Fiberglass Conduits Can Save Your Company a Lot of Money

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Many companies, large or small, from industrial to utility, use conduits for their operations. In earlier days, conduits made of PVC coated steel or galvanized rigid steel derived from stainless steel sheets were used. With the onset of technology, many companies have switched over to fiberglass because of its ability to cut down operational expenses. Let’s have a look at the reasons why fiberglass has become a popular choice of material for conduits.

1. It’s extremely easy to handle

For conduits, fiberglass comes in 10 ft. sections with diameters of 0.75 to 1.5 inches. They can even run at 20 ft. with larger diameters. That makes it easy to workaround and requires less manpower, thereby reducing manpower costs.

2. It’s extremely lightweight

Fiberglass is lightweight and because of this characteristic, it offers a lot of advantages. The material cost is drastically reduced, and it also lowers the structural burden on the supporting structures. Best of all, it is easy to install. A piece of 100 ft. long fiberglass conduit with a diameter of 1-inch weighs just around 27 pounds. It reduces manpower costs as a single person can easily transport the conduits from one place to another. In contrast, a rigid steel conduit pipe with PVC coating with the same length and diameter, which weighs around 150 pounds requires at least 2 people to carry it from one place to another. The more the conduits, more the number of people needed to do the job. This increases the manpower costs and it can also delay the installation, which again adds to the cost.

3. It’s extremely strong and tough

Fiberglass is strong, and that’s why you don’t need a lot of it to provide the strength that is needed in the conduits. Even when fiberglass is subjected to extremely high levels of temperature, it remains strong as ever because of its inherent low coefficient of thermal expansion property.

4. It reduces friction

The inside of a fiberglass conduit is extremely smooth, making it easy to pull lengthy cables through it without causing much friction. Usually, when cables are pulled through conduits, the friction caused radiates heat that can damage the structural integrity of the conduit. The coefficient of friction with fiberglass conduit is much better than with a PVC-coated rigid steel conduit. It is safe to use lubricants to further reduce the friction as fiberglass is not likely to corrode or suffer from a chemical change by the use ofcommercially available industry lubricants.

5. It’s extremely easy to connect 

You don’t need to train workers to acquire special skills to install fiberglass conduits. It’s simple. To connect one end of a fiberglass conduit to another, you just need to drive the spigot end into the bell end of the other pipe, and that’s that, no threading, no gluing and definitely nowelding. The connection is watertight and extremely strong and secure.

6. It’s easy to install all year round 

Fiberglass conduits are inherently durable and tough. It tends to remain unaffected by thermal extremities. At high temperature, it won’t expand and at low temperature, it won’t become brittle. So, you can carry out the construction all year round. No delays in installation means no downtime and that means no added costs.

7. It’s nonmetallic in nature

Fiberglass conduits are durable because they are nonmetallic in nature. So, there are no chances of corrosion or rusting. It’s also resistant to fire, which again helps with its durability. In electrical conduits, this feature is crucial.

There’s no denying that fiberglass conduitsare effective and economical to install. And that’s not the only reason why they are popular. In spite of being a high-quality conduit, it is extremely affordable and low in maintenance. With such a solid performance that withstands a wide range of environments, fiberglass is built to last, passing along various advantages and huge savings to those who manage or operate fiberglass products for their projects.

About the author:
Avi Patel is an engineer by heart and a digital marketer by trade. He works for EzyTrader – a premium marketplace for used equipment, and creates content on topics related to engineering, technology, marketing and trading. He has a passion for innovation and loves to share what he learns with his readers. When he's not working or writing, he can be found binge watching comedy shows.

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