Victaulic-ended galvanised mining pipe supplied by Incledon
Ultralok is a product for the jointing of plain-ended pipes
Ultralok is a product for the jointing of plain-ended pipes

Fluid conveyance and solutions provider Incledon supplies an extensive range of high-quality products to the mining industry, with a countrywide network of strategically located branches to service all the major mining areas.

These include MineFlo high impact PVC pipe, T-PVC pipe, steel pipes, pipe fittings, the original Plasson range of compression fittings, butt weld fittings and flanges, pipe jointing systems, HDPE pipes, electrofusion jointing systems for HDPE pipes and industrial valves and actuators, as well as pipe-working tools and pumps.

Incledon divisional director for mining Gary Els highlights that the company has a strategic network supplying the mining industry, with branches in key mining areas across South Africa. These branches range from Secunda to Lephalale, Welkom, Klerksdorp, Burgersfort and Kathu.

“Incledon has established itself as a preferred supplier to major mining projects due to its extensive branch network, which minimises turnaround times while prioritising aftersales support,” Els explains. The company has extensive experience across a range of commodities, and has achieved particular success in the coal, iron ore and manganese sectors.

Despite the challenges facing the mining industry, ranging from fluctuating commodity prices to labour unrest, Incledon continues to play a vital role in assisting the mining industry in cutting costs and boosting productivity.

An example of Incledon’s ongoing innovation in developing products specifically for the mining industry is Ultralok, a first-of-its-kind product for the jointing of plain ended pipes. Ultralok was developed in-house by Incledon’s in-group company DPI Plastics, a leading manufacturer of water reticulation, drainage and pipe-fitting systems in South Africa.

Gary Els, mining division manager at Incledon
Gary Els, mining division manager at Incledon

The Ultralok system is fully protected against corrosion. It is ideally suited to PVC-U pipelines for applications of up to 16 bar. “The light weight, high strength, low reactivity and corrosion resistance of PVC as a piping material renders it far better suited to heavy-duty and highly-abrasive applications such as mining,” comments Els.

Ultralok features a unique clamping mechanism, while the body of the fitting itself is manufactured from high-impact PVC, incorporating a unique pressure-enhancing rubber seal. As the pressure increases, the design of the seal actually facilitates a distributed load on the seal, thereby alleviating the tensile load on the coupling body.

Incledon stocks and distributes a range of Ultralok coupling systems in 105 mm and 110 mm sizes. Planned extensions to this range include 155 mm, 160 mm, 200 mm and 210 mm size couplings. Ultralok has successfully met all the relevant test criteria for SANS 1283 specification, namely a one-hour test at 54.5 bar, a ten-hour test at 50.6 bar, a 100-hour test at 45.5 bar and a 1 000-hour test at 16 bar at 60 °C.

Commenting on the growth potential within the mining industry in Africa, Phillip Bawden, national plastics product manager at Incledon, points out that countries such as Tanzania, Zambia and the Democratic of Republic of Congo, which have a limited manufacturing base, represent strong growth opportunities for Incledon.

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