New metal fixings helping installers comply with wiring regulations 19 February 2020

Cable management specialist HellermannTyton has launched its new range of metal fixings that can be used within both commercial and residential buildings, which also aids installers when complying with the BS 7671:2018 18th edition wiring regulations in the UK.

The 18th edition wiring regulation states that plastic clips should not be used as the sole or ‘main’ support for cables. In addition to this, strong reference is made to the spacing of the metallic clips and fixation methods. Where the previous wiring regulations stated ‘escape routes’ it now states ‘access or egress routes’, meaning both entry routes in and exit routes out of the building are covered.

Designed to support the increasing market requirement and the industry’s required regulations, HellermannTyton’s new range of metal fixings consists of spring steel wire clips and a fireproof plate series, both compliant with the wiring regulations.

The fireproof plate series range of metal fixings are made of galvanised steel material and have been tested in conditions of up to 830ºC for up to 120 minutes. Ideal to use in trunking, the new spring steel wire clip series can be fixed to multiple construction substrates such as brick, concrete or breeze block becoming the ultimate metal fixing.

The fireproof plate and spring steel clip series have both been tested at the Exova Warrington Fire Test lab to ensure they are compliant with specification BS 50200:2015, assuring its intrinsic resistance to fire when used in emergency circuits.

“We’re so pleased to announce the launch of our 18th edition metal fixings range. Designed to assist mainly in the electrical and construction industry, this new range has been created with our customers’ needs in mind. By using metal fixings in conjunction with cable trays and baskets ensures maximum compliance with the regulations to reduce the risk of cables causing obstruction in the event of a fire,” explains John Brodie, product manager for fastenings and fixings at HellermannTyton.

HellermannTyton has an in-house design team and its own manufacturing capability, so can provide expert advice on cable management as well as bespoke solutions. With this capability, HellermannTyton can create solutions to meet the diverse needs of electrical installation contractors.

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