Versa-Max

Repair Leaking Pipes Faster And Easier With Convenient Two-Stage Retainer Assembly

 Repair leaking water lines quickly and easily with the next-generation Versa-Max repair clamp/coupling.

Repair leaking water lines quickly and easily with the next-generation Versa-Max repair clamp/coupling.

Depressurizing a water main to fix a leak causes a lot of extra work. When a line is cut or depressurized, the utility will employ stringent standards and protocols to preserve water quality and safety.

Some of the more expensive construction procedures include mats under pipes, chlorination after the repair, extra procedural efforts to keep dirt our of the pipe, notifying all affected residents about the service interruption and increased sampling and testing of water to ensure quality assurance.

The preferred pipe repair method is to fix the leaking pipe while it’s still under pressure.

Easier installation and repair success

Installing a repair clamp can be tough if you are repairing a pipe that’s still pressurized. Water is spraying out and placing a repair fitting onto the pipe is not fun. Versa-Max helps make this job go easier and take less time.

Versa-Max is a next-generation all-in-one wrap-around pipe repair clamp AND push-on pipe coupling. To use it as a clamp, simply open and wrap the fitting around the pipe, no disassembly is required.

Placing and tightening the clamp on a pressurized line gets a lot easier with the convenient two-stage retainer assembly on the Versa-Max.

First, open up the clamp and wrap it onto the pipe. Close the clamp to the first stage of the retainer assembly. Now the clamp is closed, but not tight. It won’t pop open and you can adjust the fitting as necessary. When you’re ready, push the clamp closed into the second position on the retainer assembly and tighten the lug bolts.

Doing a pipe repair with Versa-Max means no service interruption or water quality issues.

Versa-Max Fastest Clamp Contest Winner at BCWWA

Martech exhibited the TPS Versa-Max repair clamp/coupling at the 2013 BCWWA Conference in Kelowna on April 20-24.

What is Versa-Max? Versa-Max is:

1.an all-in-one push-on pipe repair coupling and
2.wrap-around pipe repair clamp that waterworks operators use to repair breaks in their water pipelines.

Call your Martech sales representative to arrange a lunch & learn session with a hands-on demonstrationof the Versa-Max coupling/clamp solution.

BCWWA CONTEST RESULTS: WHO HAD the FASTEST VERSA-MAX TIME?

With a hyper-fast install time of 6.6 seconds, Randy Smith proved his pipe-repair skill and won Martech’s Fastest Clamp Contest!

INTERVIEW:
 Randy Smith and his winning Versa-Max time

We called Randy to congratulate him on his victory and to ask him a few questions about his performance.

Q: “What made you interested in trying your hand at the Versa-Max contest?”
A: “I used Ez-Max repair clamps before, had familiarity with that type of clamp product.

“We have a water main going across the creek. The 4″ tubing often breaks (always at a bad time, spring time when the water is high and cold). My teammate and I have to repair that line, sometimes with a snorkel and wet suit. Anything that can make the repair faster is better. We can’t turn off the pressure (can’t have negative pressure on the water line) so putting this clamp on quickly with water spraying out isn’t always easy.

“This Versa-Max clamp has a two-step latch type system, that is a nice feature to get the clamp on the pipe and then adjust a little before clamping it shut all the way.”

Q: “What did you do to prepare for your Versa-Max attempt?”
A: “I watched the people before me to see what they did. I went slow, I didn’t want to slip. Matt Jones gave a good tutorial, good instructor. Having the Martech sales person demonstrate the Versa-Max definitely sold me on using the product. We will be updating our inventory to use this coupling/clamp. Why have two or three different couplings when this one unit has the range to fit a variety of pipe sizes?”

Q: “What advice would you give to someone installing a Versa-Max for the first time?”
A: “Basically, listen to the instructions. Follow the instructions, it’s a no-brainer. Definitely makes installing the repair clamp a lot easier.”

Q: “What were you thinking during your attempt?”
A: “I honestly thought that I was going slow. I went slow to get it right. Paying attention to the mechanics of the device, being careful about how it fit together to close the clamp.”

Q: “How did it feel when Matt Jones told you your time?”
A: “Awesome! He told me it was a really good time and that no one would beat me. If I had tried to go faster, could I have taken a couple more seconds off? Ha ha!”

Well done everyone! Thank you for testing the Versa-Max pipe repair clamp/coupling with us at BCWWA!

Are you keen on pipe repair? Watch this Versa-Max installation video before you come to the BCWWA trade show and wow us with your speed and skill!

THANK YOU for YOUR SUPPORT

 Versa-Max is an all-in-one product that does the job of a pipe coupling and a pipe repair clamp.

Versa-Max is an all-in-one product that does the job of a pipe coupling and a pipe repair clamp.

Thank you for stopping by our booth to try out the new Versa-Max all-in-one repair clamp and coupling and learning about our new Helix Labs wastewater grease and odor management options.

