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Fri, 25 Aug 2017

More HUGE reasons to choose stainless steel press fittings

Following on from her previous post about why stainless steel deserves a leading role in the UK HVAC market, Amy Sedgwick here offers more – and bigger – reasons worthy of consideration by specifiers and contractors of commercial plumbing and HVAC systems…

Press systems in stainless steel up to 108mm have been established within the UK commercial marketplace for a number of years now, but what are the options for installations above this size? 

Areas such as large scale plant rooms have standardised on stainless steel due to requirements for long service life and the ability to cope with challenging atmospheric conditions. In fact, a large proportion of projects switch to welding for sizes above 108mm. 

However, there is now a choice thanks to our latest stainless steel press fittings innovation (and a UK first!) which offers an extended range up to 163.8mm, enabling further installed cost benefits to be realised without compromising on system quality and performance.

Following on from my earlier consideration of the specific benefits of using Pegler Yorkshire’s 444 stainless steel range as part of a VSH XPress or VSH Tectite piping system, here are even more reasons to use press systems over alternative methods.

Ideal for on-site installation

The new sizes of press fitting are ideal for on-site installation, particularly if the building is already operational such as a hospital, school or prison. The ability to install without heat or flame significantly reduces the amount of requirements on-site for post-installation system observation, fire prevention equipment (including trained staff) and surface and finished good removal or protection.

Significant savings on installation costs

Although welding is a ‘tried and trusted’ method of installation, it is not without serious health and safety risks.  HSE recommends cold jointing in BS 9999:2017 Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings. The main benefit of using VSH XPress at sizes above 108mm is the potential to make significant savings on the installation costs. There is no need to employ a specialist welder fitter, who may charge high hourly rates; there is no waiting time for welding equipment to reach temperature; areas which are tricky to weld (elbows, tees) are now easily installed; and there is no requirement for cooling time or additional observation after the jointing has been completed. 

Improved health and safety

This is before we consider the potential safety hazards that come with welding – some installers suffer health problems as a result of breathing in welding fumes and can become more prone to life-threatening lung infections. Welding fume is also a classified carcinogen, particularly the fumes produced from welding stainless steel (http://www.hse.gov.uk/welding/illness.htm). The HSE actively promotes considering a cold jointing method above welding to remove the need for flame (http://www.hse.gov.uk/welding/fume-welding.htm).

Ideal for enclosed or smaller spaces

Although installations at these larger sizes tend to often be carried out by specialist off-site fabrication companies who operate out of large premises, it is worth noting that a press connection does not require increased ventilation or open space like welding does which makes it the perfect choice for installing within enclosed spaces or smaller areas.

Improved pipework integrity

The high temperatures applied during the welding process forces the stainless steel to undergo a series of changes which could ultimately have an impact on the structure of the material, and make it susceptible to corrosion in areas of high stress such as joints, corners or poorly finished welds. Good corrosion resistance is not just a critical factor for the lifespan of a piping system, but is also of paramount importance in areas where the pipework regularly hits high temperatures as this exposure can accelerate the corrosion process. Examples of regular high temperature use would be in hygienic environments where pipework is regularly purged for thermal disinfection purposes.

Reduced post installation processes

Welding stainless steel may also require additional post welding processes to be carried out to ensure integrity of the weld and to restore the corrosion resistant layer. This can take the form of pickling baths, pastes and gels, and then potentially an additional process called ‘re-passivisation’ which can also be done through baths, pastes and gels. Both of these processes (if required) require additional time, controlled observation, specialist knowledge and application of dangerous chemicals which presents additional health and safety risks to the installation. After installation has been completed, there will be less flushing time required with a press system as no adhesives or additional products will have been added to the system. A press system is also proven to operate very efficiently with low pressure losses and flow resistance, due to the smooth bore that such a system offers.

Pegler Yorkshire’s XPress press system is WRAS approved and warrantied for up to 25 years with a choice of o rings making it suitable for a wide range of applications. It is available from major UK merchants.

ENDS

Mon, 14 Aug 2017

Swapping the office for the classroom to help develop STEM skills in Doncaster

As part of Pegler Yorkshire’s community engagement activities, Farah Yasin from the Marketing Department went back to school to help out with this year’s TEKK Challenge. Here she describes how the 10-week programme has helped pupils get to grips with science, technology, engineering and maths skills…

The TEKK Challenge is a programme designed to develop STEM skills in 9-12 year olds. It gives a group of young people an opportunity to get hands on experience forming a company to meet a technological challenge.

This year, as a TEKK Ambassador I worked with Kingfisher Primary School over 10 weeks in 2 hour sessions to help support the programme, and make sure it stayed on schedule!

The pupils had to form a “company”, create a corporate image, design a model, build and test a prototype, make a presentation and then enter the final competition against other participating schools.

As a TEKK Ambassador I knew it was important to ensure that all the children participated and felt involved in the task. Outside the sessions, I also spent some time doing personal research on building and construction to help provide ideas on building and jointing techniques.

Being part of the challenge was an enjoyable experience and an opportunity to give something back to the community. Initially it was quite challenging going from a quiet office surrounding to a loud classroom environment but after settling in it was very rewarding and I felt like I helped the children grow on the STEM skills as well giving them an insight into this business and the variety of roles and careers available here.

As well as my time, Pegler Yorkshire also presented personalised goodie bags to the Kingfisher Primary pupils which included a certificate and some merchandise.

And the icing on the cake was that Kingfisher Primary won the TEKK Challenge Construction Award at the celebration event! Well done team!!

Wed, 31 May 2017

Why stainless steel deserves a leading role in the UK HVAC market

As a specifier or contractor of commercial plumbing and HVAC systems you are probably already familiar with the benefits of using stainless steel pipework systems.

For many years, stainless steel has been a popular choice for pipework within the industrial sector and has made the leap successfully into the commercial marketplace, probably helped by the rise of sub-contracting enabling installers to gain experience in other sectors of the market.  Offsite pre-fabrication has also become a common feature on projects.

Known as “the hygienic” metal, stainless steel has a number of material, environmental and financial benefits which make it a popular choice. More recently, its aesthetic characteristics have also contributed to a rise in popularity thanks to the trend for industrial style interiors. This, combined with its simple cleaning requirements, means that pipework does not have to be hidden away and can instead form a part of the décor.

