Higher Quality Electrofusion Joining

There should be systems in place to record, monitor and manage safety on site and the workforce should look for new initiatives to continuously improve performance.

Maintaining a higher standard of safety can be difficult as it requires constant observation and attention to detail, which considerately impacts upon time and resources.

Below is an example of how technology can produce quick, efficient reports to help maintain standards of work completed, as well as enforce a higher safety standard on-site:

  • In order to ensure optimum construction standards specifically regarding electrofusion joining, the company adopted the Control Point electrofusion technology;
  • This piece of technology measures the quality of electrofusion joining work by giving each individual joining a percentage standard;
  • The recorded data can then be viewed through a mobile phone, tablet or computer device, showing through GPS where each joining was made and the quality of the work done;
  • Safety text alert updates can also be sent;
  • Benefits of the technology and higher quality joining include less chance of contamination, longer lasting and safer joining, higher cleanliness with less excess residue and reduced risk of expensive repairs;
  • This piece of technology also reduced the extent to which operatives needed to work in dangerous areas such as excavations zones, effectively letting the machine do the work for them and minimising risks;
  • The technique was tested through a number of phases before it was chosen to be used across all sites.

At present, this solution is not being utilised by any other GDNO (Gas Distribution Network Operator) in the UK.

The contractor is looking to continually improve the utilisation of this system to ensure a safe and compliant network construction monitoring.

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Monitor report. Northern Gas Networks. South Yorkshire. January 2016

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