McElroy Manufacturing Fusion Machinery for Joining Thermoplastic Pipes

For over 60 years, McElroy has committed to providing innovative, quality products and services. McElroy designs and manufactures a comprehensive line of fusion equipment for joining thermoplastic pipe such as high-density polyethylene (HDPE).

The company offers a complete range of accessories that are designed to increase on-site productivity and efficiency. Its commitment to the industry includes an extensive training program through McElroy University to ensure that operators and inspectors develop best practices in the quality and reliability of fused pipe systems.

Fusion machines for the mining industry

HDPE and heat fused joints have played a major role in the mining industry.

The combination of thermoplastic pipe which offers a non-corrosive solution and heat fused pipe offers a cleaner solution without the risk of leaks. HDPE does not corrode and is resistant to the abrasive acid water often found in mines. The fusion machine heat welds pipe together so there are no joints in the line. This eliminates the chance for leaks to develop at the joints. Worldwide a variety of mines have chosen this combination for a variety of reasons.

Many times thermoplastic pipe gets called into service to carry liquids, gases and even rough solids, such as slurry. It is also used in infrastructures where ground movement, such as earthquakes, is possible, HDPE has some flexibility that allows crews to follow the contours in the earth.

In 1969, McElroy designed its first fusion machine. The company portfolio has since expanded to cover pipe sizes from 0.5in copper tube size (CTS) to 2,000mm, which forms the most comprehensive range of any fusion equipment manufacturer.

Fusion equipment is available in various models, from rolling and tracked models to carriage only models, to accommodate specific jobsite requirements.

Productivity optimisation accessories

McElroy believes in providing solutions to problems; therefore, in addition to the fusion machines, McElroy provides a variety of accessories and productivity tools that can significantly improve jobsite efficiency.

Examples include the pipe stands, Low Profile Rollers, as well as the PolyHorse® and the MegaMc® PolyHorse pipe handling systems, which consist of a series of adjustable racks to store and help move and align pipe on jobsites. These adjustable racks provide a less hazardous environment for handling pipe bundles, and reduces manpower costs while enhance jobsite productivity. All of these products help to improve the jobsite efficiency and productivity of the work force.

Quality assurance for fusion equipment

Quality testing and quality assurance can be a tremendous benefit to any jobsite.

The McElroy DataLogger® gives operators the ability to record the parameters of the pipe fusion process to determine if proper procedures have been followed. Data elements such as time, temperature and pressure are recorded on this handheld device and the latest DataLogger also allows operators to scan data, capture photos and GPS coordinates.

The DataLogger can be used in combination with The Vault™ which is a secure web-based server that stores fusion joint data.  This allows users to access their joints from any location with internet access and use a variety of analytical tools.

For quality testing there are a variety of options available.  McElroy’s Guided Side Bend Tester and In Field® Tensile Tester are two such tools that allow onsite qualitative testing to ensure joints meet the appropriate standard. If a laboratory type test is what is required then McElroy also offers the McSnapper® to destructively test impact resistance.

Operator training courses

McElroy University provides training through a number of methods.  Training is offered at its facilities in Tulsa, Oklahoma, through certified instructors throughout the US, online as well as onsite per client request. Classes include operator qualification, troubleshooting, and rebuild and inspector training.

Each class includes a combination of classroom and hands-on sessions, followed by after-class testing to ensure that students understand the proper concepts and procedures.

Students who successfully pass the tests receive a McElroy University operator qualification which is valid for two years.

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PO Box 580550


OK 74158-0550

United States of America

+1 918 831 9241

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16 April 2019

Outlet fusion just got bigger with the Hornet XL. McElroy brings this industry-first, all-in-one tool for polypropylene outlet fusion up a size with branches from 63mm to 160mm on to main sizes 110mm and larger.

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26 March 2019

Here are the forthcoming shows that will exhibit McElroy's solutions.

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25 February 2019

McElroy fusion machines have a new home in the Middle East with the opening of Plastic Pipes Welding’s facility in Dubai.

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18 February 2019

The McElroy DataLogger 6 offers expanded data collection capabilities and exciting new features with a free software update that is now available.

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26 November 2018

Manual fusion data logging capability, improved graph display and more!

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9 July 2018

The TracStar Series 2 pipe fusion machines are self-propelled vehicles equipped with a 4-jaw carriage that is used to butt fuse thermoplastic pipe by applying heat and pressure.

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14 May 2018

McElroy, a leading manufacturer of pipe fusion equipment, has unveiled the new Polygon, a versatile tool uniquely built for the needs of the mechanical, plumbing and HVAC piping industry.

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11 June 2017

McElroy has designed the first all-in-one fusion tool for outlet fusion of polypropylene pipe, the Hornet™.

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29 March 2016

A new product by McElroy called the QuickCamp™ System was successfully tested recently at a jobsite in Canada, attracting area contractors and engineers who travelled there to get a first-hand look at the unique shelter and pipe-handling system at work.

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4 November 2015

McElroy, a leading manufacturer of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe fusion equipment, is pleased to add Fortiline Waterworks to its growing network of distributors.

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20 October 2015

McElroy is pleased to announce the addition of a new distributor to serve pipe fusion machine customers throughout Louisiana.

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4 October 2015

The release of the TracStar® 1200 brings the largest pipe fusion capability to date in McElroy's popular line of self-propelled, track-mounted fusion machines.

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22 March 2015

McElroy has unleashed the Talon™ 2000, designed to revolutionise the way large-diameter thermoplastic pipelines are built.

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19 February 2015

McElroy, which manufacturers one of the most extensive lines of thermoplastic fusion machines used worldwide, has opened an office and demonstration facility in Bangalore, India, devoted to sales, rentals and technical service.

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8 February 2015

McElroy has further improved jobsite efficiency with the creation of the OneFit™ Inserts.

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19 January 2015

The launch of McElroy's In-Ditch 48 brings fusion capability to confined work settings using large-diameter pipe.

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14 December 2014

McElroy has brought hydraulic capability to its Pipe Stand line for 4in to 20in (200mm-500mm) pipe to help align thermoplastic pipe more efficiently on butt fusion jobsites.

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10 June 2014

McElroy is pleased to bring wireless capability to the DataLogger® 5, which gives pipe fusion operators the ability to upload data to the DataLogger Vault™, where it can be reviewed and analysed in real-time from anywhere in the world.

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6 April 2014

Cities across the country are facing the costly and urgent task of replacing antiquated water systems that disrupt traffic and interrupt service due to countless, expensive and all-too-familiar water line breaks.

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1 January 2014

McElroy has recently announced the addition of three new distributors that will serve domestic and international customers from east to west.

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McElroy Manufacturing

PO Box 580550


OK 74158-0550

United States of America

Kristin Eeg, MBA - Marketing Services Assistant +1 918 831 9241

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