Welcome to Electrical Cables Unravelled
With everything from harmonised codes and British Standard regulations to moulded boots and twisted pairs, understanding electrical cables means getting to grips with a whole host of technical terms. That’s why Eland Cables has created Electrical Cables Unravelled – a cable knowledge bank that aims to clearly explain the construction and characteristics of even the most complex cables. So if you’ve ever wondered why Trirated Cable is called ‘high temperature cable’ or why SY Control Cable is more suited to tougher indoor environments than YY Control Cable, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a taste of what to expect on each of our electrical cable pages…
Trirated Cable is a high temperature, flame retardant single core electrical cable with flexible (Class 5) copper conductors and PVC insulation that satisfies three national standards.
BS5308 Part 1 Type 1 and Part 1 Type 2 cables are multipair electrical cables designed to carry voice and data signals in connecting instruments and electrical equipment.
624-B, 6491B and 2491B/6701B are electrical cables used in power, lighting and internal wiring that comply with the BS7211 standard – producing low levels of smoke and corrosive products when affected by fire.
The British Standard BS6004 specifies requirements for the construction, dimensions and properties of non-armoured, PVC-insulated electrical cables operating at voltages up to 450/750V.
The term data cables most commonly refers to the range of electrical cables – including Cat 5E, Cat 6 and Cat 7 cables – found in a structured cabling network.
Electrical cables designed for railway and transport networks (such as Points Heating Cable), together with those used both on the railway and in other industries (including Steel Wire Armoured (SWA) Cable) are collectively known as railway cables.
Aluminium Conductors are mainly used for primary and secondary power distribution,
Solar Cable is a single core rubber flexible cable designed for use in photovoltaic (PV) systems. Solar Cable has class 5 flexible copper conductors, and cross-linked halogen-free rubber insulation and sheath.
BS6231 is a British Standard that highlights the performance and construction requirements of single core, non-sheathed, PVC-insulated electrical cables with a rated voltage of 600/1000V.
Steel Wire Armoured (SWA) BS6724 Cable is a robust and hard-wearing electrical cable with copper conductors, XLPE insulation, steel wire armour and a LS0H sheath.
Steel Wire Armoured (SWA) BS5467 Cable is a mechanically protected electrical cable with copper conductors, XLPE insulation, steel wire armour and a black PVC sheath.
Armoured Cable is a robust and hard-wearing power cable. It is designed for the supply of mains electricity.
Cat 5E Cables are multipair (usually 4 pair) high performance electrical cables with twisted pair conductors that are used mainly for data transmission in Ethernet networks.
A Control Cable is designed for use as an interconnecting electrical cable in signal and control equipment – for measuring, control or regulation. For more specific information on CY, SY and YY Control Cables please visit the links below.
6381Y Cable is an electrical power cable suited to applications where flexibility is important. With its class 5 plain copper conductors, 6381Y Cable sits apart from other more rigid power cables such as Steel Wire Armoured (SWA) and 11KV Cable (with class 2 stranded conductors).
Switchgear cable is a flexible electrical cable, which is used in a switchgear system designed to isolate electrical equipment. Switchgear cable is a general term that can be applied to a number of different electrical cables.
British Standards are electrical cables manufactured in accordance with and compliant to a specific British Standard. For information on a wide range of British Standard Cables, please visit the link above.
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