Amy Sedgwick, Market Manager – Press Systems says: “We are seeing the emergence of stainless steel as the specifier material of choice for pipework systems, which is already an area where press-fit jointing is one of the most popular methods of installation. The ‘norm’ is to install 316 tube and fittings up to 108mm, but in a world of ever increasing demands regarding cost, time and performance Pegler Yorkshire is developing innovative solutions to challenge this area of the marketplace and exceed expectations.”

Here she considers the specific benefits of using Pegler Yorkshire’s 444 stainless steel range as part of a VSH XPress or VSH Tectite piping system.

Superior resistance to corrosion

Probably the main reason for the rise in popularity of stainless steel for pipework is its reputation as being superior when resisting corrosion. 444 performs well against each of the four major types of corrosion in the following ways:

1) Pitting Corrosion. This occurs when the naturally occurring passive layer of stainless steel is compromised. A high % of Chromium and Molybdenum is effective against this – both of which are very much present in 444 tube.

2) Crevice Corrosion. This occurs in areas where the metal has been worked or deformed. Major element to resist this is Molybdenum.

3) Intergranular Corrosion. This occurs at high temperatures (ie during welding). Grades stabilised with either titanium or niobium work best against this (444!).

4) Stress Corrosion Cracking. The combination of a mechanical load and a corrosive environment lead to cracks forming in the metal, ferritic grades are best at resisting this from occurring (444!)

Durability and resistance to environmental conditions

The vast majority of products we use on a daily basis contain stainless steel (car exhausts, washing machine drums – many products with a long service life). Its excellent reputation for durability and resistance to various environmental conditions mean that in the plumbing world it is gaining particular popularity in geographic areas where water hardness is a problem, for example parts of Scotland and the Channel Islands.

Stainless steel is an ideal material for thermal disinfection as it can accommodate high temperatures in regular cycles over a long period of time – making it a great choice for healthcare applications. The SSF100 grey Viton o-ring which is available within the VSH XPress Stainless product portfolio will create a system suitable for steam condensate applications, also suitable for applications requiring purging and disinfection.

Whole life cost-savings

The price of 444 is significantly less than that of 316, meaning that significant savings are up for grabs. The 444 tube from Pegler Yorkshire is also WRAS approved, meaning that the jump to installing stainless steel will not be as expensive as one might think. If this is considered alongside the additional benefits and cost savings that installing a press-fit system can offer then the overall benefit will be substantial.

Conclusion

Stainless steel 444 is fast being adopted as a preferred metal grade within the commercial HVAC market. The cost benefit vs 316 while still offering a similar level of corrosion resistance (which is superior compared to other available commercial pipework grades) is commanding attention from both specifiers and contractors alike. Installing 444 as a part of a VSH XPress or VSH Tectite piping system gives you a 25 year system guarantee so there is nothing to lose and a considerable amount to gain.

Tue, 16 May 2017

Top 3 reasons to choose Terrier TRVs to control your heating system

As a manufacturer, we know only too well the truth of the saying “you’re only as good as your last performance”. Our customers (and their customers) judge us on their most recent experience of our heating and plumbing solutions, which is one of the reasons we are continually evolving our ranges, as well as our processes, to make sure we provide the very best products and services.

Back in the 1990s, we introduced our first Terrier TRV radiator valve, designed to provide more precise control over heating systems. Now there are over 20 million Terrier TRVs and MRVs controlling heating systems in both commercial and domestic spaces, and we’ve introduced new and improved versions over the decades.

Now we’re launching our latest “new and improved” Terrier TRV range and we’re confident you will love the new stylish features and technical advantages which add up to even better performance, easier installation and uncomplicated operation.

We asked valves and heating market manager Sindar Singh for the top three reasons you should be installing our new Terrier TRVs:

1 Better performance

The first thing to mention is the concealed air intake system which tests have shown provides a much more efficient flow of air to the new pure copper element. This copper element enables a faster response to temperature changes, so the heating can reach comfort levels in a significantly reduced time when compared with other TRVs on the market.

2 Good looking

Our decorative TRVs proved extremely popular when we introduced them some years ago, so we’ve taken some of the design features and improved them further for the latest Terrier TRV range. A slim profile and bright white body is complimented by a larger easy grip and easy care surface finish. We’ve also added a feature chrome trim and a clear colour temperature window which offers high contrast icons and intuitive colour coded settings.

3 Easy to operate

Each TRV now comes with a quick guide to “getting the most out of your TRV” giving a brief overview of how to operate it and the average comfort level settings which are also displayed in easy to understand pictures. The mechanism has been altered to a more intuitive low friction action easy for any dexterity while an ECO touch indicator is ideal for those with visual impairments.

If you would like more information, please visit the Terrier section of our website here 

Tue, 18 Apr 2017

Our BIM Journey: The Story So Far

Clive Gill, Technical Information Administrator, has been responsible for managing the processes we use to share product data with our customers for over 10 years.  He shared his experience of getting to grips with Building Information Modelling (BIM) at last year’s Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) BIM Workshop which took place just before its annual Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference.

Here, he gives an insight into how Pegler Yorkshire’s commitment to introducing 3D models will benefit its customers and reinforce its reputation as one of the leading manufacturers of advanced plumbing, heating and engineering products in the world.

“BIM – or as I like to call it Minecraft for Engineers/Architects – is an integrated system design tool which has the potential to improve the efficiency and sustainability of building design. With so many of our products being specified for use on public sector buildings (where the Government made BIM compliance compulsory by 2016), we recognised the need for an accessible and comprehensive 3D product library that would give us an edge over our competition and help specifiers at the earliest stage of building design.

But with thousands of products in our portfolio, we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy task.

We consulted extensively internally with colleagues in sales and marketing, as well as with key customers, to determine what information should be contained within our 3D models. We also invested in specialist training, Autodesk Revit with BIM Academy, and built a young team to help us develop our 3D product library.

In a relatively short space of time – under two years – we have created a 3D catalogue of taps and valves which is available for free via our MyPY portal. Users simply need to register and can then access a User Guide and asset files from our brands including Ballorex, Endex, Pegler, Tectite, Xpress and Yorkshire.

