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Electrix - Exhibiting at Interpak 2017

Electrix Exhibiting at Interpack Components 2017

We are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting our award-winning product range at Interpack Components 2017, Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, Düsseldorf, Germany. The show runs from the 4th to the 10th May 2017.

As the market leader for over 30 years, we are proud to be referred to as the World’s leading manufacturer & stockist of Stainless Steel Cable Management Systems including Trunking, Conduit, Basket Tray, Cable Tray and Electrical Enclosures.

On-site product demonstrations will include a unique water display to showcase the innovative features of the Electrix IP66 Interlocked Switch and Socket Enclosure range. The enclosure incorporates our unique Electrix Sealed Compartment Wall Fixing Points which are renowned for reducing installation times as they eliminate the need for difficult-to-clean external brackets. The sloping roof design of the enclosure helps to deflect water and the extra deep fascia protects the switch and socket. The water unit will demonstrate how the robust features work in unison to preserve the IP66 rating.

Also on display, for the first time in Europe, will be our NEW Flush Mounted Pharma Enclosures. To be used where all cabling is conveyed within the cavity of the wall, the main body of the enclosure is recessed meaning only the lid section and optional components are visible to the operator.

If you would like to arrange for a personalised product demonstration, please make an appointment.

 

We look forward to meeting you on stand F06, Hall 18.

 

Full Exhibition details:

Date: 4th-10th May 2017

Location: Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, Düsseldorf, Germany

Hall: 18

Stand: F06

Gulfood Manufacturing 2016

Electrix Exhibiting at Gulfood Manufacturing 2016

As the market leader for over 30 years, we are proud to be referred to as the World’s leading manufacturer & stockist of Stainless Steel Cable Management Systems including Trunking, Conduit, Basket Tray, Cable Tray and Electrical Enclosures.

We are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting our award-winning product range at Gulfood Manufacturing, The World Trade Centre, Dubai. The show runs from the 7th to the 9th November 2016 and will be one of many worldwide exhibitions that Electrix will feature in over the next 12 months.

On-site product demonstrations will include a unique water display to showcase the innovative features of the Electrix IP66 Interlocked Switch and Socket Enclosure range. The enclosure incorporates our unique Electrix Sealed Compartment Wall Fixing Points which are renowned for reducing installation times as they eliminate the need for difficult-to-clean external brackets. The sloping roof design of the enclosure helps to deflect water and the extra deep fascia protects the switch and socket. The water unit will demonstrate how the robust features work in unison to preserve the IP66 rating.

Over the past 30 years, ground-breaking patents have elevated Electrix to the top of our field, but if our comprehensive range of standard products doesn’t fully meet a customer’s needs, we also offer a Bespoke Design service. Recent investments have welcomed an impressive fibre optic laser machine to the production line. With the ability to cut holes to tolerances of 0.05 mm, the laser brings quality and precision to the forefront of our design process.

Martin Ellis, head of our award-winning design team, is delighted with the results we have seen from our latest investment. “Our bespoke design service has excelled. Our customers know they can rely on us to meet the vigorous demands of the industry. With stringent tolerances regularly specified, we’re fully equipped to meet their exacting requirements. Lead times are also much more efficient. This technology enables us to cut up to 5 times faster.”

We are delighted with the developments Electrix have seen over the past 12 months and are looking forward to attending Gulfood Manufacturing to give current and future business partners the opportunity to speak to our Electrix team and see first-hand why Electrix is the processing industry’s preferred supplier of Stainless Steel Cable Management Systems.

We look forward to meeting you on stand A49, Za’abeel Hall 2.

 

Full Exhibition details:

Date: 7th-9th November 2016

Location: The World Trade Centre, Dubai

Hall: Za’abeel Hall 2

Stand: A49

Passivation of Stainless Steel Blog by Electrix International Ltd

Passivation of Stainless Steel

Passivation of Stainless Steel is critical for maximising corrosion resistance. Stainless Steel has the ability to self-passivate but self-passivation can only occur when a clean surface is exposed to an environment which provides enough oxygen to form the chromium rich oxide surface layer. The layer acts as a protective armour for the steel.

It is commonly found that during manufacturing it is extremely difficult to maintain the standard of cleanliness needed to self-passivate. Fragments of mild steel, dirt or scale accumulated from cutting tools can be transferred into the surface of the steel, damaging the oxide layer and identifying the need for “pickling”.

