Joining # 2006 Washington DC
Since 1997 electrofusion welders have been evaluated in Belgium on continuous basis.
Parallel during this decade, traceability according to ISO 12176-4 : “Plastics pipes and fittings - Equipment for fusion jointing polyethylene systems - Part 4: Traceability coding” has been introduced by the Belgium gas companies.
Both initiatives have demonstrated to be important tools evaluating the electrofusion welder performance and the safety of the gas network.
In this optic three training centres were created with a total yearly maximum capacity of 3000 welders: one in Flanders, one in Brussels and one in the Walloon region.