The I-Purge X comes equipped with its revolutionary Bladder Expansion Technology (BET) that enables one unit to fit multiple pipe sizes. Bladders have the ability to expand and contract to fit each piping specification and are protected by a spark resistant exterior cover that does not combust when exposed to flames and sparks.
These state-of-the-art features allow the operator to create multiple configurations, including a one sided pipe stopper and reducer. Bladders are available in sizes ranging from 2″- 3″ (51 mm – 76 mm) to 38″- 48″ (965 mm – 1219 mm) and may be purchased either individually or as a complete system, a distinct advantage should additional sizes be desired or a component need replacing.
Coupled with an extended length, high heat resistant harness; the I-Purge X is the most versatile pipe purging solution available and is ideal for fabrication shops and and any environment with pipe accessibility. Manufactured in the USA from the highest quality materials, the I-Purge X is a reusable, long-term solution that is expandable, extendable, and simply extraordinary.
BLACK – Gas Distribution Within Weld Zone
Designed to expedite purging, the secondary (BLACK) purge hose is used to flood the weld zone with inert gas and evacuate oxygen at a faster rate
WHITE – Exhaust Connection
Connect this hose to an Oxygen Monitor, such as Aquasol’s PRO OX®-100 that obtains readings down to 100 PPM (0.01%), for continuous or spot monitoring of oxygen in the weld zone
1. Module A
2. Module B
3. Quick Connection to Module B
4. Fiberglass High Heat Bridge Harness
5. Quick Connection to Module A
6. Relief Valve
7. Direct Purge (BLACK) Hose
8. Exhaust Monitor Connection
9. Inflation & Purge (BLUE) Hose
10. Luminescent Indicator
11. Pull Loops
12. Gas Diffuser
1. Ensure I-Purge X is fully assembled (i.e. modules are securely connected to harness)
2. If necessary, connect rope, chain, or wire to the pull loops on the ends of the bladder modules. This will allow you easy insertion and removal of the system.
3. Connect inert gas lines to the BLUE and BLACK hoses
4. BLUE gas hose is required to inflate the purge bladders
5. BLACK gas hose is optional to expedite the purging process
6. Position the purge unit in the pipe using the luminescent indicator as a guide to center the system across the root gap
7. Turn the BLUE gas hose on to inflate the bladders and purge the weld zone.
8. Always maintain a consistent flow rate during inflation, purging, and welding.
9.For sizes 2″-36″ BLUE gas hose should transfer inert gas at 30 SCFH (15 LPM) only. For sizes 38″-48″ BLUE gas hose should transfer inert gas at 60 SCFH (28.5 LPM) only.
10. Once a tight seal has been achieved, commence welding
11. After the weld is complete, turn off the gas supply to deflate the bladders. Once the heat zone has sufficiently cooled, remove I-Purge X from the pipe. Be sure to disconnect all gas lines and monitoring equipment.
12. Clean I-Purge X and store in the provided carrying bag when it is not in use
|Item No||Minimum Diameter||Maximum Diameter||Standard Harness Length||Description|
|XABLD 2-3||2"||51 mm||3"||76 mm||11"||279 mm||2-3" I-Purge X Expandable Double Purge Bag System with High Heat Harness|
|XABLD 4-6||4"||102 mm||6"||152 mm||11"||279 mm||4-6" I-Purge X Expandable Double Purge Bag System with High Heat Harness|
|XABLD 8-12||8"||203 mm||12"||305 mm||11"||279 mm||8-12" I-Purge X Expandable Double Purge Bag System with High Heat Harness|
|XABLD 14-18||14"||356 mm||18"||457 mm||16"||406 mm||14-18" I-Purge X Expandable Double Purge Bag System with High Heat Harness|
|XABLD 20-26||20"||509 mm||26"||660 mm||18"||457 mm||20-26" I-Purge X Expandable Double Purge Bag System with High Heat Harness|
|XABLD 28-36||28"||711 mm||36"||914 mm||20"||509 mm||28-36" I-Purge X Expandable Double Purge Bag System with High Heat Harness|
|XABLD 38-48||38"||965 mm||48"||1219 mm||36"||914 mm||38-48" I-Purge X Expandable Double Purge Bag System with High Heat Harness|
|XISO 2-3||2-3"||51-76 mm||2-3" I-Purge X Isolator One-Sided Plug with 10' Hose and Valve|
|XISO 4-6||4-6"||102-152 mm||4-6" I-Purge X Isolator One-Sided Plug with 10' Hose and Valve|
|XISO 8-12||8-12"||203-305 mm||8-12" I-Purge X Isolator One-Sided Plug with 10' Hose and Valve|
|XISO 14-18||14-18"||356-457 mm||14-18" I-Purge X Isolator One-Sided Plug with 10' Hose and Valve|
|XISO 20-26||20-26"||509-660 mm||20-26" I-Purge X Isolator One-Sided Plug with 10' Hose and Valve|
|XISO 28-36||28-36"||711-914 mm||28-36" I-Purge X Isolator One-Sided Plug with 10' Hose and Valve|
|XISO 38-48||38-48"||965-1219 mm||38-48" I-Purge X Isolator One-Sided Plug with 10' Hose and Valve|
|Item No. Module A||Item No. Module B||Dimensions||Description|
|XABLD-2 MOD A||XABLD-2 MOD B||2"||51 mm||2" I-Purge X Module A or B|
