McElroy combines features of three different systems into one fusion machine
McElroy has launched the Tritan 560 fusion machine. The Tritan 560 combines the portability and technology of the TracStar iSeries, the pipe-loading capabilities of the Talon 2000, and the ability to meet the pipe where it lays, found in the Acrobat QuikFit carriages. With a full 360-degree rotation and a boom that can raise, extend, and curl the carriage to approach and load pipe, the Tritan boosts job site efficiency and improves workplace safety by eliminating the need to top-load pipe into the fusion machine.
The Tritan 560 aids in pipe positioning, allowing for more flexibility and increased performance and productivity. With the same dual rubber tracks found on McElroy TracStar machines, the Tritan has the mobility to easily travel across a variety of terrains and can be driven directly to and from the pipe itself. By building off the design of multiple McElroy units, the Tritan minimizes the amount of time spent between fusions while also letting the machine work in tight areas.
Operator safety features of McEltory's Tritan 560
The Tritan 560 was designed with operator safety in mind. All functions are wirelessly controlled with the DataLogger, McElroy's touchscreen tablet that captures the most important information related to fusion operations in real-time. No second remote is needed – all controls have been integrated into the DataLogger tablet, allowing a single operator to control all parts of the pipe loading and fusion process. Rather than being tethered to the machine, operators can instead position themselves where they have good visibility and can safely manipulate the machine.
The Tritan lets operators connect the DataLogger via a tether when a wireless signal is unavailable, allowing for operation in environments where wireless signals are restricted.
The Tritan 560 offers a bottom-loading carriage that eliminates the need to lift pipe overhead and into the machine for standard fusions. Operators can load pipes quickly and safely in a variety of configurations. The boom arms can raise, extend, and curl the carriage over a range of motion. This allows operators to adjust the carriage without having to move the vehicle itself.
In addition, the Tritan offers a removable carriage that can operate in a 2+2 or 3+1 configuration, in both a top-loading or bottom-loading setup for ideal flexibility in the field. In confined spaces or in-ditch applications, the carriage can be loaded directly onto the pipe from above, minimizing the amount of excavation required under the pipe. And using the DataLogger to control Tritan wirelessly allows operators to carry out the fusion process from the safest possible position.
Standard features of the Tritan 560
Position, load, and fuse pipe from 12-inch (305mm) to 22-inch (560mm) with ease. The Tritan 560's full 360-degree swing lets operators fuse in front of the unit or parallel to the tracks on either side of the machine. An updated track motor allows the Tritan to achieve a top speed of 2.75 miles (4.4 km) per hour in high-speed mode, boosting job site mobility and decreasing the time spent between fusions.
The Tritan is powered by a 50-horsepower Stage V/Tier 4 Final Compliant Kubota engine. Its heater power varies based on need, allowing for full power during the heat-up phase and lower power when maintaining temperature. This equates to lower fuel consumption and quieter operation.
DataLogger integration allows users to take full advantage of McElroy's Vault, a cloud-based tool to collect, store, analyze, and share joint reports and project information. Its interface also allows for the recording of each fusion machine's GPS location, machine, and operator information, and joint data.