Cables and cable management

  • Finding fault

    Craig Collinson, operations director at Smith Brothers, explores the methods and expertise required in specialist cable fault testing.

  • AEI Cables clinches contract for three warships

    AEI Cables has been selected as one of three companies to supply cables for three of Britain’s new Type 26 warships for the Royal Navy.

  • Digital disruption increases need for fibre

    Dr. Rick Pimpinella, Panduit fellow, Panduit Corporation discusses why our penchant for data means the need for multimode fibre in the data centre is now more prevalent than ever.

  • Moray East Offshore Windfarm gets connected

    Pfisterer selected to supply grid connection technologies for the new Moray East Offshore Windfarm, set to provide green power for up to one million UK households.

  • (Virtual) Reality check

    HellermannTyton is bringing cable management to life as the company opens virtual reality experience.

  • Winter warning on arctic grade flexibles

    The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) is advising contractors and distributors to check their cable choices carefully following the discovery of significant quantities of substandard arctic grade flex this year.

    December has, to date, seen a continuation of the problem with suspected substandard arctic grade flex found on a central London installation where the cable caught fire (see images). The ACI is renewing its call for a sample of suspect cable to be sent to it for testing as soon as it is discovered.

  • War of the worlds

    The biggest warship ever to be built in Britain - with more than 1,800 miles of cables - has set sail for the US to start trials with fighter jets landing for the first time.

    The newly-built Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier (QEC) will be tested by the four F35B Lightning jets off the east coast of America.

  • Improved security of data transmission

    Harting has designed the Han Gigabit Module for the industry's most demanding transmission category Cat. 7A, which is suitable for 10 GB ethernet. 

    The module allows transmission at an operating frequency of up to 1000 MHz. As a result, signal integrity has significantly improved, while immunity to interference has increased compared to the standard Cat. 6A.

  • 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:

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