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Award-winning No Bolts cleat chosen for the £800m London Waterloo upgrade
The newly launched “No Bolts” cleat has recently won an innovation award and has also been specified on a major Network Rail Station upgrade project, all within a few weeks.
Cable cleats are used to restrain power cables and the No Bolts product is the first cleat not to use the traditional fixing method of using threaded rod, nuts and washers, meaning a much quicker and less labour intensive installation process.
Released in 2016 as a joint initiative between ETS Cable Components, Ellis Patents and Network Rail, the cleat was named Innovative Industrial Product of the Year at the Electrical Industry Awards. The event, which is run by leading trade publication, Electrical Times, saw the No Bolts cleat selected from a short list of six to receive the much sought after accolade.
London Waterloo station (above image of proposed new terminal), which is the UK’s busiest rail terminal, is the first project where the cleat is being installed. It was chosen due to the clear time saving advantages and intrinsic safety benefits that the cleat possesses over other proposed products. The joint venture Project team were sold on the values from a very early stage and were keen to see the product installed on their prestige project.
Kevin Moloney, Director of ETS, said ‘It was a product design that was driven forward by Network Rail and in particular by Program Engineering Manager, Dave Barnes, who contacted me initially to ask if we could help design a new cleating product that would help alleviate a health and safety issue. It’s a great testament to the work of all of those involved to see an award like this and to see the product accepted for use, so soon after launching’.
This range of cleats requires no conventional fixings to supporting steel-work. The design also allows for additional cleats to be stacked on top of one another with nothing more than a small turn of a unique fixing lock.
- Stackable design for multiple cable runs
- No risk of damaging cable
- Range suits Ø18-Ø55mm single cables
- No metal parts
- No tools required
- Fast installation
It is manufactured from a high strength nylon specifically formulated to meet the London Underground 1-085 approved specification.
For further information on the Waterloo station upgrade, please click here.
Watch a video on the No Bolts cleat here.
Named after Francis Crick who discovered the helix structure of DNA, Europe’s largest biomedical research institute welcomed the first Scientists last week. ETS Cable Components are proud to have been involved with the electrical infrastructure installation of this mega construction project. The funding comes from a partnership of: Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, Imperial College London, Kings College London (KCL), Wellcome Trust and University College London (UCL).
ETS worked with the appointed M&E sub-contractors, including those working on the Low and medium voltage cable installation to ensure all cable accessories were delivered on time to meet all target ‘power on’ dates.
Due to the challenges of this site being developed in a heavily built up area on central London, 45% of the building was preassembled off site. ETS designed and supplied custom made earthbars to Laing O’Rourke’s offsite manufacturing division, to form part of their own modules, which in turn were delivered to site ‘just in time’.
For further information on the Francis Crick Institute, please follow this link: https://www.crick.ac.uk/
A total of 327,000 metres of electrical and communications cabling was used for the Tottenham Court Road London Underground refurbishment. ETS supplied LUL approved cable glands, cable lugs, cable cleats and cable ties. Earthing products were also delivered as part of the project.
Taylor Woodrow (part of VINCI Construction UK) were the main contractors. The ETS team worked closely on the project with the appointed mechanical and electrical subcontractor.
The new station will have a larger ticket hall, new entrances, and a public plaza outside the Centre Point tower.
Ron Spence, ETS' key account manager, said:
"Being involved in a high profile development such as the Tottenham Court Road upgrade reflects well on the quality of our products and service you provide.
"ETS have built an enviable reputation and grown to become the one-stop-shop for the installation and termination of LV and MV power cables accessories."
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ETS has been supplying a wide range of materials for London’s Limeburner Lane substation re-development, which is now nearing completion.
The modernisation - switching from 33/11kV to a higher capacity 132/11kV substation - will free up capacity on the 33kV network and allow greater load growth to be catered for.
The substation will be fed from a loop-in loop-out arrangement from existing 132kV cables installed in the City Road to the Bankside deep cable tunnel.
Materials supplied included:
ETS are leading stockists and distributors of LV, MV and HV power cable accessories and electrical equipment for the utilities markers.
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.
Fire proof cable cleats manufactured in Yorkshire by Ellis have been installed throughout the new BP4 Tower at Canary Wharf, London.
The BP4 tower development at 25 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, is a 23 storey tower comprising of 530,000 sq. ft. of high quality commercial accommodation. The building is designed to achieve an "Excellent" BREEAM rating.
Designed specifically for installation with fire protection (FP) rated cables, the Phoenix cleats are made from 316L stainless steel and are both fire proof and corrosion resistant. They were specified by Hilson Moran through Ellis’ UK distributor, ETS Cable Components and installed by electrical contractor, Phoenix ME Limited.
