HellermannTyton is a manufacturer and supplier of products for fastening, fixing, identifying and protecting cables. The company explains its range and the importance of using them
With a portfolio containing more than 50,000 products, the company provides innovative, unique and quality solutions for a range of applications and industries. Part of a global network operating in 32 countries, HellermannTyton has two manufacturing sites in Manchester and Plymouth and distribution centres in Aldridge in the West Midlands, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
When it comes to specifying cable management products for the rail industry, it’s the details that can make all the difference. From high specification cable ties to durable identification solutions and enclosures, choosing the right products first time can not only increase the reliability and longevity of an electrical installation, it can also better protect passengers, staff and assets.
HellermannTyton offers a wealth of products to the rail industry and that ensures safety and security no matter what the requirement or environment.
Safety is of the utmost importance where public transport is involved; any cable management product used on a rail vehicle or trackside must minimise, or better still eliminate, any potential danger to passengers and staff. Exposed to extremes of temperature, moisture and water, dirt, contaminants and vibrations on a regular basis means that engineers must be confident that even a small consumable, such as a cable tie, is able to withstand the conditions and will not contribute to major failure.
Consideration has to be given to the materials used to insulate and manage electrical cables, particularly in highly populated, enclosed spaces. The use of ATEX-compliant products within such environments is one the ways of reducing the likelihood of ignition and the danger of an explosion.
Protecting cabling systems and high-risk installations via enclosures is crucial; HellermannTyton’s new ATEX range provides inclusive features such as a back plate and wall brackets, as well as being available in mild steel and, upon request, stainless steel.
HellermannTyton’s range of cable management products for the rail industry utilises limited fire hazard (LFH) materials, which have properties to restrict toxic fume generation, smoke generation, flammability and flame propagation, and also halogen-free materials that do not give off poisonous gases, such as hydrogen chloride, when exposed to extreme heat.
For carriages and underground applications it’s advised that a high grade VO-rated material, or a flameproof stainless steel alternative, such as approved metal ball ties is used. HellermannTyton’s range of non-metallic conduits and fittings also protect cables from oils, dirt, dust and moisture, making them ideal for use in rail applications to increase the life span of an installation.
In addition to cable assembly protection, reliability is also an important issue for cable identification. HellermannTyton supplies Thermal Identification Printing Systems (TIPS); mark Tiptags (cable tied markers); heatshrink sleeving, including halogen-free ladder style tubing; and non-heatshrink sleeving and labels.