Cleats essential for safe installation of cables and electrical work

BY its very nature, electricity is as dangerous a substance as anyone can work with. When adjacent cables carrying three-phase power currents suffer a short circuit fault, the induced magnetic fields result in the cables experiencing significant opposing forces. If the cables are incorrectly or poorly restrained, the opposing forces can free them from their restraints, resulting in costly damage to cables and cable management systems; it can also result in expensive production down time and risk to life.
A video showing the dramatic, damaging effects of short circuit faults is available from IPD Industrial Products. In addition to the possible risks of short circuit faults, the video also illustrates the extensive testing done by the company to ensure complete protection from faults.
Cable cleats are designed to fix, retain and support cables. Correctly selected and applied cleats will contain cables in the event of a fault, and will enable the circuit to be restored once the fault has been repaired.
Selection of a correct cleat begins during the design of a project: the force between cables is calculated to determine the cleat type and strength required. A number of other factors then need to be taken into account, including physical performance, mounting surface, installation space and
the environment in which the installation will operate. Only when these have all been considered can a project designer be confident in specifying the correct cleats for an installation.
The recent introduction of IEC61914:2009 Cable Cleats for Electrical Installations was a huge boost for Ellis Patents, the world-leading manufacturer of cable cleats. The company’s products are used extensively in offshore and onshore environments and all are comprehensively tested and certified by third parties.
In Australia and New Zealand, Ellis cable cleats are managed exclusively by IPD. The company can also provide complete technical support and product application engineering solutions. More information can be found on the IPD website.

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