MARTECH provides innovation for municipalities in the construction, operation, maintenance and repair of their infrastructure.

We look forward to continuing our connection with you and assisting all BC Operators with infrastructure innovation in 2013 and beyond.

Matt Jones will be following up with you to advance the projects you discussed at this conference this week.

Contact Matt Jones to arrange a meeting or learning session with you and your department.

Helix Labs And TPS Versa-Max At BCWWA 2013 Show In Kelowna

 Matt Jones and Glenn Votkin with the Martech exhibit at BCWWA in Kelowna.

Matt Jones and Glenn Votkin with the Martech exhibit at BCWWA in Kelowna.

Matt Jones and Glenn Votkin talked with utility managers and operators at the BCWWA Conference earlier this week. Matt and Glenn were showing Helix Labs biological grease & odor management products and the new TPS Versa-Max pipe repair clamp/coupling.

If you work on sewer line, lift station or water line maintenance and repair – don’t wait for BCWWA’s next conference in 2014 to try Helix Labs grease & odor management or Versa-Max pipe repair clamp/coupling.

Contact us and ask Martech to hook you up with a trial order package!


ADDRESSING GREASE BUILDUP IN YOUR SEWER LINES

Grease. if it’s not treated as solid waste, it’s dumped into your water treatment system when home owners and commercial businesses rinse grease down their drains with hot water!

 Photo: Examples from Canada and the United States of grease, fats and oil buildup restricting the flow of wastewater in sewer lines.

Photo: Examples from Canada and the United States of grease, fats and oil buildup restricting the flow of wastewater in sewer lines.

Liquid grease solidifies at 13°C (55°F), floats on water and adheres to sewer lines. Grease buildup in sewer pipelines reduces the capacity of the line and restricts the flow of wastewater (increasing the risk of overflow). Grease layers that break off can create total plugs downstream (creating a sanitary overflow event!).

HELIX LABORATORIES

Helix Labs is a science-based company with an environmentally friendly philosophy.

Helix Labs produces biological alternatives to jetting, vacuuming and other mechanical grease removal methods. The Helix bacteria literally “eat the grease problem for breakfast”.

 Photo: Example of lift station BEFORE rapid grease buildup problem (12" of grease vacuumed off every week) and AFTER Helix Labs 'shock dosage' of grease eating bacteria.

Photo: Example of lift station BEFORE rapid grease buildup problem (12" of grease vacuumed off every week) and AFTER Helix Labs 'shock dosage' of grease eating bacteria.

WHAT IS BIO-AUGMENTATION?

Adding helpful bacteria to enhance the performance of biological systems in wastewater is called bio-augmentation. Typical areas where bio-augmentation is applied are:

  • Reducing and controlling F.O.G. build-up
  • Eliminating odors
  • Promoting biological stability in wastewater systems

Helix Labs bacteria consumes Fats, Oils, Grease (FOG) buildup in wastewater pipeline and lift stations. Using Helix Labs bacteria is similar to maintaining a swimming pool:

  1. An initial SHOCK dosage
  2. Ongoing MAINTENANCE dosage
  3. Delivering a subsequent SHOCK dosage if required

The result: dramatic reductions in grease buildup! On a typical sewer line or lift station, the time between jetting or vacuum service is increased from once every 30 days to once every 6 months.


VERSA-MAX PIPE REPAIR at BCWWA 2013

Versa-Max is an all-in-one product that does the job of a pipe coupling and a pipe repair clamp. Martech showed off the TPS Versa-Max repair clamp/coupling at the 2013 BCWWA Conference in Kelowna on April 20-24.

CONTEST: HOW FAST CAN YOU INSTALL A VERSA-MAX?

Visit our booth during the BCWWA trade show and try your hand installing a Versa-Max!

  1. Start with your VersaMax closed and nuts finger-tight.
  2. Loosen the nuts to the end of the bolts (removing the nuts is not necessary, doing that will only slow you down!)
  3. Open the clamp
  4. Position the Versa-Max on the pipe
  5. Make sure the end of the gasket slides into place under the internal positioning plate then close the clamp around the pipe
  6. Close the compression beam over the lug assembly
  7. Tighten all four nuts with your fingers.
  8. FINISHED!

Best installation time WINS THE PRIZE – a new Apple iPad 2 ($529 value) for the fastest Versa-Max installer!

Are you keen on pipe repair? Watch this Versa-Max installation video before you come to the BCWWA trade show and wow us with your speed and skill!


Visit Matt Jones from Martech at BCWWA Booth #810 for a hands-on demonstration of the Versa-Max coupling/clamp solution.

TPS Pipe Repair Couplings And Clamps In Saskatchewan Trade Show

Martech brings Hymax, Ez-Max and Versa-Max pipe repair couplings and clamps to Saskatchewan distributor trade show.

 Martech's Don Anderson demonstrates the TPS Ez-Max pipe repair clamp for trade show attendees.

