Plastica Alfa

Plastica Alfa has been manufacturing and selling worldwide Alfaidro PPR pipes and fittings for more than 25 years as these stand out for reliability and a very complete range. The development of the range is characterized by the composite pipes in PPR-PPGF-PPR - Alfaidro Faser - and multilayer PPR-Al-PPR - Alfaidro Aluminium pipes. Thanks to their dimensional stability, these are best suited for heating and cooling systems, compressed air systems and various industrial applications. Moreover these can be joined with the whole range of Alfaidro fittings using the traditional welding techniques.

Company details

Contrada Balchino , Caltagirone , CT 95041 Italy

Locations Served

Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Water and Wastewater - Pipes and Piping
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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An agile organisational structure, a flexible productive organization, a young and dynamic staff are the resources that enabled Plastica Alfa to be present in 80 countries in the world, to strengthen commercial relationships and penetrate new segments of the market, maintaining the aim of Total Quality.

The continuous improvement of the productive process has always been the most important long-term target in the conviction that the true priority is that of providing high quality products, guaranteed in efficiency and reliability, conceived according to the International Standards and manufactured with high-quality materials.

Finally, our remarkable flexibility and constant attention to the client, really beyond the simple customer care, allow us to develop a solid partnership with the customers and enter the markets with remarkable strength:

  • Wide and complete range of products for different applications;
  • Constant research on materials with the most important suppliers and the most important experimental centers;
  • Productive and operational flexibility;
  • Constant attention to the client.

ALFAIDRO NO FIRE is the innovation in fire fighting as it is the alternative to metal piping for its easy installation, no corrosion and no sprinkler clogging, no leaks at the joints, time and cost saving for piping maintenance.

Alfaidro NOFIRE system includes the Faser pipe, made of PP-RCT reinforced by an intermediate layer of special fibers, and PP-RCT fittings designed for use in wet pipe automatic sprinkler systems.

The system is suitable to:

  • Light Hazard and Ordinary Hazard occupancies according to EN 12845 (class B, S1, d0)
  • Light Hazard occupancies within NFPA 13, 13R or 13D
  • HC-1 occupancies according FM Approval Class 1635
  • The installation by fusion welding is simple and quick and does not require the use of sealants, gaskets or adhesives.
  • Alfaidro NOFIRE has obtained the important FM Approval issued after rigorous tests and audit and representing an important recognition for the product safety and reliability.

Advantages

Easy Handling and Working

  • The installation by fusion welding is simple, quick and reliable and  does not require the use of sealants, gaskets or adhesives. This kind of installation assures no weaknesses or leaks at the joints that increase the maintenance costs in metallic piping.
  • The complete range of pipes, fittings, ALFARAPID joints (Victaulic type), flange and accessories, allows the sprinkler piping installation both exposed and unexposed.
  • Transition fittings (threaded, flanged and grooved) allow the connection to existing metallic piping.
  • The saddles welding allows to modify the main piping, even after installation, making easy and economical to add branch line, sprinkler, etc.-

No Corrosion, No Rust and No Sprinkler Clogging
The metal pipes are affected by internal and external corrosion, both of which can compromise the fire-fighting system and continuous maintenance operations are required to assure the correct functioning of the system. PPR is chemically inert and so Alfaidro NOFIRE is lifetime guaranteed against corrosion, as there is no accumulation of particles coming from corrosion (such as rust) and consequently no clogging of sprinkler.

Reduced weightof about 70% compared to metal pipes, this results in easy handling during installation, reduced costs for transport and structural works bearing its weight.

Alfaidro NOFIRE offers high soundproofing and thermal insulation, high impact resistance, low roughness factor and high abrasion resistance.
The material used to produce ALFAIDRO NOFIRE SYSTEM is fully recyclable and environmental friendly complying to LEED STANDARDS. It has lower carbon footprint compared to metal systems (greenhouse gas emissions are reduced of about 5 times).

Alfaidro NOFIRE contains no CPVC, PVC or chemicals that can release hydrochloric gases or dioxins that are known to be carcinogens when burned. Moreover the smoke produced when it burns is not toxic or dangerous for people and animals.

Faced with a changing world that rediscovers the value of quality and sustainability in consumption, we have a primary goal: always keep a high level of innovation on materials, products and processes, always giving more space to eco-friendly products that help to achieve energy savings in our areas of application. Thinking Innovation, therefore, constantly seeking the protection of a fundamental resource with water.

Intensified efforts in the constant improvement of life and environment, well summed up by our motto 'Enjoying innovation': ie the ability to offer our customers the benefits of products designed and built to better tap into the possibilities of smart materials and cross applications of many innovative products of ours. All in the context of a flexible, open, innovative, projected global markets.

We have been offering high-quality products for 30 years: the Quality and Environment Certificate allowed us to implement a Management System consistent with our philosophy: customer service, constant monitoring of the market requirements, research and development activity, all directed to design and manufacture new products, respecting the environment.

Marketing e project management
A careful marketing policy oriented to the global market supports the new products development and the innovation in the traditional segments of our production, while the project management assures a scrupulous division of labour among the technical offices and the production department.

Design & Prototipyng

  • It is the most important moment of our production iter.
  • The first phase is the planning: the Technical and the Sales Staff work out the most suitable solutions to answer the market trend. This is made possible through a continuous exchange of information and a deep analysis of the prospects of the market growth in order to supply products in line with the customers' needs and demands.
  • The second phase of the process, the design itself, consists in designing the piece and then simulating its functioning. In order to do this, the company make use of its staff's skill and experience supported by technological resources such as Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Engineering (CAE). Great attention is paid to the European Standards to comply with and the end user is granted a total conformity with them.
  • The third phase is of fundamental importance since it consists in designing and manufacturing the moulds: Plastica Alfa products are all made with moulds designed by our Technical Staff and manufactured in our Workshop where the personal skills are supported by the Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) system.
  • The last phase is related to prototyping: during this phase the technicians verify the conformity of the prototype with the design and the right functioning of the piece through various performance tests.

