Adaptaflex Warns Of Poor Conduit Systems

Adaptaflex are the manufacturer of flexible conduit systems which are used to protect critical power and data cabling. Established in 1972 they have developed into one of the broadest ranges of flexible conduit systems in the UK.

BSI Kitemark is key to specification of electrical conduit systems

BSIThe flexible conduit systems supplier Adaptaflex is warning the electrical services industry that flexible conduit and fittings should not be regarded as commodity items. On face value there appears very little difference between the many different conduit brands available for electricians to use in the UK other than price. This, however for electricians, could not be further from the truth and they need to be judged on performance in the electrcial services field and quality in manufacture rather than price. 

One way for a retail, domestic, commercial and industrial electrician or electrical contractor, specifier or wholesaler to assess the quality of an electrical cabling conduit is to make sure it carries a third party approval such as the widely recognised BSI Kitemark which indicates its conformance to the International conduit standards BS EN 61386 parts 1, 22 and 23. Within the current UK electricial wiring regulations this British standard covers the performance requirements for all flexible, rigid and pliable conduit supplied in the market.

As a manufacturer with the broadest range of flexible conduit systems, Adaptaflex has led the way in testing its conduit systems and offering certified approvals to guarantee that all their conduit systems fully comply with BS EN 61386. Indeed, since 1996 all their product range have been continuously quality assured through the BSI Kitemark scheme type approval. 

Furthermore, Adaptaflex uses approved third party testing to comply also with many other technical and engineering requirements such as the London Underground fire regulations for rail and Lloyds Type approval for marine applications. Adaptaflex advises that using an unapproved non kitemarked conduit system could lead to its premature failure in the electrical installation and serious consequences in terms of safety to businesses and people. This could include fracturing due to vibration, corrosion, water ingress and failure through poor fittings becoming detached, all of which could lead to having to replace the complete conduit system.

PME Electricians

At PME Electricians we know that the cost of the downtime, replacement parts and labour far outweigh the savings that cheaper, non-approved conduit systems appear to offer, therefore we would never use sub standard parts in any of our electrical installations or data cabling installations.

Contact PME Electricians today to find out more about our commercial electrical installations, domestic electrical installations and data cabling installation works.  

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