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How To Use Cable Trunking Effectively in Industrial Environments

05195 - W=40mm x H=100mm - Narrow Slot Cable Trunking

Sometimes referred to as cable trays, electrical trunking is often used to conceal wires within a work space (such as an office or a warehouse). The main intentions of these sections is to provide the cables with additional support while preventing access by unauthorised personnel. Installation of trunking does not necessarily have to represent a complicated process and yet, it should always be left to the professionals. How can these conduits be properly installed and what factors need to be taken into consideration so that safety is never an issue?

Concealment Concerns

There are times when electric cable trunking needs to be concealed from the outer environment. This is commonly seen within spaces that are frequented by the public or if specific hazards (such as excessive heat) could pose a concern. Trunking can therefore be hidden above a dropped ceiling or even within walls when needed. Certain types of thinner trunking may be placed beneath a carpet; commonplace when dealing with VLAN systems.

The Type of Materials Employed

Electrical cable trunks are available in a number of different materials. Each of these is associated with specific factors such as static load capacity and durability. PVC trunking systems can be used when issues such as conductivity, electromagnetic interference or conductivity might pose threats. Metallic trunking (such as galvanised steel) will offer more robust support; an important factor in the event that the weight of the cables comes into play.

Safe Installation Techniques

It is always wise to consult with the relevant electrical codes in order to determine regulations such as where the trunking can be placed and if it is prohibited within certain areas. Still, a few guidelines should always be followed. The trunking needs to be adhered to supports that will be able to handle its weight.

Depending upon the type of cables, the number of attachment points can vary. There are many situations which prevent the installation of electrical trunking near water pipes. Fire is also a very real concern and the addition of materials such as fire-retardant cable jackets or similar coatings might be required.

We can see from the information mentioned above that any type of electric cable trunking should only be installed by qualified and professional electrical firms. Total Control & Distribution is more than capable of providing tailor-made services in order to address your requirements. Please speak with one of our representatives if you would like to learn additional details.

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