INFUSION23 is in the books, and it’s safe to say it was our biggest – and arguably best – to date.
This year marked the 10th anniversary of the INFUSION conference, and with that historic milestone came exciting new developments. For those who made the trip to Tulsa, we would like to extend a heartfelt thanks for helping to make INFUSION23 our best year yet!
With more than 400 guests, including 50 international attendees from 20 different countries, the conference center at River Spirit Casino Resort was humming with activity.
“With such a large attendance, we’ll likely be based at River Spirit for years to come,” said McElroy President and CEO Chip McElroy. “Our numbers grow every year, and it’s great to have a fantastic place like that to support that growth.”
“That kind of growth doesn’t happen on its own,” McElroy said. “It happens thanks to the consistent, dedicated, and passionate work of each and every member of the McElroy team, and I can’t be more grateful for everyone’s contributions.”
Keep reading to see just a few highlights from this year’s INFUSION.
TracStar® 412i and TracStar® 618i
These two new additions to our TracStar lineup mark the introduction of TracStar iSeries technology into medium-diameter fusion. These new machines include a few key differences from their Series 2 counterparts. The TracStar 412i and 618i will incorporate the FusionGuide™ Control system seen on other TracStar iSeries models, providing operators with three levels of control during the fusion process.
The TracStar 412i and 618i also feature an improved design that allows for a new, larger-volume hydraulic tank secured beneath the machine’s dome. This reduces the risk of operators accidentally adding the wrong fluid to the hydraulic tank. In addition, a new indexer for both machines provides a convenient and self-contained place for the heater and facer.
Pit Bull® and Rolling 412 and 618
Much like the TracStar 412i and TracStar 618i, the Pit Bull® and Rolling 412 and Rolling 618 increase operator productivity and make improvements to the product platform. New updates add an indexer to these units that, like their TracStar iSeries cousins, keeps the heater and facer with the machine itself. The units can also be used on the tracked vehicles from McElroy’s TracStar line.
Acrobat™ 315 Facer and Heater
As McElroy continues to see demand grow for the Acrobat 315, there have been more requests to butt fuse specialized pipe. But oftentimes, the facer and heater’s inside diameter is too large to accommodate that pipe. To solve that problem, a new facer was designed with changes to the blade holders, along with a new heater with a new element and butt plates. The new heater has a higher surface area that allows for fusion of these specialized types of pipe, further broadening our reach in the mechanical, plumbing and HVAC markets.
International Partner Meeting
On Oct. 10 , dozens of international partners attended an exclusive meeting tailored to helping McElroy succeed worldwide. Mike James, vice president of business development and sales for ISCO Industries, along with members of McElroy’s international sales teams presented case studies and resources available.
“I was impressed with the international participation,” said International Sales Manager Rafa Quintero. “I’m so proud of the team and this group of customers who come every year to share their experiences and learn from other markets.”