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Marshall-Tufflex – bed head service unit specialists


Marshall-Tufflex is an undisputed leader in its field when it comes to cable management and containment systems. It’s no surprise, therefore, that this market-leading expertise had been put to good use in developing the manufacturer’s range of bed head service units.

The MT Conquest Series is now an established, and well-respected, range of service units that can be designed to perfectly match the requirements of individual projects, be they new-build or refurbishment schemes for hospitals, medical or laboratory environments, clean rooms etc

The horizontal and vertical units are designed to accommodate gas, vacuum, nurse call, power, entertainment or lighting. MT Conquest will accept all popular nurse call systems, data and gas valve outlets.

MT Conquest has been used to great effect in many medical environments. For example, seven MT Conquest modular bed head units were installed within treatment rooms during a major new-build project at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

This project entailed the installation of Marshall-Tufflex’s Series 220 three compartment system (65mm x 310mm) and the Series 240 (65mm x 360mm).

All were individual ‘bespoke’ designs to suit different room layouts. The finished units carried provision for a range of accessory fittings such as twin-gang switched socket outlets, data and telephone outlets, switched fused spurs, stop buttons, nurse call and gas outlet valves and pipes. One single unit for a workshop was 8m long and had the added requirement of built in task lighting.

As well as Conquest trunking, the scheme also incorporated another Marshall-Tufflex product, namely Supertube, an LSOH ‘pliable’ high impact conduit. Apart from its LSOH and EMC protection attributes, its major benefit is that it is supplied on coils and is much quicker to install than standard conduits. More than 10 kilometres of MT Supertube was specified and installed.

MT Conquest Series bed head service units have also proved an invaluable addition for Mercy Ships, a global charity that operates hospital ships in developing countries.

Marshall-Tufflex was, therefore, extremely pleased to help the charity when one of its ships docked at Tyneside for a re-fit.

In all medical areas of the ship, MT Conquest Series 260 Medical Service Units (65 x 398mm) were installed. A specially tailored solution of 27 horizontal units were supplied in lengths from 2.5m to 6m, all with a riser to the ceiling at one end to accommodate incoming supply.

Faceplates for gas valves, twin and single gang switched sockets, outlets for data and telephone, and light switches, were provided within each module.

Again, the MT Conquest solution was specified alongside other products from Marshall-Tufflex – this time its robust cable management system Sterling XL 303 in aluminium was installed throughout all non-medical areas of the ship.

The new Queen’s Hospital in Romford is another good example of Marshall-Tufflex providing more than just bed head services. Amongst some of the electrical solutions specified and installed by South London electrical engineers, T Clarke, were three different Marshall-Tufflex cable management systems:

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