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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018 - Let's Do It All Over Again!

'Lets Go For Gold Together in 2018!

The Directors & Staff at IPS would like to wish all our customers and suppliers a Happy & Prosperous New Year!

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Quite Simply - Thank You! Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year !!

Wonder who booked the IPS Demo Van in the run up to Christmas?

Well Folks - That's Almost it for 2017!

Thank you to all of our customers old and new and to our supply partners for your continued support in 2017; it's been a great year!

We look forward to developing closer ties with you all to make 2018 better!

Watch out for information on the New IPS Handbook......

To register for a copy send your details to

Friday, 22 December 2017

IPS - Spreading Some Christmas Cheer to those In Need This Christmas!

Paul Carrol (Purchasing Dept.)

Yesterday we received a lovely hamper full of Italian goodies from one of our supply partners.

Well, we decided that since we had already had the company's annual free draw, to raise some money for a local charity - North East Help Link...

North East Help Link Trust (Ltd) is a charitable organisation, providing help and advice to homeless people throughout the North East of England.

Established in the early 1990's, the Trust provides regular meals for the homeless throughout the North East. In addition to this, they provide clothing and blankets, advice and a listening ear.

Quite often their clients  just need a helping hand for a short while to take them through what is probably the most difficult period of their life. I am sure that we would all like to think that if we were in desperate need of help someone would step up and offer a helping hand.

Thanks to all who entered we raised £85 which will go a little way to help the charity, help those in need this Christmas.  More importantly, it gives us the opportunity to increase the charities profile, in the hope that more people will come forward to help!

Thursday, 21 December 2017

IPS - Recognised as A Gold Standard Training Partner!

IPS is delighted to have been recognised as a Gold Standard Training Partner for its apprentice programme.  In 2017 IPS Flow Systems strengthened its team and committed to its future welcoming seven new colleagues into various departments across the business; amongst these were three apprentices..

Pictured: Jonathon Wilson, Rachael Watson & Kyle  Rowley
Working in conjunction with Profound Group Apprenticeship scheme the programme is work-based, aimed at meeting the needs of the employer whilst providing training, which leads to nationally recognised qualifications.

IPS have always been committed to staff training and are no strangers to receiving recognition for their contribution to employee development; in 2007 they were amongst the first companies to be awarded Investor In People - Gold Status.

David Stidolph, Operations Director said that 'we are delighted with the way all three have settled into their respective departments and we look forward to seeing further progress in 2018'.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

2017 - What A Year! Bring on 2018....

What a year 2017 has been!   

As we come to the end of 2017 we can look back on a number of key developments at IPS all aimed at improving our product range, customer offering and service.

So what happened during 2017?

In 2017 we exhibited at a number of exhibitions, including; Spatex, Ecobuild, Pump Centre Conference, Firex and UK Build.

Increasing Market Awareness at a number of exhibitions

We said hello - we welcomed a number of new colleagues across the business aimed at strengthening the team as we get ready for 2018 and beyond!  

Seven new colleagues - Purchasing, Sales, Warehouse & Ireland

Looking Ahead! - Terri Punchen (Purchasing Dept.) had twin boys (future employees??)

We introduced new products - In order to stay at the forefront of technology and innovation we introduced a couple of new product ranges...

New Products: Prevent Mist Nozzles & Agru IR Welding Machines

We cemented relationships - We visited a number of key supply partners.  Product knowledge has always been important here at IPS Flow Systems and this year our staff visited a number of suppliers to see at first hand how things are made.

Supplier training visits - Raccorderie Metalliche (RM), Serto & Agru.

We celebrated success - IPS successfully completed an audit by SGS to be certified to the new ISO9001:2015 & ISO14001/2015 Quality& Environment Standards.  We have always put quality at the heart of everything we do and the new standard sets a level of good practice that is recognised throughout the world’.

ISO9001:2015 & ISO14001:2015

We came to You!  Time is an expensive commodity and not everyone gets that opportunity to attend exhibitions, the IPS Demo Van was used a record number of times to support the training activities in a number of product areas during 2017. 

