We've built a strong reputation for quality products and excellent customer service. 

What is your return policy?

If you are in anyway dissatisfied with our product, or have found on receipt that you have ordered incorrectly, call our customer service team within 7 days to arrange return and full refund for "as new" products. (This excludes custom-made, non-stock or specially ordered items.)

Friday, 6 December 2013

AGRUAIR - A Compressed Air Piping System

Compressed air is used throughout industry as an economical source of clean energy. An leaks in a compressed air system cause energy loss, which reduces efficiency and leaks can lower the air quality. 

A thermoplastic piping system can offer a number of key advantages for compressed air systems. In particular, thermoplastic pippng resists corrosion, it is easy to handle and beadless welding creates a completely smooth inner bore, resulting in a minimal pressure drop across the system.

In the case external impact, the thermoplastic material will prevent cracks forming which could otherwise destroy the piping system if it were made from a more brittle material. AGRUAIR also has excellent chemical resistance - especially to compressor oils.

AGRUAIR piping systems are specifically designed for the transportation of compressed air in industrial environments. Manufactured from PE100 polyethylene, this high quality piping system has a wide range of sizes and component parts to satisfy the most demanding of applications. 

These systems are joined by socket fusion welding by hand-held, bench mounted tools, or by electro-fusion welding. The joints will remain leak-proof for the lifetime of the installation. 

This piping system can also be connected to other materials and equipment using special fittings complete with metal male or female threaded parts that can be used as transition fittings.

This range includes pipes, valves and fittings in diameters from 20mm to 110mm. AGRUAIR is designed for a maximum operating pressure of 16 Bar (PN16) (this includes a safety factor of 2.0 - the required factor for pressurised gaseous media).

Monday, 2 December 2013

AgruSafe Double Containment

Double containment pipes (aslo known as secondary containment pipes) are needed when a system deals with regulated substances, waste or hazardous substances. 

A double containment piping system consists of two pipes, one inside another. The inner pipe carries the substance and is called the carrier pipe, the outer pipe is called the containment pipe and its purpose is to protect the carrier pipe.

AgruSafe is available in Polypropylene, PVDF, Polyethylene and ECTFE (Halar). It is manufactured by AGRU using the latest production and fabrication techniques to ensure maximum system integrity.
Double containment is needed for industrial and process waste lines as well as for pressurised transfer piping. Typical applications are found in pharmaceutical and semi-conductor plants, steel mills, plating shops, or in the chemical and nuclear industries.

AgruSafe is available with carrier pipe sizes as small as DN 25mm. The standard range features carrier pipe diameters in sizes up to DN 250mm, but it is also commonly manufactured in larger sizes up to 600mm.

The standard butt-fusion welding technique is used when the carrier and containment pipes of the same material are used. In this case welding of the carrier and containment pipe take place simultaneously.

AgruSafe systems are available in a variety of pressure ratings - up to 16 Bar (PN16) - to suit the application.

For the most cost effecting system make use of the wide range of pressure rated pipe and fittings - for example PN 3.2, PN 6 or PN 10.

If you require more information about AgruSafe or if you would like to talk to our sales team, please contact us or use the details on the right.

Friday, 29 November 2013

PURAD - High Purity Piping Systems

PURAD is an abbreviation of "pure advantage" and is the name given to the family of AGRU high purity thermoplastic materials. This family include welding systems, semi-finished products and even CAD design software to design 3D piping layouts.

In many critical process applications high purity fluid flow systems are essential. These processes include semiconductor manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. These demanding applications require the highest purity pipes, fittings and valves, which, after installation ensure that the piping system is 100% contamination free.

The materials the PURAD family are PP, Polypure PP natural, PVDF and ECTFE. The guarantee of high quality is achieved with by a rigorously controlled manufacturing process, that is documented
comprehensively from raw material through to finished components.

PURAD - the “pure advantage”, is your assurance of the finest high integrity thermoplastic piping components and semi-finished products. To find out more about PURAD, contact us.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Electrically Conductive Pipes That Reduce Static Risk

Static builds up when two surfaces that are not electrically conductive rub together. In certain situations where volatile media or dry substances are being conveyed, the risk of static discharge from pipes can be potentially dangerous

To control and safely discharge static electricity, special grades of electrically conductive Polyethylene and Polypropylene pipe should be used.

Electrically conductive pipes are designed to be used for piping systems in plant engineering, these specialist polymer products are an increasingly popular alternative choice for this application due to their safety.

Electrically conductive systems are available in three materials: Polypropylene electro-conductive PP-el); Polyethylene electro-conductive (PEHD-el); and Polypropylene flame retardant and electro-conductive (PPR-s-el). A full range of pipping system parts are available in each of these materials; including pipes, fittings and semi-finished products.
The range of fittings includes flanges, tees, bends and reducers.
The dimensions of these pipes range from 32mm in diameter to 1200mm - in standard lengths of 5m. A choice of pressure ratings from PN3.2 to PN10 are also available. Our range of fittings - manufactured using injection moulding - are available in sizes up to 315mm. 

As is the case with all of our AGRU pipes, strict control of incoming raw materials and a sophisticated production systems ensures that all materials are completely traceable. This can be demonstrated with certificates according to EN10204.

Typical applications for PPR-s-el, PP-el & PEHD-el include:

  • Piping and tanks in explosion-proof rooms
  • Process plant construction
  • Suction and exhaust piping systems
  • Piping systems for solids
  • Piping systems for aggressive media
  • Degassing piping systems in waste disposal facilities
  • Linking tanks and containers
  • Mining applications