Responding to the demand to protect today's power and data cabling, Flexicon has launched its most extensive flexible conduit Products and Solutions Guide. The 164-page guide highlights many of the potential hazards faced by cabling, using simple icons — and it also has specific industry focussed sections that show the typical hazards faced and some of the cable protection systems commonly used.
“The loss of power or data can be catastrophic for organisations in today’s world,' says Flexicon's Marketing Manager, Colin Legg. "It can affect both operational efficiency and safety. It has never been more important to get cable protection specification right to ensure on-going operation throughout a system’s life. Depending on the application, the hazards faced can vary enormously — these might include ingress of water and/or dust, impact, crushing, fire, corrosion, exposure to chemicals, UV light, vandalism and the list goes on.
“Our new specification guide makes it easy to correctly specify a system of both conduit and fitting to match the nature and magnitude of the hazards faced. It is important to realise that different applications can be exposed to different hazards, so there is no one size fits all solution.
“For the vast majority of applications, choosing from over 60 flexible conduit systems from Flexicon will protect cabling from the hazards that might be subjected to. If an application requires a special solution, then being the only UK based speciality manufacturer, whose core business is the development of flexible conduit systems, gives us the focus and local resource to provide a timely answer. This could range from the development of a new conduit system, co-ordinating deliveries for different phases of a project, or simply providing conduit cut to length to save on site time.”
This latest Products and Solutions guide is divided into colour coded non-metallic and metallic flexible conduit sections — and each section has a selection table at the front allowing specifiers to match different conduits against the hazard protection offered to make specification easier. They can then reference the page showing that product and use pull out pages to match the flexible conduit with the corresponding correct fitting thus providing a complete protection system.
Says Legg: “It is not enough to select the correct flexible conduit — you also have to match it to the right fitting according to the application. It is often the conduit to fitting and fitting to equipment interfaces that are crucial for protection and this guide ensures that you get it right. For most organisations power and data is vital, its importance being only truly realised when it fails. Cable protection is not just important immediately after installation, but for its lifetime. Industry simply cannot afford downtime and for safety critical applications the consequences of failure can be disastrous."