T.D. Williamson Hot Tapping and Plugging Fittings Fully Comply with New European Code

T.D. Williamson (TDW) is releasing a standard offering for isolation fittings that fully complies with the new EN-13480 code, the European standard that replaces national codes in many countries. With their all-new engineered design—which the company calls the ProSeries™ Advantage—the TDW STOPPLE® and STOPPLE Plus fittings meet EN-13480’s high standard for safety. Full compliance with EN-13480 means STOPPLE fittings with the ProSeries Advantage demonstrate strict adherence to the relevant code’s stringent requirements. “Thanks to state-of-the-art, model-based engineering, TDW guarantees STOPPLE and STOPPLE Plus fittings are validated to EN-13480, without deviation or bypass,” Senior Product Manager David Stordeur said. “Traceable, verifiable and complete records support our design parameters and we welcome our customers to audit our work.” The ProSeries Advantage ensures shorter lead time through a standardized product with high quality materials and a quality-controlled process. In addition, it optimizes on-site welding time. Available for 4-inch through 36-inch STOPPLE and STOPPLE Plus systems in ANSI Class 600, each fitting is fully compatible with TDW equipment and is suita...

Introduced in 2003 for the 2004 model year, the XLR was a two-door luxury roadster. A

Introduced in 2003 for the 2004 model year, the XLR was a two-door luxury roadster. A spiritual successor to the Cadillac Allante (1986-1993), the XLR was based on the C6-generation Chevrolet Corvette. Discontinued in 2009 due to low demand, the XLR is Cadillac’s last roadster as of 2019. Essentially a luxury alternative to the Corvette C6, the XLR had many premium features over its Chevy-badged counterpart. Some of them were optional on the Corvette, but most of them weren’t even available. The XLR also had a design of its own, borrowing many cues from the CTS and STS models of the mid-2000s. Cadillac also produced a higher performance XLR-V version and launched an update for 2009, the vehicle’s final model year on the market. Although based on the C6 Corvette, the XLR has nothing in common with Chevy’s sports car. Sure, it’s sportier than any other Cadillac design-wise, but it’s not as aggressive as the Corvette. And it makes sense since Cadillac wanted a more luxurious alternative and not a direct competitor. Size-wise, the XLR is very similar to the C6 Corvette, far from surprising since the two shared the same platform. The wheelbase is identical to the Corvette, but the XL...