Jun 2014
Gas Distribution
Ductile Iron Window Cutter Tool
Jun 2014
Jan 2015
Wales and West Utilities
Gareth Davies
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Network Innovation Allowance
Gas Distribution Networks

This project will design and develop a prototype tool that will be tested thoroughly through onsite trials & further development, specifically:

  • Design and develop a cutter to allow the removal of a window from a ductile iron main that has been inserted with a PE main.

  • Develop a working prototype and carry out off site testing.

  • Carry out onsite trials to review the solution with field operatives

  • Recommend any necessary modifications

The objective of the project is to develop a tool that is able to cut a window in ductile iron mains in a quicker manner that is currently available and to do so safely to allow the continuation of live main insertion in ductile iron mains.

To produce a hand held window cutting tool that has been tested in the field and that is at a stage to be transferred to business as usual for all networks advantage.