How to choose a fitting?
- 01 Criteria for pipe fittings selection
- 02 Selecting fittings based on pipe material
- 03 Choosing fittings upon pipe diameter
- 04 Pipe fittings by material
- 05 Pipe fittings by medium
- 06 Pipe fittings by shape
Pipe fittings are a perfect solution for providing connections for pipelines. Additionally, they can modify pipeline systems by extending the run or altering the pipe flow direction. Various pipe fittings exist for different applications and industries, including water supply, pharmaceuticals, power generation, petrochemicals, pulp & paper, and others. Pipe fittings for water supply come in multiple materials, types, shapes, and sizes. Hawle offers a wide range of mechanical pipe fittings for the most common types of pipes used in the water supply. Prior to selecting the ideal pipe fitting for your application, you should base your decision on certain criteria to assure its compatibility.
Criteria for pipe fittings selection
Choosing the suitable pipe fitting is crucial to ensure the rigidity of the plumbing system. An incorrect pipe fitting can lead to flow restrictions, leakages, and additional costs. Thus, before choosing a pipe fitting, you should consider the following criteria:
- Pipe type
- Pipe diameter
- Other parameters like pressure rates, etc.
Selecting fittings based on pipe material
There are different kinds of pipes used in water supply systems, the most common ones are: polyethylene (PE), cross-linked polyethylene (PEX), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), ductile iron, copper, plastic, fiber cement (AC), and galvanized or stainless steel pipes. When choosing a pipe fitting, you must consider the type of pipe and its material. Some of the common pipe fittings we offer at Hawle are discussed below.
System 2000 pipe connections
System 2000 connections are unique mechanical pipe fittings designed to attach water pipes made of plastic, such as HDPE/PE/PEX and OPVC/PVC.
There are still many pipes older than a century in several European cities that need to be replaced because of significant leakage rates. When these pipes fail, they are frequently replaced by PE and PVC pipes, as they offer lower failure rates than other materials. To meet this need, Hawle offers System 2000 pipe connections that are perfect for plastic pipes. System 2000 pipe connections are attached to the pipes using a brass grip ring with teeth elements, providing a restraint connection for plastic pipes.
Compared to other pipe laying technologies like PE-welding, for the System 2000 installation, no special tools or machinery or specially trained personnel are needed. Cold, rainy weather or groundwater in the pit also do not affect the fast and safe System2000 assembly. In addition to that, Hawle has a certificate from an external independent institution ”100 Years Expected Lifetime”.
Synoflex pipe connections
Most old water pipelines are built using cast iron, concrete, or asbestos cement. Retrofitting these old pipes with lighter and more flexible plastic components is common. However, properly connecting more recent plastic pipes to older concrete and metal ones might be difficult due to size and coupling incompatibilities. Synoflex range facilities this operation easily thanks to its high tolerance and multirange restraint couplings which were exclusively designed to join incompatible pipes. Hawle Synoflex multirange restraint joints can join a wide range of unique pipe combinations, such as:
- Grey cast iron pipe to PVC pipe or HDPE pipe
- Ductile cast iron pipe to PVC pipe or HDPE pipe
- Steel pipe to PVC pipe or HDPE pipe
- AC pipe to PVC pipe or HDPE pipe
Hawle Synoflex multirange restraint joints also enable metal – metal or plastic – plastic combinations. Some of the advantages of Synoflex connections include:
- Long connection lifetime
- Fast, safe, and simple repair solution
- Lower stocking costs thanks to a "one size fits all" approach
- Durable and corrosion resistant
- Applicable for nearly all pipe materials
- Suitable for both above-ground and underground installations.
Choosing fittings upon pipe diameter
Water supply pipes can be of different diameters, depending on the region, pipe material, and pipeline design. For instance, the main pipe in a water supply system (i.e., water mains) is usually more than DN 400, distribution lines starting from DN 50, and service lines (from the distribution main to the house connection) are commonly less than DN 50.
Hawle has a broad palette of pipe fittings for house connections up to 2", offering a versatile range of fittings to suit your needs. These include non-threaded pipe fittings, including push-fit fittings,Hawle ZAK connections and and conventional threaded pipe fittings. Pipe push fittings are becoming increasingly popular compared to conventional fittings as they are much faster to install without needing specialized equipment, saving time and money.
