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  • Website Launch Competition Terms And Conditions

    The below terms and conditions relate to the competition for the launch of the 2015 website.

    The promoter is ETS (Portsmouth) Ltd t/a ETS Cable Components (Company no. 02280171) whose registered office is at Unit 4-5, Red Lion Business Park, Red Lion Road, Tolworth, KT6 7QD.

    Employees of ETS Cable Components or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

    There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

    Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter can be found here.

    Closing date for entry will be Wednesday 18th November 2015. After this date, further entries will still be signed up to the ETS mailing list but will not be entered into the competition.

    No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

    The rules of the competition and the price for the winner are as follows: Only one entrant will be picked as a winner, entries can be made at

    The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter's control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

    The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

    No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are non-transferrable. Prizes are subject to availability and the promoter reserves the right to substitute any price with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

    The winner will be notified by email (to the email submitted as entrance to the competition) within 5 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted the promoter reserves the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

    The promoter will notify the winner to arrange delivery of the tickets.

    The promoter's decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence with be entered into.

    By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions of the competition as well as by the promoter's general terms and conditions. These can be found at

    The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

    The winner agrees to the use of his/her name in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant's prior consent.

    Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with any third parties. You are providing your information to ETS Cable Components and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following privacy policy found at

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  • Cable Jointers Guide To Stripping 11kV PICAS Cable

    'PICAS' stands for Paper Insulated Corrugated Aluminium Sheath cable. These 11kV cables feature a corrugated aluminium sheath, to improve flexibility, the corrugation valleys are filled with bitumen to prevent moisture penetrating along the underside of the outer red PVC sheath, which is added for corrosion protection.

    Removing the outer PVC sheath and Bitumen from PICAS Cable

    picas pvc sheath cut marksFirstly, the red oversheath should be heated gently with a soft-flame gas torch. Care should be taken to avoid overheating the PVC as this will produce toxic fumes and may even burn.

    Once the sheath is warm, but not too hot to touch, it can be cut using a flat bladed cable knife. Start with a circumferential cut then make a lengthwise cut along the cable with the knife to avoid piercing the aluminium. Now you can remove the outer sheath.

    With the PVC sheath removed, the bitumen compound can now be cleaned from the cable. Starting from the open end, using solvent wipes and heat from a gas torch, the compound should be thoroughly cleaned from the surface of the aluminium. Care should be taken as to not overheat the cable, doing so could lead to early joint or termination failure.

    Removing the Aluminium Sheath From PICAS Cable

    Always wear protective gloves when removing the aluminium sheath, the metal can be sharp.

    Using a Chinagraph pencil, mark the aluminium sheath at the removal point as indicated on the relevant jointing instruction. If the mark falls between one of the valleys, move the mark to the next crest towards the cut end of the cable.

    PICAS aluminium sheath removal toolThe aluminium sheath of the PICAS 11kV cable can be removed with a sheath removal tool, which resembles a pipe cutter but has a special twin cutting wheel at one end of the jaw and two positioning rollers at the other end. Always inspect your cable jointing and sheath removal tools as a cutting wheel in bad condition will have to be replaced prior to use to avoid unnecessary damage to the cable.

    Apply the tool to the cable with the cutting wheel spanning a corrugation crest. Tighten the tool until the cutter just indents the crest, and then rotate to cut the metal. Gently increasing the cutting pressure by closing the screw control.

    The aluminium should be removed in sections, no longer than 250mm each.

    With the cores exposed, the cable is now ready for use with the required MV joint or termination.

    For more information on cable stripping procedures and tools, please contact us.

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