Factoring in Fittings

Understanding the proper applications for various types of connectors is critical when designing a system or installing equipment. Installations can become routine, but it is important to evaluate each situation for new or unusual criteria.

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Considering connection criteria for a successful application

About The Author: 

Matt Fortner is business development manager, water and beverage connectors, for Parker Hannifin Corp. Fortner can be reached at matt.fortner@parker.com or 269.692.6624.

Publication Date: 
June 28, 2012
Activation Date: 
June 28, 2012
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Fittings

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Speedfit Test Caps provide a leak-proof seal in conjunction with push-fit fittings for securing PEX, CPVC or copper piping in domestic hot and cold water systems and in hydronic heating applications when a job is in process or interrupted, such as when water needs to be turned back on or when pressure testing a system before appliances are connected. They are easy to install and disconnect without tools. Disconnection should not damage the fitting or piping, and they can be removed at any stage to allow work to continue.
 

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Aging Out

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it had worked with three New Jersey school districts to successfully lower lead levels in their drinking water. Testing in 2010 and 2011 found elevated lead levels in approximately 8% of the outlets it tested at the Atlantic City, Union City and Weehawken school districts. The districts resolved the problem through a variety of methods, from filtration to replacing fixtures to simply shutting off those outlets. The latest round of testing showed that lead levels were within acceptable EPA limits.

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor for Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

Activation Date: 
February 24, 2012
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The Importance of Fine Print

Recently I purchased a food processor. Before using it for the first time, I read the 18-page instruction booklet and watched a 45-minute DVD. I asked myself, “Why do I put so much time and effort into researching how to use a relatively simple device?” The answer came to me immediately: I have been in the product certification business for almost eight years, primarily dealing with NSF/ANSI 61 certifications.

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Checking connector certifications to ensure proper end use

About The Author: 

Amanda Thomas is certification supervisor for the Water Quality Assn. Thomas can be reached at athomas@wqa.org.

Publication Date: 
July 13, 2011
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July 13, 2011
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Legacy
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22897

Lead-Free Goes National

Worldwide, engineered plastic connectors and tubing are used in the water quality industry for a host of residential, commercial and industrial applications. From water treatment and filtration to beverage dispensing and ice making, there are several sound reasons for their widespread use.

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Low-lead plastic products are ready for federal lead legislation

About The Author: 

Maribel Pagan is marketing communications manager for John Guest USA Inc. Pagan can be reached at maribel.pagan@johnguest.com.

Publication Date: 
July 13, 2011
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July 13, 2011
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Legacy
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22896

Faucet Adapter

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May 2011

The EZ-Faucet Adapter II kitchen sink faucet connector is designed for the easy addition of a feed line for point-of-use (POU) applications. Made with chemical-resistant polypropylene, it can withstand pressures up to 150 psi at 70°F. The adapter connects with standard ½-in. NPSM threads to the faucet and supply line, then branches off with a Mur-lok quick-connect for a supply line to a POU device.

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Innovation of an Invention

Trial and error methods are often used when developing products. Thomas Edison, with 1,093 patents, more than any other inventor, took many products and ideas and made them better. He would merely take a very good product, such as the light bulb, and make it commercially available. The light bulb had already been invented and used in labs, but Edison took the idea and developed it into a cost-effective product that could be sold commercially.

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A few savvy tweaks greatly impact product development

About The Author: 

Jeff Roseman, CWS-VI, is a consultant and freelance writer in the water industry, and a member of the WQP Editorial Advisory Board. Roseman can be reached via e-mail at jeffrey@aquaionplus.com.

Publication Date: 
June 30, 2010
Activation Date: 
June 30, 2010
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Legacy
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21924

Plastics Prevail

Worldwide, countless fluid carrying systems in operation today employ highly engineered plastics to provide the essential elements of any fluid system, be it residential, retail or commercial. These elements include fittings, seals, piping and tubing—all of which today can be engineered from plastics due to considerable advances in materials technology and manufacturing processes.

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Plastic components provide flexibility

About The Author: 

Maribel Pagan is marketing communications manager for John Guest USA Inc. Pagan can be reached at 973.808.5600 or by e-mail at maribel.pagan@johnguest.com.

Publication Date: 
June 30, 2010
Activation Date: 
June 30, 2010
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Legacy
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21923

Sixty-One Flavors of Pipes and Fittings

A conversation about NSF/ANSI Standard 61

About The Author: 

Eric Yeggy is a product certification supervisor for the WQA’s Gold Seal Certification Program in Lisle, Ill. Yeggy can be reached at 630.505.0160 x539 or by e-mail at eyeggy@wqa.org.

Activation Date: 
April 26, 2010
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The Right Connection

Connecting and joining pipes may be common practice for water dealers, but there are always ways to improve efficiency and workmanship in order to provide your customers a quality system. Joe Huemann, president of Huemann Water Conditioning, has lead WQA classes on the topic and recently spoke with Stephanie Harris, managing editor, about best pipe-joining practices for dealers.

Transitions & Fittings

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Water dealer shares best practices for joining pipes

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Stephanie Harris is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Harris can be reached at 847.391.1007 or by e-mail at sharris@sgcmail.com.

Publication Date: 
July 7, 2009
Activation Date: 
July 7, 2009
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Legacy
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20902
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