Pickling involves the chemical removal of contamination. Hydrofluoric Acid, commonly known as pickling gel, is often used to remove the excess dirt particles. The steel is coated in the gel and then rinsed thoroughly. Once the gel is removed, the steel will immediately self-passivate; restoring the natural aesthetics and corrosion resistance.

Unlike many of our competitors who manufacture mild steel and stainless steel products on the same machinery, Electrix only manufactures Stainless Steel products which eliminates the risk of cross contamination with mild steel fragments, greatly reducing the need to re-passivate our products.

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Fantastic Results for Electrix in the Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey

Electrix International Ltd are delighted with the results of our annual Customer Satisfaction Survey 2015. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal customers for taking part and supporting us in our endeavour to deliver superb service, product quality and innovative design.

Here at Electrix, we value our customer’s opinions.

Our Customer Satisfaction Survey allows us to gather a real insight into the purchasing experience we provide our customers, from initial contact through to the receiving of goods and after-care service. Obtaining such feedback is essential in helping us continue to improve.

Here is a summary of the results from our Customer Satisfaction Survey 2015:

  • 100% of our customers would recommend us to a colleague/friend.
  • 100% of our customers would buy from Electrix again for future projects.
  • 100% said Good/Excellent for Quality of Service.
  • 98.95% said Good/Excellent for Quality of Products.
  • 100% said Good/Excellent for Speed of Delivery.

We believe our exceptional people are the key to our success.

“Our award winning design team, industry expertise and unrivalled customer service coupled with our large stocks of innovative products are the reason we are regularly specified by internationally recognised companies. One without the other simply would not work. We would like to thank all of our employees for their dedicated work ethic and longevity of service.” Malcolm Thompson, Managing Director.

Electrix International Ltd are proud to be the Processing Industry’s preferred supplier of Stainless Steel Cable Management Systems and are thrilled our Customer Satisfaction Survey has portrayed such fantastic results.

Here are just a selection of comments from our satisfied customers from the UK and overseas:

“Always have excellent despatch times and special sizes have been made and sent in quick timescales.”

“Excellent company to deal with. Always respond promptly and deliveries always on time.”

“Always very helpful, the quotations are quick to turn around and very easy to follow.”

“I have been dealing with Electrix for many years and have always been satisfied with the product and service.”

 

Blog Cleaning and Maintaining by Electrix International Ltd

Cleaning and Maintaining Your Stainless Steel Installation

The below article is an excerpt from our eBook “Maintaining Your Stainless Steel Installation”. To download the full eBook, sign up for the Electrix Newsletter on the sign up form in the sidebar / footer of this page.

To understand how to correctly maintain your Stainless Steel installation, it is important to understand what makes Stainless Steel such a sought after material.

Most other metals are very susceptible to corrosion, recognised quickly on mild steel and iron as unsightly orange/yellow rust. Metals like these are “active” because they actively corrode when their atoms react with oxygen, which can quickly form rust. Stainless Steel is known as a “passive” metal because it contains other metals that stabilise the atoms (Chromium and Nickel in the case of 304 – 1.4301 – V2A and 316L – 1.4404 – V4A grades). During the manufacture of the steel, a small amount of the chromium in the alloy reacts with oxygen to naturally form a passive chromium-rich oxide layer on the surface of the steel. This invisible layer protects the steel, and is self-renewing. When this layer is intact, the metal is passive and therefore “stainless”, offering excellent levels of corrosion resistance. When this layer is broken, although it is very quick to self-renew, there is a small window of opportunity when the surface is said to be in the “active” state that could allow unwanted irritants to make contact with the steel underneath and start the corrosion process.

The Four Enemies Of Stainless Steel

  1. Chlorides / Chlorine – Chlorides are found in some industrial and household cleaners, and of course, chlorine is commonly found in environments such as swimming pools. The use of chlorides in cleaning, or the proximity of Stainless Steel to chlorine, can break down the protective “passive” layer but there are best practices to follow to reduce the risk of such occurrences.
  2. Mechanical Abrasion – i.e. Things that will scratch the surface of the steel, such as wire brushes, steel pads and scrapers. Soft cloths and plastic scouring pads are recommended as a safe alternative.
  3. Hard Water – Hard water is water that is considered to have high mineral content. This can be found all over the world, with the mineral content of water changing from one place to the next. Hard water may leave spots on Stainless Steel and, when heated, leave deposits behind that, if allowed to remain, will break down the passive layer and rust stainless steel.
  4. Other Deposits – Other deposits from food preparation must be properly removed. This is not really relevant to the use of Stainless Steel in cable management but worth noting nonetheless.

Follow best practice to avoid corrosion occurring within your installation.