But this isn’t the end of the story. BIM is a fluid situation and we recognise that simply creating the asset files and library is only the start of our journey. We’re speaking regularly with consultants and engineers who are using the files in their building designs to refine the information contained in them, and revise our library to make it as efficient and effective as possible." 

If you’d like more information, or to provide some feedback of your experience with BIM, please do get in touch! clive.gill@pegleryorkshire.co.uk

Mon, 13 Mar 2017

4 reasons to use press-fittings on “live” construction sites

Well over half the work being carried out by heating engineers and contractors is on “live” sites, where traditional jointing methods can add extra workload in terms of paperwork and meeting health and safety requirements. Switching to modern press-fit jointing methods minimises on-site risks and means contractors can get on with the job in hand safely and quickly.

According to research, 69% of plumbing systems currently being installed are for the Repairs, Maintenance & Improvement (RMI) market (source: Ama Research). Healthcare and education are two of the sectors that traditionally dominate, and are forecast to be a significant part of the overall market to 2020. 

We asked our Market Manager – Press Systems, Amy Sedgwick for some tips for heating system contractors and engineers that would help them meet the growing demands of public sector specifiers and regulators while ensuring the very highest standard of plumbing work.

 

1               Hot works permit not required

Many service buildings (schools/hospitals/prisons etc) will not allow the use of a flame on site if the building is in use. If you look at the application form for a hot works permit – you soon get an idea of the huge amount of work that needs to be done to comply. It goes without saying that using VSH XPress or Tectite either gets rid of or minimises the work involved for all these points!

Fire protection systems need to be disabled and possibly extra security provided onsite.

A continuous fire watch needs to be in place.

There needs to be post installation supervision provided for a set period of time.

Personnel who are providing the fire watch need to be trained to do so.

Extra extinguishing equipment (extinguishers/hose reels) needs to be in the immediate vicinity.

Adequate ventilation needs to be provided

Combustible materials (blankets, drapes, screens, curtains) need to be removed from the area.

Surfaces (walls, ceiling, flooring) need to be protected from sparks

Hazardous materials need to be removed (blowtorches, flux, solder etc) once the work has been completed and the area checked.

 

2               No need to dry out system

Press-fit methods don’t require the system to be dried out so you can install wet. This saves a lot of time when you are working on a RMI project!

 

3               Same length of guarantee as a traditional system

In fact, on some projects Pegler Yorkshire’s Warranty Plus gives a 25-year guarantee. It means we work on projects from the initial design stages to provide value engineering solutions incorporating Tectite, XPress and valves solutions. We also provide complete training for the installation team which all adds up to give the specifier added peace of mind!


4               Happier, healthier workforce!

Bit of a strange one but... 35,000 cases of work-related skin disorders are diagnosed every year (source: HSE) mostly by workers coming into frequent contact with chemicals in their job. VSH XPress offers clean jointing with no need to use flux or solder (and that has additional benefits for water quality too!). Plus, you get a full bore with no solder build up – better flow rates and less pressure loss too! Win-win. 

We’d be interested to hear from any contractors or engineers who have made the switch to metal press-fit technologies, how do you find it?

Fri, 27 Jan 2017

A Spotlight on Careers at Pegler Yorkshire

Interested in working for Pegler Yorkshire? Join our new careers pages on Facebook and Linkedin!

Pegler Yorkshire is proud of its reputation as an innovator in the plumbing and heating industry. Our entire team works hard to ensure we maintain our position as a trusted supplier of proven solutions to the construction sector and we are committed to providing training, both internally for our people and externally for our customers, to maintain the highest industry standards.

We recognise that we can only be as good as our team, and so we are always on the look-out for people who share our vision for innovation and quality who can make a positive contribution to the growth of our business.

As a Yorkshire manufacturer, with additional manufacturing sites overseas, and with a worldwide customer base we are keen to attract the very best talent to join our team. 

We have been busy this year attending skills and careers fairs in Doncaster and Yorkshire to promote engineering – which is at the heart of our company – as well as other career paths available at Pegler Yorkshire. Young people and professional plumbers have also been enjoying our “Tectite Challenge” at roadshows and open days around the country – if you want to find out more, have a look at this https://www.facebook.com/GrahamPlumbersMerchant/videos/1120190238066600/

And now we’ve launched dedicated careers social media profiles on Facebook and Linkedin initially to make it even easier for people to find out more about becoming part of the Pegler Yorkshire team.

We’ll be posting all our latest vacancies and also introducing members of our team to give insights into the sorts of roles within our company people can apply for. With departments from Export to Factory and Marketing to Finance, there are a whole host of roles which we hope will be of interest.

 

Please join our online careers community and tell us what you’d like to know about working for us – now and in the future!


Wed, 07 Sep 2016

Our marketing is evolving – thanks to social media!

Just over four years ago, we took the decision to broaden the scope of our marketing and communication activities to include “new” social media channels including Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook. All those years ago we started out with the aim of building an engaged community of professionals working in the construction sector and beyond to share information about our products and services, and to contribute to the debate on key issues such as sustainability.

It would be wrong of us to say that social media has revolutionised our business – but it would be fair to say that it has had an impact on how we share information with people who are interested in it. From the media, to our customers, to their customers – we have built a sizeable community of people who want to hear what we’re up to and who sometimes reach out to us for help.

And we just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has been a part of our online community so far – thanks for listening, thanks for sharing your views and for welcoming us into your social media lives. 

We now have 4,298 followers on Twitter, 4,089 Facebook fans (plus 1,790 Francis Pegler Facebook fans) and 1,770 followers of our Linkedin company page.

That’s an amazing total of 11,947 people!

And we’re reaching more people than ever through our activities across our social media channels – spreading the word about our industry-leading product portfolio, our commitment to improving CPD and best practice in the industry, and some of the fun stuff our team get up to as well!

If you’re not already following us, why not join the almost 12,000 industry professionals who are and help us to make our community even better?

You’ll find all the links to our social media channels here http://www.pegleryorkshire.co.uk/EN/SocialMedia

 We look forward to connecting with you!

