Couldn’t make it to our Acrobat™ QuikFit® webinar in September? No problem! Catch up with the video below, along with the Q&A that was discussed after the webinar concluded.
Q. Once the Acrobat QuikFit is assembled, what’s the weight of the three-jaw configuration?
A. The weight of QuikFit in its largest size (24 inches/630mm) weighs about 170 pounds in a three-jaw. As the QuikFit gets smaller in size, that weight goes down as well.
Q. Are there inserts for the QuikFit?
A. QuikFit inserts are called the Acrobat Quikfit Productivity Package. The package allows operators to fuse pipe from 24 inches (630mm) down to 10 inches (250mm). The Productivity Package also provides added capabilities for reducers inside the machine, allowing it to become more functional as an on-the-ground unit.
Q. How long does it take to get operators up to speed building the QuikFit?
A. Not long at all! When McElroy hosts training classes, students are guided through assembling the QuikFit for the first time. After that, students are often able to put the carriage together with minimal oversight. Generally, after a couple of times assembling the QuikFit, operators can confidently put it together within 8 to 10 minutes.
Q. Are there defined lifting points on the QuikFit?
A. While the QuikFit is designed to be lifted by hand, it does have defined lifting points on the carriage, HPU, heater, and jaws. On the carriage, lift points are located on the lower quarter of the jaws.
Q. Can vertical fusion be performed using the QuikFit?
A. Absolutely! The Acrobat QuikFit is just like all the other Acrobat machines in McElroy’s polypropylene lineup. If an operator is familiar with vertical fusion on a smaller Acrobat (Ex. 160, 250, 315), the process is exactly the same.
Q. Can the QuikFit be used in a fab setting on the ground, or is it strictly for overhead work?
A. The QF is versatile enough to do overhead and on-ground fabrication-type fusions, especially with the versatility added by productivity packages and inserts. Because of that versatility, reducers and other fabrication can take place on the ground, then the same machine can go overhead for final tie-ins.