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Flexible Conduit protection for 2km data cabling in UK's largest bus workshop



Flexible conduit from Flexicon is protecting 2 Km of data cabling for an oil management system at a new ‘green’ bus workshop for Transport for London.  With 22 service pits, the organisation claims that the new depot is the largest in Europe.


The workshop has a maintenance capacity for 350 buses at a time.  The facility needs to be fully operational with minimal downtime to meet demand.


Oilpro UK Ltd has installed its oil management system to manage fluid dispensing from bulk tanks to each dispensing point in a service pit.  It delivers specified quantities of oil or fluid to dispensing points while keeping accurate records of all transactions.  The system acts as an effective loss control system.


When an authorised operator requires oil or lubricant they enter their code into a keypad before requesting what and how much lubricant they need. The Oilpro System shuts oil flow on and off by opening and closing solenoid valves installed at the dispensing bay.


Data cabling runs from each dispensing bay to a central control system.  These cables are vital for the system to operate and need protecting. In addition, the cables need containing for aesthetic and health and safety reasons.


Oilpro UK specified Flexicon’s FPAS system, which is highly flexible and has a high impact strength.  It is also abrasion resistant and extremely resistant to solvents and oils.  Used with FPA fittings and cable glands, the flexible conduit system has an IP66 rating.  It is also a low fire hazard product.

Says Bruce Coetze, managing director of Oilpro UK Ltd:  “Our system was specified to reduce oil and lubricant waste, both from a cost perspective but also for environmental reasons.  This building is both the largest and the most environmentally sustainable bus garage in Europe.   Data is at the heart of the management system so the cable protection is vital    we have to ensure that downtime in this busy workshop is minimised.


“We had to meet an extremely tight deadline, so that the depot could open and become operational.  We needed a non-metallic flexible conduit system that is easy and fast to install.  It also has to offer high levels of protection to the cabling from a number of hazards.  Flexicon’s FPAS system met these needs.”


For further information please contact:  Flexicon Ltd, Roman Way, Coleshill, Birmingham, B46 1HG.  Tel: 01675 466900.  Fax:  01675 466901.  Email:  sales@ flexicon.uk.com.  Web:  www.flexicon.uk.com.






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