Mon, 08 Aug 2016

Recognising and Rewarding Innovation

Pegler Yorkshire has been leading the way in the specialist fields of fittings, taps and valves since 1888. We’ve introduced some of the industry’s best-selling flow control products over the years and remain totally committed to the quality and innovation which are the hallmarks of our success.

At the heart of our operations is the desire to drive continual innovation and deliver tangible solutions to real issues such as energy efficiency and installed savings. We deliver this through a strategic Connect and Control approach. And, through strength flexibility and the ability to engage with our customers, Pegler Yorkshire continues to be a major player in the global plumbing and heating marketplace whilst delivering solutions that address changing market demands. 

The Travis Perkins Innovation Awards which were launched earlier this year drive engineering creativity and recognise all that is great within our industry. 

As sponsors of the inaugural awards, we fully support their aims and hope the process uncovers some real gems of ideas to help solve industry-wide problems.

The judges are knee-deep in entries during July and August, and the winners are expected to be announced in September. You can find out more about the awards here http://www.tpia.co.uk/

We thought it might be interesting to have a look back at some of the British inventions which have helped shape the world we live in today. Which one’s your favourite?

5 British inventions that changed the built environment

1.      Cement: Invented in 1824 by Leeds bricklayer Joseph Aspdin. Aspdin invented and patented a method of making what he called Portland Cement – the type that’s most widely used today.

2.      Bessemer process: Invented in 1856 by Henry Bessemer. Bessemer’s process ranks as one of the most important breakthroughs of the industrial era and made it possible to build buildings taller than four or five storeys.

3.      Sewage system: Invented in 1865 by Joseph Bazalgette. Developing the largest sewage system the world had ever seen in London changed life in the city completely.

4.      Light bulb: Invented in 1880 by Joseph Swan. The first bulbs lasted little more than 12 hours but, unlike gas lamps, there was no flame or dirty smoke and they soon caught on.

5.      Float glass: Invented in 1959 by Alistair Pilkington. Almost all the glass we use today is made using Pilkington’s “float” process, which made it far easier and cheaper to make high-quality glass.

With thanks to The Radio Times http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-01-08/the-50-greatest-british-inventions

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

Pegler Yorkshire Hosts Inaugural CIPHE Round Table

Pegler Yorkshire was pleased to host the first CIPHE round table at its innovation centre in Doncaster today.


Members from across the industry included;

Kevin Wellman – CEO CIPHE

Paul Williams – President CIPHE

Richard Soper - Director of Development CIPHE


Paul Bullivant – Commercial Director Plumbase

Dave Smith – CEO Valley Heating Services

Ian Puddick – Chief Plumbing Officer London Boiler Company

Mark McGettigan – Installer Magazine

Paul Harmer – Technical Director CIPHE

Dave Rhodes – Head of Technical Services Pegler Yorkshire

Phill Jackson – Marketing and Business Development Director Pegler Yorkshire


Chaired by Richard Soper the participants passionately discussed pressing issues in order to make changes in the industry for the benefit of the public.

Key issues discussed included the importance of bringing more young people into the industry via apprenticeships, encouraging installers to stand up and say they are ‘Proud to be a Professional’, as well as the installer’s role when it comes to protecting the general public – especially the elderly and vulnerable. 

Richard Soper, director of development for the CIPHE commented: “We were delighted to be joined by so many experienced people from the plumbing and heating industry for today’s discussion. It was extremely valuable to hear what manufacturers, merchants and plumbing and heating engineers believe the CIPHE’s role should be in raising industry standards and promoting best practice.”

The round table commented on how the CIPHE and its members combined can help drive training via many different routes to encourage more apprenticeships and continued learning. In addition, the consortium discussed a ‘common sense’ approach to industry best practice and how this can be embedded within the day to day operations of plumbing and heating engineers.

Richard continued: “What’s clear is that communication, communication and more communication is the key to helping raise awareness of the Institute’s role with the best interests of both the trade and consumers in mind.”

Phill Jackson, marketing and business development director of Pegler Yorkshire  commented: “We were extremely proud to host the inaugural CIPHE round table.  It was really interesting to see the variety of people attending who brought with them a varied range of experience and skills from within the industry.  The discussion covered some hugely important industry topics and some noteworthy solutions were realised.” 


Mon, 16 May 2016

Excellence in the Art, Craft, Science and Practice of Plumbing

We pride ourselves on the levels of technical expertise and innovation demonstrated by all our team and earlier this year one of our technical support engineers achieved recognition for his dedication and commitment to “be the best”.

Shaun Burrows EngTech MCIPHE RP is now one of only 178 Master Plumbers awarded the certificate by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) since the scheme began in 2001.

Shaun travelled to Fishmongers’ Hall in London to receive his certificate from Alderman The Lord Mountevans, The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of London at the annual Livery Companies Skill Council awards ceremony (see photo).

Many of you may have received advice from Shaun during the six years he’s been with Pegler Yorkshire. He advises end users, installers and specifiers on the technical aspects of the company’s products and provides onsite training on the installation, servicing and commissioning of products.

Technical advice is available through onsite training and the Freephone technical help number 0800 156 0050, and increasingly via Pegler Yorkshire’s social media channels including TwitterFacebook and Linkedin.

Recent queries received via social media include:

Q: Is it true that you should not need any jointing compound on the olive of a compression fitting? With the cheap fittings you do and even then it’s not guaranteed they won't leak, but with the quality range of fittings I find I don't need the paste.

A: We do not advise the use of any jointing compound on a standard compression fitting used on water supply systems. There may, in some circumstances, be a need to apply jointing compound to fittings used on gas systems. In this instance it is recommended that the joint is made first, dis-assembled, the jointing compound applied, then the joint re-made as this will prevent the compression olive from creating a false seal by compressing to the compound. Full details on the installation of a compression fitting can be found on the Pegler Yorkshire website at the link below. http://www.pegleryorkshire.co.uk/MEDIA/DownloadAttributes/CC_002/74398676_Kuterlite_600_900.pdf

Wed, 27 Jan 2016

New Warranty Plus initiative shortlisted for industry award

Last year’s highly publicised delay to the opening of a new £150m critical care building at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-32025100) was a stark reminder of the potential risks associated with designing, installing and commissioning pipework systems in a multi-million pound construction project.

