SharkBite is returning to this year’s Northern Ireland Plumbing and Heating Trade Event (16 and 17 September) to unveil the latest additions to its innovative range of metal push-fit fittings and valves.
For the first time, visitors to Stand 18 will see SharkBite’s brand new Chrome-plated range of fittings. Slimline and stylish, the Chrome range has been designed to ensure a smart and sleek aesthetic look on exposed systems, while still providing installers with the inherent SharkBite flexibility of using one range of fittings for five types of pipe (Copper, Chromed Copper, PEX, Carbon Steel and Polybutylene).
The WRAS approved SharkBite Chrome range includes male and female, straight and bent threaded connectors, couplings, elbows, tees, branch tees, with end stops. The fittings are electroplated prior to the o-ring being inserted which ensures the body is totally free from any harmful residual chemicals and prevents potential component degradation.
Also launching at the show are SharkBite versions of RWC’s innovative Tenant® and HarronTM valves. The Tenant valve is a space-saving compact water monitoring unit, ideal for multi-occupancy buildings. Supplied pre-insulated to further save installation time and cost, the single unit cartridge design is available with SharkBite push-fit connectors to ensure quick and simple installation, reduced leakage potential and easy maintenance.
Pressure Reducing Valves (PRVs) and Thermal Balancing Valves (TBVs) are often installed together, yet the PRV is regularly situated in the wrong position on the system to operate effectively. This gave Stuart Harron (Regional Manager for Ireland) the idea for a combined unit to avoid installation siting errors, speed up installation time and reduce leak potential. Suitable for hot water applications, the Harron valve also incorporates a built-in disinfection function to protect against legionella, a dry-fit thermometer, easy to read pressure gauge, integral strainer and FBSP connections. A version with SharkBite connections is also available, enabling the valve to be installed even more quickly and efficiently.
Also on display will be the new PEX (5 layer) barrier pipe. Developed, tested and approved for use up to 6 bar @ 95oC on any hot or cold water application, the PEX barrier pipe provides the ultimate flexibility to be quickly and easily cabled behind cavity walls and through ducts. When used as a complete system with SharkBite slim-line push-fit ultra low-lead dzr brass fittings, installers can complete even faster, easier installations without compromising integrity and ensure a professional finish every time.
Stuart Harron says: “We’re really excited to be launching so many innovative new products at the show, it’s a great opportunity to see them in the customer’s hands and find out what they think. Initial feedback on the Chrome range has been great, its slimline appearance and superior quality will help installers ensure exposed systems look as good as possible. And of course, I’m especially looking forward to seeing our new Harron valve on the stand!”
The SharkBite team will also be encouraging visiting installers to get hands-on with the product range and go head-to-head in its Fastest Fitter Competition. Those willing to test their skills will have to complete an installation using the right pipe and SharkBite fittings in the quickest time possible, to be in with a chance of winning £50 cash back on their first SharkBite order.