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Sunday, 18 March 2018

IPS - Focus on Agru Semi-Finished Products

Worldwide competence in plastics

AGRU is renowned throughout the world for the production of high quality thermoplastic polymer products, which includes an extensive range of semi-finished products manufactured from PP, PP-s, PP-s-el, PP-B 2222, PP Foamed, PE100, PE100-RC,

Sheets, round bars and welding rods are produced on the worlds most modern production lines.

Universal Scope of Application

AGRU semi-finished products are an excellent, durable solution for the Chemical, Industrial & Utilities sector, where there are a variety of requirements:
  • Tank Construction
  • Finished Parts
  • Plant Construction
  • Lining Materials

In 2016  Agru started to integrate their new “fluoropolymer products” into their semi-finished product sector.  These 'new' products supplemented the existing product range perfectly.

As a result AGRU is now able to provide semi-finished products made from PVDF, ECTFE; FEP and PFA.  Semi-finished thermoplastic products made by AGRU from fluoropolymers show excellent resistance against a wide range of chemicals.

Increased life expectancy and extended maintenance intervals lead to reduced life cycle costs. In particular PFA allows solutions in the temperature range from -200 °C to +260 °C. Consistently high quality ensures the reliability and durability of all components.

For more information on the range of AGRU semi-finished products available from IPS Flow Systems, or to book a product seminar using our Demo Van use the link to our website or call our sales office on 0191 5213111.

IPS Continues to Strengthen its Internal Sales Team

IPS was delighted to welcome Alan Sowerby to its internal sales team last week.  Alan who is married with three children, lives in Sunderland and enjoys music and sport with all of the family.

He has over 15 years experience within the plumbing merchant sector and joins us at an exciting time as we continue to develop our Kessel drainage and RM Pressfit ranges. 

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

IPS Flow Systems and the Power of Saying No.

This short blog is prompted by something we have been pondering recently. It's how we've made decisions as we have grown.

It’s to do with the things we said yes to. And the things we said no to.

Growth is Good. But Choosing How to Grow is Key.

Over our 25 years, IPS has been faced with many brilliant opportunities. New suppliers, new markets, new products, new people and new ways of working. Our business is an adventure. We love what we do and we look to improve every single day. But we only say ‘yes’ to things that support what we were born to do.

IPS Flow Systems was born to satisfy any organisation's mission-critical fluid handling, management and media movement requirements. Nothing more, nothing less.

So we say ‘yes’ to innovation aligned to this goal. We say yes to suppliers that care about the quest for perfection in this specialist area as much we do. And we say yes to experts that want to work with and for us that are likewise obsessed by our mission.

But we are defined just as vividly by that which we say no to.

The Power of Saying No.

IPS Flow Systems can expertly diagnose need and prescribe piping, systems, products, technical support, training for installers, flowmeters, fixings and supports, hand tools and welding equipment and more – all in the specialist area of fluid handling. We have never diversified.

For years we have said no to wonderfully innovative ideas and products that sit outside of our specialist areas. Some of them may have been extremely profitable in the short term. But they would have diluted our focus in our specialist area in the long term. The result? We know what we're doing because we do what we know. We worry when an organisation broadens it’s focus. We worry because we don’t know what it’s best at. We don't know it’s first love. We worry that it’s customers in one area are not getting the quality that they are in another.

So if you want innovation and expertise born from time-proven loyalty in just one specialist area, IPS Flow Systems – it’s a yes from us (and you too).

Monday, 15 January 2018

The Benefits of Fire Sprinklers

There are so many benefits to having a fire sprinkler system fitted. The most beneficial has to be the life saving benefit. This blog article provides the many benefits of having fire sprinklers installed in your home or property.

Think of fire sprinklers as the equivalent to having a firefighter ready, primed and waiting in every room of your property.

Not only do fire sprinkler systems provide a very high level of protection there are a number of areas in which their cost of installation can be mitigated.

Here are just some of the benefits of installing fire sprinklers in your home or property.

