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Monthly Archives: January 2016

  • What Is Exothermic Welding And Why Is It Used?

    Exothermic welding – also known as thermite welding or exothermic bonding – is a process for permanently joining earthing (grounding) or lightning protection conductors together.

    An exothermic weld can be especially useful for joining dissimilar metals. The process has the advantage in that it requires no external heat source and works by employing a chemical exothermic reaction of a thermite composition (weld powder) to heat the conductors to a point where a low resistance, mechanically sound molecular bond is formed once cooled.



    Exothermically Bonded Connections

    Although mechanical connections and exothermically welded connections are very similar in their applications, their performance can differ greatly.

    Our “Traditional” and “PLUS” exothermic welding material is suitable for welding these materials together:

    • Copper
    • Mild steel
    • Bronze
    • Brass

    Specialised applications would also include cast iron and stainless steel materials, please speak to our Sales Team: 020 8405 6789 or email:

    Exothermic welding is the only reliable means of bonding galvanised mild steel to copper conductors, e.g. fence earthing or structural steel applications. ETS is the authorised UK re-seller and stockist for ERICO CADWELD® exothermic welding products


    • Will not deteriorate with age.
    • Eliminates any risk of loosening or corrosion due to its molecular bonding characteristics.
    • Will resist repeated faulty currents.
    • Offers the lowest possible earth path resistance.
    • By visual inspection can be quality controlled.

    Exothermic Welding Training

    ETS can provide in-house training at short notice (UK only), either at our training facility or at a customer’s site for the ERICO CADWELD® exothermic welding system.

    These courses are designed to show and teach the correct preparation procedures, use and applications of the CADWELD® welding system. You can find out more about our exothermic welding training courses here.

    Watch this video on exothermic welding:

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  • Correct Way For Crimping Cable Lugs From TV Show Wheeler Dealers

    Crimping cable lugs incorrectly can be disastrous and potentially be a fire risk. In this clip from Wheeler Dealers (Season 12, Episode 16 1958 Citroen HY van) presenter Ed China shows the correct way to crimp cable lugs.

    Ed uses a complete matched system from the same manufacturer (the crimp terminal, hydraulic battery crimper and die set). In this example, Ed uses Cembre products. However, similar matched systems are available.

    It would always be ETS's recommendation that a matched system is used. This is because the profile of the die set is designed to suit the barrel of the terminal and tooling. If it is not a matched system, this could lead to over or under crimping of the terminal both of which could lead to problems. See our article on how to perform the perfect crimp.

    For more information, please contact: 020 8405 6789 or

    Clip supplied with kind permission from the Discovery Channel.

  • Customer Statement on Brexit

    As the UK prepares to leave the European Union following the referendum in June 2016, we are working with our customers and suppliers to ensure a seamless transition which maintains our high level of service.
    ETS Cable Components is part of an International PLC with in excess of 160 distribution and manufacturing companies, the majority of which are based and operate outside the UK in other European Union countries.
    ETS exports goods every week to some of the most complex borders around the world and we are confident in the network of partnerships we have developed with freight forwarding and shipping companies.
    It is suggested that a ‘no-deal Brexit’ would mean trade between the UK and Europe operating under WTO guidelines. ETS currently operates within WTO guidelines for much of our trade outside Europe and we have systems in place to address the logistics of these terms, including accessing permits and paperwork and arranging relevant certification.
    Tariff codes that are required under WTO regulations are set up for all our products and are currently used for our trade outside of the EU.

    Cable Accessories

    The majority of our accessories are sourced from UK manufacturers who also have manufacturing and distribution facilities in Europe.
    We have provisional agreements that products can be sourced directly from European manufacturing bases in the event of a ‘no-deal’ exit.
    Our suppliers have also increased stock both in the UK and in Europe to ease any initial supply concerns.
    We have also made plans to stock products in Europe within our group facilities should the need arise.

    Stock Holding

    ETS Cable Components have made a commitment to invest and increase our stock holding to alleviate any initial concerns over product availability.
    We have recently completed a relocation of our head office much larger premises to facilitate our growing business, with a far higher stock holding capacity.

    Shipping and Freight Forwarding

    We have an established partnership with our freight forward companies who have Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status. This is an internationally recognised quality mark that enables shipments to be fast-tracked through customs.

    Further help and support

    This information outlines the key issues that may be a factor in a ‘no-deal’ exit from the European Union and how together with the support of out suppliers, customers and logistics partners we can deliver a seamless transition.




  • Simple Ways To Reduce Buried Cable Risks Such As Warning Tape For Underground Cable

    Warning tape for underground cable and other ways for reducing risks from buried cables. In urban areas, it is common practice to bury power cables underground. Not only can this help to minimise cable damage during laying, but also it reduces the risk of cables being disturbed in future.

    Unfortunately, burying cables can cause issues in its own right. There’s a chance that the cables will inadvertently be struck during later works which could cause a break in electrical supply to the immediate area and, at worse, lead to serious injury and even death.

    HSE Guidance

    The HSE have warned the construction industry of the need to be more aware of the dangers of working in the vicinity of live underground services following a number of incidents recently. The Government Department gives guidance on laying underground cables. This includes:

    • Planning the work
    • Locating and identifying buried services
    • Safe excavation

    Simple preventative steps of marking where cables are buried can help to protect underground power cables from being accidentally being disturbed.

    Warning Tape For Underground Cable

    ETS offers a wide range of quality markers and tiles for underground cables. These include tiles with the words “DANGER” printed on the apex and warning tape for underground cable such as the 60micron thick PVC Trace-Tape 1.  Its’ two stainless steel wires means that the tape can potentially be found by a cable avoidance tool (CAT). Our underground warning tapes are suitable for marking buried HV, MV and LV electrical power and telecommunication cables.

    Taking precautions of marking underground cables can not only reduce disruption but could prevent serious injury or death.


    Cable Markers & Tiling

    To find out more about our warning tape for underground cable and other buried cables marker solutions, please call: 020 8405 6789 or email:

    The HSE guidance for avoiding danger from underground services can be found here.

  • ETS Delivers To One Of The UK's Largest Solar Parks

    More than 11,000 average-sized homes are now benefiting from one of the largest solar parks in the UK.
    The 49.9MW Solar Park in West Raynham, Norfolk - built on the site of a former RAF airfield - has the advantage that it is well screened from the countryside and residential properties.

    ETS worked with the EPC and other specialist contractors to supply tooling and accessories for the installation / termination of low and medium voltage power cables across the site.

    Typical products that ETS supplied on this and continue to supply on other Solar farm projects include: Cembre Marking Genius for cable and equipment identification, Cembre bi-metallic lugs, Pfisterer SICON connectors, along with Euromold Medium voltage separable connectors.

    ETS also supplied plant from its extensive hire fleet to assist with the cable pulling and crimping.

    Due to the fast track construction timescale of these projects, ETS ensures high levels of stock are held to ensure prompt next day delivery.

    To see how we can help your next project, contact our sales team on: +44 (0) 20 8405 6789.


  • 11kV Cable Strike

    This video shows what happened when a 11kV cable was cut through.

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