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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Spears Manufacturing Co - 50 Years of Excellence

IPS - The Only Official Spears Distributor for the UK & Ireland

2019 is an important milestone for our friends and colleagues at Spears Manufacturing Co. as they celebrate 50 years of producing pipes, fittings & valves.  The company, started by Mr. Wayne Spears has built a reputation for providing high quality products, extensive stocks, customer satisfaction, and superior service.

IPS Flow Systems is the only official distributor of Spears products for the UK & Ireland, including FlameGuard® CPVC pipes and fittings and have continued this reputation for service and support which is unrivalled in the UK.  How many companies could process an order for over 5 tonnes of CPVC fire sprinkler materials consisting of more than 10,000mtrs of pipe & over 9,000 fittings and then pick, pack and deliver it complete to site the very next day?

We thought we'd show you how this is possible with a clip of our fantastic warehouse staff taking delivery of a typical 45ft container, full of FlameGuard® products...…


IPS Flow Systems will exhibit the Spears FlameGuard® range at Firex International in June at the Excel London

Click HERE to register for your free entry

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Metacaulk 150+ Firestopping - For Peace Of Mind

Introducing Metacaulk 150+ Firestopping
Characteristics & Features 

• VOC compliant

Water based
• Excellent freeze-thaw
• Flexible set 
• Paintable 
• VOC compliant
• Safe and easy to use
• 3 Year shelf life
• Suitable for use with.... 

Metacaulk 150+ is a one component, general purpose fire rated sealant, acoustic sealant and smoke seal for construction joints and wall-penetrations. Metacaulk 150+ is a water based, non-sag caulking grade sealant that is easy to apply as well as retrofit. In the event of a fire, Metacaulk 150+ will prevent the spread of flames, smoke, hot gases and water through joint openings and through-penetrations.

Metacaulk 150+ is suitable for use on FlameGuard CPVC fire sprinkler installations and is available from IPS Flow Systems.  For more information please contact our sales office on 0191 5213111

Come and visit us on Stand FX350

Thursday, 11 April 2019

And the winner is........IPS Flow Systems

Kevin Curran, Managing Director IPS Flow Systems with two awards
2018 was a fantastic year for IPS Flow Systems and this was recognised when our Managing Director, Kevin Curran collected two awards while attending an Indutrade BA Flow Group meeting in Sweden today!

Kevin was pleased to accept the awards for Top Performance in 2018 and Top Performing Company over 5 years.  Kevin was quick to point out that this doesn't just happen and thanked all colleagues at IPS for the contribution they have and continue to make towards the success of the company.

The company would also like to thank its customers and supply partners for their continued loyalty and support!

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Raccorderie Metalliche (Racmet) Celebrate 20 Years with the launch of BIM - Are You Ready?

RM Celebrate 20 Years of Press Fittings with the Launch of BIM

This year Raccorderie Metalliche (RM) will celebrate 20 years of press fitting production, introduced in 1999 the range is now at the core of their business, offering some unique and innovative features.

As they celebrate this important milestone, they have completed the development of their BIM (Building Information Modelling) model, available as a free App.  This practical, flexible, innovative and highly professional technology is aimed at designers and allows them to work with great accuracy, with up-to-date, light and compact BIM content.

So what are the advantages?

Design the systems to press quickly and easily
Configure and insert specific pipe fittings, valves and fittings Raccorderie Metalliche in your Revit project, available 100% and ready to order. And all directly from within your project.

Content updated and suitable for your country
Use only updated and localized metal fittings. The integrated MEPcontent Browser library covers a wide range of items ready for use in the BIM process.

More accurate modelling with autorouting
It designs a complete metal fittings system through the autorouting function with extreme precision. Tee's, Bends, Elbows Sockets, reducers and other fittings are automatically inserted while drawing, depending on the desired routing preferences. In addition, when adjusting a plant size (eg diameter), the specific properties (eg item number) are also automatically changed.

Perform advanced connections
Do you want to quickly adjust the most complex connections? The App shows the best solutions available based on truly existing fittings. It is no longer necessary to use custom fittings provided by native Revit.

Draw hoses in half the time
Revit hoses are no longer a problem. It easily designs hose plants with special curves that allow you to draw in all directions, even with a top view, without slowing down the project.

Default schedules
Create Revit schedules with all relevant data such as dimensions, manufacturer data and item numbers. Predefined schedules included in the app (such as cut lists, pipe fittings, and collapsible pipes) come with the latest product data so that you can order the items directly from within Revit.

Further information on the RM Pressfit 

Please call our sale department on  0191 521311 or we can arrange for our Business Development Managers to call to discuss your specific requirements.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

You're Invited to a Webinar - Kessel BIM - its here to stay

Are you interested in Building Design, do you use BIM - then this webinar is just for you!!

Building Information Modelling is here . . . and it is here to stay. Tune into the Kessel BIM Webinar on April 4 at 09:00 am GMT (10:00 German time) to learn about the KESSEL BIM Selector Program. David Fabian, who is responsible for our their new BIM system, will be presenting the ins and outs of the new BIM system. Is it Revit drawings that you are looking for? Then the KESSEL BIM Selector is for you.

After you have submitted your contact details you will receive an email confirming your registration and shortly before the webinar you will receive a second email with access information to the webinar.

Building information modelling (BIM) provides all those involved in the design of a building access to a common information platform. With the help of this mode, architects, builders and engineers can make the best possible decisions in their area of responsibility during all project phases and make their effects visible to all other parties working on the building.


