Victaulic Introduces Patented XL Fittings & Couplings for Abrasive Service Piping Systems

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Fittings feature increased lining thickness, which can triple service life.

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Victaulic XL Fittings and Couplings

So much has changed in the past few decades, but until now, fitting design has mostly stayed the same. We’re proud to have developed this patented technology and excited to introduce fittings that can last up to three times longer than current designs.

Victaulic, the world's leading manufacturer of mechanical pipe-joining systems, has launched Extended Life (XL) Fittings and Couplings, a new line of products for rubber-lined pipe used in abrasive applications. The fittings feature an extra ¼ inch (6.4 millimeters) of lining, which extends the service life by up to three times compared to standard rubber-lined fittings. This reduces the need for scheduled maintenance, saving time and money.

XL fittings maintain the same inner diameter (ID) dimensions as standard fittings to provide uninterrupted, full flow capabilities without restrictions. To accommodate the slightly larger outer diameter (OD) of these fittings, two new patented coupling designs were developed. The Style XL77 flexible coupling joins an XL fitting to OGS (original groove system) grooved-end pipe. The Style XL79 flexible coupling directly joins two XL fittings.

The fitting design reduces the gap between pipe ends for pipe-to-fitting and fitting-to-fitting connections to reduce leading-edge wear and further extend the life of the fittings.

“For many in the mining industry, this is a long-awaited announcement,” said Wayne Biery, director of large-diameter systems and hydrotransport with Victaulic. “So much has changed in the past few decades, but until now, fitting design has mostly stayed the same. We’re proud to have developed this patented technology and excited to introduce fittings that can last up to three times longer than current designs.”

XL fittings are available as 90° and 45° long-radius elbows in 1½D and 3D configurations. XL fittings can replace standard elbows with no change to pipe length required. XL couplings must be used with XL fittings to complete the joint. XL fittings and couplings are available in 3- to 12-inch sizes (80 to 300 millimeters) and are rated up to 1,000 psi (6,900 kPa).

Please visit the XL fittings and couplings page for more information. To learn about other solutions for the mining market, visit the Victaulic mining piping systems page.

About Victaulic
Since 1919, Victaulic has been the world's leading producer of grooved mechanical couplings and pipe-joining systems. Used in the most demanding markets, Victaulic innovative piping technologies and services put people to work faster while increasing safety, ensuring reliability and maximizing efficiency. The company has 15 major manufacturing facilities, 28 branches worldwide and over 3,600 employees who speak 43 languages across the globe. With more than 900 active global patents, Victaulic solutions are at work in 115 countries across diverse business lines including oil and gas, chemical, mining, power generation, water and wastewater treatment, military and marine, as well as commercial building and fire protection. For more information, visit http://www.victaulic.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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