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FIRE SAFETY

VANTRUNK SPARKS INTEREST IN FIRE SAFETY

Specialists in cable management for extreme environments, Vantrunk, part of the Unitrunk Group has become the first cable management specialist in the UK to pass fire safety testing for its cable ladder systems.


The move pre-empts any mandatory requirement to certify cable management systems for fire safety in the UK or the EU and has seen Vantrunk proactively choose to invest in fire testing as part of a market-focused approach to supporting robust specification of cable management for any environment.
Independent third party tests have been carried out on Vantrunk’s 900mm SW4 medium duty cable ladder in both stainless steel and hot-dip galvanised, alongside a number of the other cable management systems in its portfolio, including 450mm wide heavy duty UniKlip cable tray and 300mm wide medium duty UniKlip cable tray, and 450mm hot-dip galvanised cable tray.


Vantrunk’s projects director, Alan Campbell comments: “Our cable management systems are designed for tough environments and we know that they can withstand the harshest of conditions. These tests were all about verifying that the cables held within the cable management infrastructure will remain intact and fully-functioning at temperature extremes, underpinning both safety and business continuity for the end user.
“We believe that fire testing should be integral to quality assurance processes for all cable management systems, regardless of whether compliance to a standard is required, and we’re proud to be setting the bar for the sector.”


To pass the fire tests, all the cable management systems had to withstand a temperature curve rising as high as 1000C. The cables in the system had to maintain circuit integrity during the test in order for the system to meet the test criteria. The systems were then fire rated based on the number of minutes they were able to successfully withstand these conditions.
 

GROUP PROJECTS TEAM

DELIVERING A SOLUTIONS-BASED APPROACH

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CAPTION: Pictured left to right are Michael White, Paul Nolan, Elvia Kolenc, Trevor Tomkins and Alan Campbell.

As a specialist in cable management, Vantrunk manufactures and designs engineered solutions and products that provide substantial total installed cost savings. Our solutions-driven approach has been at the core of everything we do since the business was acquired by the Unitrunk Group in 2000.


Synergy & Strategy


As brands within the Unitrunk Group, Vantrunk and Unitrunk have historically worked in quite different marketplaces. Vantrunk has always specialised in harsh industrial sectors, where both conditions and compliance requirements are extreme, whereas Unitrunk’s focus is on mainstream commercial environments such as offices, schools, factories and residential blocks. However, there is a crossover and, while Vantrunk custom-engineers many projects with heavy-duty grades of steel, we supply the whole Unitrunk Group product portfolio, including the RIS (rapid installation systems) ranges. It’s that turnkey capability that’s led us to establish a Group Projects Team to provide a holistic, solutions-based approach to specifying and supplying cable management needs across a range of heavy industrial sectors, including:


• Oil & gas
• Petrochemicals
• Water & wastewater treatment
• Tunnels
• Rail
• Nuclear


Meet the Team


The new strategy builds on our added value approach to providing specification support for Vantrunk customers and advising on the best – often bespoke – solutions to meet the needs of the project. It has led to the creation of a new role within the company of Group Projects Director which is now filled by Mr. Alan Campbell, working closely with our Group MD, David Morrow, and Group Sales Director, Eddie O’Reilly, and leading a team of four Business Development Managers drawn from across both the Unitrunk and Vantrunk businesses.


The team consists of:
• Paul Nolan – responsible for projects across the UK
• Trevor Tomkins – responsible for projects in London, South West England, South Wales & Denmark
• Michael White – responsible for projects in South East England and North America
• Elvia Kolenc – responsible for projects in Italy, Spain, France, Holland & Belgium
• Alan Campbell – responsible for projects in Asia, South America and the Middle East

Why not get in contact to see how we can help you on your next project.
 

CABLE MANAGEMENT IN EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CABLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CABLE MANAGEMENT FOR YOUR PROJECT

Making the right specification choices for any project can be vital for completing on time and within budget, while ensuring the required design life and quality criteria are met. But when your project is located in an extreme environment such as Offshore Oil & Gas, Offshore Wind, Onshore Petrochemical or Onshore Nuclear, specifying the right cable management for the job is critical for project cost, safety, and the longevity of the asset.

At Vantrunk we specialise in designing cable management solutions for extreme environments like these and work with clients to help them consider;

• the varied demands of the installation environment
• the weight and space restrictions of the installation
• the parameters of the build programme

By working with the customer as early as possible, ideally during the pre-tender design phase, we can provide the appropriate engineering and design expertise. This ensures the specification is not only fit for purpose, but also answers key criteria including, cost, project delivery times and design factors.
What does your cable management need to do?

