Our second Cork event took place on 12th November at Cork Institute of Technology on the subject of “Polypropylene and Plastic Piping Systems in the Building Services Industry”.
This event was introduced by Jim Lacey of Irish Tube and Fittings who discussed the context of plastic pipe systems in the Irish built environment and the main presentation was delivered by Andrew Cutting, business development specialist with Aquatherm UK, who gave an insightful account of the development of plastic pipework within the building services industry, suitable applications, different jointing techniques and environmental benefits.
The presentation focussed on fusion welding jointing methods and this was illustrated to great effect by Andrew’s colleague Ashley Westman , developer of Aquatherm’s industry training programme, who invited the audience to make a socket weld on a section of pipe. Each welded section was later cut in half to demonstrate that even absolute novices could produce a fully-fused weld!
The presentation was closed by a lively Q&A session and a vote of thanks from Chapter President Michel Dawkins.