The Importance of Cable Glands And Their Uses

A plain English guide on the merits of cable glands and why they matter

Cable glands.
A red cable gland. Or a red cable connector – as they call cable glands in America.

With badly managed electrical installations, we all know the repercussions too well. For example, electrical fires; your lives at risk; also, at best, confusion. Exposed ends are a no-no, whether you are dealing with electrical cables or fibre optic wiring. This is where cable glands perform a vital role.

Cable glands are used to secure and attach the end of each cable to electrical or telecommunications equipment. They provide strain relief and connections by a means which is suitable for cable types and their applications. For example: electrical power lines; data communications; instrumentation; and control systems.

In America, cable glands are known as cable connectors or fittings. We at Total Control and Distribution offer those made by Partex. They come in four colours with various widths from 16mm to 50mm. The red ones are usually fireproof glands.

Cable glands come under the following standards: British Standard BS 6121; European Standard EN 50262; and VDE 0619:2005-05. They are also rated to the IP66 and IP68 standards.

Waterproofing your cables

As well as protecting exposed ends, they can be waterproofed – lined with synthetic rubber or other elastomer seals. With elastomer seals or synthetic rubber, they can protect your wiring from dripping water or water pressure. There are three types of common thread. These are: Panzergewinde (PG standard); Metric thread; and National Pipe Thread (imperial measurements).

Total Control and Distribution, 18 August 2017.

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