We have been designing flow control system components for over 125 years and have unrivalled experience when it comes to making sure that water or gases are able to flow properly around a massive network of pipes.

For two years, we have been working to develop an initiative which will hopefully take some of the risk out of large projects for M&E contractors across the UK – and even globally. We have listened to what the industry – both clients and contractors – has been saying are some of the problems which can lead to scenarios like the one at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

And we’re delighted to say the fruits of our labours; our newly launched Warranty Plus initiative (http://www.pegleryorkshire.co.uk/EN/Connect/guaranteed-quality) is causing something of a stir in the industry.   

In a nutshell, Warranty Plus provides reassurance on a complete system rather than individual components for up to 25 years. Currently targeting projects over £250,000, Warranty Plus is a three stage process which sees our expert team working with contractors on the system design, providing advice on expansion, contraction, valve sizing and positioning, commissioning and BIM compliance, through to installation training, using our head office, onsite and online resources, and finally the provision of system and water conditioning using the latest technology and processes, commissioning and aftercare.

We’re confident that this initiative eliminates problems found with commissioning and treatment of plumbing systems which can cost the industry dearly!  

And it looks like we’re not alone… This month (January 2016) our Warranty Plus initiative has been shortlisted in the H&V News Awards category Service & Maintenance Initiative of the Year.

This is a tremendous achievement for all of our team, and for everyone who has helped us to develop the Warranty Plus initiative. 

Wish us luck for the final (https://awards.hvnplus.co.uk/) which is being held on 21 April at the Grosvenor House Hotel!

If you are interested in finding out more about Warranty Plus, please get in touch with your local commercial representative (http://www.pegleryorkshire.co.uk/EN/ContactUs/UKContacts).

Mon, 02 Nov 2015

NEW RANGE OF CPD MODULES

Personal and professional development is critical to employees and employers to allow individuals and companies to grow and prosper. With this in mind, we’ve launched a portfolio of Continuous Personal Development (CPD) modules which are suitable for industry professionals across a variety of sectors.

“Ongoing training is a very important part of career development. With new products entering the market and changes to legislation affecting the construction and plumbing industries we feel our online training portal is a hugely effective way of promoting ongoing learning,” said Phill Jackson Marketing and Business Development Director. “Initially, we have selected topics which will benefit a wide cross section of people from installers and contractors to specifiers and consultants, and more modules will be coming very soon as we continue to build on our training programmes.”

The online training modules, which can be accessed via ‘My PY’, cover general topics such as; Central Heating, Taps & Mixers, Metal Push-fit and Commissioning.  Additionally, we are developing a portfolio of CPD site seminars which currently include: the Importance of Anti-Microbial taps in infection control for health care sectors; Safety and Efficiency of Water Systems in line with Part G of Building Regulations and the Code for Sustainable Homes; and a module detailing how Heat Interface Units support Heat Distribution Networks to deliver environmental and cost saving efficiencies.  

The Heat Distribution, Metering and Control training module, for example, focuses on system types, applications, influences and climate solutions particularly focusing on Heat Interface Units (HIU’s) and the benefits they can bring.  It, as well as the other modules, includes a host of industry related statistics and facts to deliver enhanced levels of knowledge

“The Heat Distribution module is particularly relevant as 2015 sees the start of a Local Council study into the benefits that a Heat Interface Unit (HIU) can bring to heat networks,” said Phill. “Furthermore this particular CPD module has gained accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) for its industry relevance, and will be used by them as a benchmark for other manufacturers and training providers so that learning for all in the industry can be achieved.“

More CPD training modules will continue to be uploaded onto the website throughout the year.

To access the modules individuals can simply create a ‘My PY’ account and companies can contact us direct to book a presentation or fill in the online ‘Book a Seminar’ form.

Thu, 01 Oct 2015

Stainless Steel: From 19th century invention to 21st century innovation

History suggests that Sheffield born Harry Brearley was the first to discover stainless steel over 100 years ago.  Initially created to be used in the production of small arms to prolong the life of barrels which were eroding away too quickly, Brearley soon discovered its many other advantages.  According to the history books Brearley etched his steels with nitric acid and examined them under a microscope in order to analyse their potential resistance to chemical attack. Brearley found his new steel resisted these chemical attacks and continued to test the sample with other agents, including lemon juice and vinegar. Brearley was astounded to find his alloys were still highly resistant, and immediately recognised the potential for his steel within the cutlery industry.

Stainless steel is now widely used in thousands of applications – including plumbing!


Typical Stainless Steel Plumbing Systems

In our industry applications that benefit from stainless steel are primarily those where hygiene is of the upmost importance, including chilled water services, fire protection, pharmaceutical and health care environments, plus hot and cold water services, above ground 2nd and 3rd family gas service pipelines, compressed air and those gas pipelines where high levels of hydrogen sulphide makes copper unsuitable.  


Benefits of using Stainless Steel  

  • Low corrosion rate in water
  • Lightweight yet strong and ductile which makes it quick and easy to install
  • Excellent resistance to the full range of potable waters covered by the European Drinking Water Directive
  • Clean installation as no heat is required to form a joint therefore no contaminates are left in the system which reduces flushing times
  • Fully recyclable!
  • Lifetime expectancy is more than 50 years, and it requires no additional coating and no maintenance after installation
  • Finish can form part of an interior design rather than being hidden away!

All great reasons for Pegler Yorkshire to introduce a new more affordable grade of stainless steel tube to the UK market…


21 st  Century Innovation

We noticed that in the UK stainless steel tube options were restricted to 304 and 316 in comparison to our European counterparts who have been using an alternative grade for several years. This grade of tube is widely used across Europe because of its unique qualities.  Its high Chromium content and presence of Molybdenum, amongst other alloys has meant the price sensitive Nickel element is no longer a requirement, which provides huge cost savings when compared to other grades of stainless steel already in use.

And so, we have introduced this new grade of stainless steel tube that benefits from equivalent strength and corrosion properties to the 316 and provides a new choice for the commercial marketplace.

We believe our new Xpress SS630 is set to be a serious contender in the tube market.  Its strong technical performance makes it perfect for a wide variety of building services and industrial applications, from commercial heating and fire protection systems through to aggressive environmental applications, such as shipbuilding.

