IEC 61914- compliant cable cleat solutions help ensure safety during short circuit events
Andy Booth, Panduit’s Technical Engineer has been elected as a US expert on the committee responsible for overseeing the IEC 61914 standard on cable cleats for electrical installations. This ensures that Panduit remains ahead of the game with regards to standards compliance and safety, and puts their new range of cable cleats in a market-leading position.
“Having worked with the committee previously, I’m really looking forward to joining back up with some old colleagues to continue this important work,” said Booth, a chartered engineer with over 20 years of experience in the industry and a senior member of IEEE.
its first publication in 2009, the maintenance committee for the IEC 61914
standard have worked towards a harmonized, easy-to-understand technical
publication. Its aim is to provide cleat manufacturers with clear, unbiased
guidance on the safe cable cleat design and testing. Having representation on
the committee further enhances Panduit’s leadership on the harmonization of
standards and ability to ensure future product development meets standards
cleats ensure cables remain contained in the event of a short circuit fault,
minimizing disruption and damage to personnel and property. In the U.S., NEC
392.20(C) governs the safety of the cable installations in cable trays but does
not currently provide adequate guidance on how to securely contain cables in
the event of a short circuit.
internationally recognized IEC 61914 standard provides the testing methodology
and process to ensure cable cleat reliability, including temperature rating,
resistance to flame propagation, lateral and axial load testing, impact
resistance, corrosion resistance, and resistance to electromechanical forces.
and insurance bundled together, cable cleats are an investment worth making to
help prevent project rework and ensure safety. Panduit’s IEC 61914-compliant solutions—including
stainless steel locking strap cleats, stainless steel buckle strap cleats,
stainless steel trefoil cleats, and aluminum and polymer cleats—are uniquely
engineered for ease of installation in a range of applications and harsh
Learn more about why cable cleats are vital for protecting major infrastructure projects here.
For the many design decisions and application issues encountered, help is needed to identify the cable management products best suited for each application. Panduit provides consultative engineering services to engineers working on Truck, Bus and Heavy Equipment applications. The program, which provides industry best practice recommendations, application specific observations and an optional engineering review, is customized to each OEM customer’s application, resulting in new, innovative designs and products for its customers.
“Panduit draws on its more than 60 years of application engineering experience and robust heavy-duty cable management solutions. We partner with our customers to support their most challenging wire and cable management applications and needs,” said Mark Pfaller, cable tie product strategy manager, Panduit. “From project start through successful completion, we work with designers to identify the right products to achieve optimal application performance for the lowest possible installed costs.”
Consultative Application Engineering is an
example of what helps set Panduit apart from many others in the industry. Panduit
has moved beyond simply selling customers a product. Having dedicated technical
experts providing personalized application support is the culmination of a
journey that began more than a decade ago.
“During conversations with our customers, we wanted to better understand their challenges and problems. Taking the time to ask more questions that go beyond a specific product was critical in this journey. Customers helped us recognize a gap that many of them had when it comes to in-house expertise and best practices of specific wire harness applications,” said Pfaller.
This specialized support can be beneficial to both
OEMs and the wire harness manufacturer or subcontractor that the OEM may work
with for wire harness applications – because they collaborate on producing the
best possible final products and both should be knowledgeable in the best
practices for the unique applications they’re working within.
The Consultative Application Engineering Program supports OEM design engineers with best practice recommendations, including:
Material Review: Panduit will assess material capabilities and
call attention to any issues related to high temperature, high vibration
conditions, and UV exposure.
Installation Practices: Panduit will evaluate
installation practices to improve operational productivity and identify
opportunities for part consolidation and material use reduction.
Tooling Maintenance Program: Panduit will further
develop a designer’s tooling maintenance program to promote uptime and reduce the
lifetime cost of ownership.
Develop Customized Products: Panduit ensures custom
solutions are built to optimize every step of the operation for its customer
application needs by consulting multiple departments including production,
engineering, and quality control.
“The customers who see tremendous value in this service have engineers that are typically very well-versed when it comes to the system they’re working on but they may not have as much expertise in the appropriate wire and cable management best practices for their unique application, so they lean on their partners,” said Pfaller.
