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Connecta Fire Resistant Tunnel Lighting & Power System – Prysmian | Draka

Connecta Fire Resistant Tunnel Lighting & Power System - Prysmian | Draka

Connecta Fire Resistant Tunnel Lighting & Power System (by Prysmian | BICON | Draka) has been specifically developed to provide lighting and small power applications in harsh environments such as road and Rail tunnels and bridge environments. The system’s objective is to significantly reduce the costly onsite electrical installation work, traditionally necessary during infrastructure projects.

When used with emergency lighting and in the event of a fire, Connecta maintains the integrity of the circuit even if a local device fails, allowing escape routes further up and down the route to remain illuminated.

Prysmian Draka Connecta Key Features

  • Fire performance cables for critical safety systems
  • LSOH cables for enclosed installations
  • LSOH, oil resistant and mud resistant designs available for specific applications
  • Easy to install and maintenance free
  • Offers both time and cost-saving benefits
  • Enhanced fire safety performance
  • Made using the Prysmian Groups extensive range of power cables
  • Manufactured with high quality injection moulded zero halogen, low smoke materials
  • BS 8491 Category F120 and BS EN 50362:2003
  • BS EN 50200:2015 PH120 and BS 8519 Annex B and BS 8434-2
  • BS EN 60754-1 and BS EN 61034-2

Connecta. Delivering optimum power safety for tunnel environments

When it comes to specifying fire performance cables, zero halogen building wires and power cables, you have to choose products from a company you can trust.

Draka is that  company, an international cable manufacturer with a turnover of €1.7 billion and over 9,000 employees worldwide. As part of Draka Cableteq Low Voltage Europe, a division of Draka Holding NV, are the leading supplier of fire performance cables, zero halogen power cables and building wires in the UK.

With over 80 years of in-depth experience, Draka’s vast product range has been developed and manufactured with leading-edge technology and is backed by the resources of one of the world’s major specialist cable companies.

The Group’s expertise delivers a wide-ranging product portfolio including communication, low voltage and special purpose cables. In addition, Prysmian have the capability to manufacture customer-specific cable types.

Part of their continuing success is down to their commitment to ongoing product development through investment in innovation. They are constantly working to improve their product range to meet your specific needs. Indeed, the development of their product range forms the cornerstone of the entire operation.

Connecta, part of market-leading Firetuf range, is one such product. Manufactured in partnership with Custom Design Group of Cwmbran, South Wales, the system has been specifically developed to provide lighting and small power applications in tunnel environments. In the event of a fire, the integrity of the circuit is maintained even if a local device fails, allowing escape routes further up and down the line to remain illuminated.

Connecta. Simple to install, easy to maintain.

At Draka, the importance of fire performance cables is of top priority and they are deeply committed to a policy of ongoing product development through investment in innovation. Not just because they want their products and range to be consistently improved to satisfy your needs, but because they understand that lives are at stake and that the performance and effectiveness of their products can help prevent loss of life.

In short, the safety of occupants and passengers in mass transit systems, especially road and rail tunnels, is of paramount importanceOne factor that can play a key role in making these environments safer is the appropriate use of fire performance cables for critical safety systems. In the event of a tunnel fire and smoke filled environment:

  • it is vital that the emergency lighting remains secure, to ensure that escape routes are clearly illuminated
  • the correct selection and installation of these vital safety cables ensures that systems can continue to function and people will have time to evacuate safely, as well as helping the emergency services to operate effectively.

The technical resources of Draka and Custom Design Group have combined to deliver a system that offers optimum fire safety performance in tunnels. Connecta is manufactured with high quality injection moulded zero halogen, low smoke (OHLS®) components and features a male joint and female plug with an optional integral fuse and coupling nut. It is available with a primary cable of 2.5mm2 to 50.0mm2, in 3, 4 or 5 core variations and with a wiring loom length of approximately 700 metres (dependant on cable size and number of sockets). This ensures the system is ideally suited to a wide variety of tunnel environments for the provision of emergency lighting and 3 phase power supplies.

Another significant benefit of Connecta is the ease in which it can be installed and maintained. With project deadlines becoming tighter and tighter, Connecta offers both time and cost-saving benefits to a variety of applications. With all of the lighting or power joints manufactured in a clean factory environment, rather than in-situ on site, installation times can be significantly reduced. This can assist in meeting or bringing forward project milestones or deadlines. In addition, with the jointing pre-manufactured, the need for highly skilled electrical installers can be reduced, as the system can be installed by semi-skilled labour, again offering a cost-saving benefit.

Each coupling system is specifically designed and manufactured to meet the clients needs with pre-set lengths between each moulded socket outlet unique to each installation. Secondary outputs are then taken from the primary cable via moulded plugs to pre-wired individual luminaires. Therefore not only is Connecta easy to install but because of its modular design, maintenance is also simple. Each Connecta is phase identified and circuit integrity meets the requirements of BS6387 Categories C, W and Z. Ingress protection meets IP 67 standards. As part of the Firetuf range of fire performance cables, Connecta also benefits from being a zero halogen, low smoke (OHLS®) system.

Connecta. Tried and Tested.

As you would expect, Connecta has been tested to the highest possible standards and meets BS 7671, I.E.E. Wiring RegulationsPrysmian’s testing and commissioning programme ensures all components are tested individually then again as a complete system with luminaires energised.

Fire, Fire with Water and Fire with Mechanical Shock tests are all rigorously completed by their specialists and as a result Connecta is fully approved to BS 6387: 1994 and SS299 Pt1: 1998 (Singapore Standard)Furthermore the BS 6387 category “C, W and Z” is the internationally recognised UK test, used to determine if a cable is capable of maintaining circuit integrity under different fire conditions, as the illustrated tests show.

Tried, tested and trusted by specifiers and contractors throughout the world. The Connecta system has been installed in the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL), London Underground, Heathrow Terminal 5 Tunnels, Dublin Port Tunnel and the Singapore Mass Transit Network (MRT) amongst others.

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