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Cable cleats - getting the message across

Joe Bush, Editor

02/12/2011

Tags: News

Ellis Patents has delivered a paper on the importance of cable cleats to two major industry conferences held in London and Kuwait.

The paper, Why cable cleats are vitally important in the protection of a cable installations, was researched and written by the company’s development manager, Andy Booth and was presented to the CIGRE GCC conference in Kuwait on 22nd November and the IET Reliability of Transmission Distribution Networks Conference (RTDN) in London on 24th November.

“The role of the cable cleat in any electrical cable installation is of paramount importance in terms of safety and system integrity and this is a message we strive to deliver in everything we do,” said Booth.

“These conferences provide an ideal platform to talk to and influence some of the major names in the worldwide electrical industry - something that pushes cable cleats further up the agenda and strengthens our position as the leading technical expert in this field.

“Our long term goal is to see cable cleats recognised as circuit protection devices so that their installation is properly regulated and the dangers caused by them being incorrectly specified or installed are consigned to the past.

“And while the case for this recognition is already well proven - forces between cables reach their peak in the first quarter cycle, which is the point where cleats earn their crust, while in contrast, circuit breakers typically interrupt the fault after three or even five cycles by which time, if the cleats are underspecified, the cables will be long gone - the industry as a whole needs to be persuaded to act upon it.”

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