Hospital operations uninterrupted during valve installation


22 AVT EZ Valves installed at Rotherham General Hospital to enable isolation of water systems for repair and maintenance

Rotherham General Hospital maintained its vital water supply during the installation of 22 Advanced Valve Technologies (AVT) EZ Valves.

UK installer, R2M Site Services, carried out the installation with the valves supplied by UK distributor, R2M Ltd.

The hospital’s facilities team had identified 11 locations around the facility that required the installation or replacement valves or the creation of additional control points.

These would allow the team to isolate specific areas of their water system should repairs or maintenance be required in the future.

AVT EZ Valves are insertion valves that are installed without the need to shut off the water flow.

They use integrated isolation gates, which when closed after a slot has been milled across the pipe, allow the low-profile EM (end milling) machine to be removed and the bonnet with a resilient wedge to be installed, all while the flow is maintained.

The installation team was faced with fitting the 6ins and 8ins valves in several challenging locations, including on pipes running close to ceilings, lines in corners, and many next to walls, meaning the valves were installed in a range of orientations.

The AVT EZ Valve is designed to cope with all eventualities and the skilled team took just three weeks working overnight to complete the project.

R2M Site Services managing director, Cameron Creed, said: “This particular job emanates the core values within our company, which are to serve those who are affected by water pipeline issues, wherever, and whenever, they need us.

“We are particularly proud of our teams as their flexible approach kept the water flowing, which as we all know could have been life-threatening to hospital patients.”

AVT global sales director, Shawn Petty, added: “The EZ Valve was created to meet the needs of clients such as this hospital, where shutting off the water flow is simply not an option.

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“This was a very-exciting project – seeing 22 EZ Valves installed in one facility is a great testament to the trustworthiness of our valves which have proven themselves to last for decades.”