Cables and cable management

  • Royal Corps of Signals gains CNCI certification

    The first Certified Network Cable Installer (CNCI) certification for the Royal Corps of Signals was awarded in May, at the regiment’s base camp in Blandford, UK.

  • Rugged connector claimed smallest on market

    The LC fibre optic connector series recently launched by Bulgin has been designed for use in harsh environments and is believed to be the smallest rugged optical connector available on the market. The 4000 Series Fiber Simplex connector can be used for outdoor broadcast, FTTX (fiber to the x), server room engineering, civil engineering, marine, aviation and rail applications. The connector’s small form factor is particularly useful where installation space is limited, or multiple connectors need to be accommodated.

  • MSPS and UnPS partnership nears completion of tunnel design for National Grid

    Morgan Sindall Professional Services (MSPS) and its sister business Underground Professional Services (UnPS) is near to completing the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for a 22 kilometre underground cable tunnel for National Grid, one of the most technically challenging projects of its type ever proposed.

  • Roxtec seals deal on £1.5bn North Sea wind farm project

    Roxtec has secured a major contract to deliver its innovative safety seal solutions to an ambitious £1.5bn offshore wind farm project in the North Sea.

  • Newey & Eyre gives welcome reception to new intruder cable standard

    Newey & Eyre has pledged its full support to the imminent introduction of a new standard for intruder alarm cables, which, it states, will help cut the current confusion around product specification.

  • Magnetic adapter keeps energy chains on track

    igus introduces magsnap – a new magnetic adapter that holds a plastic energy chain run onto a metallic surface, preventing it from swinging back and forth or moving out of its axis of motion. Eliminating the need for installing a complete guide trough system, magsnap is a cost-effective and lightweight alternative that also reduces assembly time by easily clipping onto the crossbars of existing energy chains. Typical applications include materials handling and cranes with hanging energy chains.

  • Obituary – Paul Diggins

    Marco Cable Management has announced the loss of highly respected and influential team member, Paul Diggins.

  • Draka joins industry certification initiative

    Cable manufacturer Draka is the latest to have signed up to support the new Certified Network Cable Installer (CNCI) certification for cable installers. Draka will now accept this accreditation as a demonstration of competence for contractors looking to join its coveted UC Connect Approved Installers scheme.

  • Basec expands its international cable standards testing operations

    The British Approvals Service for Cables (Basec) has announced it will now provide low and medium voltage cable testing to all International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) cable standards.

  • Eland Cables UKAS accreditation a first among UK cable suppliers

    Eland Cables, a global supplier of power, data and control cables to the world’s most demanding industries, has become the first UK cable supplier to achieve UKAS ISO 17025 accreditation for its Cable Lab – an in-house, specialist cable testing laboratory.

  • 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. 

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • ‘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


    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.

  • 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 and view 16 UK and International cable suppliers featuring over 800 of their latest cable offers today.

  • 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.

  • 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, 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.”

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