Flexicon cooks up a treat for NCEFE

Flexible conduit manufacturer, Flexicon has worked with electrical contractors, Yorkshire Plumbing and Heating Services (YPHS) to deliver the cable protection system for the state-of-the art National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE), operated by Sheffield Hallam University.


Led by main contractors, BAM Services Engineering, food grade, liquid-tight LTP-FG flexible conduit has been installed to protect cabling and electrical services for final termination, featuring a galvanised steel core with a smooth coating to provide the high levels of hygiene, safety and ingress protection required.


John Goodyear, electrical manager from YPHS explains: “It was critical that the cable protection system specified not only met the appropriate food industry hygiene standards but could also withstand the rigours of frequent wash down routines, where connections will be subject to extended wet and/or damp conditions.


“The LTP-FG flexible conduit system has proved ideal for the installation.  The helically wound design is easy to use and offers inherent flexibility, while the smooth outer coating reduces the build-up of bacteria and micro-organisms.  Manufactured using FDA-approved materials, it provides peace of mind that our electrical installation will be protected fully for many years to come.”


Speed and cost of installation was a key consideration, with the NCEFE looking to partner with a supplier that could overcome any restrictions in terms of cable routing and termination. The Flexicon system specified provides an easy interface with sections of rigid conduit throughout the installation, thus simplifying the final termination. Hygienically designed and manufactured using stainless steel, the flexible conduit fittings help to ensure a safe and durable installation.


The flexible conduit fittings have been hygienically designed to prevent the build-up of micro-organisms and bacteria using the principles of BS EN 1672-2 and EN ISO 14159.  Manufactured from stainless steel grade 316, they offer excellent corrosion resistance. Suitable for repeat contact with all food types, at full temperature, and offering excellent resistance to oils and greases, the flexible conduit system has IP ratings of IP66, IP67, IP68 and IP69 and can perform in temperatures ranging from -20°C to +105°C.

Colin Legg, marketing manager at Flexicon, added: “Flexicon is at the forefront of material technologies and industrial design to deliver solutions that protect safety and performance-critical cabling. In particular, we believe that cleaning time should be swift and effective, without compromising product safety and quality. We therefore offer a wide variety of solutions to facilitate this, to ensure critical power and data cabling in hygienic environments are not compromised.”

For further information email flexiconsales@atkore.com or visit www.flexicon.uk.com.

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