Pressing

Broomfield, Colo. — Viega is celebrating a milestone with the tenth anniversary of the introduction of MegaPress. Press technology has been in the U.S. since 1999, and Viega has continued to release new fittings and valves to make Viega press technology an industry standard in commercial, residential and industrial applications. Viega MegaPress systems have hundreds Read more

Broomfield, Colo. — Viega is celebrating a milestone with the tenth anniversary of the introduction of MegaPress. Press technology has been in the U.S. since 1999, and Viega has continued to release new fittings and valves to make Viega press technology an industry standard in commercial, residential and industrial applications. Viega MegaPress systems have hundreds of configurations, thousands of approvals, and more than 22 million fittings sold. Over the past ten years, Viega MegaPress systems have saved contractors millions of dollars in installation costs.

Viega MegaPress and MegaPressG were the first press systems in the U.S. market engineered explicitly for gas and hydronic applications. Since the launch, MegaPress systems have expanded to include more than 200 configurations from 1⁄2” to 4” and are approved for more applications than any other carbon steel fitting system.

The value of a MegaPress system is in its unique engineering. The Grip Ring uses bi-directional teeth to provide mechanical strength and securely lock the fitting to the pipe. The sealing element provides elastomeric insurance behind the metal-to-metal contact to compensate for small irregularities of the pipe surface; this ring stays outside the flow path. The Viega MegaPress system has a long lifespan and is tested to withstand a broad range of pressures, temperatures and applications. All Viega fittings come equipped with Smart ConnectTM technology that identifies unpressed connections during pressure testing, allowing for easy identification to ensure the fittings are installed right the first time.

“In the past 10 years, labor costs have been rising while labor availability has been dwindling. It’s a perfect storm. Our MegaPress systems solve both of those challenges and help contractors across the country get more done with less. It’s a proven and trusted technology that isn’t just faster, but it’s reliable, mitigates jobsite risk because of the flameless installation, and eliminates the need for fire watch,” said Will Schneider, Product Portfolio Manager of Viega LLC.

Following the initial success of MegaPress, Viega launched MegaPressG with an HNBR sealing element approved for use in gas and fuel oil applications. Initially available 1⁄2” – 2”, MegaPressG also became the first fitting approved for connecting gas pipe up to 4”.

MegaPress FKM was added to the lineup for higher-temperature applications. With more than 180 configurations 1⁄2” to 4”, MegaPress FKM is now a staple in residential and low-pressure steam, compressed air, fire protection and fuel/oil applications.

With the rapid rise of press fitting adoption, Viega engineered a system for connecting large diameter 304 and 316 IPS stainless steel pipe. MegaPress Stainless comes with a choice of EPDM or FKM sealing elements and makes secure connections in less than 16 seconds.

In recent years, MegaPress systems expanded to meet contractor demand for a complementary valve offering. This included Viega MegaPressG Valves which come with HNBR sealing elements and are available in sizes 1⁄2” to 2”. And Viega MegaPress 3-piece ball valves are available 1⁄2” to 4” and work on potable water, hydronic water and a wide range of other system applications.

“I’ve had the opportunity to train thousands of plumbers and contractors on MegaPress systems and it’s been exciting to see the industry truly embrace this revolutionary technology,” said Troy Locke, Manager, Customer Engagement, Viega LLC. “We’re about pushing the industry forward. We’re going to continue to add more sizes, more applications and secure more approvals. In a decade, I believe we’ve only started to scratch the surface of what is possible with these types of pipe fittings and valves.”

RIDGID, part of Emerson’s professional tools portfolio, introduces the smallest and lightest press tool on the market, the RP 115 Mini Press Tool. Designed for residential and lightweight commercial plumbing use, it completes the majority of press connections installed in the market with ease, while getting professionals to their next job faster. Engineered with the Read more

RIDGID RP 115 Mini Press Tool, press technology, pressing, tools, RIDGID, RIDGID tools, plumbing, heating, HVACRIDGID, part of Emerson’s professional tools portfolio, introduces the smallest and lightest press tool on the market, the RP 115 Mini Press Tool. Designed for residential and lightweight commercial plumbing use, it completes the majority of press connections installed in the market with ease, while getting professionals to their next job faster.

Engineered with the quality and technology that have kept RIDGID first in pressing for decades, the RP 115 can press 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch copper and stainless steel fittings. It is 14.6 inches long, 2.5 inches wide and weighs only 5.5 pounds with battery and jaws. The RP 115 has a SlimGrip handle and optimized trigger for balance and control; one-handed jaw opening and operation for reach and ease of use; and 210-degree head swivel for access to tight spaces.