XPress SS630 is available in sizes 15-54mm and 6m lengths and meets a wide range of approvals including several international standards for sprinklers (LPCB, FM) and shipbuilding (DNV, GL, RINA).  The presence of titanium gives the tube strength and formability which means it can also be bent to suit. The SS650 range completes the tube offering up to 108mm. 

Forming part of the XPress portfolio this lightweight, easy to handle tube supports the drive for more heat-free installations through quality push-fit and press-fit technology.  It is compatible with the standard XPress Stainless Steel fittings range and benefits from a unique “Leak Before Press” (LBP) design, developed as a final check to the system to provide instant identification of joints that have been assembled correctly but mistakenly left un-pressed. 

Wonder what Harry Brearley would make of that?!

Mon, 20 Jul 2015

How We're Helping Drive More Tap Sales At Merchants

By Phill Jackson Marketing & Business Development Director, Pegler Yorkshire 

Consumers are increasingly turning to online shops and with this in mind, we’ve been working on a new concept to help our customers – the merchants – provide their customers with a choice of purchase points.

Independent research amongst installers, as well as online and offline consumers, showed us that everyone is much more knowledgeable nowadays. In terms of kitchen and bathroom products, most are likely to shop around both offline and online with price, reliability and product style being the key influencing factors.

Key research findings

·       When asked ‘Which product did you/are you likely to choose first to determine the style for the kitchen refurbishment’ over 60% said the units followed by the tap/mixer. 

·       When asked about a bathroom refurbishment most would choose the bath, washbasin/shower screen and tiling ahead of taps/mixers.

·       For the majority of consumers (55%) the purchase of taps/mixers is part of a larger project, however 63% said this was not in the main due to product failure.

·       When researching the right product, websites are an important source of information followed by DIY stores and retail showrooms.

·       When asked ‘Where are you likely to buy your tap/mixer?’ most would still use a store, with websites coming second.

New Francis Pegler online shop

Our new Francis Pegler distributer fulfilled web shop has already been supported by a number of merchants who recognise the benefit of offering this alternative method of purchase for their own customers.  It provides purchasers with an easy to navigate online shop featuring the full range of Francis Pegler taps, mixers and showers.   

The website has been built in partnership with Shopatron, a network solution system, which means merchants signing up for free have the option of fulfilling orders placed by purchasers, enabling the faster movement of stock and the possible advantage of high profit margins. 

The system also allows merchants to use reports and analytics to see what is selling locally and nationally to help with their buying decisions. They are in control every step of the way as they can decide how many orders they wish to fulfil and the flexible shipping rules make online fulfilment easy to fit into their own existing routine.

We hope that this development means that consumers looking for taps online can be captured for our merchant customers at the very start of their research journey, and that their web shop visit could lead onto a purchase or at the very least provide them with the information they or their plumber needs to complete their desired kitchen or bathroom re-design.  

Tue, 30 Jun 2015

Like Two Peas in a Pod

Much has been written about the merits of metal push and press fit jointing systems, and there’s been a notable rise in the number of solutions being installed that now benefit from a combined approach. Bearing this in mind, we thought it might be helpful to find out a bit more about the reasons the combined approach is gaining favour, so we asked Janette Henwood, our market manager for push-fit systems for her take on the situation.

We know there are many reasons influencing installers’ decisions to use a particular jointing system, from education and training through to time and cost savings and no heat requirements. But quality and the reduced risk of system failures are still the top priorities.

Press Technology

Press-fit has a reputation for being a high performing solution. Since its inception in the late 1950s its popularity has been paramount to the success of many projects.  Because there is no need to use heat and solder it is a very clean and fast jointing method. It doesn’t leave carbon deposits or flux so there is less risk of corrosion and time required to flush the system.

Push Technology

On the other hand push-fit is relatively new in comparison – introduced back in the 1980s it was originally classified as a light domestic solution used in conjunction with plastic piping. But today’s metal fittings have advanced that much, push-fit is now being used on a full range of projects from small domestic to large scale commercial, including The Shard. The technological improvements of quality push-fit fittings means they are now compatible with a variety of pipe materials and their range can easily dovetail with everything from plastic to flexible metal, copper and even carbon steel. 

 

Why Metal Push or Press Fit?

No Hot Permit Required

Compared to traditional methods the flameless installation offered by metal push or press fittings eradicates fire risk during the jointing process. It negates the requirement for a hot work permit and eradicates localised annealing from high temperatures. 

Cleaner System

As well as potential fire hazards, traditional methods use flux and solder which can run inside the fitting. A metal push or press fit system does away with the need for additional substances to create the seal eliminating any flux deposits which can cause a corrosive build up and shorten the lifespan of a system. Plus, with no solder on the internal walls of the pipe and fitting, the system operates with a full bore and less time is required to rigorously flush the system on completion. 

Confined Spaces

It can be difficult to ensure a joint is made correctly, when using traditional techniques, if access to it is restricted. If the blowtorch for example, cannot be passed around the fitting completely there is a risk that jointing is incomplete and a corresponding risk of leakage. 

Identifying Quality

So how do installers identify a system that will provide a reliable connection? The basic concept of a metal push-fit fitting for example comprises a metallic body, a plastic cartridge, a seal and a grab ring. This metallic body provides a range of features; it ensures the joint remains stiff, offers strength and reliability, as well as providing electrical continuity in some cases.

Highly engineered quality modern systems now incorporate easily identifiable fail safe features such as Pegler Yorkshire’s XPress unique Leak Before Press design which allows installers to instantly identify unpressed joints, and Tectite’s patented TectSEAL, directional seals pre-lubricated for reduced insertion force and the provision of a reliable seal.


Tue, 28 Apr 2015

We're Exhibiting at a London Gallery!

Have you heard of The Building Centre in London  http://www.buildingcentre.co.uk/ ? It’s a fantastic venue which exists to promote innovation in the built environment through exhibitions, talks and an impressive information centre.


We have a showcase in The Building Centre’s gallery, which is full of the latest products and materials from both home and overseas, from external products to internal finishes and of course, plumbing and heating fittings!