The van allows us to take IPS to customers and prospects and we are planning even more in 2018, if you would like to discuss a session, please contact our sales office.

We supported charity - Over the course of the year we took part in events designed to support a number of charities close to the hearts of our staff, we rode, we walked, we ate and we enjoyed ourselves - but most importantly, we gave!!

Vatterundan 300K Bike Ride (Muscular Dystrophy), MacMillan Cancer Care & Save The Children

What to look out for in 2018?

We will commit - Our commitment to our customers will be to continue to deliver exceptional service in every area of our business, building on the successes of 2017!

We will publish

Remember this????  

The IPS handbook has been a 'must have' source of information for over 25 years; we can now announce that our next handbook will be published early in the new year.

Watch out for more details on how to get one!

We will continue to come to you!

IPS Flow Systems - Demo van... on the road to you

A great way to keep up to date with the latest products and technology!

The IPS Flow Systems demo van in action

We are planning more activity with our demo van, which has turned out to be a valuable asset and has been out every month during 2017, carrying out ‘lunch & learn’ product demonstrations, mini-exhibitions, seminars and staff training.

To book a visit from the IPS Demo Van call Freephone: 0800 975 7971

Friday, 15 December 2017

Nobody Does Christmas Jumpers Like IPS - Or Do They?

Well the countdown to Christmas has officially started with Christmas jumper day again and even our demo van is in on the act!

The staff at IPS joined millions around the country to show off the very best in Christmas Jumper haute couture, all in a good cause raising money for #savethechildren.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Kessel Announce the Date of their next Webinar - and there's a surprise!!!!

Every Kessel Product is like opening a present....

The Kessel Holiday Edition Webinar will take place on Tuesday, December 19th at 09:00 am GMT.

The subject is – Non Return Flaps on Kessel lifting and pump stations.

Please click on this link and fill out the contact details to register:

If you register, you will receive an email with an access link to the webinar.

For those who have not taken part in one of these; they are very good, short and to the point and an ideal way of increasing your knowledge of the Kessel product range.

Since the holidays are right around the corner, it may make sense to tune in . . .
you never know what might be under the KESSEL Christmas tree!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Advantages of the WAR Non-Return Valve

Did you know that 50% of all flood damage is caused by the backflow of sewage into properties via the sanitary pipework? By putting something in place to prevent backflow you effectively cut your chances of flood by 50%.

What are the advantages of using the WAR non-return valve?

The WAR (Water and Rodent) non-return valve has different size fins allow it to be installed in clay or plastic drains of any size.

It has a shaped flap allows it to open on a 45 degree bend.

The unique flap design also means the flap doesn’t catch on the chamber walls – which could restrict its movement and operation.

There is a lockable flap that lets you to close off entry pipes to inspection chambers to allow maintenance to be carried out.
The WAR non-return valve stops backflow of effluent into properties, businesses and homes during flooding.

The WAR non-return valve will also stop rodents and noxious fumes from entering the property via the sanitary pipework. It stops rodents, frogs, snakes and other vermin from entering homes, businesses and other properties as the flap has an inbuilt stainless steel plate to stop rodents biting through, providing efficient pest control.

The WAR non-return valve can be reto-fitted into existing inspection chambers or pipe ends making it easy and simple to install with no DIY required.

It is simple and easy to install (less than 2 minutes).

Finally it's WRc tested and certified.

Who is the WAR non-return valve suited to?

It's ideally suited to the food and catering sector and hospitality sector.

It is extensively used in properties on flood plains.

Ideal for anyone with a rodent problem.

Perfect for anyone looking to protect their property from back flow and sewage.


For the ultimate protection against sewage backflow, rodents and noxious fumes use the WAR non-return valve which is available to buy at IPS Flow Systems with a 5 year guarantee. Quantity discounts available.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Do You Use BIM? We Want To Hear From You!

Click Here to Take Part

We would like to ask for your help with a small survey that we conducting on behalf of our supply partner, Kessel.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is now being used by companies as a more efficient method of designing, creating and maintaining assets. 

