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Mines welcome new cable clamps & wedges


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA new system of clamps and wedges developed and produced by leading electrical equipment suppliers ACTOM Electrical Products for securing electricity cables deployed in underground mines is proving highly successful.

“All the mines that have adopted the new system since we introduced it into the market confirm that it is a big advance over the system it replaced, which comprised cast-iron cable clamps and wedges,” commented Russel Ramsden, Product Manager, Cables & Accessories, at ACTOM Electrical Products.

The new system – branded Relco, the same brand name as the reputable range of electrical products supplied by the company to many industries, including mining – consists of moulded PVC compound wedges and galvanised mild steel clamps.

“The main advantages of the new wedges and clamps is that they are more lightweight, more robust and easier to install than the cast-iron ones. In addition, the wedges are fire-retardant,” Ramsden explained.

ACTOM Electrical Products is one of South Africa’s major suppliers of electrical equipment and the country’s predominant suppli of cable clamps and wedges.

Ramsden said an important feature of the clamps and wedges produced and supplied by the company is that they are always customised to fit the customer’s requirements in order to ensure that they are efficiently and safely secured.

He added: “Despite the fact that we introduced the new system into the market, lower quality copycat versions of our PVC wedges are already being produced and offered. To ensure that users don’t expose themselves to risking safety and reliability due to possibly inadequately secured cable in their mines through use of untested products, we stress the need to purchase proven Relco wedges, rather than any unbranded copycat versions.”

ACTOM Electrical Products designs and produces clamps and wedges for all sizes of cable from MV shaft cable to LV control and communications cables.

Other cable accessories supplied by the company include cable termination kits, glands & shrouds, joint kits, cable support systems and overhead line equipment.

ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer and distributor of electrical equipment in South Africa, employing about 6 000 people and with an annual order intake in excess of R5bn. It is a black empowered company with 27operating units, 22 production facilities and 25 distribution centres throughout South Africa.

ACTOM partners Alstom France for environmental equipment and in serving the maintenance, upgrade and retrofit market for larger boilers, as well as for railway transport activities.

ACTOM holds exclusive distribution, technology and representation rights for Alstom Grid (formerly the Transmission business of Areva T&D) in Southern Africa and maintains management, technical and commercial links to Alstom Grid business units in Europe.

Following the acquisition by Schneider Electric of the global Distribution business of Areva T&D, the distribution, technology and representation agreements that existed between ACTOM and Areva will remain in place until such time as a new agreement has been concluded.

ACTOM formerly traded under the name Alstom South Africa and re-branded to ACTOM in September 2009.
For further information contact Mike Ullyett, ACTOM Electrical Products
PO Box 678 Germiston 1400
Tel (011) 878-3000 Fax (011) 878-3002
E-mail mike.ullyett@actom.co.za

Press release compiled by Julian Kraft, J Kraft Public Relations
PO Box 2826 Wilropark 1731
Tel (011) 472-6686 Fax 086-613-9657
E-mail mwkraftj@mweb.co.za

Date:  May 3, 2011

Caption 1:  Russel Ramsden, ACTOM Electrical Products’ Product Manager, Cables & Accessories, with a display stand showing a selection of some of the new lightweight clamps and wedges that the company produces for underground mines.