A few years ago, there was a quiz show on TV called "The Weakest Link" where contestants wrestled with difficult questions under stress, and the weak link was eliminated.

Where the rubber meets...

A few years ago, there was a quiz show on TV called "The Weakest Link" where contestants wrestled with difficult questions under stress, and the weak link was eliminated.

We all know where the weakest link in a pipeline generally is: in its joints. Luckily, Flowtite® pipes come with tough REKA gaskets as standard, and that means they have not one but two strong gaskets plus a center stop register. Together, these provide a tight, efficient joint that eliminates infiltration and exfiltration. REKA seals can even maintain their integrity after slight directional changes, ground settlement or even intended deflection.

So when the competition talks about its "filament-wound couplings," just remember that Flowtite® is all filament-wound. This—coupled with the reliable strength of its REKA-gasketed, filament-wound couplings—gives you real pipe integrity, both for gravity and pressure applications. Flowtite® is all filament-wound

In fact, our REKA gaskets become even tighter under pressure, and by removing the center register, our couplings can become slip couplings. 

It's time to rethink some of the outdated sole-source, no-bid specifications still to be found out there and take a careful look at the long-lasting integrity of Flowtite®. When it comes to pipelines, strong couplings are truly where the rubber meets the road.

So stay safe this summer, and be careful when a manufacturer tries to highlight as a nifty design feature something that could, in truth, be "the weakest link." 

P.S. Here's a quick heads-up about our next exciting webinar, coming in September: "Single-Pass vs. Two-Pass Pipe Tunnels—How to Reduce Your Risk." It's a must-see event if you work with trenchless applications. See next month's Pipeline for a link to sign up!