Moulds workshop and production departments
Our workshop covers a 1000 m2 area and it is equipped with CNC machining centres, 3 spark erosion machines, 4 automatic and semiautomatic lathes, 3 milling machines, 2 horizontal spindle grinding machines, 2 metal-cutting belt sawing machines.

Production

  • In our production departments plastics are transformed using injection moulding machines and extruders.
  • The injection moulding area covers a 4000 m2 area and it is equipped with 34 injection moulding presses of different tonnage, from 90 up to 830 tons continuously processing more than 2400 ton/year raw material.
  • The production cycle can be divided into 4 phases:
  • the first consists in placing the mould on the machine which is fed by the granular raw material;
  • during the second phase, the injection, the raw material becomes fluid and is injected into the mould at high pressure;
  • the third phase is the injection moulding whose duration depends on the structure and typology of the workpiece;
  • the cooling is the last phase: the mould is connected to a cooling system which allows the piece to be cooled before ejection.
  • Finally the knockouts make the mould open and eject the piece.

EXtrusion Area

  • The extrusion area covers a 6000 m2 area and consists of different production lines: 6 extrusion lines for polyethylene and polypropylene pipes, 2 lines for corrugated pipes (Bauku) and 1 line for Multilayer pipes (PEX-AL-PEX).
  • The extrusion cycle starts with the feeding process: the raw material is pushed into the extruder at high temperature and pressure.
  • During the extrusion, the raw material takes shape passing through the pipe die; at this stage it needs to be gauged, that is sized within precise tolerance limits.
  • After gauging, the pipe undergoes the cooling and marking phases and finally is cut and stocked

Materiala Testing Laboratory
The laboratory is provided with the most up-to-date equipment to test raw materials and finished products: dynamometer - pressurization system including 2 tanks, one thermostatic, and 1 oven - computerized system for the determination of capacity and pressure drop -manual press for test pieces - differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) - pendulum - plastometer (MFI) - analytical balance - fume hood - microscope - Vicat machine

The tests carried out in our laboratory are:

  • Tests on raw material:
    Determination of melt flow index - Determination of density - Determination of melting heat and temperature - Determination of oxidation - induction time (OIT) - Determination of resistance to tensile stress and compression - Determination of resistance to Izod and Charpy impact strength
  • Tests on finished products: Determination of resistance to internal pressure - Determination of resistance to internal under pressure - Determination of pressure drop - Determination of resistance to tensile stress and compression - Determination of Izod and Charpy impact strength - Determination of melt flow index - Determination of density - Determination of melting heat and temperature - Determination of oxidation induction time


Assembly and packaging department

The assembly and packaging dept. covers a 1.000 m2 area and it is equipped with 3 packaging machines ensuring the correct packaging and storage of our products.

The warehouse covers a 10.000 m2 area indoor and 20.000 m2 area outdoor. It is the area intended for the storage of components, finished and semi finished products, including an area for the storage of the goods ready to be dispatched. The computerized management of the warehouse allow us to know immediately the products availability and intervene promptly to keep the minimum stock.
 
Customer care and after-sales service
The company places at the customers' disposal the experience of its high-qualified staff able to solve any possible problem occurring during the use of its products, by providing all the technical and commercial information, in the view that the client is a partner of ours. Moreover, our products for hydraulics and thermo-hydraulics are covered by an insurance certificate to protect the end user.

The focal point at the basis of our activity is the Quality Management, intended not only as a system of international standards - ISO 9001 and 14001 according to which we work and arrange production - but above all as a system of reference that guarantees our commitment to a continuous improvement.

In 1994 we won the bet of the Quality Certification with this spirit: make it a competitive arm so as to assure our clients of the maximum transparency and responsibility in the production, procurement and logistic process.

All our products are totally MADE IN ITALY: designed, manufactured and assembled with Italian methods and materials.

The quality certificate assures the clients and the company itself of the reliability of the products and company policy. The Quality Management System complies with the UNI EN ISO 9001:2000 standard as per the certificate no. 303 issued by CISQ/IIP (Italian Institute of Plastics) and recognized at European level by IQ-NET.

Managing the impact of our activities on the environment is the focus of our attention in order to grant the company a sustainable development increasing with time. The above mentioned bodies certified also that our company has implemented and maintains an Environmental Management System in compliance with the UNI EN ISO 14001:2004.

The focal point at the basis of our activity is the Quality Management, intended not only as a system of international standards - ISO 9001 - according to which we work and arrange production - but above all as a system of reference that guarantees our commitment to a continuous improvement. 

In 1994 we won the bet of the Quality Certification with this spirit: make it  a competitive  arm so as to assure our clients of the maximum transparency and responsibility in the production, procurement and logistic process.

All our products are totally MADE IN ITALY: designed, manufactured and assembled with Italian methods and materials.

Company Certificates

The quality certificate assures the clients and the company itself of the reliability of the products and company policy. The Quality Management System complies with the UNI EN ISO 9001 standard as per the certificate no. 14157-A Kiwa and recognized at European level. 

Managing the impact of our activities on the environment is the focus of our attention in order to grant the company a sustainable development increasing with time.