Pipe fusion equipment supplier McElroy recently introduced the Guided Side-Bend Tester, a quality assurance device that performs a qualitative test for ductility in a fusion joint. The Guided Side-Bend Tester, according to the company, is a quick, safe replacement for “bend back” tests that have been performed in the field for many years. With the new equipment, an operator can perform a bend-back test on polyethylene pipes with 1 to 7 in. (25–178 mm) of wall thickness. The test unit is compact and requires just a few common tools to conduct the process. No external power is required for the device, and the tester equipment weighs less than 30 lb (13.6 kg). www.mcelroy.com/fusion

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