A cable management system should be designed to minimise weight and installation costs whilst maximising strength and corrosion resistance. Whilst it is not always viewed as a key engineering component, it’s an element of the specification that can allow substantial savings to be achieved through appropriate design that maximises project cost savings at the same time as maintaining system integrity.
Areas to consider include:
• Temperature range – the cable management material needs to be suitable for the maximum extremes of temperature in the location
• Susceptibility to corrosion – this could be from chemical, marine or environmental factors and should influence the grade of steel specified
• Onshore Vs Offshore – marine environments not only affect corrosion risk but also influence viable maintenance intervals
• Load-bearing – this should include structural and environmental factors, such as wind loading, along with cabling requirements and any future capacity requirements

How can Vantrunk save you time and money?

Vantrunk’s Cable Management System has been designed to provide enhanced strength and corrosion resistance, even in the most extreme environments, while providing potential for substantial cost savings thanks to reductions in weight and the number of supports required. For further information on how Vantrunk can assist on your next project contact the sales team at sales@vantrunk.co.uk.
 

GLOBAL OUTLOOK, LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Understanding Project Requirements

With our advanced manufacturing facilities and extensive warehouse capacity at both our Lisburn and Warrington sites, we’re extremely proud of our capabilities as a UK manufacturer and we have lots of customers here in the UK. However, we also supply on a global scale, and ensuring that the right materials arrive in the correct location on time and with all the necessary documentation requires much more than a standard order fulfilment approach; it demands project management expertise.

Understanding Project Requirements
Vantrunk specialises in providing cable management solutions for all kinds of extreme environments, including the oil & gas industry, petrochemicals, rail and nuclear. The diversity of projects we get involved with leverages the company’s 50+ years of experience but no two projects are the same and different geographies have their own requirements in areas as diverse as customs regulations, import duties, health & safety legislation, climate and compliance, affecting both specification decisions and logistics. One thing that all the projects we supply have in common, however, is that both scheduling and budgets must remain on track, which means our customers have to be able to rely on us to manage every aspect of their requirements.

Project Management Expertise
We work with our customers to understand their needs and specify a solution that fits their requirements, and that solutions-driven approach continues in the way we apply our experience to managing their order through the production, fulfilment and delivery process, anywhere in the world.
We support our customers by:
• Advising on shipping quantities and intervals
• Managing production schedules to ensure product is ready for shipping on time
• Managing inspection requirements
• Packing to meet any customer, carrier or destination port requirements
• Compiling all documentation, including ensuring that the right documents are available, in the local language of the destination if required, and with the right number of copies
By working with customers to understand their site requirements, we can ensure that their shipments are staggered in a way that’s manageable in terms of their local logistics and build schedule, without the risk of any site delays. With the size and frequency of shipments agreed, we can then plan our production schedules and put everything in place for seamless packing, dispatch and transportation,.
And, of course, we also keep customers up-to-speed with progress reports at regular intervals throughout their project, providing complete peace of mind that everything is on track.

Exceeding Expectations
From the oil markets of USA, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan to the tiger industrial markets of China and Korea, our customer-base is truly global. Our commitment to customers, wherever their project may be, is that they can expect the same level of service from our UK team as they could if we were based on their doorstep.
 

PROJECTS TO THE FORE

VANTRUNK PROJECTS DIRECTOR MOVES TO GROUP DIRECTOR

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Unitrunk Group has appointed Alan Campbell to the post of Group Projects Director, with responsibility for driving business development strategy for major projects in the heavy industrial sector and overseeing project delivery across both Vantrunk and Unitrunk.


Alan has been part of the team at Vantrunk, the Unitrunk Group’s specialist in cable management for harsh environments, for 10 years. He worked across numerous departments, including engineering and sales, before becoming Commercial & Projects Director. His appointment as Group Projects Director marks a strategic move to align the commercial activities of both Vantrunk and Unitrunk in heavy industrial sectors, such as oil & gas, petrochemicals, water treatment, rail and nuclear, and provides a solutions-based approach that addresses the specific cable management needs of each project.


Alan comments: “Vantrunk has more than 50 years’ experience of providing robust cable management solutions for extreme environments and has been part of the Unitrunk Group since 2000. There has always been a synergy between the product ranges of the two companies and we have always been united by a service-driven approach to collaborative working with customers. The creation of a Group Projects Director role formalises this synergy and ensures that we take a holistic approach to driving business development with solutions from across the group portfolio for the various specialist sectors where Vantrunk already has a strong and respected presence.”


Alan will continue to work from Vantrunk’s advanced manufacturing site in Warrington and work closely with colleagues at the group headquarters in Lisburn, including Group Managing Director, David Morrow, and Group Sales Director, Eddie O’Reilly. He will lead a Group Projects team made up of sales people from across the Vantrunk and Unitrunk businesses, with a remit of identifying and securing projects that require the groups unique cable management solutions both nationally and internationally. Alan’s role also includes working with the customer throughout the lifespan of the project to ensure that the groups ethos of delivering a customer centric approach is maintained.