Posted by Everett J. Prescott on Jun 30, 2017 8:01 AM

Updating your hydrants and valves is dangerous and time-consuming. But, what if there was a way to get the job done more safely and in a more efficient manner? The Resilient wedge ALPHA ends give you that advantage. The preassembled, easier to install system provides better accessibility, significantly reducing installation time. Here's more about how technology improves worksite safety and speeds up the job.

Work site accidents are every water utility's worst nightmare. The injury or loss of a crew member impacts your crew's morale, produces worker's comp and potential liability costs and slows down your work flow. Operating with safety provides your water utility with far-reaching benefits, including being more productive and improving the water utility's reputation in the community. One way to improve work site safety is using products that are easier to use, more accessible and reducing the time spent on the site.

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The Alpha resilient wedge gate valve and hydrant are great options to consider. They arrives preassembled, saving you time right out of the box. It's much easier to install, requiring only one strong 304 stainless steel bolts to be tightened as compared to 12 to 16 on most other attachment systems. The bolts are located at the top, making them more accessible to workers. This means you don't have to elevate the valve to connect the bottom bolts as you would on a mechanical joint. The reduced time your crew spends installing the Alpha valve means they're more productive and that water service is restored to your customers much more quickly. But how much time does it save? The entire fitting can be installed in four minutes or less saving you about 30-45 minutes per installation.

By using simple stab-fitting technique, the 304L stainless steel grab hooks grabs the outside of the pipe, and the higher the pressure, the more tightly the pipe pushes against the seal. This means less torque is needed to create a tight seal. The ductile iron grippers work well with pipes that are out of round as well as an angular deflection of up to four degrees, making it a more forgiving fixture to use in the field. Altogether, this creates an assembly that significantly reduces installation time, allowing a single worker to spend less time in the trench while still getting the job done with a high-quality fitting rather than a pair of workers holding the fitting and tightening bolt after bolt.

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The Alpha restraint system works with a wide range of pipe types, including;

  • Ductile Iron
  • Cast Iron Classes A, B, C and D,
  • PVC ISP Schedules 40, 80 and 21,
  • PVC C900 and C909,
  • HDPE SDR 9, 11, 13.5 and 17 without pipe stiffeners

HDPE SDRs above 17 do require pipe stiffeners, but can still be used with the Alpha restraint system. It's constructed from strong ductile iron, allowing it to withstand pressures of up to 250 PSI. Because Alpha's products are created domestically, you're supporting American industry as our country continues to build momentum following the 2008 recession.

By significantly reducing installation time, the ALPHA technology accessibility makes it easier to install, even in dangerous circumstances. This keeps your crew moving through their task list and out of harm's way. If you're ready to see what this valve can offer your water utility, Team EJP is ready to help. Please feel free to contact us today with any questions or click below for more information.

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