Best Practice

None of the information above should be considered a reason not to use Stainless Steel in your cable management installation. After all, it’s corrosion resistance, finish and aesthetics make it a far superior material when compared to other metals and plastics. The best practice set out below should go a long way to ensuring that your installation remains in pristine condition for many years.

  1. Use the correct tools – When cleaning stainless steel products, use non-abrasive tools. Soft cloths and plastic scouring pads will not harm the steel’s passive layer. Stainless steel pads can, on occasion, be used but the scrubbing motion MUST be in the direction of the manufacturers’ polishing marks.
  2. Clean with the polish lines – Some stainless steel comes with visible polishing lines or “grain.” When visible lines are present, always scrub in a motion parallel to the lines. When the grain cannot be seen, play it safe and use a soft cloth or plastic scouring pad.
  3. Use alkaline, alkaline chlorinated or non-chloride containing cleaners – While many traditional cleaners are loaded with chlorides, the industry is providing an ever-increasing choice of non-chloride cleaners. If you are not sure of the chloride content in the cleaner used, contact your cleaner supplier. If your present cleaner contains chlorides, ask your supplier if they have an alternative. Avoid cleaners containing quaternary salts; it can also attack stainless steel and cause pitting and rusting.
  4. Rinse, rinse, rinse – If chlorinated cleaners are used, thoroughly rinse, wipe and dry equipment and supplies immediately. The sooner you wipe off standing water, especially when it contains cleaning agents, the better. After wiping equipment down, allow it to air dry; oxygen helps maintain the stainless steel’s passivity film. In environments where it is not possible to wipe down standing water, such as in Marine / Offshore industries, the use of 316L – 1.4404 – V4A grade Stainless Steel is recommended to reduce the risk of corrosion.
  5. Never use hydrochloric acid (muriatic acid) on stainless steel – Hydrochloric acid is classed as reducing acid and lacks the oxidising properties that Stainless Steels need to maintain their ‘passive’ corrosion resistant surface layer so, when hydrochloric acid is present in any ‘external environment’, corrosion is promoted.

For more information and other helpful tips, please download the eBook “Maintaining Your Stainless Steel Installation” by signing up for the Electrix Newsletter in the sidebar / footer of this page.

Company News by Electrix International Ltd

Electrix honoured in “1000 Companies To Inspire Britain 2015” report

Electrix International Ltd is delighted to be recognised in London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2015. The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized businesses. There are over 4 million SMEs in the UK and to be listed in the top 1000 is something we are extremely proud of.

To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers. More detail on the methodology can be found in the report online at www.1000companies.com.

Malcolm Thompson, Managing Director of Electrix International Ltd said: “We are delighted to be included in the London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. Our constant aim is to stay ahead of the game. Our design team work hard on new patents, adding to our extensive catalogue of patented and innovative products that we have tremendous success with. It’s great to be formally recognised for our ongoing contribution to the industry.”

The Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP said: “This is a remarkable list of outstanding companies. These businesses have been built by the drive, commitment and vision of Britain’s entrepreneurs and business leaders. It is my privilege to be able to congratulate them all”.

Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange Group said: “This report is a significant part of London Stock Exchange’s broader campaign to support UK high growth companies in their journeys from Start-up to Stardom and to create an entrepreneurship revolution. I’m delighted that a strong alliance between UK Government, financial market participants, investors, entrepreneurs and companies has been created to support these inspiring businesses.”

A full searchable database of all of the companies along with a downloadable pdf of the publication can be found online at www.1000companies.com.

15° Sloping Roof Terminal and Control Enclosures by Electrix International Ltd

Benefits of Using Water Seals for Mounting Enclosures

One of the key benefits of Electrix’ PATENTED Sealed Compartment Wall Fixing Points (Water Seals) is that they assist in maintaining the IP Rating of our electrical enclosures. Understanding Ingress Protection ratings (IP Ratings) is extremely important when planning your installation. An IP Rating is used to specify the degree to which an electrical enclosure protects against the intrusion of foreign bodies and moisture. Please refer to this article for more information.

Traditionally, enclosures are drilled on-site to allow for fixing to a wall or machinery. Silicone or a similar substance is used around screws to repel moisture and prevent ingress of foreign bodies. Alternatively, external brackets are welded to the enclosure to aid fixing. Although simpler for the installer, this results in difficult-to-clean areas around the enclosure and a less aesthetic appearance.

Our unique Sealed Compartment Wall Fixing Points maintain the aesthetics of the enclosure, eliminate the need for excessive drilling or the purchase of additional products, and make installing the enclosure much more time and cost efficient.