Kessel are considering the introduction of BIM files for their range of Pumping Stations, Back Water Protection Valves & Shower Drain Products and your help would be greatly appreciated – the survey should take no longer than 2-3 minutes and as a thank you we will enter you into a draw for a £100 Amazon Gift Card.

The Kessel range of drainage solutions is available from IPS Flow Systems - for further information please call our office on 0191 5213111

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Fire Sprinkler Myths and Facts

Fire sprinklers save lives. That's a fact. Yet there are many myths about fire sprinklers that might prevent installation of this life saver.

This blog article aims to dispel those myths whilst providing facts about fire sprinklers.

If you have any questions after reading this article feel free to contact one of our experienced sales team on UK: 0800 975 7971 or Ireland: 1800 936 556.

Fire Sprinkler Myths and Facts

There's a lot of myths about fire sprinklers that keeps people from installing them. Here are a few of the more common myths.

Myth: When one sprinkler goes off, they will all go off.
Fact: Only the sprinkler heads in the immediate vicinity of a fire will operate. Sprinklers are activated by a rise in temperature so only the sprinkler head closest to the fire will activate. Most fire sprinkler systems today are designed so that each sprinkler head activates individually. The only sprinkler that goes off in case of a fire is the one directly above the fire - keeping fire and water damage to a minimum. Water is sprayed directly on the fire, leaving the rest of the house dry and untouched. When there is a fire, around 85% of the time just one sprinkler is activated.

Myth: Sprinklers may go off accidentally.
Fact: It is practically impossible to 'accidentally' set off a fire sprinkler system. The sprinkler system is activated by concentrated heat alone - the kind of heat you get from a fire and not the smoke from buring the toast. And it's been estimated that only one in 16 million fire sprinkler systems have manufacturing defects - so it's very doubtful that your system will malfunction in this way.

Myth: Home fire sprinklers often leak.
Fact: Fire sprinkler leaks are very rare, and are no more likely than leaks from a plumbing system. A sprinkler is calibrated to activate when it senses a significant heat change. They don’t operate in response to smoke, cooking vapors, steam, or the sound of a smoke alarm.

Myth: Fire sprinklers are expensive to install.
Fact: When installed during new construction, sprinklers cost around 1% to 1.5% of the total build cost. Installing a sprinkler system in your home will cost about as much as installing new carpeting. They are more expensive than smoke alarms, but provide much more effective protection. Retro-fitting a fire sprinkler system in a property or high rise is also very cost effective.

Myth: Fire sprinkler systems are expensive to maintain.
Fact: Sprinklers must be inspected, tested, and maintained to ensure a high degree of reliability. However, fire sprinklers usually only need two maintenance visits a year by a contractor. Fire sprinkler systems will last the lifetime of a building without major replacement or refurbishment. The industry claims a service life of around 40 years, but it is well known that there are many sprinkler systems from the 1930s which are still operational.

Myth: A fire sprinkler system needs huge amounts of water to work effectively.
Fact: A sprinkler system typically uses a fraction of the water fire fighters use to put a fire out. A single sprinkler can take out most home fires by itself. By the time the fire department arrives at a burning home, the fire has usually grown to much larger proportions - and so thousands of litres of water are needed to control it.

Myth: A smoke alarm provides enough protection.
Fact: Smoke alarms are essential in all properties. They alert occupants to the presence of danger, but do nothing to extinguish the fire as they can only detect smoke. Fire sprinklers detect heat from the fire and automatically control it, saving lives and property. In a fire, sprinklers can control and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive. It's a common myth that a fire alarm alone can protect the occupants from fire. Actually, a fire alarm is often not as reliable as a fire sprinkler system.

Myth: Fire sprinkler heads are unattractive unsightly.
Fact: Many modern sprinkler heads can be flush mounted with walls or ceilings and can be concealed behind decorative covers. Sprinkler heads and covers come in a wide variety of colours to match your ceiling, and most manufacturers will custom-paint them on request.

Myth: Sprinklers are unreliable.
Fact: Every sprinkler head is individually tested: world records show that out of 16 million sprinklers installed every year, only 1 will fail.

