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Victaulic, the world leader in mechanical pipe joining systems, was founded in New York City in 1925 to market a radical new concept in the piping industry — a mechanical bolted coupling that would engage into grooves and use a gasket seal.
The concept of joining pipe with bolted mechanical couplings originated during World War I for rapid deployment of fuel and water lines to Allied forces. The company that worked closely with the War Department of England to develop this new method of joining pipe was named Victory Pipe Joint Company after the coupling it had engineered — known as the "victory joint" from early military uses. Later, combining the words "Victory" and "Hydraulics" the name was shortened to Victaulic, and the company began to shift its focus to commercial piping applications to market its new innovative method of joining pipe.
For more than 80 years, the company’s enthusiasm for crafting unconventional solutions has allowed it to forge new paths as it tackles the industry’s most unique challenges.
The grooved piping method — which dramatically reduces the amount of installation time as compared to welding, threading or flanging — is now used extensively for HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, water and wastewater treatment, oil field operations, mining, industrial processes, power plants, military and marine systems, and other demanding fluid-handling applications.
Anatomy of a Groove
The economics of the grooved method derive from simplified assembly that involves three basic concepts:
- A pressure-responsive gasket that creates a leak-tight seal
- Couplings that hold the pipe together and
- Bolts and nuts that secure the couplings to the pipe.
A groove is rolled or cut into the end of the pipe to engage the couplings, whereupon the gaskets seal on the outside diameter of the pipe between the grooves. The sealing action is enhanced as the couplings are tightened by line-operating pressure or vacuum. Click here to see an animation of a grooved joint assembly.
Complete Product Offerings
What began as simply a faster, easier and more economical way of joining pipe has evolved into a whole new approach to solving piping problems — a total "systems" approach. Today, Victaulic offers complete, start-to-finish solutions that anticipate a project’s every need.
The Victaulic grooved-end products comprise a complete system:
- Rigid and flexible couplings
- Fittings and adapters
- Tools and accessories
The Victaulic grooved-piping method accommodates most piping materials, including lightwall, standard and extra-heavy steel, stainless, aluminum, PVC and other plastics, as well as high-density polyethylene. In addition, products for copper tubing (CTS) and ductile iron (AWWA) for water supply, as well as underground- and waste-treatment process piping are available.
Victaulic products are manufactured to accommodate piping standards including ANSI, DN, JIS, CIS, AS, and BS.
Victaulic also offers products using unique joining methods. For example, utilizing a spline to join pipe, Aquamine products offer reusable, high-impact PVC pipe, couplings and fittings for water-system solutions. The Depend-O-Lok line of products allows mechanical joining of large diameter carbon and stainless steel pipe, regardless of the size or standard.
The benefits of lower total installed cost, reduced downtime and maintenance ease are only part of the Victaulic story. Victaulic goes above and beyond to support its customers from design through construction.
Customer support services are available through the company’s Construction Piping Services. These services include:
- Free estimates and specification updates, demonstrating how the Victaulic piping system can save time and money
- Detailed project management services including drawings and site visits to supervise the transition from drawing to implementation
- Software solutions to draw Victaulic products into a piping project
In addition to its comprehensive estimating, pre-planning, project-coordination and software-solutions services, Victaulic is the only mechanical piping systems manufacturer with more than 300 factory-trained piping specialists worldwide to service customer needs in the field.
Quality and Dependability
Victaulic is an ISO 9001 certified company, with all of its worldwide locations earning the highest certified ratings possible. Victaulic performs continuous metallurgical, dimensional and structural quality checks during the manufacturing process. The company also conducts both static and dynamic post-manufacturing tests to assure adherence to quality standards.
Victaulic has offices, foundries and distribution centers all over the globe and employs more than 3,000 people worldwide.
The company’s world headquarters is located in Easton, Pennsylvania, USA.
Europe is serviced from regional headquarters in Nazareth, Belgium and distribution centers throughout the United Kingdom and the Continent. A Victaulic foundry in Drezdenko, Poland provides ductile iron products worldwide. Victaulic services Asia and Australia from its manufacturing facility in Dalian, China and its regional headquarters in Shanghai.
The largest non-ferrous foundry in Canada, the Victaulic foundry in Richmond Hills, Ontario, Canada, operates three manufacturing facilities and is capable of producing bronze, brass, aluminum, nickel-copper, high conductivity copper, cupro-nickel, aluminum bronze, manganese bronze and lead-free bronze sand castings, weighing from one ounce to 3,000 pounds.
Victaulic has foundries in the U.S., Poland and China that provide a variety of custom castings to meet customer needs. Regardless of where you are located in the world Victaulic can cost effectively service your casting needs.