Water pipe repair solution recognized for innovation

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• Viking Johnson wins coveted SBWWI Water Dragons Award

The Remote EasiClamp, from Viking Johnson, has won the SBWWI Award for Best Product Innovation.
WARWICK, England, UK, Nov. 9, 2010 -- Viking Johnson (www.vikingjohnson.com), together with Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions, has won the prestigious Best Product Innovation Award at the SBWWI (Society of British Water and Wastewater Industries) Water Dragons 2010, for the development of its innovative new Remote EasiClamp. Viking Johnson, a leading brand of Crane Building Services & Utilities (www.cranebsu.com), is a market leader in the design and manufacturing of mechanical couplings and flange adaptors, pipe repair products and flow control solutions for water and wastewater applications.

Launched in late 2009, Remote EasiClamp is set to revolutionise the water industry, helping water companies to reach water leakage targets set by Ofwat. It has been designed by Viking Johnson to deliver a quick, safe, permanent repair to a damaged pipe at full operational pressure, with out having to enter the trench and with minimal excavation.

The major benefits of this innovative and patented repair solution include the ability to maintain continual water supply to customers, the minimising of health and safety risks to operatives and a significant reduction in installation costs, traffic disruption and spoil.

In the development of this revolutionary fitting, Viking Johnson worked closely with Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions to ensure the new clamp exceeded the requirements of both operators and water companies. The clamp consists of two halves that are hinged, fully opening to permit quick and easy fitting on the pipe. Two patented self-retaining bolts are used to tighten up the clamp which speeds up the repair process and minimises disruption to water supply.

From left to right: Roger Tucker (VJ), Martin Kane (Severn Trent) and Mark Oliver (BBUS)
Since its launch, nine UK water utilities have approved the Remote EasiClamp for use. Eight others have indicated their desire to undertake trials prior to sanctioning its use. Operators using the product have acknowledged the benefits with respect to ease of installation, and health & safety. The remote installation process on pressurised mains has been endorsed by Balfour Beatty Utilities Solutions during recent trials at their test facility in Derby, where they verified the products.

After being nominated for the award, earlier in the year, Viking Johnson and Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions have undergone a rigorous selection process. SBWWI were impressed by the innovation during product demonstrations and presentations of cost savings and health & safety benefits. The Award was presented at the annual SBWWI Awards Lunch, in Warwick, to a representative from both companies.

For more information on the Remote Repair Clamp, press enquiries and high resolution pictures please contact Simon Shand-Brown on 01473 277300 or sshand-brown@crane-ltd.co.uk or Clare Allison on 01473 277379 or callison@crane-ltd.co.uk.

The Society of British Water and Wastewater Industries (SBWWI) is an active, not-for-profit, trade association representing the interests of UK manufacturers, contractors, consultants, distributors and others supplying the Water and Wastewater Industry. Its aims are to develop an effective, consultative and innovative supply chain to the UK water industry and to help members serve the industry better by providing a forum for discussion and the dissemination of information.

The SBWWI Water Dragons Innovation Award is one of the Awards presented at the SBWWI Water Dragons Event. The SBWWI Water Dragons event is a unique opportunity for members to pitch their new product, process or service to senior water company executives: the Water Dragons. Devised in 2008, Water Dragons has become the main Innovation Award for SBWWI. Innovative products, services or processes put before the Water Dragons must be able to demonstrate clear and distinct benefits and identify how their innovation could make or save money for their clients, the water companies.

Viking Johnson (www.vikingjohnson.com) is one of a number of market leading brands within Crane Building Services & Utilities. It supplies specialist fittings, pipeline equipment, regulators and ball valves to the global gas and water distribution market.

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