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Revolutionising HVAC installation with RLS Press Fittings

In the world of HVAC installation, safety and efficiency are paramount. Grant Phipps Managing Director of Rapid Locking System Europe, explains that traditional methods such as brazing, while effective, come with inherent risks and challenges that can hinder productivity and compromise safety.

Since patenting the RLS Press Fittings in 2016, Rapid Locking System – part of the Marmon Group of companies – has redefined the HVAC installation landscape by eliminating the dangers associated with open flames, thus creating a safer, more efficient work environment.

Mitigating fire risks
Brazing, the conventional method for joining HVAC pipes, involves using an open flame, which introduces several fire-related hazards. The presence of combustible materials, the risk of gas leaks, and the need for strict safety measures such as hot work permits, fire spotters, and extensive fire safety equipment are significant concerns. Moreover, the brazing process demands the transportation and handling of gases and heavy equipment, further complicating the installation process.

Zurich Insurance has calculated that over the course of a decade, hot work fires resulted in total losses of up to £70 million in the UK. Data published in 2023 revealed that fires caused by hot work accounted for 16% of all fires in buildings under construction.

Rapid Locking System’s RLS Press Fittings remove these hazards entirely. By eliminating the need for an open flame, RLS Press Fittings negate the requirement for hot work permits, fire spotters, and additional fire safety equipment. This innovation not only enhances workplace safety but also simplifies logistics by removing the need for nitrogen purging and transporting brazing equipment to job sites. As the use of flammable refrigerants in HVAC and refrigeration continues to rise, the flame-free RLS Press Fittings offer a crucial safety advantage that will only grow in importance.

Faster, easier, and more cost-effective installation
Beyond the significant safety improvements, RLS Press Fittings revolutionise the installation process by making it faster and more efficient. Traditional brazing is a time-consuming task that requires meticulous preparation and execution.

In contrast, RLS Press Fittings enable technicians to make a permanent and reliable mechanical connection for working pressures up to 700 PSI (48.26 Bars) in just 10 seconds, without the need for brazing. This dramatic reduction in installation time translates to up to 60% faster project completion, yielding substantial time and cost savings.

The process of using RLS Press Fittings is straightforward: tube ends are prepped similarly to brazing, but the press tool performs the connection work in seconds. This efficiency not only accelerates the installation but also reduces the physical strain on technicians who no longer need to haul heavy brazing equipment from site to site. The simplicity and speed of RLS connections are demonstrated in our quick instructional video, showcasing how this innovative solution streamlines the entire installation process.

A new standard in HVAC installation
Rapid Locking System Europe’s RLS Press Fittings represent a paradigm shift in HVAC installation, setting new standards for safety, efficiency, and reliability. By eliminating the fire risks associated with brazing and significantly reducing installation time, RLS Press Fittings empower technicians to work smarter, not harder. As the industry evolves and the use of flammable refrigerants becomes more prevalent, the adoption of flame-free, rapid connection methods like RLS Press Fittings will be crucial for maintaining safe and efficient operations.

Find out more at www.rls-europe.com or head to stand 5B134 at InstallerSHOW.

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