Hill York Takes the Lead in New Grooved Pipe Technology
August 2, 2016
Early Adoption of Victaulic Roll Grooving Tool Boosts Pipefitter Efficiency and Safety. When Hill York heard that piping solutions innovator Victaulic designed an “intelligent” roll groover with next generation efficiency and safety features, there wasn’t a moment’s hesitation. They flew a team to Victaulic’s corporate headquarters in Easton, Pennsylvania, saw the new equipment in action, and made the decision to become one of the first contractors in the country to lease it.
“Improving accuracy and productivity while getting our employees home accident free is what drives our decision making,” said Todd Aquilo, Hill York General Superintendent. “We’ve had a 25 year partnership with Victaulic and their RG5200i Intelligent Roll Grooving Tool gives our pipefitters the performance and protection we can count on 100 percent.”
Unlike competing models, Victaulic’s RG5200i uses lasers and computers to set the depth of the grooving tool, rotating pipes with hydraulic pressure to form the groove according to specifications. The new model removes the need to manually guide the pipes, allowing operators to work faster while increasing safety, ensuring reliability and maximizing efficiency.
Among the other smart technology upgrades, the RG5200i features a sensor that monitors a marked off area around the machine to create a safety barrier. If someone enters the area when the roll groover is operating, the sensor detects the movement and immediately shuts down.
“The safety mode feature eliminates the possibility that someone could accidentally become harmed,” Aquilo noted. “That’s an important layer of injury prevention that didn’t exist before.”
The RG5200i also includes built-in sensors that measure pipe diameter and groove after the roll grooving is complete. As a result, Hill York’s pipefitters can provide a document at the end of the day to engineers and owners confirming that all pipes meet specifications without additional labor-intensive measurement.
“When you look at accuracy, reliability, traceability and safety, Victaulic’s piping solution is a perfect fit for Hill York’s priorities as a safety-conscious provider of value-added services,” said Aquilo.
For pre-fabrication roll-grooving on Hill York’s commercial construction projects, working faster while eliminating risk is a task that’s gone from “mission impossible” to “mission accomplished”.
Since 1919, Victaulic (www.victaulic.com) has been the originator and world’s leading producer of mechanical pipe joining solutions. Used in the most demanding markets, Victaulic’s innovative piping technologies and services put people to work faster while increasing safety, ensuring reliability and maximizing efficiency. The company’s products have been used in many of the world’s most prestigious landmarks, global environmental projects, infrastructure development, and mission critical services.
A full-service commercial air conditioning company, Hill York provides system maintenance, service, repairs, energy solutions and installation for a wide range of heating, cooling and ventilation systems. The company has served the state of Florida since 1936. For more information, visit www.hillyork.com.