Myth: The water damage caused by sprinklers will be more extensive than fire damage.
Fact: Water damage won't kill you. In a fire, sprinklers quickly control heat and smoke. Any water damage from the sprinkler will be much less severe than the damage caused by water from the fire department hoses. Fire departments use up to 10 times as much water to extinguish a home fire as fire sprinklers would use to extinguish the same fire.

Myth: Sprinkler systems are not practical in cold climates as the pipes will freeze and cause water damage.
Fact: With proper installation, sprinklers will not freeze. The sprinkler installation standards include a range of measures which can be incorporated in systems to prevent low temperatures impacting on the operation of sprinklers should there be a fire.

Myth: Newer homes are safer homes.
Fact: In a fire, unprotected lightweight construction used in many modern homes burns quicker and fails faster than traditional materials. New homes can contain modern furnishings made of synthetic materials, resulting in a greater fuel load, faster fire propagation, and a more toxic environment.

Fire Sprinkler Facts Summary

If the above myths and facts aren't enough to convince you of the benefits of sprinkler systems, here is a summary.

  • Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water directly on the fire.
  • 99% of fires are controlled by sprinklers alone.
  • Sprinklers do not go off accidentally, they will only operate if there is an actual fire.
  • Sprinkler heads can be completely concealed so are not unsightly.
  • Sprinkler systems do not need pumps or tanks if mains pressure is adequate.
  • Maintenance costs for fire sprinklers are very low.
  • Sprinklers save lives – and properties – and are the only devices which can detect a fire, sound the alarm, call the fire brigade and extinguish or control the fire.
  • Sprinklers are NOT expensive; normally costing around 1-2% of the cost of construction of a new building.
  • Home fire sprinklers can contain and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive on the scene.
  • Installing both smoke alarms and fire sprinklers reduces the risk of death in a home fire by 82%, relative to having neither.
  • Fire sprinklers use only a fraction of the water used by fire department hoses.
  • Sprinkler systems reduce greenhouse gasses emitted by a burning building by 98%.

You can read more about our CPVC fire sprinkler piping range here.

Have a question? Call our UK FREEPHONE number 0800 975 7971 or our Ireland number 1800 936 556.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

IPS declare 'WAR' on flooding with the Universal Fit - Water and Rodent Non Return Valve

Universal Fit Water and Rodent Non-Return Valve

50% of all flood damage is caused by backflow of sewers into properties via sanitary pipework.  The Universal Water & Rodent NRV is a simple, cost effective way to protect your property.

Advantages of using the Water & Rodent NRV...

It's fin design allows it to fit into both clay & plastic pipes

It's shaped flap will allow it to open - even on a bend!


It's lockable, to allow for maintenance.

For more information or to order visit our website

Universal Fit Water and Rodent Non-Return Valve

The Universal Fit Water and Rodent non-return valve is a simple, cost effective start in protecting our properties.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Fire Sprinklers save lives. So why is there still a price being put on peoples lives?

The effects of a fire can be devastating... loss of life, property damage, service disruption.

These things can all be avoided by retro-fitting Fire Sprinklers to vulnerable buildings such as high-rise buildings, commercial, industrial and some residential properties.

There is the misconception that fire sprinklers are expensive and cause disruption to residents and businesses. However this couldn't be further from the truth when installing a CPVC fire sprinkler system.

There are numerous benefits to using CPVC fire sprinklers including faster completion and less downtime. Plus buildings can still be occupied while CPVC fire sprinklers are being fitted.

CPVC fire sprinklers are an affordable solution that save lives.

"You simply can't put a price of peoples lives."

Fire Sprinklers save lives.
It is now estimated that 71 people lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower disaster.

According to the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Fire Association (BAFSA), it's estimated that the cost to fit fire sprinklers in the Grenfell Tower block would have only been in the region of £1,150 per flat. That's around £200k across all apartments. A small price to pay to prevent loss of life.

England's oldest hotel, built in 1769 was ruined by a fire in October 2016. The Royal Clarence Hotel, a historic landmark in Exeter is still closed today, a year after the blaze burnt it down. Plans have been submitted by the owner for the restoration of the hotel. We'd like to think that a fire sprinkler system is included in those plans.

