- New T&B Fittings® Stainless Cylinder Conduit Hub and Stainless Dome Drain and T&B Liquidtight Systems® Type A Solutions from ABB Installation Products help improve electrical system reliability
- Engineered stainless steel, rounded designs and antimicrobial* materials promote hygiene and corrosion resistance
- Industry-leading solutions help protect wires and threads from exposure, liquids and bacteria
In the era of continuous operations, uptime and on-time delivery, Food & Beverage manufacturers rely on electrical systems to power nearly every aspect of production. To help safeguard systems against leaks and contaminants in Food & Beverage and other hygiene-critical applications, ABB Installation Products expands its portfolio of solutions to include the T&B Fittings® Stainless Cylinder Conduit Hub and Stainless Dome Drain and the T&B Liquidtight Systems® Type A Solutions conduit and fittings.
With nearly 50 million cases of foodborne illness reported annually and a minimum average of $10 million in estimated financial impact from food recalls, Food & Beverage processors are focused on increasing safety and hygiene, as well as efficiency, reliability and uptime. As a result, equipment is subjected to rigorous production, cleaning schedules and washdowns. Designed to protect electrical systems in demanding and contamination-sensitive environments, ABB’s T&B Fittings Stainless Cylinder Conduit Hub and Stainless Dome Drain are made of 316 stainless steel with a fully curved surface to promote water runoff, hygiene and corrosion resistance. ABB’s T&B Liquidtight Systems Type A solutions include stainless steel fittings, non-metallic fittings and flexible non-metallic conduit with an antimicrobial jacket to help protect systems by inhibiting bacterial growth on the conduit.
“With ABB’s decades of experience in the Food & Beverage industry, we’ve found many recalls and outages are preventable. Improving uptime and the degree of safety in a facility can be achieved with properly rated designs and materials, so equipment is easier to clean and there are fewer places for bacteria, contaminants and food debris to hide,” said Brian Barr, Market Development Manager Food & Beverage, ABB Installation Products. “We reimagined traditional designs, engineering the new T&B Fittings and T&B Liquidtight solutions to enhance performance and peace of mind, helping protect electrical systems against the costly impact of ingress, corrosion and contamination in hygiene-critical operating environments.”
Rated for wet and damp processing areas and splash zones, ABB’s latest innovations meet Food & Beverage and other industry quality and safety standards, including NSF-certified, UL Type 4X listed and extensively tested to IEC requirements for ingress protection and ability to withstand intensive cleaning and high-pressure washdowns.
T&B Fittings® Stainless Cylinder Conduit Hub
Traditional conduit hubs have exposed threads, gaps, creases and crevices where contaminants can collect. The smooth, rounded surface and UL Type 4X connection of ABB’s T&B Fittings Stainless Cylinder Conduit Hub minimizes gaps between conduit and enclosure to help prevent liquid pooling and contamination points. The hub is IEC IP66 and IP67 rated and can be temporarily submerged. An NSF-certified TPE sealing ring covers and helps protect exposed threads from bacteria accumulation and growth.
T&B Fittings® Stainless Dome Drain
Unlike designs that require standing water of up to a half-inch before draining, ABB’s T&B Fittings Stainless Dome Drains have slotted threads and locknut irrigation for instant drainage, regardless of water level. Engineered of 316 stainless steel for hygiene and corrosion resistance, the drain is IEC IP56 rated with all-rounded components for 360-degree cleanability and water run-off to help eliminate the build-up of moisture and microbes. An optional screen prevents contaminants from clogging the drain.
T&B Liquidtight Systems® Type A Solutions
Developed for Food & Beverage installations, ABB’s expanded portfolio of T&B Liquidtight Systems Type A Solutions include flexible non-metallic conduit and non-metallic and stainless steel fittings. The Type A T&B Liquidtight fittings are expanding the offering for straight, 45- and 90-degree elbows in trade sizes half-inch to 2 inches. T&B Liquidtight Systems Type A reinforced, heavy-duty non-metallic conduit is available with an antimicrobial jacket to inhibit bacterial growth on the conduit.
The T&B “System Solutions” for Type A conduit and fittings are designed and tested to deliver long-lasting performance and cable protection, as well as address critical application considerations such as material specifications, trade sizes, corrosive chemicals and cleaning protocols, temperature and ingress ratings, and other applications requirements. The Type A fittings are UL Type 4/4X/12 and IEC IP69 rated, covering dust environments, UL hose test liquid ingress and IEC high-pressure washer performance requirements.
*Note: T&B Liquidtight Systems® Type A flexible non-metallic conduit with an antimicrobial jacket provides no antimicrobial inhibitory activity beyond the protection of the conduit.
Building on its 125-year history of pioneering in electrification, ABB Installation Products creates solutions to safely connect and protect electrical systems that power businesses, cities, homes and transportation. With more than 200,000 products under 38 premium brand names, ABB Installation Products, formerly Thomas & Betts, solutions are found wherever electricity is used around the world and in space.
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