The plumbing market for potable water systems has started to transition from metallic piping materials to more affordable CPVC pipe. CPVC is a lightweight alternative to galvanized carbon steel, stainless steel and copper tubing, and it provides better frictional flow performance. Traditionalists often use solvent cement to join CPVC pipe, which requires several coats of primer and cement, as well as special restraining equipment, leading to a longer installation. This also exposes the installer and others in the general vicinity to harsh chemicals and odors. With the grooved solution for CPVC, these challenges are eliminated.
The line includes the Style 357 Installation-Ready rigid coupling, the Style 356 Installation-Ready transition coupling, the Style 358 reducing coupling, Schedule 80 molded CPVC fittings and the CG1100 cut grooving tool. All incorporate the Victaulic PGS-300 groove profile, which was developed to optimize Victaulic product performance and provide a rigid mechanical joint on CPVC/PVC pipe. Available in sizes 2 – 12-inches/DN50 – DN300, the products are NSF compliant for potable water systems.
The CG1100 Cut Grooving Tool produces the PGS-300 cut groove into 2 – 12-inch/DN50 – DN300 Schedules 40 and 80 CPVC/PVC pipe. This field or shop tool has identifiable grooving bits and arm sets for 2 – 4-inch/DN50 – DN100 and 6 – 12-inch/DN150 – DN200 pipe. It’s available both for rent and for sale.
The Installation-Ready couplings feature no loose parts that can be dropped or lost, and they’re installed with common hand tools. In a maintenance or retrofit situation, the couplings and fittings can be removed and reinstalled as needed, without having to cut into the CPVC pipe. The grooved solution is also unaffected by temperature, humidity, and other environmental conditions that compromise the solvent cementing procedure.