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New Food Grade Hygienic Fitting for Flexible Conduit Systems

29 June 2015

Flexicon has launched a food grade hygienic fitting for flexible conduit systems protecting cables used in the food industry.

The new LPC fitting has smooth edges and no crevices where particles, dust or bacteria could accumulate.  The fitting is as round as possible with a minimum area of flats for tightening.

It can be used with LPC and LTP conduits to form a complete liquid tight, hygienic system for the food industry with an ingress protection of IP66, IP67, IP68 (two bar pressure) and IP69.  This means that cabling can be protected against cleaning processes such as high pressure jets of steam and also be immersed in water.  It can also be used in most working environments within the food industry, with a working temperature range of -50oC to +135oC.

Says Tim Creedon, Sales and Marketing Director for Flexicon:  “You need to specify conduit fittings with care for food installations so that the interface between the equipment and power and data does not trap materials and bacteria.”

“We have designed this new LPC fitting to meet the rigorous standards expected from the food and other similar industries and to be simple to fit.”

The engineered design includes a number of blue coloured compression seals to prevent any ingress of material or bacteria between the fitting, equipment and conduit.  

New Food Grade Hygienic Fitting for Flexible Conduit Systems

An internal compression blue seal made from PA6 seals the fitting onto the body when the compression nut is tightened and also fills the gap between the outer diameter of the conduit and the inside of the compression nut.  A polyester elastomer seal ensures that the fitting meets the adjoining equipment without any gaps, with a further compression seal preventing material and bacteria ingress between the body of the fitting and the nut.

Flexicon has designed the new fitting using the principles given in EN 1672-2:Food Processing Machinery – Hygienic requirements and EN ISO 14159.    The body and compression nut of the fitting are turned from AISI 316L (EN 1.4404) stainless steel.

The new fitting is initially available in sizes ranging from 16mm to 32mm with the launch of 40 and 50mm versions following shortly.

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