Kessel provide top quality BIM data for their complete product range. As the files are created in the universal VDI 3805 output format, you can use them to intelligently design buildings with KESSEL drainage solutions in all standard BIM software products. For example, a grease separator model placed in the BIM file automatically determines the dimensions of the necessary inlets, outlets and pressure pipes.

The complete package for designers

The Kessel BIM library provides you with access to all content you require to design KESSEL drainage solutions using building information modelling. With the help of the practical editor "BIM-Selector", you can conveniently call up the data for your product and import it into your BIM software.

  • Geometric Data
    All design-relevant information on the geometric properties of the product. The geometry is simplified as far as possible so that the size of the file is not increased unnecessarily.
  • Technical Data
    All performance data for correct electrical, thermal and safety design with regard to: dimensioning, installation and operation.
  • Commercial Data
    Complete specification texts in the following languages: English, German, French, Italian, Dutch and Polish.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

IPS Join the Great British Spring Clean - Will You?

Andrew Lamb Business Development Director with two volunteers 
Last month IPS Flow Systems signed up to the Great British Spring Clean, backed by the Daily Mail.  More than 80,000 volunteers have pledged their time and energy to join a nationwide battle to clean up Britain.

IPS have encouraged staff to get involved in local clean up campaigns and plan to encourage neighbouring businesses to join in.

This weekend, our Business Development Director, Andrew Lamb joined a group of councillors and volunteers in his home town in the first of a series of litter picks that will take place until the 23rd April.

Andrew joined by Spennymoor Town Mayor, Clive Maddison & Cllr Kathy Thompson 

Please follow our example and host your own litter-pick - and here's a thought - lets keep it going throughout the year!!

Just some of the litter picked up on mothering Sunday - Well Done Guys  

Friday, 29 March 2019

#apriltoolsday - You'd be a fool to miss these deals!

Save Time & Money! #Apriltoolsday Offers
You'll remember that we decided to extend the 'love' from our Valentines Day Tool Massacre until #apriltoolsday! An idea thought up by our resident lovey and member of our internal sales team, Alan Sowerby.

Using the correct tools when installing any piping system will great increase efficiency - saving time and money!  We offer a fantastic range of pipe cutters, bevellers and deburring tools together with pipe stands, chain vices, saws and strap wrenches - all as manufactured by Reed Tools Inc. of Erie, PA.

For more information on this offer or to place an order give Alan a call! 0191 5213111 - 

He's waiting!

Or visit our website

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Congratulations - Kevin Nixon for 25 years service

Kevin Nixon being congratulated by Steve Hunter - Sales Director

2019 will see a number of colleagues celebrate significant milestones at IPS!  Today the whole of the company came together to congratulated Kevin Nixon who celebrates 25 years at the company (the cream cakes are on him!!).

Kevin started his working life when ships were still being built in Sunderland and 'flanges were wooden' and constantly reminds us that he was not merely a 'plumber' but a 'marine plumber and coppersmith'!

Kev, now likes nothing more than messing around on his beloved scooter (when it's working), although this year he has committed to swapping one set of wheels for another by joining the IPS cycling team on a coast to coast bike ride in aid of charity.

We thought that you would like to see some pictures from his time at IPS....

I'm a marine plumber & coppersmith, Actually!

Here's to the next 25 years Kev!!

Friday, 8 March 2019

At the end of March 2019 the M1 ball valve will replace the S4 ballvalve.  The M1 comes with the familiar locking handle but also has some great additional features such as integrated actuator mounting points and bottom mounting stand.

The valve is available in PVCu, PP & PVDF in both Imperial and Metric sizes.

For more information contact our sales team on 0191 5213111

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Now Extended Until #apriltoolsday !
You loved our Valentines Day Tool Massacre so much that we've decided to extend the love for a little while longer. So after discussion in the office one of our internal sales team, Alan Sowerby came up with the idea of linking it to April Fools Day and so #apriltoolsday was born.

Regardless of your choice of thermoplastic piping materials, installation time and efficiency is greatly improved by using the correct tools for the job. We offer a fantastic range of pipe cutters, bevellers and deburring tools together with pipe stands, chain vices, saws and strap wrenches - all as manufactured by Reed Tools Inc. of Erie, PA.

For more information on this offer or to place an order give Alan a call! 0191 5213111 - 

He's waiting!

Or visit our website

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

New Year - Great Deal on IPS 719 PVC Cement & Accessories

For more information or to place an order please contact our sales office on 0191 5213111 or email
When we heard about the #10yearchallenge we considered posting pictures of how we look now compared with 2009 - but then we thought better of it!

So here is our take...

#10yearchallenge, IPS Weld-On 719 PVC Cement - the tin may have changed but its the same great cement and here's a great offer for the new year!

Give us a call to place an order or to speak to us about our great range of solvent cements for your piping applications.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Our 5 most popular blogs of 2018

We wrote a lot during 2018. But which stories meant the most to you? Which were most popular?

Here are our top 5...

1. IPS celebrate recognition for best 5 year performance - Kevin Curran (MD) of IPS Flow Systems attended a meeting of Indutrade Managing Directors in Copenhagen where he was presented with an award for best performance in the 5 year category from Peter Eriksson, advisor to the CEO.

2. IPS welcome a new business development manager for Scotland - The month IPS welcomed Gary Callachan to the team as Business Development Manager for Scotland.

3. Business Development Manager Kessel drainage products - An opportunity arose to join a great team.

4. IPS continues to strengthen its internal sales team - IPS was delighted to welcome Alan Sowerby to its internal sales team.

5. IPS 18th Edition handbook - The IPS handbook has become a favourite with our customers.

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to read our stories, both on our website and across our social media platforms. It's your input that will help to shape what we write about during 2019.

The IPS Flow Systems team.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Happy New Year !!

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