Posted: Monday 14th January 2013

RadiusPLUS have been awarded first prize for their next generation MiniMuss branch saddle technology at a Product Innovation event organised by the Pipeline Industries Guild Northern Branch, CIWEM North Wales & North Western and UKSTT, in collaboration with United Utilities.

The award was delivered in recognition of the huge benefits brought to the water and gas distribution sectors by the development of their new design MiniMuss branch saddle connection range, which offers simple and cost effective options to water and gas engineers when they want to make under pressure connections or repairs to polyethylene pipelines, with minimal excavation.

The MiniMuss branch saddles are manufactured in RadiusPLUS’s state of the art production cell, with unique capabilities to produce made to measure branch saddles that can fit any pipe size. This feature is of particular value when pipes have been installed using swage® technology, as previously, no simple solution existed to make an under pressure connection to a PE pipe used as a liner, without large excavations and interruption of gas or water supplies. In addition, the wider access hole now available through the large diameter MiniMuss branch saddle outlet, allows for innovative flow stopping tools to be deployed, for cost beneficial flow stopping operations.

Norman Howell, the Pipeline Industries Guild’s national chairman, who presented RadiusPLUS’s Dave Macdonald with the award, commented on RadiusPLUS’s win: “the MiniMuss branch saddles meet all of the key elements that the judging panel were looking for in a new innovation, since they offer a significant improvement on current practice from both an operational and cost perspective. I would like to congratulate RadiusPLUS on the development of this product which will certainly assist pipeline network owners in reducing the costs of their asset rehabilitation programmes.”

The Product Innovation day is an annual event, where suppliers to the gas and water industries are invited to showcase innovative products and services not widely recognised within the industry. Representatives from Balfour Beatty, Steve Vick, MGF, Hy-Ram, Cascade, E-MIGS and Plant & Site Services also attended the event.

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