>B< MaxiPro used for first time in India

>B< MaxiPro
Bengaluru, India

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Conex Bänninger’s ‘revolutionary’ flame-free >B< MaxiPro copper pipe jointing system has been used for the first time in India, in an air conditioning installation in a luxury bungalow in Bengaluru.



The project was carried out by Supportline.Inc, with work completed in a third of the time and with half the number of ACR engineers that would have been required with traditional brazing.

>B< MaxiPro was developed specifically for air conditioning and refrigeration applications and, as a purely mechanical joint, eliminates the need for a hot works permit and a fire watch.

The fittings are manufactured in Europe by Conex Bänninger, part of the IBP Group. The range was launched into India earlier this year, at ACREX in Mumbai, having already become firmly established in Europe, Australia and North America.

Manoj Jogiya, Managing Director of Supportline.Inc, which is based in Bengaluru, said the company had been keen to find a copper pipe jointing system that provided a safer alternative to brazing, and were impressed when the IBP Group sales team introduced them to >B< MaxiPro.

Manoj said: “The current air conditioning copper piping installations require a heat source for joining. This can lead to fire accidents and other safety concerns at installation sites.

“Also, brazing can cause carbon deposits on the inside of the tubing, leading to an increase in maintenance and a reduction in the efficiency of the ACR system.

“The >B< MaxiPro fitting eliminates the need for a heat source, along with the labour of shifting and transporting of gas cylinders. The result is safer and more efficient ACR systems.”

The air conditioning system installed was a City Multi Mitsubishi Electric VRF 10HP.

The installation, with more than 100 >B< MaxiPro fittings of different types, would normally have taken four people between four and five working days to complete using brazing, said Manoj. However, the >B< MaxiPro press fit system enabled just two people to finish the job in a day-and-a-half, he said.

Once initial preparation is done, it takes just five seconds to complete the joint, using an appropriate press tool and jaws.

Supportline.Inc is based in Bengaluru and has been a premium channel partner for Mitsubishi for 18 years, executing high-end large residential, commercial and hotel projects.

>B< MaxiPro can be used up to a maximum operating pressure of 700 psi at 121°C, with a permanent maximum operating temperature of range of -40°C to 121°C.

To produce a permanent tight connection, the fittings are pressed over three points, one on each side of the bead and one compressing the O-ring.

Each fitting comes with an industry-standard 12-month warranty, extended to 10 years when the official training programme is undertaken and the installation is made in line with Conex Bänninger guidelines (refer to full terms).

For Supportline.Inc the training was led by Syed Mohadeen, IBP Group Technical Sales Manager for Southern India, who took the company team through the process step-by-step, after which they were able to try it for themselves.

Santosh Konnur, IBP Group Manager for the Indian Subcontinent, said: “Wherever >B< MaxiPro has been launched it has quickly become the ACR press fitting of choice.

“I’m confident that others in India who share Manoj’s passion for embracing innovative technology will join ‘the press  revolution’ and they too will benefit from a system that makes installer’s lives easier, saving time, reducing risk and
increasing productivity.”

>B< MaxiPro can be used with hard, half hard or annealed copper tube conforming to EN 12735-1 or ASTM-B280. The innovative press system can be used with many refrigerants, including R1234yf, R1234ze, R32, R134a, R404A, R407C, R407F, R410A and R507.