Aug 2013
Gas Distribution
Pneumatic PE Pushing Machine
NIA_SGN0015
Complete
Aug 2013
Mar 2015
SGN
Ryan Smith, Innovation Delivery Manager
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Network Innovation Allowance
GD - Mains Replacement
Gas Distribution Networks
£110,199.00
The scope of this project is to improve and extend the design of the PE Pipe Insertion Machine to enable PE pipe to be inserted back to the original meter position, to reduce the number of services re-laid to meter boxes and to reduce the number of services requiring copper outlet pipe re-runs.

The objectives of this project are to:

  • Produce a machine that will impart enough force to insert PE around 3 easy bends without damaging the PE and with no safety risk to the user.
  • Remove the risk to the operative relaying the service of any physical injury or strain.
  • Request Pipetech manufacture two working models for testing in purpose built test rigs.
  • Have the service pipe used for the tests independently assessed to ensure the new service insertion techniques does not have any detrimental effects on the pipe once inserted
  • SGN to evaluate suitability of method against traditional techniques of service replacement and issue approval for the production of a prototype of each unit covering all of the service diameters in question.
  • SGN to carry out field trials to comprehensively review the new equipment and provide a technical report for the other Licensees to disseminate the outcomes of the field trial.
The success criteria for this project are to trial and test the method against the traditional methods currently used to compare its performance in terms of:

  • Safety

  • Environmental impacts

  • Efficiency

  • Productivity

  • Cost.