Due to the smart Fusamatic system and our Fusion Assist app's asset data offering, Fusion Italia won a significant fittings contract last year.
Network management and asset mapping are two areas highlighted as ongoing issues and industry-wide challenges for water utilities. Obtaining an overview of installations and locations of network assets plays a key role in effective management and saves crucial resources for the utility.
The features of our Fusamatic electrofusion fittings and the functionalities in our Fusion Assist app speak right into this challenge, and in a recent project in Italy, they were the perfect combination in winning the project.
3 km wastewater pipeline
Fusion Italia S.R.L, Fusion Group’s distributor and wholly owned sales company in Italy, has won a major contract to supply Fusamatic electrofusion fittings to a project in Lecce province; Lecce is often referred to as the ‘heel of Italy’ and forms part of the Puglia region. The project involves the construction of a 3 km wastewater pressure pipeline running along the south coast of Lecce.
Fusion Assist, Fusion Group’s asset management app, is being used to create a comprehensive record of each of the electrofusion joints on the project, including the GPS location.
The project in detail
Management of wastewater in Lecce is the responsibility of company Acquedotto Pugliese S.p.A. The previous wastewater pipeline had deteriorated to the point that sewage risked being discharged into the environment. In its place, it was decided to construct a polyethylene pressure pipeline to transport the wastewater. Fusion Italia has supplied 125mm, 160mm, 200mm and 250mm low-pressure couplers to the project.
Along the length of the pipeline there are multiple connections to private properties. The properties store their wastewater in tanks, and this is then discharged into the pipeline. As in much of Southern Italy, the terrain is rocky, and construction of the pipeline trench is far from straightforward. When completed, the 3 km pipeline will be owned by the local authority.
In the image above, you can see how the location of installed assets are illustrated in the Fusion Assist app.
Smart fittings and App assistance
The Fusamatic fittings used on the project were supplied by Fusion Italia’s local distributor in Bari. Fusamatic electrofusion fittings, when used in conjunction with a Fusamatic compliant electrofusion control box, automatically set the required electrofusion parameters once the leads are connected to the fitting. All the installer has to do is check that the parameters match the fitting and start the weld cycle.
Fusion Assist is Fusion Group’s free asset management app that works on mobile phones and tablets and can work on both Apple and Android devices. Fusion Assist is designed to enhance traceability of network assets by recording data on each electrofusion installed network asset and can also be used to support with monitoring and reinforcement of installation best practice. The data contained in the barcode and QR code of each Fusamatic fitting is fundamental to the Fusion Assist app. Opening the app on their mobile phone, the installer scans the ISO 12176-4 barcode on the fitting. Fusamatic fittings will prompt the automatic capture of Fusion’s own unique QR code located on the fitting, providing the individual fitting serial number. Together these provide traceability right down to the raw materials used to manufacture the fitting.
Besides traceability data, Fusion Assist also records asset location via GPS, core installation parameters and reference images for that fitting within one central record. Fusion Assist is not restricted to Fusion products, meaning that assets from other manufacturers too can be recorded in the app to ensure the asset owner retains a comprehensive overview. Francesca Nari (Commercial Director, Fusion Italia) is the Fusion Italia lead on the project:
“There is no doubt in my mind that the network owner chose Fusamatic fittings in part because of the network management data provided by the free Fusion Assist app. Whilst there are similar apps available, Fusion Assist is the easiest to use for the installer, especially allowing the ability to track retrospectively, without necessarily being directly connected to an electrofusion control box. Fusion Assist improves quantity, quality and productivity of asset records. The client liked the fact that they were able to record other assets with the Fusion Assist app, including the pipe and other fittings.”
~3,000 fittings installed
Over 500 joints were recorded in the first month on site. The project is on hold over the tourist season and will restart in October.
When the project is completed, some 3,000 Fusamatic fittings will have been installed on the pipeline.
About Fusion Group
Fusion Group is a world-class manufacturer of electrofusion fittings. Since 2017, Fusion Group has been a member of the +100 companies strong AVK Group.