Hawle ISO pipe fittings made of ductile iron (with an epoxy powder coating) or polyoxymethylene (POM) are suitable for PE pipes according to EN 12201-2 and DIN 8074, up to PN 16. The Hawle ISO pipe fitting is the ideal push connection for PE pipes that have been tried and tested for decades. The joint is flexible, making the installation of the fitting quick and straightforward. Similar to the Hawle-FIT series, ISO fittings are available in various types: with external and internal thread, connector, elbow 45°- 90°, T-piece, end stop, wall inlet fitting, etc. By using the new 2-K gripring the ISO fittings can be used for PVC pipes acc. to EN ISO 1452-2.
ZAK connections are threadless, restraint-joining systems for service connections. The bayonet-style connection of the ZAK-system is simple and fast, meaning service line connections can be made or removed in seconds. The ZAK-system saves time and does not require separate sealing products to make 100% leak-proof connections. Made from high-quality castings in Europe, ZAK-system fittings are made of GJS-400-15 ductile iron and coated inside and out with a durable epoxy powder coating.
Pipe fittings by material
Ductile iron fittings
Most Hawle pipe connections are made of ductile iron in our foundry EGM Industrieguss GmbH in Austria. They are covered by a layer of epoxy powder coating that is produced using the fluidised bed Epoxy coating technique according to the specifications of the Quality Assurance Association for Heavy-Duty Corrosion Protection (Gütegemeinschaft Schwerer Korrosionsschutz, GSK). Hawle's ductile iron fittings are durable, corrosion-free due to the epoxy coating, and suitable for higher pressures. However, they are relatively heavy compared to plastic fittings.
Brass is a common material used in fittings, particularly of smaller diameters. Hawle offers three brass fittings, which are:
Fittings by pipe medium
Another crucial aspect to consider before choosing a pipe fitting is the medium inside the pipe, which plays an important role.
Fittings for drinking water
To ensure its safety for distribution, fittings used in the water supply must meet the standards set by European Authorities. These include the drinking water certification, for example, from the Austrian and German Associations for Gas and Water (ÖVGW and DVGW, respectively. Protecting human health and the environment is a top priority at Hawle. Most fittings on the Hawle portfolio are designed for municipal water supply. This means that parts in contact with drinking water are certified and lead-free to ensure their safety for human health and the environment.
Fittings used in wastewater must be robust and withstand more aggressive media (i.e., sewage and wastewater). NBR linings (made from nitrile rubber compound) are used to ensure good abrasion resistance from wet slurry and fine particle sliding. Hawle offers a range of wastewater fittings, which are different types of flanged fittings, System2000 pipe connections and Hawle-FIT fittings, including elbows, reducers, connectors, and T-fittings.
Pipe fittings by shape
Pipelines come in different shapes and sizes. Based on the design of the pipeline, there are various shapes of pipes connectors:
- Cross fittings
- Duck foot bends
- Elbows of different degrees.
Elbow pipe fittings change the angle or direction of the pipe run, often in 11°, 30°, 45°, and 90° turn. The fitting's sweep indicates how quickly a transition or direction shift is made. They are applied in complicated designs of some water supply networks, where angular bends are needed. Hawle offers multiple elbow bends with 11°, 30°, 45°, and 90° turns.
Duck foot bends
In water systems involving the underground piping of water to domestic or to industrial areas, there is the need to bring a water supply to the surface at various strategic locations. Duck foot bends are often employed to connect fire hydrants away from or at the end of a pipeline. A duck foot bend fitting consists of two ends, where one end is vertical and the other is curved. In a fire hydrant application, the vertical end is connected to the bottom of the hydrant while the other end is often connected to a pipeline at a recommended depth below the ground.
Sometimes installing a pipeline can be a challenge, especially in uneven terrain. In such cases, custom solutions such as the Hawle Vario are needed, a telescopic fitting with an integrated ball and socket joint permitting bending to all sides up to an angular deflection of 10 degrees. Vario saves time and has numerous application possibilities for drinking water and wastewater.
Hawle has a wide variety of fittings and mechanical pipe connections for common pipe types used for water supply or wastewater disposal. Our technicians will advise you if you need any support selecting the suitable fitting for your application.