How do they work?

Sealed Compartment Wall Fixing Points are situated at the rear of an enclosure and have been uniquely designed to eliminate the possibility of water entering the enclosure from the fixing point (see the video at the foot of this article). 400 Volts of life-threatening electricity can be contained within an electrical enclosure at any time making water resistance an essential requirement.

Installing an enclosure couldn’t be easier. In order to fit one of our IP69K/IP66 enclosures using the Sealed Compartment Wall Fixing Points, follow these four simple steps:

  1. Remove the enclosures water seal caps using a 5 mm Allen Key.
  2. Mark and drill the mounting surface (e.g. wall, machine etc).
  3. Insert your fixing screws through the Sealed Compartment Wall Fixing Points and secure the enclosure to the wall or machine.
  4. Replace the water seal caps using a 5 mm Allen Key.

All in all, this can be completed in less time than it would take to drill one fixing hole.

What are the benefits?

  • Proven to keep water out of your electrical enclosure.
  • Eliminates the need for difficult-to-clean external brackets.
  • Faster installation; drilling holes in the enclosure is no longer required.
  • BSI tested to 1000 PSI (70 bar).
  • Helps to maintain the IP Rating of your enclosure.

Interlocked Switch and Socket Enclosures by Electrix International Ltd

Understanding IP Ratings

Understanding Ingress Protection Ratings (IP Ratings) is extremely important when planning your cable management or enclosure installation. IP ratings specify the degree to which an electrical enclosure protects against the intrusion of foreign bodies and moisture.

The classification system is comprised of the letters “IP” followed by a two or three digit reference.

The first digit indicates the degree to which the product is protected against foreign bodies such as tools, dust and hands. This ranges from 0 (no protection) to 6 (totally dust tight).

The second digit indicates the degree to which the product is protected against moisture such as natural weather conditions, cleaning solutions and submersion in water. This ranges from 0 (no protection) to 9K (able to withstand high pressure/high temperature steam-jet cleaning).

If a third digit is present this indicates the degree to which the product is protected from mechanical impacts as measured in joules. This digit is not required by the IEC 60529 and is often omitted.

It is important to note that where a number is replaced by an X it indicates that the product is not rated for that particular test. For example:

  • IPX6 – the product has not been tested for protection against the ingress of foreign bodies, but has protection against powerful water jets (from all directions)
  • IP6X – totally dust tight, but has not been tested for ingress of moisture.

You will occasionally come across IP Ratings that don’t follow the above format e.g. IPXXB and IPXXD. In respect of protection against electric shock, reference is made in the IEE Wiring Regulations to IPXXB and IPXXD as alternatives to IP2X and IP4X respectively.

  • The letter B indicates: If a standard test finger 80 mm long and 12 mm in diameter can enter the enclosure there will be adequate clearance from live parts.
  • The letter D indicates: If a probe 100 mm long and 1 mm in diameter can enter the enclosure there will be adequate clearance from live parts.

 

Examples of Electrix IP Rated Enclosures are as follows:

IP Rating: IP66 – Totally dust tight. Protection against powerful water jets (from all directions).

Stainless Steel Terminal and Control Enclosures by Electrix International Ltd                                          Push Button Enclosures by Electrix International Ltd
15° Sloping Roof Terminal & Control Enclosure                                                Flat Roof Push-Button Enclosure | 22.5 mm Holes

 

IP Rating: IP65 – Totally dust tight. Protection against low pressure water jets (from all directions).

Rotary Isolator Enclosures with Eaton (Moeller) switches by Electrix International Ltd                                         Stainless Steel Hinged Door Cabinets by Electrix International Ltd

Rotary Isolator Enclosure with Eaton (Moeller) Switches                                 Hinged Door Cabinet | Shallow with 1 x Window Door

 

To determine which IP rating you need for your project, sign up to the Electrix Newsletter (in the sidebar / footer of this page) and receive our free eBook entitled “Planning Your Installation”. You will find a full IP Rating chart, amongst other useful information and tips.

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Electrix Invests Again!

In the current financial and economic climate it’s rare to see a company thriving but Electrix International Ltd, the market leader in Stainless Steel Cable Management Systems, is doing just that.

Situated in County Durham, England, Electrix International Ltd’s UK manufacturing facility has just undergone a 2½-acre extension, now housing some of the most cutting edge robotic technology and state of the art manufacturing machinery available on the market today, with product installations reaching many new and exciting territories over the past 12 months.

