Q: What is an IP rating?

A: IP stands for Ingress Protection. Each number represents a different rating. The first number represents the amount of protection that the system offers from solid objects. The second number represents the protection against liquids the system can offer. Flexicon® products come in range of IP ratings for various applications and work as a system. To view our IP chart, click here.

Q: What is the IP (Ingress Protection) rating of Flexicon® Ultra?
A: When used with the Flexicon® range of corrugated conduits, Flexicon® Ultra offers IP66, IP67, IP68 and IP69. This is the highest level of Ingress Protection rating.

Q: Does flexible conduit offer resistance to chemicals?
A: Flexicon® offers a chemical reference chart to see which conduit systems are suitable and offers resistance to your selected chemical(s).

Q: What type of materials are used for non-metallic corrugated conduits?
A: Flexicon® utilizes different grades of Polyamide materials to tailor and suit product performance properties / requirements. Flexicon® uses different mixes of Nylon PA6 for FPAS, FPASC and FPR conduits, and Nylon PA12 for FPI, FPIH and FPIHR conduits. This creates a tailored solution for a wide range of markets and applications.

Q: What is the difference between PA6 and PA12 conduits?
A: PA6 conduits offer very good general performance and are tough with a high impact strength. PA12 conduits are ideal for applications which require continuous movement and / or low temperature impact performance.

Q: What is the difference between Standard Weight and Heavy Weight conduits?
A: Heavy weight conduits offer superior mechanical protection for both compression strength and tensile strength.

Q: How does Flexicon® Ultra hold up against vibration and shock?
A: Flexicon® Ultra secures onto the conduit using all round teeth, therefore offers the same pull off strength in different directions. The fitting has been tested to EN 61373 Cat 2 to withstand shock and vibration.

Q: Do you have fire rated product?
A: Flexicon®’s non-metallic corrugated conduit products (FPAS, FPASC, FPR, FPI, FPIH and FPIHR) are all classed as Low Fire Hazard products and are self-extinguishing and Halogen Free.

Q: Can the Flexicon® Ultra fitting be removed once installed?
A: The fitting can be removed easily with a basic flathead screwdriver.

Q: What materials are the metallic products available in?
A: galvanized, stainless and PVC coated steel

Q: Do you have antimicrobial products?
A: Yes – we have non-metallic UL Type LFNC-B and metallic UL Type LFMC Conduit NSF169® components for Splash Zones and hygienic fittings

Q: Do you have any hazardous location products?
A: Yes, Flexicon® has a variety of products to terminate flexible conduit in Hazardous locations.

Q: Which products could be used outdoors?
A: Non-metallic conduits or liquid tight in black, that provide high IP ratings and are UV resistant.

Q: When would you need to use swivel fittings and why?
A: This is required when terminating into a threaded entry. A swivel fitting will allow the thread to be rotated, to allow tightening, without twisting the conduit and cabling.

Q: How can I join 2 conduits together?
A: Flexicon® has metallic and non-metallic couplers which allow 2 separate lengths of conduit to be joined. Also available are non-metallic T pieces and Y pieces which allow for 3 separate pieces of conduit to be joined.

Q: I need something to go in a marine environment.
A: Liquid tight conduits and stainless-steel fittings for corrosion resistance.

Q: The conduit I’ve got needs to go into a smaller entry point, do you have thread converters?
A: Yes, we have both metric and PG thread converters including reducers and enlargers – please refer to page 130 of our Product and Solutions guide 12th edition.

Q: My cables are already installed, how do I fit conduit around it to make it look tidy and safe?
A: Flexicon® has a divisible double slit conduit called FPADS that can be used to wrap around existing, pre-installed circuits. Hinged fittings and hinged locknuts are also available for a complete retrofit solution.

Q: Do I need to use a face sealing washer for my installation?
A: To meet the IP rating of the system, a sealing washer is required.

Q: How do I cut conduit?
A: Metallic conduit can be cut with a hacksaw or band saw. Please refer to page 140 of our Product & Solutions Guide 12th edition for cutting instructions.

Q: How do I fit Ultra?
A: Simply push and twist the fitting onto the corrugated flexible conduit.

Q: Can I use non-metallic fittings on a metallic conduit?
A: No – fittings are designed for compatibility with selected conduits. However, we do have non-metallic fittings which have a metallic thread for when applications require higher torque tightening.

Q: Which fittings can you use with FPAS21C?
A: FPA, FPAX, FPAU, Flexilok and MP

Q: What do we mean by ‘LFH’ Low Fire Hazard?
A: LFH stands for Low Fire Hazard, and means a product has the following four properties; Highly Flame Retardant – to prevent a fire starting or limit its development if one starts. Low Smoke emission – in event of fire it will enable people to see their way to escape. Low Toxicity – ensure personnel are not overcome with fumes during their escape. Halogen Free – does not contain halogens which can be a danger for smoke and toxicity.

Q: Which of Flexicon® products are LFH?

Q: Which Flexicon® products have NFPA 130 approval?
A: FPR conduits, FPA and FPAU Ultra fittings.

Q: That is the difference between the test for IP65 & IP66 and IP67 & IP68?
A: IP65 & IP66 are ‘spray’ tests; IP67 & IP68 are ‘immersion’ tests.

Q: Which conduits would you recommend for use in moving applications (e.g. robotics)?
A: FPI – PA12 corrugated conduit

Q: What are the differences between NPT and Metric threads?
A: NPT is an imperial thread with a taper – Metric threads are straight. NPS is an imperial thread that is straight.

Q: Which conduit fittings can I use in the food industry and why?
A: LTPxx-C-FG & LPCxx-C-FG – Hygienically designed fittings in accordance with EN 1672-2 and EN ISO 14519, manufactured from Stainless Steel Grade 316, offering IP66, IP67, IP68 and IP69 performance and suitable for washdown environments.