Formadrain is now the Canadian distributor of an exceptional line of small diameter lateral cutters from the Finnish company Picote. Picote, like Formadrain, is an innovator in its field and has created some remarkable products which are brilliantly simple and effective.
Since 2008, Picote has focused on in-house research and development and now offers a growing range of innovative, patented and patent-pending products, available for the first time to the international market. These resourceful tools and machinery are devised and perfected as a direct result of workforce and on-site feedback and evaluation. The company's Smart Cutter™ system, which Formadrain will carry, won the ISTT new product award for 2012 at the 30th International ISTT No-Dig Show in Brazil.
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When it comes to repairs, the size and/or shape of pipes can make a huge difference. An example of this can be seen in the project that the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland undertook to rehabilitate an existing pipe system.
The GRC was established in 1942 as part of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). Later, it was incorporated into the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a laboratory for aircraft engine research. In 1999, it was renamed after Friendship 7 astronaut and former Ohio senator, John Glenn.
Officials were looking for a comprehensive solution to all their needs. But as it turned out, some of the pipes in the GRC system – about 8% – were not only smaller-sized. They also had small runs, elbow bends, and transitions. So the $50 Continue Reading
Cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) technology allows engineers to rehabilitate broken or damaged pipes without having to use more destructive open cut methods. Take, for example, the case of the water main break at the Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.
In late September of 2013, the main blew while the Buffalo Bills were playing a game against the Baltimore Ravens. Aggravating a difficult situation was the fact that the water main sent a stream of tile and gravel into the sewer pipe, causing even more damage.
The game – which the Bills won – went on, but the Erie County Health Department was forced to shut down the affected area immediately. Officials gave stadium managers a little over ten days to repair both the water main and sewer line and get both inspected and approved Continue Reading
Formadrain’s cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) system is one of the best on the market. It repairs pipes up to 150 feet long and with diameters between 2 and 48 inches and has been used successfully for industrial, municipal, commercial and residential rehabilitation projects that have posed numerous challenges to engineers.
In Lackawanna, New York, for example, the Formadrain system saved a 120-foot section of a 10-inch diameter sewer main that was riddled with holes. What made that particular project especially difficult was that the main ran under a heavily populated residential section of the city.
Open-cut methods of repair would have caused damage to too many lawns and structures to be cost-effective. But by inserting a liner directly into the pipe, Formadrain technicians were not Continue Reading
Formadrain is pleased to announce that Mr. Bruce Stevenson is now Formadrain's new Business Development Manager, responsible for both the United States and Canada.
For more than 25 years, Mr. Stevenson has worked in customer relations and sales, primarly helping business owners in technical and engineering industries. He brings this expertise to Formadrain and will be working directly with its Marketing and Engineering departments to ensure customer satisfaction and growth.
He looks forward to speaking to anyone who is interested in the Formadrain No-Dig system and answering their questions. Please feel free to contact him at 1-888-450-3986 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue Reading