Since its adoption in the late 19th century, wet sprinkler systems have grown exponentially as a critical system in both commercial and residential developments around the world. Throughout the evolution of sprinkler systems, piping was joined with the only available methods at the time – welded and flanged joints for larger sized pipe and threaded on small diameter piping.
In the 1950’s, a new pipe joining method was UL/FM approved that would drastically change the industry – grooved mechanical piping systems. Since its inception, grooved mechanical pipe joints have become the bread and butter of fire protection systems, utilized on nearly all wet fire systems from 50mm and above, with threaded systems retained largely on small diameter piping. This presentation will introduce unprecedented advancements in pipe joining technology, including plain-end HDPE piping and small diameter products that will make threading a thing of the past. The future of fire is beyond grooved.