Sunday, July 14, 2024

PE Pipe Cutter Approved by NGN

UK based Steve Vick International a new PE Pipe Cutter for large diameter PE

UK-based Steve Vick International (SVI) has developed, as a joint Network
Innovation Allowance (NIA) funded project with the UK’s Northern Gas Networks
(NGN), a new PE Pipe Cutter for large diameter PE. This innovative tool has been
approved by Northern Gas Networks and is now available for hire.

The PE Pipe Cutter offers an accurate, safe, and highly efficient method of circumferentially
cutting large diameter PE pipes, surpassing traditional cutting techniques. With the ability
to effortlessly cut pipes with diameters of 250 mm and above, and wall thicknesses up to
70 mm in a single pass, the PE Pipe Cutter is set to transform the industry.
One of the key advantages of the PE Pipe Cutter is its exceptional speed. The low-profile,
pneumatically powered machine can complete a full circumferential cut on a 630 mm
PE pipe in less than 5 minutes, providing a significant timesaving compared to standard
cutting methods. This efficiency allows operators to increase productivity and reduce
project timelines.

Safety is paramount, and the PE Pipe Cutter addresses the operational risks associated
with traditional cutting equipment. Designed for use in both above-ground and inground scenarios, it requires minimal clearance, making it ideal for confined spaces.
The cutter’s total working height of 170 mm ensures ease of use and accessibility even
in restricted areas.

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Furthermore, the PE Pipe Cutter’s performance remains outstanding even when pipes
are under bending stress, which often causes blade pinch in traditional methods. By
incorporating a swarf collector, the machine effectively gathers PE cutting waste as it
rotates around the pipe, significantly reducing the emission of microplastics into the
surrounding environment.

The benefits of the PE Pipe Cutter extend beyond its efficiency and safety features.
This lightweight and versatile tool allows for quick and accurate cutting, minimising the
need for additional finishing work before butt fusion or socketing. With its adjustable
chain, the cutter can be easily customised to suit different pipe diameters, adding to its

“We are thrilled to introduce the PE Pipe Cutter, developed in collaboration with
Northern Gas Networks.” Said Katie Higgins, Sales & Marketing Director at Steve Vick
International. “This innovative tool will revolutionise the way large diameter PE pipes
are cut. Its speed, accuracy, and enhanced safety features make it an invaluable asset
for gas network operators, water companies and contractors, construction companies,
and other industries that work with PE pipes.”

The PE Pipe Cutter is a welcome addition to SVI’s extensive range of pipe cutting
equipment which includes, the Rapid Rotary Cutters, Rapid Window Cutters, and Keel
Cutters. With over 40 years of experience, SVI is committed to delivering cutting-edge
products and services that enhance safety, efficiency, and productivity in the utilities sector.

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