Our display has recently been refurbished and I’m sure you’ll agree it looks pretty amazing! Why not give Darren Woodward, Specification Manager - South a call and arrange an appointment so he can show you our latest innovations and product ranges next time you’re in central London? Darren’s contact details can be found here http://www.pegleryorkshire.co.uk/En/ContactUs/UKContacts/National

Alternatively, you could pay a virtual visit to our showroom at The Building Centre and browse our brochures and news section here http://www.buildingcentre.co.uk/showroom/pegler.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015

Moving with the times...

Our website has played a key role in our marketing activities since we took our first steps onto the World Wide Web in 1999. And that role has increased in importance as more people turn to Google for help to find the answers to their plumbing and heating problems and questions.


There was a time when companies like ours printed brochures, catalogues or price lists and distributed them to their customers every now and then, probably annually. But today’s digital world – dominated by online search engines and now social media platforms – demands a more switched on approach to marketing.

Optimised for mobile

We’ve updated our website, optimising it for the millions of you using mobile devices to access information about prices, stockists and products while you’re out and about.


Customer-focused areas

On the main site, we’ve made it easier for you to find the information and help you’re looking for by creating two distinct areas: one for installers or contractors, and one for specifiers or consultants.

Connect + Control philosophy

This now reflects the Connect and Control philosophy that encompasses our entire portfolio of products.

Our Connect product solutions combine innovative design, speed of installation and faultless functionality that result in systems that reduce installation time and minimise installation cost.

Our Control product range enables the effective balancing of precision flow control with energy efficiency and comfort. Our Control products are designed to ensure that installation is easy, efficient and economical to operate plus they help meet stringent building performance criteria.

There are plenty of other new features on the website, including the usual information such as news, brochures, stockists, training and links to our Insight tool, MyPY and our social media profiles. More on all these in future blogs…

We’d love to hear what you think about the changes. Visit www.pegleryorkshire.co.uk from your mobile or desktop device (if you're not there already) and then use Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin to let us know if you like our new look!

Wed, 20 Nov 2013

We're Bending the Rules of Plumbing!

We're delighted to announce the launch of our new product within our flagship Tectite brand - Tectite Flexible Metal system.

Designed with installers in mind, Tectite flexible tube combines the flexibility, efficiency and installation speed of plastic with the performance and reliability that soldered copper offers. Meaning that installers can now reap the benefits of both allowing them to be more competitive on pricing and installation times.

Now available, for the first time in the UK, in sizes 15 and 22mm the Tectite Tube has an integrated layer of aluminium at its core thereby enabling the pipe to retain whatever shape it is moulded to. And, when used with our metal Tectite fittings it offers improved performance and reliability without impacting on installation time and negating the need for hot works.

Key benefits include:
* 8 x less expansion than plastic systems
* Suitable for use in heating, hot and cold potable water and chilled water applications
* Can be connected directly to the boiler
* Reduces the number of fittings used by up to 40%
* No sagging under temperature due to metal construction

We undertook extensive research to find out what installers liked about each of our existing ranges and this combined with the flair of our design and product development team ensured we could create a new product of superior quality that really pushes the boundaries of plumbing.

To further enhance its appeal it can also be combined with our ever growing valve portfolio ranging from ball valves to push-fit Terrier TRV's to Tectite thermostatic mixing valves.

Click here to visit our dedicated website page. And, to celebrate the launch why not enter our Luxury Short Break to Paris competition, visit www.flexiblemetal.co.uk for more details or enter here.

Wed, 31 Jul 2013

On-going Investment Boosts Production Capacity

At Doncaster we have commissioned four hydraulic stamping presses, automatic bar saw and shotblast machines for finishing the forged product whilst our Leeds factory has invested in a dedicated Tectite production cell which delivers a quality engineered finished metal push-fit system at a rate which doubles current production capacity.

This has been particularly essential due to the continued global expansion of the Tectite range and we're pretty sure that these investments will only serve to drive future growth of Pegler Yorkshire group in Leeds, Doncaster and with international sales across the globe.

To facilitate this we've invested £2.8 million at Leeds whilst down the road in Doncaster we've seen an investment of £2.5million. It's all part of our strategy to remain competitive in the global market place.

This latest investment will not only secure manufacturing at our Yorkshire sites but will enable us to give our customers consistency of supply and a quality product at a competitive price. This investment has also enabled us to increase output, via an expansion in capacity and improve process yields, all of which contribute to us staying at the forefront of our  industry meaning we are well placed to help you further your business success too.

And with recent reports highlighting a rise in UK manufacturing output over the last few months we urge other UK manufacturers to continue to push the boundaries of innovation, target additional markets and ultimately invest in their own business to fuel this continued growth and success in the sector.

Mon, 13 May 2013

Visitors Praise New Training Centre As It Sets Industry Standards

Visitors from our parent group, Aalberts industries, were among the first to view our brand new showroom. They were pleased to see that we are "setting the standard" for our industry in terms of education, training and product awareness.

In our new training centre our products are brought to life so that our customers and installers can enjoy a more hands on approach as to how Pegler Yorkshire products could work for them.

It's taken months of planning and preparation and you can see how our project came to fruition with our fantastic time lapse video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_U7kWwLxVU

As a systems and solutions provider we knew that our training centre should allow you to discover our product range in an interactive and intuitive way and that's just what we've done.
 
Included in the training centre is:

* A fully installed Meibes Thermal Interface Unit
* Fully working taps from our Performa and Francis Pegler collections
* Our range of pipes and fittings for you to try and test including leading brands such as Tectite and Xpress
* Frames and flush systems for toilet installations
* Our 'e-control' system,  an energy management system designed to embrace eco-credentials and sustainability
* An installed and working exposed under floor heating system
* Interactive touch screen information guides and training facilities

"We are proud to be able to encourage more visitors to our Doncaster site where they can engage with our products in a more informative way," said Stuart Anderson Managing Director Pegler Yorkshire.  "Hands on experience is invaluable in this industry and with live demonstrations by our team to consolidate the versatility and suitability of our products we believe that more installers and customers will select Pegler Yorkshire as their preferred supplier."

Visitors are welcome to the training centre during usual office hours. However, if you'd like a specific product demonstration, would like to chat to a member of the team or receive some bespoke training for you and your team, just give us a call to arrange.

