Electrical hazards lead to more than 300 deaths and 4,000 injuries among U.S. workers every year. Currently, electrocution is the sixth leading cause of workplace deaths in America. While there are plenty of steps you can take to limit your risk of electrical-based injuries, it’s particularly important to prioritize the abrasion protection of cables. A 100% rated circuit breaker is intended for continuous operation at 100% of its marked rating, meaning it will carry 100% of the rated current without overheating or tripping. Still, cables without proper abrasion protection can carry risks. Here’s what you need to know about abrasion protection of cables.
Protection From Vibration
In many applications, all types of cables are subjected to a high amount of vibration on a daily basis. For example, aviation data company FlightAware estimates that there is an average of 9,728 planes carrying 1.27 million people in the air at any given moment, and the heavy vibrations of a plane definitely require all its cables to be protected from abrasion in order to preserve both their safety and quality. Depending on the application, some of the right products for abrasion protection include the Roundit 2000 FR, Roundit 2000 NX, Silicone Tape, Expando TCP V0, Roundit 2000 V0, and the Expando B200.
Installation and MRO
You’ll be glad to know that abrasion protection products are, for the most part, very easy to install and carry out MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations). Many of the products have similar components, allowing for convenient options when a repair or a replacement is needed. Installation and MRO are a breeze when you choose the right abrasion protection products, and there are a wide range of sizing options available as well — up to two and a half inches.
Doesn’t Retain Water
Finally, environmental splice crimpers and other techflex products for cable abrasion typically have qualities that protect from rotting. They won’t retain water, so rotting and water damage are virtually a non-risk, yet they protect from abrasion in even the most severe applications.
If your home was built in the last 50 years, it likely contains safe non-metallic sheathed cables. Non-metallic sheathed cable, also known as NM cable, is a flexible electrical cable with a plastic sheath. Regardless of the cables you use, it’s always best to prioritize abrasion protection. For more information about environmental splice crimpers, contact us today.