& Development and Testing for OEM Design Engineers
Panduit spends time with each customer to talk
about industry best practices, including wire management concepts that have
successfully solved problems for other customers and the financial benefits
when applying similar solutions to their own applications.
But recognizing general examples don’t
necessarily address a customer’s unique needs. A dedicated team of technical
sales engineers, advanced product development, and technical application team
with deeper expertise provide the next stage of value-added services. Sometimes
this means creation of a custom product to fit the exact specification.
significant investment in research and development, as well as participation in
industry standard bodies to meet new and complex regulatory requirements,
Panduit works with its customers’ to meet their exact specifications for the
next product cycle, and for technologies on their roadmap in the future. Panduit
also ensures rapid integration within and delivery of a high-quality product
that is responsible to cost and innovation.
For more information on this program, contact the Panduit Customer Service Group or a local Panduit Sales Representative at 800-777-3300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panduit’s leadership in the wire harness market is on full display this year at the Electrical Wire Processing Show. Customers have the chance to learn about and demo our products, interact with product experts, and receive the full Panduit experience. Panduit’s EWPT 2019 booth was designed to showcase our focus on productivity and worker ergonomics.
This year we strengthened our productivity enhancing systems offering by adding a bowl fed ferrule strip and crimp machine and a new ferrule crimp applicator. These products combined with our legacy installation tooling keeps workers happy, healthy, and productive.
Also, making its debut at the show, the flush
mount fixture for our PAT4.0 system provides the optimal ergonomic bundling
solution for applications where operators can bring the work to the tool. Ergonomic improvement over traditional table
top bundling methods is achieved via elimination of a foot pedal and
eliminating the need to “lift” the work up off the table top during cable tie
“The Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo allows both customers and suppliers to keep pulse of the Wire Harness market. We need to understand current customer needs and pain points to ensure that we are offering solutions that address them. Panduit has been an exhibitor for many years and will continue to be a part of this show in the future”, said Scott Lesniak, Product Strategy Manager for OEM Automated Systems.
Another facet of Panduit’s offering is
our Consultative Application Engineering Program that provides industry best
practice recommendations, application specific observations, and an optional
engineering review. The program is designed
to analyze and understand OEM customer’s specific needs and applications and tailor
solutions via Panduit products and services that will improve quality,
reliability, productivity, and profitability for these customers.
“Panduit draws on its more than 60 years of application engineering experience and robust heavy-duty cable management solutions. We partner with our customers to support their most challenging wire and cable management applications and needs,” said Mark Pfaller, Cable Tie Product Strategy Manager, Panduit. “From project start through successful completion, we work with designers to identify the right products to achieve optimal application performance for the lowest possible installed costs.”
Panduit launches new Cleat kAlculator App that helps design engineers select the correct cable cleat in three simple steps
Selecting the right cable cleat can be a time-consuming process since the key parameters in selecting a cable cleat are cable diameter and short circuit current rating is a complex mathematical equation. The turnaround time to provide a cable cleat recommendation based on these inputs can be lengthy often involving consultation with the cleat manufacturer.
Panduit is proud to introduce the Cleat kAlculator™
App developed for ease of computing and determining what cable cleat is correct
for power distribution applications in Oil & Gas, Data Center, Rail
Infrastructure, Alternative Energy and
anywhere power is distributed via tray cable.
Balaji Kandasamy, Director of Engineering at Panduit saw the need for
this app in August 2018 and spent 20-30 hours per week to figure out the
numerous calculations and algorithms to incorporate into an app available for
iPhone and Android devices. “There was a problem that needed to be solved for
engineers and this is where I came up with the idea to produce an app”.
The app has been built and coded to review thousands of cleat calculations that are available and ultimately recommends Cable Cleat Part Number and Cable Cleat Installation Spacing based on cable diameter and peak short circuit diameter.
The recommended solutions provide:
Multiple Cleat Options
Cleat installation spacing for IEC 61914:2015
Level 1 and Level 2 fault installation
After numerous hours of coding and building out the app, this
revolutionary tool will aid engineers in specifing cleats for their projects.
This won’t be the last thing you see from Kandasamy, “I have curiosity and love
to learn about new things. This is what led to me to develop this app”. By the
end of 2019, Panduit will introduce a desktop version to compliment the app.