|XABLD-4 MOD A||XABLD-4 MOD B||4"||102 mm||4" I-Purge X Module A or B|
|XABLD-8 MOD A||XABLD-8 MOD B||8"||203 mm||8" I-Purge X Module A or B|
|XABLD-14 MOD A||XABLD-14 MOD B||14"||356 mm||14" I-Purge X Module A or B|
|XABLD-20 MOD A||XABLD-20 MOD B||20"||509 mm||20" I-Purge X Module A or B|
|XABLD-28 MOD A||XABLD-28 MOD B||28"||711 mm||28" I-Purge X Module A or B|
|XABLD-38 MOD A||XABLD-38 MOD B||38"||965 mm||38" I-Purge X Module A or B|
|ABLD-ELH-24||24"||610 mm||24" (2′) Extended Length High Heat Harness|
|ABLD-ELH-36||36"||914 mm||36" (3′) Extended Length High Heat Harness|
|ABLD-ELH-48||48"||1219 mm||48" (4′) Extended Length High Heat Harness|
|ABLD-ELH-72||72"||1828 mm||72" (6′) Extended Length High Heat Harness|
|ABLD-ELH-CUSTOM||Any Size||Any Size||Custom Lengths Available Upon Request|
|ABLD-CNADP||N/A||N/A||1/4" Female MPT to 1/4 Female BSPP Conversion|
One I-Purge X unit can expand to fit multiple pipe sizes, and all pipe schedules that correspond with a pipe’s diameter. An 8″ to 12″ I-Purge X can fit any pipe sizes in between this range. The range of sizes is displayed on Module A of the system. Although I-Purge X is expandable, it is important not to overinflate the bladders as they can burst, causing damage to the unit.
No tools are required when configuring the system. To assemble or disassemble the modules from the harness, simply press on the quick connect fitting at the end of each side of the harness and remove or connect.
The bridge harness is the connecting hose between the two inflatable bladders. It is comprised of a flexible braided fiberglass shielding over a high-heat resistant inner tube.
The central point of the bridge harness is marked with a luminescent indicator to easily align the center of the unit with the root gap. It is important to position the bladders equal distances from the weld joint to prevent over heating of one side, which could rupture or damage the bladder.
Extended length harnesses offer flexibility to extend placement of the inflatable bladders outside the heat affected zone (HAZ) and to accommodate pre-heating (high-heat) welding applications. Extended length harnesses are available in standard sizes including 12″ (305 mm), 24″ (610 mm), 36″ (914 mm), 48″ (1219 mm) and 72″ (1828 mm). I-PurgeX sizes 36″ and greater are equipped with a high flow harness to expedite inflation. Custom lengths are available upon request.
To prevent exposure to the HAZ, use an extended length harness appropriate for the situation. These harnesses are sold separately and are available in many custom lengths.
I-Purge X CAN be used in a pre-heated pipe. For pre-heating and high-heat applications, select an appropriate size of an extended length harness to ensure placement outside of the heat-affected zone (HAZ).
The outer covering on the inflatable bags of I Purge X is the only component which should come into direct contact with the pipe. This material is infused with spark resistant elements which prevent it from catching fire when exposed to sparks and exceedingly hot objects. The outside material of the bladders can withstand temperatures as high as 400°F (205°C). Since the inside of the bladder has a lower heat resistance, it is advisable not to exceed a temperature of 250°F (120°C) for proper operation of the entire system.
I-Purge X can accommodate higher temperatures (such as those in pre-heating welding) applications by attaching an extended length bridge harness purchased separately.
I-Purge X offers the flexibility of combining modules of different sizes to create a unique configuration. For example, a 4-6″(102 mm to 152 mm) module A can be connected to a 8-12″ (203 mm to 305 mm) module B.
If you believe the bladders were overinflated during operation, terminate gas flow immediately. When the bladders do not hold air, they may have been overinflated, causing them to burst. This can be prevented by adhering to the flow rates listed in the manual. Aquasol® does not warrant any overinflation system failures. For more details, review Warranty and System Operation sections of the manual.
I-Purge X and I-Purge (standard) components CANNOT be interchanged. The calibration of the relief valve on I-Purge X is different from the standard I-Purge.
The CE approved I-Purge Modular Inflatable Purge Bladder is manufactured at Aquasol® Corporation’s ISO Certified factory in the USA under the strictest quality control procedures.
During some applications, the bladder component of the isolator may not be visible, therefore all I Purge X Isolator® units are equipped with a pressure relief valve to prevent over inflation of the unit. Therefore, a constant supply of gas must be maintained to keep a tight seal on the pipe wall (Refer to Isolator – System Operation).