Ellis has launched a new stackable cleat which improves the speed and ease in which cable cleats can be installed and additional cable runs added.
The Ellis No Bolts cleat is an all polymeric cable cleat, developed following an enquiry from UK distributor ETS Cable Components. The cable cleat was designed to alleviate a fixing problem that was causing Network Rail health and safety concerns.
Andrew Booth, Ellis’ technical director, explained: “Network Rail got in touch with ETS after a couple of employees experienced near misses when adding new cable runs on top of existing ones. The problem being that all the cleats need to be disassembled, the bolts removed and replaced by longer, protruding ones.
The issue was that live cables were having to be removed from cleats, work carried on around them, and then somehow placed back between tightly spaced upright bolts at regular intervals along the entire run.”
To address the issue, Ellis designed a new cleat that can be quickly stacked and fixed with a quarter turn fixing lock. As a result, additional cable runs can be added without any need to tamper with existing ones.
Fixing bolts are also replaced with a push fit locking mechanism that fastens the keepers and top clamps in place to further increase installation speed.
The cleat is manufactured from a high strength nylon formulated to meet the London Underground 1-085 approved material and is suitable for single cables ranging from 18-55mm.
The Ellis No Bolts cleat gives Network Rail a solution to its current health and safety issue and provides the electrical industry with a new cleating solution that will dramatically reduce installation costs and time.
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