• Insulation displacement contact technology in moving cable systems

    One of the biggest trends in today’s industries is the move towards fully automated systems. The introduction of ethernet into the industrial environment has been one of the biggest enablers to this, but with organisations under increased pressure to make operational and cost savings, there is demand to increase efficiency and reliability of the communications and cabling systems. Justin Leonard, director at igus, reviews how some of the latest cabling technologies are being used to speed up installation and increase reliability

  • New battery cable connector offers easy, safe operation

    With its quick and simple operation, the new BCC battery cable connector from Multi-Contact allows the fast and safe connection of batteries for stationary and mobile applications.

    Its high quality design using silver-plated Multilam technology ensures low contact resistance throughout the long service life required for low maintenance or maintenance-free battery systems such as Li-ion battery packs.

  • Afumex cable installed in care village

    Aberdeenshire Council selected Prysmian Afumex LSX cables for the recently opened Edenholme care village in Stonehaven in the north east of Scotland. The installation work was carried out by the services contractor Richard Irvin, and contract manager George Dempster, explained the puncture protection provided by Afumex LSX cable was the primary reason for its specification.

  • Cables protected from rodent attack

    When power or communications cables are installed in rural areas including within farm buildings, roof voids or cellars, there is a risk of attack from rodents. Traps, poisons or sonic deterrents are mainly ineffective, but electrical conduit manufacturer, Adaptaflex, has a solution. Protecting power or communications cables and wires from rodents is vital because by chewing through them appliances can be shorted, the electrical system damaged and the risk of fire increased.

  • New system to identify partial discharge in live cables

    An innovative new piece of equipment to detect Partial Discharge (PD) in live electrical cables before they fail has been unveiled by power engineering specialist EA Technology.

    Developed by the North West-based firm, the CableData Collector will enable electrical engineers to identify PD in cables that are online, avoiding potential disruption.

    The pioneering new equipment can identify potential issues in most types of insulated cables up to several miles by detecting high frequency pulses generated by PD events within the cable.

  • A century of cables

    20 January 1914 saw Pirelli General Cable Works sign the agreement to build its first cable factory in the UK.  100 years later the company – now called Prysmian Group – is not only the largest cable manufacturer in the world but, unlike its competitors, continues its commitment to manufacturing in the UK.

    To celebrate 100 years of continuous production the company will be running a series of commemorative

  • Metal detectable cable tie

    The new MDT range of cable ties from marking system and cable management expert Partex can be readily located using standard metal detection systems, making them ideal for use in food, pharmaceutical, chemical and similar applications where dependable detection of product contamination is an essential requirement.

  • Extensive information available on flexible cables

    igus, the leading expert in dynamic cabling for energy chains, now offers technical data sheets for over 1,100 chainflex cables. The data sheets, which are available online at:www.igus.co.uk/chainflex, provide cable specifiers with detailed information, including cable cross-section drawings.

    “The cross-section cable drawings provide designers with a unique opportunity to gain a detailed view of

  • Custom overmoulded cable harnesse

    Durability and consistent performance are two aspects of cable harness design that are critical to the lifetime of a product, especially when used in demanding environments where vibration, impact and corrosion can all greatly reduce the long term performance of cable harnesses.

  • New cable ties for sparks

    For electricians, a constant supply of cable ties to different specs and colour codes is part of everyday working life. Cable ties are essential to modern life and working practices to the extent that life would now seem unimaginable without them. But it’s probably fair to say that the humble cable tie hasn’t made all that much technical progress for a couple of decades – until now with the new ratchet-less versions available via 3M.

  • Online technical data sheets now available for over 1,100 chainflex cables

    igus, the leading expert in dynamic cables for energy chains, now offers technical data sheets for over 1,100 of its chainflex cables. The data sheets, which are found for each chainflex cable available online at www.igus.co.uk/chainflex, provide engineers with detailed information, including cable cross-section drawings, electrical data and typical mechanical tests carried out in energy chains. 

    “The cable cross-section drawings provide designers with a unique opportunity to see the layup of the individual cores within the overall cable structure, for example to assign connector pin-outs, explains igus director, Justin Leonard. “The technical data sheets also show details of the materials used in the cable construction including important ratings (e.g. UL, CSA, flame retardancy, NEK606 offshore rating) making choosing the right cable for any moving application even easier.”

  • Bridge finds HV cable faults quickly

    Robust, readily portable and easy to use, the SebaKMT HVB10 high-voltage bridge from Megger allows cable and sheath faults in power cables to be prelocated reliably and accurately, even in difficult applications. The instrument, which also has facilities for sheath fault testing and sheath fault pinpointing, is particularly suitable for use on long HV cables, and in situations where pulse-reflection methods of fault prelocation do not give satisfactory results.

    The HVB10 is also an ideal choice for use on sub-sea cables where a fault has been prelocated using pulse-reflection techniques, but verification of this result by a different method is needed before proceeding to the very costly step of chartering a cable repair vessel.

  • Comparison website for electrical cables

    Compared Cables is a  comparison website for electrical cables that aims to secure partnerships with UK and International cable distributors, manufacturers, and wholesalers to promote their most competitive cable offers. Most importantly, the website is about bringing suppliers and customers together. Therefore, we are committed to helping users of electrical cables develop their supply chain, reduce business costs and ultimately maximise their profitability.

    So next time your company requires an electrical cable we would ask you to please visit www.comparedcables.com and view 16 UK and International cable suppliers featuring over 800 of their latest cable offers today.



    Selected products from the icotek cable entry systems available from M Buttkereit have been certified to comply with the EU Directive 94/9/EC (ATEX), for equipment intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres of zones 1 and 21.

  • ‘Less is more’ approach to robotic cable management

    In recent years, cable management has come into the limelight because even though robots have become more complex, machine reliability has increased dramatically. Unfortunately, the methods used to attach and guide cables have not quite followed suit. While managing cables and hoses is often an afterthought in most designs, it is truly a vital part of any well-functioning robot. Justin Leonard, director at igus, explains

  • Torch passed to next cable generation

    Allen Crossley, general manager of Clynder Cables retired at the end of June 2014 after working with the company for the last 22 years.

  • Near disaster on railway signals continued vigilance for cable installers

    An investigation which concluded rats caused a collision between two trains which left 40 people injured highlights the constant battle between animal pests and man’s vital infrastructure says Dr Jeremy Hodge, chief executive of the British Approvals Service for Cables (Basec).

  • All fired up over fire cable specification

    Against the backdrop of increased focus on raising safety standards, Newey & Eyre is reminding installers that, when it comes to specifying fire rated cable, it’s important to choose from a reputable manufacturer to ensure quality control.

    As we all know, soft skin fire performance control cables are an essential part of a buildings emergency and safety systems, designed to protect a system’s circuit integrity when under fire conditions.

  • Fire performance cable lottery

    We are all aware of the important role that is played by fire resistant cables in providing circuit integrity in critical life safety, fire fighting applications and other emergency circuits. Should any of the cables performing these operations fail, the potential for loss of life and property is substantially increased, so we rely heavily on standards to define and set the minimum requirements for the cables performance and resistance to a fire situation. Dave Winship, sales manager for UK/export at Wrexham Mineral Cables, explains:

  • Cable Management Reaches New Heights

    At 1,016 feet high, The Shard is regarded as one of the most ambitious architectural endeavours in the United Kingdom. 

Page 1 of 4