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T&B® Rigid Fittings BlueKote® Universal Conduit Elbow Form 8 Offers Four-to-One SKU Reduction

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 3, 2014 – The new, patent-pending T&B® Rigid Fittings BlueKote® Universal Conduit Elbow (LU) Form 8 from Thomas & Betts (T&B) replaces four conduit body configurations, resulting in a four-to-one reduction of stock-keeping units (SKUs). The T&B® Rigid Fittings BlueKote® LU® Form 8 enables fiber-optic cable to be run in a ¾-inch system, instead of a two-inch system, and still maintain the cable bend radius, which provides a reduction in the time needed for installation.

“More than four years ago, we introduced the LU® Universal Elbow to replace LL, LR, LB and C conduit bodies,” said Chad Smith, vice president, product management and engineering, at Thomas & Betts. “The same LU® configuration is now available as Form 8, which will go anywhere a conduit elbow is needed. With the new BlueKote® LU® Form 8 conduit body, the correct conduit body for the job always will be available.

“We introduced a line of Universal Conduit Elbows in the Form 7 configuration in 2010, and our customers found it to be so much more efficient to stock and install. The favorable response encouraged us to offer a Form 8 version, as well.”

The angled covered port facilitates wire pulling, and uses standard covers. As the BlueKote® LU® Form 8 is UL Listed as an enclosure, splices are permitted inside of it. The BlueKote® LU® Form 8 is rated for 40-percent wire fill, avoiding the need to de-rate the system.

The BlueKote® four-layer protection provides internal and external corrosion resistance. In addition to the BlueKote® selection, the Universal Conduit Elbow Form 8 also will be available as polyvinylchloride (PVC)-coated Ocal® conduit fittings.

For more information about the new T&B® Rigid Fittings BlueKote® Universal Conduit Elbow (LU) Form 8 from Thomas & Betts, please visit and look for “T&B” on the "Brands" tab, or call (800) 238-5000.

Thomas & Betts Corporation, a member of the ABB Group, is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of essential components used to manage the connection, distribution, transmission and reliability of electrical power in utility, industrial, commercial, and residential applications. With a portfolio of more than 200,000 products marketed under more than 45 premium brand names, Thomas & Betts products are found wherever electricity is used. Thomas & Betts’ headquarters are in Memphis, Tenn.