What fitting diameters can it weld?
The iACT has been designed to weld electrofusion fittings from 16mm up to 355mm diameter.
How many joints can it do?
On one full battery charge, the iACT can weld 200x 32mm couplers, or 75x 63mm couplers, or 8x 125mm couplers, or 5x 180mm couplers. An average user should be able to get around two weeks of work from one battery charge.
How much does it weigh?
The iACT weighs under 20kg. Compared to a standard electrofusion kit, needing a generator, welding unit and can of fuel, this can be around 120kg, this is an 86% saving in weight.
How long does it take to charge?
Using the mains powered charger it will take just one hour to charge from flat to full. If you can’t wait for an hour, then the energy needed to weld a house connection can be charged in just six minutes.
Can I charge the unit on-the-go?
Yes, if the van is fitted with a 230V inverter then it can be quickly charged in an hour while driving between jobs. If an inverter isn’t fitted then it can be connected to the 12 volt auxiliary socket to charge. This 12 volt connection will take six hours to charge from flat to full but will also top-up the charge while travelling as well.
How do I know it will have enough charge to complete the next weld?
The iACT has clever predictive software that monitors the charge available in the battery and compares it to the energy needed to weld the fitting. If there isn’t enough charge to complete the weld then the start will be prevented.
Does temperature affect the unit?
No, not in the UK. The iACT has been designed to weld between -10oC and +40oC. It will charge up from zero to +40oC.
How loud is the operation of the unit?
The iACT doesn’t need to use a generator so its operation is effectively silent. A standard generator can be up to 99 dB(A) and this can require special operating procedures to use it. The iACT removes all these restrictions.
Can it be used with phone-based data capture systems?
The iACT has been designed to operate with the Locate mobile phone app to provide a cloud based, web accessed, data storage system. Locate will also allow remote control of the iACT from the phone. If the operator is required to use Control Point, then the iACT is fully compatible with that system, and it can be made to work with many others already in the market.
How environmentally friendly is it?
Using a standard electrofusion welding unit and generator to weld one average year of work will produce around 344kg of CO2 from the fuel used. Charging the iACT from average electricity to do the same work will produce around 8kg of CO2. This is a reduction of 98% in CO2 emissions. If carbon-neutral green energy is used to charge the iACT then it can become net-zero with a 100% reduction. This saving doesn’t include the efficiency of the van which won’t be carrying as much weight so the CO2 saving will be higher.
Can I charge the battery at home and how much will it cost?
Yes, the mains charger takes around 550 watts which is less than 3 amps from the mains plug. With average electricity it will cost just nine pence to charge the battery from flat to full.
What Health & Safety benefits does it have compared to standard machines?
The first benefit is with Slip, Trip and Fall hazards on site. There are no trailing supply cables so there are fewer trip hazards. The second is with manual handling. The iAct is around 10kg lighter than the standard ACT40 machine, making it much easier to carry, but the big saving is not having to move a generator. These can be 100kg and are a two man lift. The potential for manual handling injuries is substantially reduced. The reduction in equipment weight also has an impact on the loading of the van, freeing up capacity to carry more efficient things like additional fittings.