Martech's Don Anderson demonstrates the TPS Ez-Max pipe repair clamp for trade show attendees.

Last week, Martech exhibited TPS pipe repair products at a Saskatchewan distributor’s trade show. The group at the show saw how Hymax, Ez-Max and Versa-Max pipe repair couplings and clamps were designed to be easy for the field technician to install for long term reliability.

WHICH EQUIPMENT TO USE WHEN REPAIRING A PIPE BREAK:

  • Pipe break requiring new section of pipe: use Hymax or Versa-Max couplings to couple in the new section of pipe.
  • Small break not requiring new section of pipe: use Ez-Max repair clamps to clamp over the crack and stop the leak.
  • Small break where pipe is deflected at angle between 0° and 3°: do not couple in a new section of pipe. Instead, use Versa-Max repair clamp (this clamp can handle 3° deflection in the pipe).

Total Piping Solutions (TPS) is a pipe repair leader in North America. Their Hymax couplings set the industry standard for ease-of-install and reliability.

DON ANDERSON PROVIDING SALES SUPPORT IN SASKATCHEWAN AND MANITOBA

Martech’s Don Anderson is actively connecting with municipalities, pipeline owners, operators and distributors in Saskatchewan and Manitoba to make sure they have the best options for pipe repair clamps and couplings. If you have a question about pipeline repair hardware, please contact Don today.

Versa-Max Fastest Clamp Contest Winner At AWWOA

Martech exhibited the TPS Versa-Max repair clamp/coupling at the 2013 AWWOA Conference in Banff on March 11-15. Call your Martech sales representative to arrange a lunch & learn session with a hands-on demonstration of the Versa-Max coupling/clamp solution.

 Versa-Max is an all-in-one product that does the job of a pipe coupling and a pipe repair clamp.

Versa-Max is an all-in-one product that does the job of a pipe coupling and a pipe repair clamp.

CONTEST RESULTS: WHO HAD the FASTEST VERSA-MAX TIME?

 Wayne Donald wins new Apple iPad 2 in the Versa-Max Fastest Clamp Contest at AWWOA.

Wayne Donald wins new Apple iPad 2 in the Versa-Max Fastest Clamp Contest at AWWOA.

With a blazingly fast install time of 14.0 seconds, Wayne Donald from Edson, Alberta proved his unassailable pipe-repair chops and won Martech’s Fastest Clamp Contest!

INTERVIEW:
 Wayne Donald and his winning Versa-Max time

We called Wayne to congratulate him on his victory and to ask him a few questions about his performance.

Q: “What did you do to prepare for your Versa-Max Fastest Clamp attempt?”
A: “Before my timed attempt started, I took a second to play with the rubber to see how it folds. I played with the bolts to see how the clamp action. Got a feel for the materials.”

Q: “As you were doing your Versa-Max install, what was going through your mind?”
A: “The biggest issue was getting the rubber in and the bolts. I didn’t rush myself, took it one step at a time. My coworker tried rush and fight with it and it slowed him down. I felt that I was doing better than the other times on the board, they seemed fairly slow to me. But I’m a younger guy, so a lot of the people there don’t have as much hands-on.”

Q: “How did it feel when Derek told you your time?”
A: “I felt pretty good to be that much faster than everyone else there. 14 seconds is fast, I was happy. I wasn’t holding my breath because I felt sure someone else would have a faster time. I could have done it faster if I did it a second time”.

Q: “Do you have any advice for new people working with a Versa-Max for the first time?”
A: “The biggest thing is: don’t fight the clamp. You don’t have to force anything, it doesn’t need a lot of physical strain. Just line up your bolts and get them lined up. I couldn’t do it that fast in a hole with a lot of mud (I don’t think I’d want to do it that fast in the mud). Definitely take your time in that situation.”

Martech would like to extend an honorable mention to Omar Safod from Syncrude. Omar placed second with a very quick Versa-Max installation time of 15.9 seconds.

Well done everyone! Thank you for testing the Versa-Max pipe repair clamp/coupling with us at AWWOA!

Are you keen on pipe repair? Watch this Versa-Max installation video before you come to the AWWOA trade show and wow us with your speed and skill!

THANK YOU for YOUR SUPPORT

 Derek Traquair with Helix Labs and TPS Versa-Max at this year's AWWOA Show

Derek Traquair with Helix Labs and TPS Versa-Max at this year's AWWOA Show

Thank you for stopping by our booth to try out the new Versa-Max all-in-one repair clamp and coupling and learning about our new Helix Labs wastewater grease and odor management options.

MARTECH provides innovation for municipalities in the construction, operation, maintenance and repair of their infrastructure.

We look forward to continuing our connection with you and assisting all Alberta Operators with infrastructure innovation in 2013 and beyond.

Derek Traquair (Southern Alberta) and Liang Yu (Northern Alberta) will be following up with you to advance the projects you discussed at this conference this week.

Feel free to contact Derek or Liang to arrange a meeting or learning session with you and your department.