The trade bodies for building services contractors and welding specialists have joined forces in a bid to raise the quality of all forms of HVACR pipe jointing in the business.
The collaboration between the B&ES and the European Association of Brazing and Soldering will see a series of training courses focusing on both copper and aluminium pipework and best practice methods of joining them.
Rather than simply focusing on brazing, the courses will also look at forms of mechanical jointing and on the new ways of brazing with water.
The associations are starting with ‘technical awareness days’ which are one-day briefings with practical demonstrations aimed at understanding the materials and techniques. The plan is then to set up more in-depth practical courses for engineers.
The awareness days have the support of a range of stakeholders in the aluminium, copper and mechanical jointing sectors.
One of the key elements of the £250 course will be an introduction to the SafeFlame method of brazing and soldering which uses water. The two associations, together with Spanish welding body CESOL, have been working on a three year European-funded project to develop SafeFlame, which promises a simpler, safer method of pipe-joining than conventional flame brazing.
According to EABS consultant Derek Davies, the aim of the programme is to show all forms of pipe-joining rather than suggesting one or the other. “No one joint fits all,” he said. He added that a key message was to make the industry aware of the potential of aluminium pipework, and to show that brazing it is ‘different, not difficult.’
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