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Who wouldn’t want to save nearly 500 man-hours on a project? That’s what CSM Mechanical did on a job for the City of Dearborn in Michigan – thanks to Viega’s MegaPressG fittings. By reworking plans to make the natural gas piping distribution system 4” or smaller on the police and courts buildings, and by choosing Read more

Who wouldn’t want to save nearly 500 man-hours on a project?

That’s what CSM Mechanical did on a job for the City of Dearborn in Michigan – thanks to Viega’s MegaPressG fittings. By reworking plans to make the natural gas piping distribution system 4” or smaller on the police and courts buildings, and by choosing to press instead of weld, the CSM Mechanical crew calculated a savings of 491 man-hours.

“The job just went in absolutely phenomenally,” said Craig Mortz, owner of CSM Mechanical. “We saved so much. We took an estimated 30-day project and finished it in 12 days!”

CSM Mechanical has been working for the past four years on an upgrade and update of the mechanical systems campus-wide for the City of Dearborn’s five municipal buildings. Originally constructed in the 1950s, the buildings all had one central powerhouse with heated and chilled water. The renovation plans included disconnecting the heating plant from the central source, upgrading the central chiller plant and giving each building its own individual boiler plant for improved efficiency and energy savings.

None of the buildings were plumbed for gas, and original plans for the police department building included a 6” gas main that was to be welded. Mortz and his team took a look at the project and knew they could improve on the design.

“In working with the owners and with Viega, we got concessions from the natural gas provider to increase the supply pressure so that we were able to get the system down to a 4” line,” he said. “We told the customer we could then also press it instead of welding, which would be faster, safer and save money.”

CSM Mechanical put in almost 1,000 feet of 4” gas pipe, using MegaPressG fittings. CSM Mechanical’s team was the first in Michigan to have the jaws and tool for the larger-diameter MegaPressG fittings, and they were excited to put them to work.

A four-man crew (instead of the six that would have been needed for welding), led by Field Operations Manager Tyler Pryzwara, completed the job. The workers put eight air handlers and four gas-fired boilers in the police and courts buildings, connecting everything with MegaPressG.

Specifications and assistance from Viega were vital in getting MegaPress – and the smaller-diameter pipe – approved for the project, Mortz said.

We showed the owners all the pressure test ratings and standards that MegaPressG is capable of,” Mortz explained. “When we increased the supply pressure and decreased the plumbing size to 4, we were well within any operational and conditional limits for this installation.

“Just the logistics of welding 6” carbon steel pipe and manually distributing it across the various building roofs is where our biggest time savings came from,” Mortz said. “As opposed to 4” pipe that is lighter and can be cut and prefabricated – that saved a lot of time.”

The safety aspect on this project was also a huge benefit. Because the police building is occupied and active 24 hours a day, welding posed significant safety and fire hazards since there were no “off hours” to do the work in. Plus, the buildings have a tar/pitch roofing system.

“We didn’t have to weld on the roof, so we didn’t have sparks and flames and fire blankets and all of the associated PPE,” Mortz said. “Safety was a huge win for us on that building and on the project overall.”

Once installed, CSM Mechanical pneumatically pressure tested the system, which included 1,811 mechanical joints, to 150 psi with no issues or leaks. As winter temperatures set in, the buildings were heated via the new boilers and natural gas line without a problem, providing the City of Dearborn with substantial energy savings and improved efficiencies.

Pressgun 6 and Pressgun 6 Picco offer an affordable entry to pressing technology Broomfield, Colo. — Viega LLC, the company which introduced pressing to North America, now has its own branded pressing tools for use with its fittings. The Viega Pressgun 6 and Pressgun 6 Picco are now available in distributors and through Viega. The Read more

Pressgun 6 and Pressgun 6 Picco offer an affordable entry to pressing technology

Broomfield, Colo. — Viega LLC, the company which introduced pressing to North America, now has its own branded pressing tools for use with its fittings.

The Viega Pressgun 6 and Pressgun 6 Picco are now available in distributors and through Viega. The tools, which are the first in North America to carry the Viega name, cost less than similar press tools from other manufacturers and are an affordable way for contractors to adopt pressing.

