Steve Vick International
We are suppliers to the global utilities industry of products and services for the minimum-dig repair, replacement and decommissioning of underground pipes. We are the UK's leading producer of PE pipe coil trailers and pipe pushing machines used for sliplining and pipe insertion. We have developed patented techniques allowing the live insertion of gas mains and services as well as methods of flowstopping,sealing and decommissioning all types of pipe
Ms Katie Higgins
Treenwood Industrial Estate
Bradford on Avon
More of a push
Steve Vick International has introduced a new pipe pushing machine to its range. The 125Plus has a larger ram than its predecessor giving it increased pushing power and improved performance. The mechanism for changing from pushing to pulling mode has also been improved making it easier to operate.
Designed principally for inserting or sliplining old gas, water and sewer pipes during renewal operations, pipe pushing machines can also be used to push cable into ducting and have been used successfully to pull kilometres of unwanted high tensile cable from steel ducting before replacing it with fibre optic cable.
The machines work on the principle of grasping the pipe in a set of jaws, thrusting it forward and holding it in that position whilst the jaws return to the start position ready to push again. Pushing pipe rather than winching it has several advantages. Firstly it can speed the operation by eliminating the need to feed a winch cable through the host pipe. It also means that only one excavation need be opened during insertion, reducing disruption to traffic and pedestrians and easing traffic management liabilities.
Pushing also avoids the risk of stretching or exerting excessive tension on the pipe, an important consideration prior to jointing the PE. Another benefit is that the pushing action can be reversed to pull the pipe back if an obstruction is met.
Long sections can be inserted with a pushing machine; 100 to 150 metres are typical whilst 1000 metres is possible given the right conditions.
The 125Plus handles pipe diameters from 40mm to 125mm and is pneumatically operated. With a top pushing speed of 15 metres per minute, the machine has a maximum pushing force of half a tonne. An optional back clamp can be fitted to help grip the pipe between pushes on longer insertions.
Steve Vick International manufactures a range of pipe pushing machines to handle pipe from 40mm diameter up to 630mm, although larger machines can be supplied to special order. The smallest machine is manually operated; the 125Plus operates from a standard compressor whilst the larger machines are hydraulically operated. Each model can be fitted with shells to accommodate different pipe diameters.
For further information please email Steve Vick