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McElroy Manufacturing

Fusion Machinery for Joining Thermoplastic Pipes

McElroy is a designer and manufacturer of fusion equipment for the joining of thermoplastic pipes, such as high-density polyethylene (HDPE), fusible PVC™ and polypropylene.

PO Box 580550,
OK 74158-0550,
United States of America

For more than 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 including high-density polyethylene (HDPE).

The company offers a complete range of accessories that are designed to increase onsite 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 does not corrode, and heat fusion offers a cleaner solution without the risk of leaks. HDPE is resistant to the abrasive acid water often found in mines. The fusion machine heat welds two pipe surfaces together to create one monolithic pipe. This eliminates the chance for leaks to develop at the joints. Mining sites worldwide 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. HDPE is often preferred because of its flexibility which allows it to withstand ground movement as occurs with earthquakes and shifting soils.

McElroy designed its first fusion machine in 1969. 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.

The creation of the McElroy TracStar® in the late ‘90s was inspired by the needs of the mining industry to create the world’s first self-contained, self-propelled track-mounted machine. Users benefit from its mobility and hydraulic assistance on key functions with requires less manpower and makes it more productive.

In 2013, McElroy set out on a completely new design to meet large-diameter challenges with the increasing use of pipe up to 2000mm. The Talon™ 2000 is a self-propelled machine with a jaw design that self-loads pipe from the ground, positions it to be fused and moves from joint to joint down the pipeline. The new method for handling pipe known as pipelining provides a safer, more efficient way to fuse large pipe.

Productivity optimization accessories

McElroy believes in providing solutions to problems; therefore, in addition to fusion machines, McElroy provides a variety of accessories and productivity tools that can significantly improve jobsite efficiency. Examples include its Pipe Stands and 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 reduce manpower costs while enhancing jobsite productivity.

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 ruggedized tablet and the latest DataLogger also allows operators to scan data and 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 required, 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 courses as well as onsite custom training 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.

For more information about McElroy equipment, go to

The Revolutionary Talon™ 2000

The Talon 2000 is a self-propelled vehicle with the unique ability to safely lift pipe from the ground, position it to be fused and move from joint to joint down the pipeline.

McElroy Made, Episode 1 – The Talon

Step inside McElroy's 'world of machines and mechanisms' as we learn all about the Talon - the machine that completely flips traditional fusion equipment on its head.

McElroy® Talon™ 2000

McElroy introduces the Talon™ 2000 - for 54” OD to 2000mm OD pipe fusion.

McElroy Optimized Cooling™

During the fusion process, the most significant amount of time for each joint is attributed to cooling procedures.

High-Density Polyethylene Pipe Systems

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INFUSION 2020: New Products Reign

Exhibited as a virtual event, this year's INFUSION saw two shining stars bridging the divide - the new TracStar® iSeries and the DataLogger® 7.

More Fusions, more Natural Gas

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New DataLogger® 6 and Vault™ FAQs

We have added a helpful new DataLogger and Vault FAQ section to our website. These how-to’s address some of the most common questions and explain the new features for both platforms.

A Far-Out Product Showcase at Infusion19

The biggest stars of INFUSION19 were the machines! Guests who came to Tulsa for three days of peace, love and fusion had the opportunity to touch, see and interact with an even greater variety of polyethylene and polypropylene products at the Product Showcase this year.

TracStar 1200 Spotlighted by McElroy

McElroy’s largest machine in the TracStar lineup has everything the operator needs to fuse 16in OD to 48in OD (450mm to 1200) pipe efficiently and effectively.

Introducing the Hornet™ XL

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.

McElroy’s New QuickCamp™ Delivers at Jobsite in Canada

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.

McElroy Opens India Office

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.

DataLogger® 5 Goes Wireless with Instant Uploading and Review

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.

McElroy Adds Three New Distributors

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

Asia, Australia, South Pacific

Unit 7 / 2 Panama Street

Canning Vale

Western Australia 6155


Africa, Europe, Middle East

11 Avant Business Centre Third Avenue

Milton Keynes


United Kingdom

Mexico, Central America, Caribbean

PO Box 580550


OK 74158-0550

United States of America

South America

Av. La Dehesa 1201. Torre Oriente, Oficina 710.

Lo Barnechea




Av. Martini Vitoria Rossi 271


São Paulo




8/4, Whitley Layout


Bangalore 560066