Our children's lives are being put at risk every single day. Currently, fire sprinklers are mandatory in new school buildings in Scotland and Wales, but not in England and Northern Ireland. This has caused outrange and rightly so, especially when you consider that there are around 700 fires in UK schools every single year.

So what is being done to prevent disaster from fire?

There's been lots of talk about fire sprinkler systems since Grenfell last year. Jeremy Corbyn is now pushing for the Government to set aside £1 billions for sprinklers. This would be a hugely sensible move considering only 2% of UK council tower blocks have full sprinkler systems.

How can IPS Flow Systems help?

IPS Flow Systems stock CPVC pipe, fittings, tools and mist nozzles in our UK and Ireland warehouses avalaible for next day delivery.

We also provide certified third-party accredited installation training to ISO9001 specification.

You can read more about our CPVC fire sprinkler piping range here.

Have a question? Call our FREEPHONE number 0800 975 7971.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Kessel Webinar's Are Back! Can you afford to miss?

Webinar 4 "Pump Impellers – what KESSEL has, which one is right for you."

After a long summer break the popular Kessel Webinars are back and are an ideal way of keeping up to date with the latest developments without leaving your office.

KESSEL, from IPS Flow Systems offers a large range of pumps for use in their underground pumping stations and above ground lifting stations. Each of these pumps has an impeller which is one of the most critical parts of the entire system. The webinar will discuss what impellers KESSEL currently uses on their pumps, their characteristics and their applications.

Which impeller is best for your application? 

Join us on November 28th at 9:00 am GMT for the webinar and find out!

To Register please click HERE

Please complete the registration form to register for this free KESSEL-webinar. After you have submitted your contact details you will get an email containing the access code for the webinar.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Focus on Spears Manufacturing

Partners with IPS for almost 3 Decades

For the last 27 Years, IPS Flow Systems have been the U.K.'s leading supplier of industrial plastic piping systems.  What makes IPS a world class supplier is a philosophy based on quality, attention to detail and the expertise of our people. 

All of this is backed by partnerships with some of the world’s leading manufacturers, which includes Spears Manufacturing Co. the world’s largest producer of PVC-U and PVC-C pipe fittings.  

Spears has almost 50 years experience in thermoplastic injection molding and maintain total control of production from design concept to final shipment.

Fully Designed & Engineered

Today Spears has over one million square feet of manufacturing across four states, producing injection moulded products in diameters up to 16”, and fabricated fittings in diameters up to 24”. 

Extensive stocks = Exceptional Service

IPS has become a market leader, from our strategic, central UK location, we ship products daily throughout the UK, Europe and regularly worldwideWe keep extensive stocks of Spears fittings available for next day delivery, on orders placed before 4:30

For further information on the Spears Range please contact our sales office

IPS Flow Systems - Seaham Grange Industrial Estate, Seaham, Co. Durham, DL16 6SB

0191 5213111

Thursday, 9 November 2017

AGRU Mineline - Abrasion Resistant Piping

All the advantages of PE and MORE!!

Mineline piping system is designed and tested especially for the transport of abrasive media.  The innovative multi-layer design guarantees robustness and dependability for a longer lifespan and higher cost efficiency.  The main applications are slurry lines in the mining industry or any other highly abrasive installation.




  • Longer service life due to the abrasion-resistant layer
  • Resists and prevents media adhesion
  • Better durability than conventional metal and PE pipes
  • Significantly longer maintenance intervals
  • Shorter downtime

Minimal thermal expansion
  • White outer - reflects sunlight
  • Reduced abrasion due to less snaking
  • Higher pressure rating and reliability of the system
Higher operational safety
  • High safety margin against water hammer & pressure surges
  • Protection of entire system - all fittings have the abrasion resistance layer.

Size Range: 63mm - 630mm

Pressure Rating: SDR17 & SDR 11

Who Produces it?

Mineline is produced by our manufacturing partner Agru, who continues to lead the world in the production of high-quality piping systems, semi-finished products, concrete protection liners and lining systems.  

IPS & AGRU - The Plastic Experts

For more information or to discuss a particular application for Agru Mineline,  please contact our sales office 0191 5213111