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  1. What materials are used in production of AKCES drains, joints, pipes and reductions?

    Mainly polypropylene (PP), but also polyethylene (PE) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Bodies, tops and drains are made of PP, drain pipes are made of PE and caps of PP. Currently we’re shifting towards making all seals from elastome – a rubber derivative. It is also worth pointing out that in 99% of the production of elements we use pure polypropylene and not regranulate, which might contain some impurities.

  2. Why do some of the drain and pipe fittings add chalk to their products and what does it mean for the user?

    Some of the manufacturers add chalk to polypropylene to lower the cost of production. Seemingly it has no impact on the quality of the product. But if the chalk content is too high the products are more brittle, which can lead to braking in case of winter storage in low temperatures. Moreover, the fittings with a high chalk content have more matt surface. That means they attract dirt more and are more difficult to keep clean.

  3. What material are metal caps made of?

    The metal caps in AKCES drains are pressed only from the highest-quality acid-resistant sheet metal N (surgical steel). Competitive products are usually made of ordinary stainless steel with slightly worse physical characteristics (they become matt more easily and attract residues more readily). The type of metal sheet can be easily checked using a magnet. The 0H18 N9 metal sheet won’t attract a magnet. The 0H17 type metal sheet attracts magnets.

  4. What is the secret behind the extremely high-quality of AKCES drain caps?

    Akces offers 3 types of caps: white ABS, high-quality acid-resistant sheet metal coated plastic and chromium-plated ABS.

    The highest quality of the chrome coating is achieved by means of a professional electroplating process. In case of AKCES caps the layer of copper necessary for electroplating is thick enough to prevent cracking and leafing of the chromium-nickel coating as it is in case of standard chromium plated caps.
  5. Why are the chromium-plated caps more expensive than more durable steel caps?

    The difference in prices is caused by the relatively expensive and time-consuming electroplating process. While the acid-resistant cap made of the acid-resistant surgical steel might not have the look of the chromium-plated cap, it is nevertheless much more durable.

  6. Regarding the surface of the cap made of the same type acid-resistant steel that AKCES glossy metal caps – why is it matt?

    The matt cap effect appears during the mandatory process of pressing. The process temperature of 55°C causes a change in the structure of sheet metal making it matt. But the cap characteristics stay the same as in metal caps.

  7. Why do AKCES drains use acid-resistant screws unlike plain bolts like most of the manufacturers?

    After a couple of years of using a standard drain there appears a massive build-up of lime under the cap which causes corrosion. During the disassembly of such a standard drain (for complete replacement, replacement of cap etc.) it is virtually impossible to remove the screw because the cylindrical design of the screw creates a fixed connection between lime and cap. With a conic-end screw, lime falls off by itself as it does not make contact with an obstacle in the form of a cap. So, in case of disassembly the AKCES drain enables the job to be completed in a few minutes and not several dozen minutes, and without the need for cutting the complete drain from the bottom.

  8. How come the chattered walls of the COFLEX flexible joints do not become clogged and their inside walls, after few years, are at least as clean as the walls of standard smooth joints?

    The process technicians developing the COFLEX joints used the phenomenon of cavitation known in the field of fluid mechanics. It means increasing pressure at one point in order to cause a disturbance of flow. Thus, the traditional laminar flow becomes turbulent. It is commonly referred to as washing out or pulling.

    In case of COFLEX flexible joints, and especially in toilet joints, the cavitation is beneficial as it promotes self-cleaning. The turbulent flow removes the dirt from walls and washes it out. The only drawback is the louder noise of flow, but it is still low enough not to be perceived by people. Turbulent flow can cause a loss of material, but it does not apply to AKCES joints because the build-up is periodically used as internal insulation.

     

    Generally, the cavitation is perceived as a rather negative phenomenon. But it is quite the contrary in the case of COFLEX joints. It is therefore good to learn about cavitation and forget about completely ungrounded prejudice towards COFLEX joints for the fitting of water closets (the fear of clogging up).

 

 

 

 

Targi ISH 2013, Frankfurt, 12.-16.3.2013

 

 

 

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