According to Malcolm Thompson, Managing Director at Electrix, the success is the result of “…our constant aim to be ahead of the game. We had planned for all eventualities several years before the recession hit and in doing so were able to gain a strong understanding of what our primary focuses should be. Our design team worked hard and continues to work hard on new patents, adding to our extensive catalogue of patented and innovative products that we have tremendous success with.”

electrix-invests-article-imageSpecialising in Stainless Steel Trunking, Conduit, Cable Tray, Enclosures and Strut, Electrix’ highly innovative and functional product design, coupled with unrivalled customer service, has ensured that it continues to be the specifier’s first choice cable management company. With over 400,000 finished products held in its UK fulfillment headquarters, delivery of all standard product ranges is fast and efficient.

Large quantities of Electrix’ UL Listed award winning Trunking Systems are used by many of the leading names in the pharmaceutical industry, including the likes of GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca, due to the ease with which you can clean the installation thereby reducing contamination.

Global food company Mars, which oversees household names such as Dolmio and Uncle Ben’s along with a world famous confectionery range, regularly specifies and installs Electrix’ Sloping Roof Enclosures throughout the world. These enclosures feature unique sealed compartment wall fixing points, which make the enclosures extremely easy to clean whilst maintaining their IP Rating. This eliminates the need for difficult to clean external brackets.

Groundbreaking patents like this have elevated Electrix to the top of its field, but if a comprehensive range of standard products doesn’t fully meet a customer’s needs, Electrix can also offer a Bespoke Design service. “Every project is different and we do our very best to accommodate the customer’s exact requirements, whether it be a special size of enclosure or a special width of trunking” says Martin Ellis, who heads up the design team. “We have recently welcomed several new state-of-the-art robotic machines to our manufacturing facility, which give us greater freedom and the ability to explore bespoke designs more than ever.”

Along with day-to-day installations in the pharmaceutical, food, beverage and offshore industries, Electrix has recently supplied large quantities of Cable Tray, Conduit and Enclosures to the Twin Sails Bridge which spans Poole Harbour in Dorset; one of many interesting and unique uses for the range of products Electrix offers. The bridge, which was opened to the public in 2012, is designed with Poole’s maritime and industrial heritage at heart; the two triangular shaped lifting leaves symbolising the sails of a yacht.

palm_dubaiIn addition to this, thousands of metres of Straight Edge Cable Tray were used in the construction of the mechanical roof at Centre Court, Wimbledon. The iconic venue, home to the Wimbledon tennis championships, was recently re-developed to incorporate the new roof, which can open and close to suit the ever unreliable English weather.

Other notable projects include the Palm Jumeriah in Dubai, one of the three largest artificial islands in the world. Electrix’ UL Classified Conduit and Accessories were used in the lighting of the 1.4km underwater tunnel that connects the spine of the island to the outer crescent.

With numerous new patents, inventions and product designs in the pipeline, and a new extension to its production facility, Electrix aims to further continue its success and cement its reputation as the world’s leading manufacturer and supplier of Stainless Steel Cable Management Systems for many more years to come.

For more information, take a look around the website, or request a brochure by calling +44 (0)1388 77 44 55.

Interlocked Switch and Socket Enclosures by Electrix International Ltd

New Interlocked Switch & Socket Enclosures

Electrix International Ltd is proud to introduce its latest innovative product, the new and improved Interlocked Switch & Socket Enclosure range. These IP66 rated Stainless Steel Enclosures have been designed with every hygienic electrical installation in mind. View the product page online for technical information.

New and improved features include:

15° Sloping Roof

Electrix was the world’s first cable management company to develop a 15° Sloping Roof enclosure and we have now included this feature in our latest range. The 15° angle helps to prevent water and undesirable objects from settling on the roof of the enclosure.

Sealed Compartment Wall Fixing Points

These enclosures feature our unique Sealed Compartment Wall Fixing Point invention. These discreet fixing points are proven to keep water out of the enclosure and eliminate the need for difficult-to-clean external brackets. Watch the demonstration video here.

Mennekes Switches & Sockets

The advantages of Mennekes branded switches / sockets include superior durability along with a more user friendly layout and switch size in comparison to other brands. Compatible with most common plugs such as those used with other brands of sockets (e.g. Scame etc).

Larger Enclosure

Following feedback from many of our customers, we decided to increase the size of the enclosure in this range to improve usability. The wider enclosure allows operators, many of whom could be wearing protective gloves, to have more room to manoeuvre.

For more information, please visit the dedicated product page here.

This range is also available with Scame switches if desired.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require any more information about any of our product ranges.