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Pub. No.:    WO/2016/062664    International Application No.:    PCT/EP2015/074149
Publication Date: Fri Apr 29 01:59:59 CEST 2016 International Filing Date: Tue Oct 20 01:59:59 CEST 2015
IPC: F16L 55/26
B65G 25/10
Inventors: LANGDALE, Simon, John
LITTLE, Wesley, James
An apparatus (130) for installing a connection fitting (300) into an aperture (400A) formed in a wall of a main pipeline (101) in the making of a service connection between a side connection, e.g. a consumer service connection, pipeline (C) and the main pipeline (101), wherein the apparatus (130) comprises: propulsion means (110) for propelling the apparatus (130) along the main pipeline (101) to a site at which the service connection is to be made; and installation means for installing, from within the main pipeline (101), at least a portion of the connection fitting (300N) into the aperture (400A). In embodiments the installation means may comprise: (i) a storage device (200), e.g. a linear storage rack (204), for storing at least one connection fitting (300) intended for installation; (ii) a conveyance device (220) for conveying a connection fitting (300) to be installed from the storage device (200) to an installation location, e.g. an installation pad or platform (242); and (iii) an insertion device (240), e.g. a scissor lift mechanism (250), for inserting the connection fitting (300) conveyed to the installation pad or platform (242) from the installation pad or platform (242) into the aperture (400A) formed in the wall of the main pipeline (101). Optionally one or more welds (320PW, 320SW) may be effected to complete the making of a fluid-tight service connection via the fitting (300) thus installed.