When A PIPE IS
NOT JUST A PIPE
BY SIAN DAVIES
It’s safe to say that fuel piping may not be the sexiest component on a filling station, but whilst vibrant digital advertising
displays and slick site illumination may draw customers to the site and into the convenience store, it is the consistent
performance of the equipment below ground that ensures the station meets the customer’s demand for fuel. If
everything is working, customers remain blissfully unaware of what goes on beneath their feet, but if things go wrong
down under, the station simply can’t operate. Thankfully Franklin Fueling’s latest innovation ‘Cable-Tight’ offers a more
robust underground system than ever before.
Left: Builders time mark the conduit
pipe after electrofusion
welding. Right: Fill lines and fill
point on a site in Huddersfield, UK.
According to Franklin Fueling’s Head of
Engineering Paul Ridge, a pipe is never just
a pipe. It is evident from the good humoured
chuckle he gives in response to my somewhat
ignorant question that I’m not the first
person he has had to justify his work to: “It’s
something I talk about regularly with friends
outside of the industry. The pipe we have
created is made from materials that when
combined are far more robust than any of
the materials in isolation. Because of this
unique combination of materials we are able
to achieve some really great things that still
impresses our team, even though we work
with the product everyday,” explained Paul,
who I met at Franklin Fueling’s Pipe and
Containment Centre of Excellence in Ipswich,
UK 50 miles east of London. It is here
that Franklin develop their world-leading
pipe systems and is the birthplace of their
latest innovation - Cable-Tight.
“Our pipework system is seen as the
best in the world. It’s an extremely robust
system using materials that allow electrofusion
welding, which when welded together
becomes one homogeneous piece with no
leak paths. What we have done with the Cable
Tight solution is to make it as robust as
the pipework, explained Paul.
Cable-Tight is an end-to-end solution for
electrical sensor and data wiring containment
and stemmed from customer feedback.
“Our customers told us they spend a
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