Many types of companies, from industrial to utility companies, use conduits for their operations. Traditionally, these conduits have been made from PVC-coated steel or galvanized rigid steel. However, today an increasing number of firms have made the switch to fiberglass instead. Here are some of the ways that fiberglass conduit products can cut down on your operational expenses.
Fiberglass is extremely tough and resistant to various crush and impact forces. It won’t rot and you won’t have to worry about damage by rodents either. All these benefits make sure that you don’t spend too much money on repairing these conduits.
The toughness includes its ability to withstand an extremely wide range of temperatures. You can place it in a setting that’s as cold as -40 degrees F (-40 degrees C) up to as hot as 230 degrees F (110 degrees C). This ability to withstand extreme heat also makes sure that accidental cable fusion doesn’t occur.
Fiberglass is also chemically inert. This means that it’s invulnerable to damage upon contact with a wide range of different fuels and chemicals.
Another reason why fiberglass is so durable (and therefore more cost-effective in the long run) is that it’s not metal. So it won’t corrode or rust (these 2 chemical processes are actually not the same). In fact, fiberglass is the conduit material that offers the best protection against corrosion.
It’s also fire-resistant, which again helps with its durability. When you’re housing electrical cables in these conduits, this feature will be crucial.
Since fiberglass is so strong, you don’t need as much of it to provide the strength you need in your conduits. This then means that you can end up with very lightweight pieces and sections for your conduits.
For example, a 6-meter long section of 4-inch wide fiberglass weighs only 15 pounds. A single worker can carry that with no problem and no delay.
In contrast, with PVC-coated steel it can weigh so much more that at least 2 people may be needed to transport the conduit section from one spot to another. This can increase the need for manpower, and it can also result in costly delays in your installation schedule.
Low Coefficient of Friction
Fiberglass, as many know, can be extremely smooth. This is an advantage during installation since you can do longer cable pulls through the conduits, without risking burn through. This longer cable pull can also let you build fewer manholes for access to the conduits.
Fiberglass can be molded in just about any size and shape. So it’s very easy to create pieces of fittings and adaptors that let workers connect the various pieces with no fuss. The assembly can be done with quick push-fittings, so that there will be no more need to use adhesives. This saves a lot of time and reduces the cost during the assembly.
Unlike other options, a fiberglass conduit doesn’t contain any sort of toxic materials that can harm the environment or pose any risk to workers. It doesn’t have halogen or chlorine. So this means you won’t have to risk expensive cleanup operations, heavy environmental fines, or costly liability lawsuits when your workers get hurt.
Fiberglass conduits can also be used for an underwater system. The installation for such a system is quite easy and flexible, and this leads to a much lower installation cost.
So if your company is contemplating the use of conduits, you must consider the use of fiberglass. It’s not just effective. It’s cost-effective too.