But few know that for over 30 years Speedfit Technology has been delivering beer from the keg to the tap. Traditionally the drinks dispense industry used brass compression fittings to carry beer. A trend that was bucked over night in early 1980s. Upon discovering that lead in brass fittings can react with beer and cause serious health concerns, John Guest was asked to develop a plastic push-fit connector to eliminate the issue. Today, 95% of pubs in the UK use Speedfit push-fit fittings as an integral part of their beer lines.
Brewers across the UK embraced the plastic JG push-fit solution as it removed health concerns, created a reliable pipe connection and was much quicker and easier to install. Popularity grew in no time. In fact, so much so, it’s pretty much the norm to find Speedfit Technology in any pub you go in.
Fuller’s was the first to use the push-fit system in their brewery in Chiswick, with Guinness, Heineken and Carlsberg following hot on their heels. Water purification and hot drink vending companies also welcomed the solution making Speedfit Technology an integral part of their systems.
Raising the bar with Speedfit Technology
In 2007, Heineken decided to raise hygiene standards even further and eliminate the risk of any microbial activity in the beer line by keeping it consistently cool. Always keen to be at the forefront of innovation, JG collaborated with Heineken to develop a connector to bring extra cold beer straight from the keg to the font.
Known as PolarClean, the tube-in-tube connector keeps beer lines super cool, eradicating the risk of any microbial activity. Carrying beer through a tube encased by another tube with coolant, the connector delivers chilled beer from the keg coupler to beer tap.
PolarClean is now used by brewers across the world as it enables them to pull perfectly chilled pints, every single time.
I use Speedfit for underfloor heating and general plumbing and heating works. I still tend to use copper where pipe work is visible but plastic in screed floors, voids and long runs.. I have used Speedfit for the last 20 years due to its quality, and the fact that I’ve never had a failure. When you combine labor savings and the cost of the product, you definitely save time and money with plastic push-fit. On a typical job, I estimate that working with plastic cuts install time in half.
Tim Hutchinson, Tim Hutchinson Plumbing & Heating
The JG Speedfit team has been great to work with, providing mock-ups prior to installation, and suggesting alternative products from the range that can speed up the first fix process. They made sure the right stock was available for our project at Royal Wharf, delivering a thorough and efficient service. It meant that we were able to speed up the time it takes to complete interior work, enabling us to launch phases of the project more quickly.
Ray Parker, MD at Parker Bromley Mechanical & Electrical Contractors
We first started using the Speedfit pipe and fittings over 15 years ago when Wimpey Homes listed the product on their approved list. We have learnt to appreciate the flexibility that installing Speedfit gives you. We are able to install pipe runs in continuous lengths meaning less fittings, less joints and less chance of a leak. The Speedfit emergency shut off valves, service valves and manifolds are brilliant for modern installations.
Stephen Bones, Director at Bones Plumbing & Heating
Speedfit were brilliant from initial enquiries to specification they were supportive and collaborative throughout the whole process.
Phil Miller at NG Bailey Construction
Since Air Engineering was formed in 2000, we have relied on John Guest’s push-fit technology for our pneumatic components, which we provide to industries including medical, analytical, commercial vehicle, printing, agriculture, and food and beverage. We also use John Guest’s cartridge technology in many of our technical applications and we find that the respected JG brand helps us promote high quality products within our standard range.
Our challenge is to continue to deliver ideas and solutions, which surpass the expectations of our customers, who are often at the forefront of technology themselves. John Guests helps us to achieve this with their technology, which is used in applications including liquid chromatography, gas sampling, milking equipment, inkjet printers, and general automation equipment.
Mark Wilson, Business Development Director Air Engineering
As a successful worldwide distributor of water filter solutions and components, Allpure Filters Ltd’s reputation is built upon the reliability and functionality of the products we supply to our customers. We know we can rely upon John Guest’s range of push-fit products to deliver dependability and quality. Our customers are always impressed by the quick, simple and cost effective water filtration installation solutions that John Guest offers for the home end user and commercial water industry, which is the main reason why we have been distributing their products since the 1990s. Today, the push-fit solutions have become part of everyday life, used and sold every day to commercial and domestic customers world-wide.
Darren Bradford, UK and European Sales Manager Allpure Filters Ltd
For the last 25 years Speedfit Technology from John Guest has been adding value to our manufactured range of solenoid valves, enabling us to supply a reliable and high quality product to the OEM market. Their push-fit systems make our assembly process very quick and through working closely with the company we have been able to ensure we have had the stock of push-fits required to assemble large product batches. As a close partner of John Guest, we have seen the investment that they continue to make in their manufacturing facilities, which gives us confidence that we will be using their technology for the next 25 years and beyond.
John Hewitt, General Manager Operations Beta Valve
John Guest’s compressed air system effectively helps us in offering our customers the option to both surface finish and paint their bike to reflect their style, whether it is an off the peg frame or UK made.
The option of customising bikes to the rider’s taste is a service that not many high performance bike manufacturers offer. Most manufacturers build their bikes on a production line but our handmade bikes offer a superior finish when compared to a mass produced bike, thanks to Speedfit Technology.
Greg Stevens, Technical Manager Enigma Bicycle Works
John Guest powered compressed air lines have made our spray painting process very efficient. The air pressure remains consistent throughout and desirable pressure can easily be achieved as there aren’t any pressure fluctuations due to unwanted leaks in the circuit, which helps in getting a smooth layer of paint. Getting a smooth and consistent layers of paint not only give a good finish to the bike but play an important role in maintaining the optimum weight. John Guest’s compressed air system has considerably reduced our electricity bills as there are no leaks in the pipeline, making us commercially more viable.
Dave Rollison, Spray Painter Enigma Bicycle Works
The JG Speedfit team has been great to work with, providing mock-ups prior to installation, and suggesting alternative products from the range that can speed up the first fix process. They made sure the right stock was available for the project, delivering a thorough and efficient service. It meant that we were able to speed up the time it takes to complete interior work, enabling us to launch phases of the project more quickly.
Ray Parker, Managing Director Parker Bromley
When we set out to deliver the MagnaClean Professional 2 to market, our goal was to create something that was truly ground breaking in terms of design and functionality. When it comes to innovation, JG Speedfit seemed like the natural partner of choice, with it’s longstanding culture of pushing boundaries. JG Speedfit collaborated effectively with us at each stage of the process to ensure the push-fit technology could be seamlessly integrated into our product and the results speak for themselves. With overall installation times significantly reduced, Speedfit Technology clearly lives up to its name.
James Parkinson, Chief Marketing Officer, ADEY Professional Heating Solutions