A new Radar technology pioneered by Aliaxis in North America is bringing quality, productivity and environmental benefits to our plants in North America and in Europe and the Pacific.

Running alongside an older ultrasound system, the Radar closed loop wall monitors are used to inspect the wall thickness of our single layer pipes, and check diameter, ovality and eccentricity, making automatic adjustments.

This technology guarantees us even more robust quality control than before, while increasing production line capacity by reducing scrap and cutting down on the amount of raw materials we need to make our pipes.

Radar will be used on 12 of our bigger lines at Asheville, North Carolina, Lawton, Oklahoma, and Fort-Pierce, Florida.

It is already being tested in our operations in France, Australia and New Zealand with promising results.

The older ultrasound technology is effective and we will continue to use it on some lines. But it’s a 35-year old technology with some significant drawbacks. For instance, it needs to be recalibrated for every shift.

By contrast, Radar calibrates automatically and is much easier to maintain, allowing for higher uptime of the equipment and greater raw material savings.

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