We're looking forward to welcoming you and working with you.

Mon, 01 Apr 2013

On The Road With Tectite

This year we’re trying something a bit different on the marketing front – we’ve had a van specially customised with gadgets and equipment and we’re taking our metal push-fit system, Tectite on a road trip across the UK and to Germany.

So far, the response from merchants and plumbers has been fantastic. Here’s what one store manager – Neil Hutchinson of Pipe Center UK – said about the van: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM25sqaxuIA&list=PL3B2977D45950C1C4&index=9

There’s no doubt that this approach to product demonstrations works – especially when there are still a lot of people out there who don’t fully appreciate the capabilities and strengths of metal push-fit systems and in particular Tectite.

Recent comments on plumbing forums include:

“I’ve heard of Tectite but I thought it was only used with copper…”

“Tectite are non-demountable…”

“Are you allowed to use Tectite for boiler connections?”

The van features a series of interactive tests, as well as more informative displays, which really showcase the benefits of using Tectite. There’s even a Tectite Test which challenges the strength, speed and pressure capabilities of both the product and the installer – which we hope is getting visitors to the van smiling and talking!

We hope the Tectite Roadshow answers all your questions – but if not, please join the conversation via Twitter using #tectiteroadshow or on our Facebook page and we’ll do our best to help!

The Roadshow is travelling throughout the UK visiting merchants, offices and construction sites, details of its next pit stop can be found at: http://www.tectite.co.uk/EN/RoadShow  

Wed, 15 Aug 2012

Visit from the Bank of England Deputy Governor

In August 2012, we welcomed Charlie Bean, Deputy Governor of Monetary Policy at the Bank of England, to our Doncaster premises.  Mr Bean visited as part of a region wide fact finding mission and was particularly interested in Pegler Yorkshire’s growth in export sales.  

The Deputy Governor spoke with Directors and was taken on a tour of the facility which took in the key elements of brass product manufacturing, including processing the raw material (we’re one of only two companies in the UK to have this facility), through to rod extrusion, machining, chrome plating, and finished product testing and labelling.

Stuart Anderson, Managing Director, commented: “As manufacturing is an important part of the local and wider economy we were encouraged by the visit and the opportunity to speak directly with the Deputy Governor.  

“It was evident Mr Bean was keen to see innovation at the forefront of British manufacturing and the opportunities these innovations offer to both the regional business community and export sales.

“We are proud to show that our growth in export continues to underpin our contribution to the local economy by the staff we employ and the local suppliers we use.”

Pegler Yorkshire, which has over 660 UK employees, has concentrated on export growth via expansion into the Middle East and becoming the European developer of metal push-fit solutions through the company’s Tectite brand.  The company was keen to demonstrate its prowess in its export strategy and discuss factors that contribute to its success.

Stuart concluded: “As a business we welcome the stability of the currency and are pleased to see that interest rates remain low, it is also encouraging to see the continuation of quantitative easing, all of which help us to develop our business on the global stage.  It is important that the Government and banking industry continue to support investment into schools, hospitals and local housing projects to ensure UK manufacturing output remains steady but with an opportunity of growth.

“It would be great to see the feel good factor that surrounds Britain at present filter through to British products with more and more companies encouraged to ‘Buy British’.”

The high manufacturing standards and processes which Pegler Yorkshire adheres to, coupled with continual innovation in product development, investment into new plant and equipment plus the understanding of global markets ensures Pegler Yorkshire is comfortably positioned to export products across the world. 

Sun, 01 Jul 2012

Where It All Began

As we begin our blog and by way of introduction, we thought it might be useful to start off with a bit of an overview of Pegler Yorkshire – a bit of history, our role in the plumbing and heating industry, and our commitment to providing our customers worldwide with innovative products that help them do their job better.

Pegler Yorkshire is a well-respected UK company, one that has been serving the plumbing and heating industries for over 120 years!

 Originally trading as Pegler Ltd (est. 1899) and Yorkshire Fittings Ltd (est. 1888) our past is steeped in history. Many of today’s plumbing market sectors and market leading products have been developed by Pegler Yorkshire. The legendary integral solder ring (“the Yorkshire Fitting”) in the 1930’s, the screw down tap in the 1940’s, the domestic radiator valve (“the Terrier”) in the 1960’s, and in more recent years the thermostatic radiator valve, the press fit fitting and of course the metal push fit fitting, to name but a few.

The business has also played its part in the wider community throughout the years converting production to munitions and aeroplane manufacture during the world wars.
 Pegler Ltd merged with Yorkshire Fittings Ltd in 2007 and today, Pegler Yorkshire employs over 750 people over two sites at Doncaster and Leeds.

Throughout our history Pegler Yorkshire products have become synonymous with innovation and quality as we continually challenge ourselves to retain our position as a leading brand in all sectors in which we operate.

Ongoing Investment

 A £12 million investment programme has seen the installation of new machinery and a new rod extrusion plant allowing us to continue our high standards of production. And, at a satellite site near Rotherham, a fully automated warehousing facility.

The investment continues today with new facilities in Leeds to manufacture push fit fittings and new casting and stamping equipment in Doncaster to shape the products for the future.

Renowned for our product innovation, we are responsive to customer feedback and this has seen the development and growth of our ‘Tectite’ range – push fit solutions across a wide range of materials and applications – aimed at the professional installer who values his time but doesn’t want to compromise on quality and durability.

Another of our revolutionary products is the ‘Terrier i-temp’ programmable radiator control which enables both domestic and business users to control time as well as temperature, utilising energy consumption more effectively. It can deliver up to 30% off fuel bills which is a significant cost-saving for all users.

The future

 Pegler Yorkshire is proud to be part of the global Aalberts Industries which has assisted our worldwide expansion and penetration into new markets with the support of a network of sister companies and professional sales networks.

 We are committed to leading the way in developing new products and are continually finding new and innovative ways to provide solutions and improvements. We have also embarked on a social media strategy helping us to engage more with our customers and their customers ensuring our new developments are in-line with industry and individuals’ requirements.

 Please visit Pegler Yorkshire for information about us and our products, alternatively follow us on Twitter @PeglerYorkshire check us out on Facebook or engage with us on LinkedIn.

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