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“We know the cost of tools has been a barrier for some contractors who want to adopt pressing,” said Dominic Küng, Senior Manager, Product Portfolio. “The lower price of the Pressgun 6 and Pressgun 6 Picco will make it easier for those customers to buy a tool and begin realizing the enormous benefits of pressing.”

Tools aren’t a new offering for Viega. It has sold branded tools in Europe for years in collaboration with RIDGID, whichmanufactures the Pressgun 6 and Pressgun 6 Picco for Viega.

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The Pressgun 6 is a no-frills, cost-efficient workhorse that can press up to 4″ ProPress copper and stainless and 2″ MegaPress with the V2 actuator and rings, as well as 2″ PureFlow PEX. Its features include:

  • Eight-second press cycle
  • LED display indicating number of presses left on a charge
  • Steel cylinder head and jaw intake
  • 270° rotating cylinder head
  • Forward and backward compatibility with RIDGID batteries

    The less expensive and less powerful Pressgun 6 Picco can press up to 11⁄4″ ProPress with the C1 actuator and rings, 11⁄2″ PureFlow and 3⁄4″ MegaPress.

     

    Neither tool can be used with the MegaPress XL PressBooster or MegaPress Z3 Actuator.

    Both tools come with an 18-volt lithium-ion battery and charger. The 2.5/5.0 Ah battery offers 25% more presses per charge than the previous battery. It includes a battery life indicator. The charger comes with a standard 100-240V charging cord and a 12V DC charging cord so it can be charged off a vehicle lighter. The battery also features forward and backward compatibility with RIDGID batteries, chargers and tools.

    “We’re excited to make it possible for additional contractors to become more efficient and productive through pressing,”Küng said. “They’ll find that the Pressgun 6 and Pressgun 6 Picco will revolutionize their businesses and quickly pay for themselves.”

    To learn more about the tool, visit here.

The RP 350 features a brushless motor, no service interval downtime and 360-degree swiveling head. RIDGID®, part of Emerson’s Professional Tool group, is adding even more versatility to its line of trusted press tools with the introduction of the RP 350 – an advanced, long- running press tool that’s built for the most demanding jobsites Read more

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RIDGID®, part of Emerson’s Professional Tool group, is adding even more versatility to its line of trusted press tools with the introduction of the RP 350 – an advanced, long- running press tool that’s built for the most demanding jobsites. Engineered to be five percent lighter and almost three inches shorter than its predecessor, the RP 350 eliminates scheduled service intervals for less downtime and features a brushless motor, 360-degree swivel head and most advanced LED interface and lighting.

“RIDGID has been the leader in press technology for decades, and we’re excited to give tradespeople even more options for connecting pipe quickly, safely and with less fatigue,” said Michael Provenzano, global product manager, press connections, RIDGID. “We’ve already heard from contractors who previewed the RP 350 at the AHR Expo that the tool exceeds their expectations and they are excited to upgrade their pressing capabilities on the jobsite.”

Weighing only eight pounds with the battery, the RP 350 features an advanced brushless motor, known for maximizing tool longevity, efficiency and durability. The tool’s 360-degree swivel is an industry-first and comes paired with brightest-in-class LED lights to let users not only access tight spaces – but see them more clearly in low-light applications.

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“The RP 350 is designed for contractor ease of use, not only from the standpoint of creating a quality press, but also to minimize contractor fatigue when using the tool,” said Don Embree, manager, industrial design – professional tools, Emerson. “Every feature we built into the tool helps put less impact on the body – for a more productive day and to reduce muscle fatigue.”

Ideal for making connections on residential, commercial and industrial jobs, the RP 350 is compatible with the full line of RIDGID jaws and rings, including: 1⁄2 – 4-inch ProPress® for copper and stainless steel, 1⁄2 – 2-inch PureFlow® for PEX, and 1⁄2 – 2-inch MegaPress® for carbon steel. It also offers maximum versatility, pairing with the RIDGID Press Booster for 2 1⁄2 -inch, 3-inch, and 4-inch carbon steel, StrutSlayrTM Strut Shear Head and the Press SnapTM Soil Pipe Cutter. The tool’s 18V battery platform includes a car charger for on-the-go battery charging; the unit also pairs with the RIDGID Link app to track tool usage, service needs, battery life and last known location. All RIDGID press tools, including the RP 350, come with the RIDGID Full Lifetime Warranty.

To purchase or learn more about the RP 350 and its accessories or other press tool products, visit RIDGID.com, or call toll-free: 1-800-4RIDGID.