Why should I use Flexible Conduit?

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Why should I use Flexible Conduit?

Incorrect Specification could lead to critical failures for your Cabling and Installation.

Why should I use Flexible Conduit?

“What would happen if your Cabling failed?”  In today’s modern world there is an underlying trend towards more intelligent and automated systems driven by safety, efficiency and functionality. Flexible Conduit is the ideal solution to protect People and Personnel, Property and Processes.

Incorrect Specification could lead to critical failures for your Cabling and Installation. Risks and hazards to cabling can vary significantly based on application, operating environments and conditions, hence one system does not necessarily suit all. We understand the performance properties of our products & solutions and can minimise your risk. We offer application guidance and expert advice whatever your challenges.

Don’t take chances when it comes to your Cable Protection…“whatever your application, we’ve got it covered…”

Potential Hazards to consider;

• Ingress Protection – Penetration of solid objects, dust, liquid or steam

• Impact – Sharp or blunt forces which could cause damage

• Crush / Compression – Forces applied to cause deformation

• Temperature – Intensity of heat present – high or low. Rapid changes of temperature

• Fire – Destructive Burning

• Corrosion – Damage caused to materials based on chemical reaction

• Lightning Strike – Damaged caused by natural electrical discharge

• EMC – Electromagnetic Compatibility

• Abrasion – Process of scraping or wearing something away

• Tensile Strength – Resistance to conduit being pulled from the fitting

• Chemical Resistance – Reaction to different compounds or substances

• Micro-organisms & Bacteria – Danger from build up of bacteria, virus and fungus

• Static Charge – Build up on objects that cannot conduct a current

• Explosive Gases / Dust – Substance that can be made to explode

• Condensation – Water which collects as droplets on a cold surface

• Grazing animals / Vermin or pests – Livestock, Sharpening of teeth and searching for food

• Theft & Vandalism – Stealing, unauthorised removal or deliberate damage

• Fatigue Life – Weakness caused by repeated variations of stress or continuous and repeated movement

• Vibration and Shock – Shaking or sudden movement

• UV – Resistance to Ultra Violet Radiation

Benefits of using Flexible Conduit:

Providing an inherent mechanical barrier for cabling, Flexible Conduit offers more than just protection for Cables and Installations. It allows users and specifiers to do things differently, challenging traditional installation practices and offers unrivalled product performance.

Flexible Conduit vs Rigid Conduit

• No bending / corner accessories required

• Simple Cutting plus no thread cutting required

• Suitable for Static and / or Dynamic Applications

• Improved strength to weight ratio

• Long Coiled Products as opposed to Straight lengths – easy to handle

• No specialist tools required

• Easy routing of product around obstructions

• Can be composite, metal or plastic material

• Can be retrofitted

• Can configure pre made assemblies / harnesses

Flexible Conduit vs Cable Glands

• Can group multiple cables in one system meaning less terminations

• Reduced physical glanding space required for termination of cables

• Reduced risk of system failure due to fewer points of entry

• Can replace faulty cables without replacing entire System

• Can upgrade and add circuits with ease

• Fitting does not have to compress the cable to ensure sealing

• Can be retrofitted with ease

• Suitable for use with multiple cable types

• Quicker to install

• Conduit fittings offering strain relief available

• No need for specialist cables

Flexible Conduit vs Armoured Cables

• Simple Cutting – easier assembly

• Can combine multiple cable types in one system using off the shelf products

• Can make quick changes / upgrades to circuits within existing system

• Easy routing of cables with different bend radius

• Can replace faulty cables without replacing entire system

• Suitable for Static and / or Dynamic Applications

• Can be retrofitted

• Swivel thread fittings available to ease Installation

• Mechanical protection provided by the Conduit – no need for specialist cables

• Easier termination of glands

Flexible Conduit vs Trunking

• Coiled Products as opposed to lengths

• Easy routing of product

• Higher IP ratings

• Can be retrofitted

• No requirement for corners

• Simple Cutting

• Simple termination

• Suitable for Static and / or Dynamic Applications

It's not just heat and UV radiation that can affect flexible conduit systems exposed to the sunlight.

Because temperature and UV damage changes the material properties and reduces fatigue life, compromised solutions may become more vulnerable to other environmental factors, including: 

ℹ️ Impact

ℹ️ Crushing

ℹ️ Corrosion

ℹ️ Abrasion

ℹ️ Dust and water ingress

ℹ️ Attack from grazing animals and vermin

Don’t take chances when it comes to your cable protection. Check out their range of guidance to help you keep your installation running at peak performance

Contact our technical team on technical@dpbuildingsystems.co.uk for free advice and help on the best Flexicon solution for your needs

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