Pipe freezer manufacturer in West Hendon, London
Freeze Master is an established company set up especially to manufacture pipe freezing machines.
The machine was invented as a result of Mr. Hallett’s experiences during his years of employment as a refrigeration and domestic appliance engineer. There were often times when he was not able to carry out his work because the plumbers involved had not been able to turn off the water supp.
This can often occur in older blocks of apartments.
On one such occasion teams of contractors were called in to an apartment in London to completely renovate the home for an American family and Mr. Hallett was asked to install the appliances, i.e. the washer, dryer, refrigerator, freezer, ice maker etc. – all American but nobody knew where the stopcock was in this almost Victorian apartment.
Carpet fitters were called back and pipework tracked under floor boards. It took several days to locate the stopcock. Then the plumbers reported that it would not shut off properly.You can imagine the frustration of the occupants – an army of men had been held up from their work by the failure to stop the water supply!
Mr. Hallett discussed the dilemma that finding a means of blocking the water was essential and when the simplest solution of freezing the pipe was agreed decided to challenge the problem.
Most modern plumbers are acquainted with the gas methods for freezing pipes, i.e. the use of CO2 or aerosol spray cans. But there is always the risk when a plumber uses gas cans to freeze a pipe that they will run out of gas in the middle of a job. He has no way of knowing when his gas bottle is emptying if the job might take longer than anticipated, the risk involved can be nerve wracking.
The ChloroFluoroCarbon range of gases, (R12, R22 and R502), that were used in aerosol spray cans at the time became toxic fumes when in contact with a naked flame (such as a plumber’s blow torch) and seriously poisonous.
But instead of squirting gases onto pipes, which end up in the atmosphere, Mr. Hallett decided to develop an electric, motorized, portable refrigeration machine that would not waste the gas into the atmosphere and would freeze pipes for an indefinite period.
Freeze Master machines offer a new safe technology to the plumber and have revolutionised the plumbing and heating industry.Contractors can now carry out repairs and alterations to entire water systems faster, more efficiently, and more profitable than using the old fashioned methods.
It is not unusual to find stop cocks in a poor corroded condition and therefore unusable.
It is also not unusual to find in a large building whole floors, or even blocks of flats, operating from one main stop cock. A drain down could involve troublesome airlocks to occur several days after the refill. The plumber could spend several hours, unpaid, chasing them around.
Using Freeze Master machines to make a temporary ice block in the pipes is the most professional approach to carry out work with minimum disruption to the system.
Tool manufacturer in Lichfield, Staffordshire
Irwin Tools manufactures and distributes professional grade hand tools and power tool accessories worldwide for trade professionals who demand superior performance and durability on the job. Irwin Tools' brand portfolio features user-preferred category leaders such as IRwin®, Vise-Grip®, Marathon®, Quick-Grip®, Speedbor®, Strait-Line®, Marples®, Unibit®, and Hanson®.
For over a century, innovation has been the hallmark of Irwin Tools. Beginning in 1885, with the development of the first IRWIN Auger Bit, and progressing with the introduction of Vise-Grip Locking Tools, Speedbor Flat Bits, MARATHON Saw Blades, and Quick-Grip Bar Clamps, Irwin has been at the forefront of the industry, creating superior tools for the professional tradesman.
Their impressive track record of new product development is born from their passion for understanding the needs of their primary user - the professional tradesman. This dedication to improving products begins in the field, where IRWIN'S IMPACT End-User Teams visit job sites. There, the team learns first-hand, how to improve our products to help the pros increase their productivity.
From the beginning of our product development process to the performance of these products in your hands, IRWIN is where you train, work, play and buy. This commitment is apparent in everything we do.
Plumbing tool manufacturer in Kettering, Northamptonshire
For more than 60 years, Rothenberger has been a worldwide leader in producing innovative, pipe tools and machines for lavatory, climate-control, gas and environmental technologies.
As the preferred partner of professional users, they offer complete solutions for pipe installation and associated service and maintenance work.
With more than 5,000 products made by this company, they offer the world's most complete line of modern premium pipe tools and machines, as well as environmental technology.
Facts & Figures
Founded in 1949
50 affiliated companies
45% consolidated equity
1,600 employees worldwide
250 patents and trademarks
14 production facilities
60% in-house production
30 foreign subsidiaries
Export to 90 countries
150 certified service facilities
More than 500 sales consultants worldwide
More than 200 specially equipped demo vehicles
Exhibits at more than 120 trade shows
the company is part of Rothenberger AG, and is responsible for the core business of professional pipe installation and connection technology.
Furthermore, they are among the holdings of Rothenberger AG, whose independent brands extend the product portfolio into related specialities. They are part of the Rothenberger Group.
For more than 60 years, Rothenberger has been run as a family business. From the beginning, family solidarity has played a vital role in its success. This includes not only the family of the owners, but the entire corporate family, to which every employee belongs in Kelkheim and at all sites around the world.