KemPress® Copper

THE NEW UNIVERSAL COPPER PRESS-FIT CONNECTION SYSTEM FROM MM KEMBLA FASTER. EASIER. FLAME FREE. QUALITY.

MM Kembla has combined the experience and knowledge of nearly 100 years of Australian copper tube manufacturing with German engineering to produce the KemPress® copper press-fit connection system. With a warranty of 25 years, and a design life of over 50 years, KemPress® offers you the peace of mind and the simplicity that you want. When you need the highest quality press-fit system, use Kembla copper tube, KemPress® fittings and the KemPress® tool. Our tools are of the highest quality, are the lightest on the market and have the longest service life. To make life easy for plumbers the KemPress® system has been designed to be compatible with other copper press-fit systems:

1.  KemPress® Fittings designed to work with copper tube compliant to AS1432
2.  KemPress® Fittings designed to work with approved copper press-fit tools

 

Why use KemPress®?

Fast and easy to use

- Considerably faster than conventional brazing
- When performing maintenance, no need to drain water out of the system

Flame free connection

- No hot works permit required

High quality fittings manufactured and quality controlled to AS3688
Universal copper press-fit system

- KemPress® fittings designed to work with copper tube complaint to AS1432
- KemPress® fittings guaranteed to work with approved copper pressfit tools
- The Viega 4B & Viega Picco have been tested to work with KemPress® fittings (as at Feb 2012)

Push and Stay

- Fitting is tight enough to complete the rough in before securing placement by pressing

High quality, lightweight KemPress™ tool

- Slim, lightweight and ergonomic design
- One hand operation. Once the jaws are inserted the weight is balanced
- Smart Electronic controls
- Longest interval between servicing (40,000 presses - KPL)
- Tool loan provided while servicing
- The small tool handles tube from 15mm to 32mm
- Second battery included

Technical Specifications

 

MM Kembla recommends using our high quality Australian Kembla copper tube. KemPress® is suitable for use with hard, half hard and annealed Type A & B copper tube complying with AS1432. KemPress® fittings can also be used on existing copper tube complying with AS1432. The tube must be in reasonable condition with no signs of external corrosion or any surface damage. For detailed information on copper tube specification refer to The Plumbers Handbook. Contact MM Kembla to obtain a hard copy or download the latest edition here.

Fittings

An extensive range of KemPress® fittings are available for both Water and Gas applications. Inside each fitting is a sealing element called an Elastomeric O-ring. A black O-ring indicates the fitting is for Water applications, and a yellow O-ring indicates the fitting is for Gas applications. They are not interchangeable for their different applications. See the O-ring Compatibility table in the KemPress® Design & Installation Guide for specific applications. It is essential that the O-rings are not contaminated or damaged by foreign material such as copper swarf or sharp metal. Gas fittings are clearly marked on the fittings and also on the packaging with a distinctive Yellow colour and the word GAS.

For more information on KemPress® fittings please see the KemPress® Fittings page or refer to the KemPress® Design & Installation Guide.

Press Tools

The KemPress® tool is the smartest, lightweight copper pressing tool on the market and its slim line design makes it easy to handle. Two tool kits are available for your pressing needs

1. KemPress® Small Tool Kit (KPS)

- Small Press Tool
- 15,20,25 & 32mm Jaws
- 2 x 12V Batteries
- 230V 50-60 Hz Charger
- Tool Cas

2. KemPress® Large Tool Kit (KPL)
- Large Press Tool
- 15,20,25,32,40 & 50mm Jaws
- 2 x 12V Batteries
- 230V 50-60 Hz Charger
- Tool Case

For more information on the KemPress® Tools see the KemPress® Tools page or refer to the KemPress® Design & Installation Guide.

KemPress® Copper Tools

 

The KemPress® tool is the smartest, lightweight copper pressing tool on the market and its slim line design makes it easy to handle. It has been specifically designed and tested to work with KemPress® fittings. The KemPress® tool is available in 2 sizes:

- KPS DN15 - DN32 Copper
- KPL/KPL2 DN15 - DN100 Copper

KEMPRESS TOOL KITS AVAILABLE

 

 
Key
Features
- Safe Handling with slip-proof rubberised housing
- One handed operation (patented)
- Rapid Recharge battery (30 minute charge time)
- Signals if press not completed correctly - Immediately after the pressing cycle a green light shows if the required pressing force was achieved, a red light if not.
- Press cycle must be completed once it starts (manual override)
- Electronic log book allows for quick and precise analysis of errors for servicing and repair.
- Electronic monitoring of the jaw locking bolt and visual error indicator (KPL)
- Maintenance intervals of: 
KPL2        Unlimted, service every 2 years
KPL 40,000 pressing cycles
KPS 35,000 pressing cycles
- When you reach the maximum number of presses before a service is required a warning light flashes. The machine will not close down, enabling you to complete the job in hand.
- Powerful Lithium-Ion batteries
- Redundant switch-off
- Rotatable head (only KPS)
- Second battery included
- Tool Service Program: National service centre operated by MM Kembla. Loan tool provided during service.

