Engineer Paul wins Brymec Press Challenge at The HVAC & Refrigeration Show
Refrigeration Engineer Paul Davis won a £1400 press-fitting tool in the Brymec Press challenge, a competition at the HVAC & R Show in London
Paul had never used the system before although he had heard of it through friends at college. He said: "All I have heard is good things. I think this tool is absolutely brilliant. I watched the video, and the way the joint was pressure tested and the fact that it was piping hot was amazing, so I have no doubt that it offers a proper airtight fitting.
"And the fact that you don't need hot work permits when using this system is a real plus. It typically takes a long time to get a permit and once, you've done the hot works, you have to stand there for an hour and make sure nothing ignites due to the residual heat. It's a real pain…
"Considering that I'd never used the system before, the user-friendliness of the machine is absolutely spot-on; it does the job really well."
To win the competition, Paul produced the fastest crimp over the three days of the show by cutting a copper pipe, deburring it, preparing the pipe surface with a wire wool pad to and re-joining the pipe with two joints on each side.