REHAU introduced its new EVERLOC+ compression-sleeve fitting system at AHR Expo 2017. Designed for use with RAUPEX UV shield PEXa pipe in potable water applications, EVERLOC+ features both polymer and lead-free brass fittings in diameters up to 2 inches as well as the EVERLOC+ power tool, powered by the DEWALT® 12V MAX battery platform.
“REHAU has been intensely devoted to the design and development of EVERLOC+, and we are excited to offer a system that sets a new precedent for plumbing installations,” said Mike Dietrich, vice president of the building solutions division at REHAU. “EVERLOC+ is a polymer and lead-free brass fitting solution, based on our proven and highly secure compression-sleeve technology, that is also faster, more convenient and cost-effective when compared to other PEX-based plumbing systems,” he said.
EVERLOC+ connections are made using a two-step expansion and compression process, both performed by the EVERLOC+ power tool, which is specifically designed for assembling EVERLOC+ fittings. First, the pipe is expanded, then the sleeve is actively compressed over the pipe and fitting for a secure connection that is immediately ready for pressure testing.
“EVERLOC+ is uniquely designed for speed, control and security, with one consistent technique that eliminates many of the complications that can occur during plumbing installations,” said Jonathan Bittenbender, engineering director in the building solutions division at REHAU. “The EVERLOC+ fitting features four sealing edges and a textured PEXa compression sleeve that grips tightly for added security. In addition, EVERLOC+ can be installed in any temperature and all types of weather. Two expansions and one compression are all that’s ever needed – in comparison to other fitting systems, this is a big advantage.”
EVERLOC+ polymer compression-sleeve fittings and PEXa plumbing pipe are manufactured exclusively by REHAU and backed by a 25-year limited warranty. The EVERLOC+ fitting system includes couplings, tees, elbows, transition fittings, multi-port tees and accessories in sizes from 3/8 inches through 2 inches EVERLOC+ polymer fittings are produced from a modified polyphenylsulfone material, and lead-free brass fittings are produced from ECO Brass (UNS C69300). The EVERLOC+ power tool features color-coded, quick-change expander heads and compression jaws. Jaws can be positioned in various orientations to accommodate many installation scenarios.
EVERLOC+ in sizes up to 1 inches will be available at distributors in the United States and Canada beginning in March. A large diameter program in 1 ¼- to 2-inch sizes will be available in July.