For more information regarding the the KemPress® tool please refer to the KemPress® Design & Installation Guide.

For more information on where you can purchase KemPress® please see the Where Can I Buy KemPress® page or if you wish to be a Stockist please contact us on 1800 804 631 or use our online enquiry form

KemPress® Copper Fittings

 
Universal Fittings Range

An extensive range of KemPress® fittings are available for both Water and Gas applications. To view the complete fittings range and applications please refer to the KemPress® Design & Installation Guide below.

Inside each fitting is a sealing element called an Elastomeric O-ring. A black O-ring indicates the fitting is for Water applications, and a yellow O-ring indicates the fitting is for Gas applications. They are not interchangeable for their different applications. See the O-ring Compatibility table for specific applications in the KemPress® Design & Installation Guide below. It is essential that the O-rings are not contaminated or damaged by foreign material such as copper swarf or sharp metal. Gas fittings are clearly marked on the fittings and also on the packaging with a distinctive Yellow colour and the word GAS.

Push and Stay Feature

The KemPress® fittings have been designed to provide a tight fit when pushed together to allow the rough in to be completed piror to pressing. This ensures you have the right design and tube placement and allows to you to make adjustments, if required, prior to pressing. This is especially beneficial for vertical installations.

Press Profile

The KemPress® fittings are designed to deliver minimal deformation to the internal shape of the tube they are connecting to, reducing turbulence in the flow of the fluid. The connection provides a rigid coupling with excellent resistance to torsional forces. This is particularly beneficial when connecting mechanical threaded connections.

Press Process

The objective of the press process is to deliver a permanent connection while achieving the required pull out strength according to AS3688. The KemPress® process presses the lip of the fitting and then compresses the O-ring at the same time.

For more information on where you can purchase KemPress® fittings see the Where Can I Buy KemPress®? page or if you wish to be a Stockist please contact us on 1800 804 631 or use our online enquiry form.

KemPress Design & Installation Guide 

KemPress® Design & Installation Guide

 

Certification & Testing

 

KemPress® has a Watermark license and is compliant to AS3688 and AS4020. The fittings have undergone a rigorous testing program including:KemPress Watermark Certification of Conformity

1. Prototype testing

- Burst Pressure

2. Watermark testing

- Water tightness
- Strength of fabrication
- Strength of joint assembly
- Pull-out strength
- Thermal cycling
- Material in contact with drinking water
- Press testing every product in the range
- Press testing every tool and Jaw
- Gas testing standard compliant to AS/NZS 5601:2010


For further design and installation information or a downloadable copy of the installation instructions, please refer to the KemPresss Design & Installation Guide.

Where Can I Buy KemPress®?

 

The following are proud authorised stockists of MM Kembla's KemPress® press-fit system. Click on the stockist to be redirected to their website or alternatively contact MM Kembla on 1800 804 631 for details of a stockist near you!
NSW

    Ace Gutters
    Allen Plumbing Supplies Moss Vale
    Arrow Sales
    Cass Brothers
    Concord Plumbing Supplies
    Corowa Plumbtec
    Eagles Plumbing Shop
    Gainforts Plumbing
    J.H. Williams & Sons
    John L. Fisher Plumbing Supplies
    Kents Building Supplies
    Ostra Plumbing Supplies
    Pipe Couplings
    Samios
    Swan Plumbing Supplies
    Sydney Plumbing Supplies
    Thrifty Bathrooms & Plumbing Granville
    Thirfty Discounts Campsie
    Town Plumbing Supplies
    Wagga Plumbtec

VIC

    Alpha Supply
    Ballarat Plumbtec
    Bentons Plumbtec
    Burdens Plumbtec
    BW Plumbing Supplies
    Cobram Plumbtec
    Drysdale Plumbtec
    Eastcoast Plumbtec
    Echuca Plumbtec
    Kyabram Plumbtec
    Matthew Davis Australia
    McCanns Plumbing Supplies
    Mildura Discount Plumbing Supplies
    Murray Valley Rural & Plumbing
    Numurkah Plumbing Supplies
    Rainbow Plumbtec
    Sale Plumbtec
    Samios
    Shepparton Plumbtec
    Swan Plumbing Supplies

QLD

    Bomber's Plumbing Supplies
    BP Plumbing Supplies
    Brisbane Wholesale Hardware
    Cairns Hardware
    Capricorn Plumbing Supplies
    Conduit Industrial Pipes & Fittings
    Direct Plumbing Supplies
    Herbert Hall Plumbtec
    J.H. Williams & Sons
    Landsborough Plumbing
    Niugini Link
    Roma Home Improvement Centre
    Samios
    Specialised Plumbing Centre
    Swan Plumbing Supplies
    Tweed Heads Plumbing Supplies
    QLD Plumbers Supplies

SA/NT

    Hills Plumbing Supplies
    Norm's Plumbing Mt Gambier
    Samios
    Scott's Plumbing
    Taps Tubs & Tiles Pty Ltd
    Territory Plumbing Supplies

WA

    Parkwood Plumbing Centre
    Regal Sales
    Samios

TAS

    Derwent Park Plumbing Supplies
    Robert Fergusson