Always on protection
Fire sprinklers operate 24/7 giving you complete and total peace of mind.

Sprinklers save lives
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has no record of more than two deaths in a fire when the building had a functional sprinkler system in place.

Reduce fire damage
They offer a reduction in fire damage - fire sprinkler systems can contain and extinguish a fire in less time than it may take the Fire and Rescue Service to attend the fire. There is also reduced heat and smoke damage when the fire is extinguished at an early stage.

Reduce property damage
They stop fires before they damage the property - fire sprinklers are primarily designed to save lives, but because they control fires so quickly they also significantly reduce damage to properties.

Reduce business downtime
They assist business continuity - a fire sprinkler system ensures a faster return to business following a fire.

Provide fast reaction
The fire is controlled quickly - sprinkler system in around 2 minutes, Fire and Rescue Service attendance up to 8 minutes. Plus fires in buildings with sprinkler systems have usually been suppressed before the firemen arrive.

Offer the best protection
Fire sprinklers are proven to be more effective at protecting buildings than fire extinguishers and smoke alarms. Sprinklers don’t rely on people being on-hand to operate fire extinguishers or knowing what to do; people can focus on evacuating the building while the fire is automatically supressed and ultimately extinguished.

Reduce insurance premiums
Buildings protected by a fire sprinkler system are safer. Sprinkler controlled fires are less damaging than fires in non-sprinklered buildings. This usually results in insurance underwriters offering a reduced premium for properties protected by sprinklers.

Sprinkler heads can be powder coated to blend in with your building’s colour scheme so that they are almost unnoticeable until they are needed.

Eco friendly
Fire sprinkler systems use less water (some 400x less) than fire and rescue services.

Relatively inexpensive
Especially if you use a CPVC fire sprinkler system. These systems are affordable, quick to install, and offer low downtime whilst being fitted.

Low maintenance
Once installed, fire sprinkler systems are actually relatively low maintenance. They only require inspections on an annual basis. Plus 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.

If you own or operate a commercial building, then the safety of the property and its occupants is of paramount importance. When you consider that there are over 100 commercial building fires in the UK every single day, getting appropriate fire protection systems in place before the worst happens is an essential.

Yet despite all of the above benefits, a recent survey of over 100 businesses revealed that only 35% had any kind of fire prevention plan. Too many business owners overlook the importance of a sprinkler system and go without.

You can read more about the IPS Flow Systems CPVC fire sprinkler piping range here.

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

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

New For 2018 - inoxPRES by Raccorderie Metalliche is now available in larger sizes

New for 2018, Raccorderie Metalliche (RM) have extended their range of inoxPress Stainless Steel Pressfit to include two new larger sizes, 139mm & 168mm.  

InoxPres Now Available in Larger Sizes - 139.7mm & 168.3mm

The complete RM Pressfit range of Stainless Steel (InoxPres), Carbon Steel (SteelPres), and Copper/Bronze (AESPres), is now available from IPS Flow Systems.

What makes  IPS and RM pressfit different?

Quite simply, its Quality, Reliability & Service!

RM has over 20 years production experience of pressfit systems and is backed by over 60 international approvals; offering specifiers and installers a brand that they can trust! 

The RM Pressfit system offers some unique features including a patented O-Ring Design!

Standard press systems use traditional circular O-Rings which have a more vertical profile, this can result in potential damage as pipe is inserted into the fitting, the O-Ring being dislodged and  giving a greater area for deposits collect.

RM, designed a patended O-Ring which sits lower down in the fitting, cannot be dislodged and has a greater surface area (20%).

Pressing is a quick and easy method of installing pipe and fittings however, IPS are committed to ensuring that the materials are installed correctly - that's why we offer training on the installation of press systems.

Its not rocket science, but we like to ensure that installations are carried out to manufacturers recommendations.

IPS offer a skills card to all those who attend a training session - these can be done prior to a project starting.

For more information, please visit our website or contact our sales office on 0191 5213111

IPS & RM Pressfit for Safety, Speed, Reliability, Service & Training