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Jun 2017 Cable & Wire, General | Comments Off

Can your cable management cut it?

Can your cable management cut it?

Contractors could be forgiven for going for the cheapest cable management product. However, says Emma Segelov of MK Electric, quality can differ between manufacturers and it’s important to buy from a reliable, reputable source For electrical contractors, reputation is everything. Many rely on word of mouth referrals to generate new business, and therefore it is ...

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Sep 2016 Cable & Wire, Enclosures & Racks | Comments Off

Plus points for the customer

Plus points for the customer

Schneider has listened to its customers to produce stylish, customisable consumer units with no compromise on performance, says category marketing manager Deepak Sharad In light of the new BS7671 Amendment 3 regulations, Schneider Electric identified an opportunity to create a new product range from the ground up. As such, the Easy9+ and Resi9+’s fully compliant ...

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May 2016 Cable & Wire, Test Instruments | Comments Off

Take the strain out of cable testing

Take the strain out of cable testing

When it comes to testing data cabling, there is a wide range of equipment available. But how do you know what to look for to ensure it will suit your needs? IDEAL Networks’ Tim Widdershoven explains the common challenges that come with cable testing and how to ensure you’ve got the right tool for the ...

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Jan 2016 Cable & Wire | Comments Off

Trends in smart wiring accessories, control and communication devices

Trends in smart wiring accessories, control and communication devices

The smart home is one of the fastest growing trends in the UK for a number of very good reasons, but what of smart wiring accessories that do not, on their own, a smart home make, but which certainly provide convenience, extra safety and energy saving to any home? WireIN Editor James Hunt takes a ...

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Nov 2015 Cable & Wire | Comments Off

Urban mining could today’s buildings turn into tomorrow’s copper mines?

Urban mining could today’s buildings turn into tomorrow’s copper mines?

It takes a whole tonne of ore to produce just one kilo of pure virgin copper. Copper resources are dwindling fast in the face of rapidly growing demand. Kennedy Miller describes how the new concept of urban mining can help to preserve natural resources by re-using old and forgotten copper cable. The exponential growth of ...

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Jan 2015 Cable & Wire | Comments Off

Regulations for fire resistant cable supports what you need to know

Regulations for fire resistant cable supports what you need to know

The IET has just published Amendment 3 to the IET Wiring Regulations 17th Edition (BS 7671: 2008). The changes have already taken effect, with new regulations brought into force to tackle the issue of plastic fastenings and fixings. Richard Rands explains more about the changes ahead and outlines the need for secure and fire resistant ...

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Sep 2014 Cable & Wire | Comments Off

Lighting can cause UV damage to electric cables

Lighting can cause UV damage to electric cables

The insulation of electric cables used outdoors is well known to be prone to rapid degradation by ultra-violet (UV) exposure, so it is important that a type recommended for outdoor use be used. Less well known is the fact that, even indoor cables, if situated near to lighting systems, can suffer from UV damage. The ...

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May 2014 Cable & Wire | Comments Off

Could universal socket-outlets put convenience over safety?

Could universal socket-outlets put convenience over safety?

The impact of increased globalisation, travel and the amount of portable technology we now depend upon has seen the growth in the use of portable wiring accessories and travel adaptors for use with the many plug and socket-outlet types used around the world. But Keith Smith warns that many of these universal socket-outlets create potentially ...

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Jan 2014 Cable & Wire | Comments Off

Working smarter on the move

Working smarter on the move

As mobile business devices catch up with personal devices, electrical contractors have a great opportunity to maximise onsite productivity. Nick Harper, Sales Director with Amtech, explains As the mobile ‘phone celebrates its 40th anniversary, it’s interesting to look at how these technologies have evolved – and how today’s mobile devices can make a major contribution ...

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May 2013 Cable & Wire | Comments Off

Why using plastic as sole cable support should be banned

Why using plastic as sole cable support should be banned

Last month Richard Shaw, managing director of cable cleat manufacturer, Ellis called for an immediate ban on the use of plastic products as the sole means of cable support in areas where fallen cables may put fire fighters’ lives at risk. He talks to WireIN about the reasons behind this seemingly controversial viewpoint. In February, ...

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