Preventing The Loss Of Vital Services
“In order for FP rated cables to continue working in an emergency they need to remain intact and in place,” said Ellis’ UK sales director, Paul Nolan.
“If these cables aren’t properly restrained then the risks are clear – the loss of vital services and the likelihood of live cables falling and causing potentially lethal hazards.”
Fire Performance Tests
Working in conjunction with Exova Warringtonfire, BRE and ETS, Ellis initially developed its Phoenix range in 2011.Prior to launch the products underwent a wide range of tests, including exposure to fire, impact and water spray, all of which combined to ensure that the range offers fire protection to the same level as the cables it is installed to protect.
Phoenix Cable Cleat and Fire Performance Cable Test
“Any building should strive to ensure that the products used to protect the emergency systems are the best available, but when you consider BP4 is a 130-metre, 23-storey, 530,000 sq. ft. development in the heart of one of London’s key business districts then it’s fair to say that in this instance it was an absolute imperative,” continued Paul.
During 2013, Ellis called for a ban on the use of plastic products as the sole means of cable support in areas where fallen cables may put fire fighters’ lives at risk. This widely publicised call has resulted in a forthcoming change to building regulations.
“Everything we do, whether with Phoenix or our other products, is done with safety at the forefront of our minds,” added Paul. “Electrical cables are dangerous and need to be restrained in a manner that ensures they don’t become a danger to others.”
For more details on the range of Ellis Patents cable cleats available, including the fire rated Phoenix cleat, please contact our Sales Team.
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Leading power cable accessories supplier ETS Cable Components, and cleat manufacturer, Ellis, pulled out all the stops to help restore power back to the West End after a major underground fire.
Thousands of people had to be evacuated and many theatre performances were cancelled when flames started shooting out from an inspection cover in Holborn on Wednesday 1 April.
Over the Easter Bank holiday weekend, there was a major push to restore power as quickly as possible to the central London electricity network. ETS were called to supply Emperor cleats, support brackets and relevant fixings, which would be used to fix the replacement high voltage cables in place. ETS delivered these items within two hours of receiving the call via their emergency weekend phone service.
Cleat manufacturer - Ellis - then agreed to start production at a moment’s notice, despite the Easter shutdown, to provide additional cleats. ETS then made arrangements to have the finished products delivered to the affected area in Central London promptly, despite the logistics involved with various road closures in place. “We pride ourselves on going the extra mile - this is another example of exceptional teamwork,” said Operations Director Kevin Moloney.
ETS have been supplying power cable accessories for more than 25 years across a range of sectors including rail, renewables, industrial and data centres. You can see all of the ETS cable cleats range by clicking here.
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Emperor cable cleats from Yorkshire manufacturer, Ellis Patents are being installed on RWE npower renewables’ Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm, which is under construction eight miles off the North Wales coast.
The two billion euro development is currently one of the largest offshore construction projects anywhere in Europe and when operational in 2014 will feature 160 turbines, which will generate enough energy to meet the annual demands of 400,000 homes.
Plan and location of the Gwynt Y Môr wind farm turbines:
Ellis’ Emperor cable cleats were specified by RWE through its UK distributor, ETS Cable Components.
Paul Nolan, Ellis’ UK sales director, said: “This is the kind of project that as soon as it’s announced it becomes imperative you secure the specification for it.”
“Not only is it one of the biggest construction projects in Europe, but I strongly believe it will play a major role in placing wind power at the forefront of renewable energy source for years to come.”
Based in London, ETS is a specialist distributor of power cable components, accessories and equipment. The company was a founder member of Ellis’ worldwide network of distributors and has recently helped to secure specifications on projects such as London Array and West Burton Power Station.
“Our network of distributors plays a vital role in the success of Ellis, and in ETS we have a partner that has been opening doors and helping us to secure important contracts for over 20-years,” added Nolan.
Ellis’ cable cleats are designed and manufactured wholly in the UK and are used to secure electrical cables in a manner that can withstand the forces generated by the cables, including those generated during a short circuit fault. Its Emperor cleats not only provide ultimate corrosion protection, even in the harshest of environments, but they are quick and easy to install, and feature an integral LSF zero halogen polymeric liner and base pad that protects and cushions cables during short circuit conditions.
More information on Gwynt y Môr can be found at www.rwe.com/gwyntymor
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The Shard, also known as the Shard of Glass is a brand new skyscraper next to London Bridge. Construction work began in March 2009 and was completed in March 2012, opening to the public in February this year. Standing at an impressive 309.6 meters (1,016 ft), the Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe.
ETS were proud to help supply this iconic building and we take a look back at what products we supplied for the project.
We originally submitted samples and data sheets for approval in 2008. Working with both the main contractor and consultant to provide suitable products that would compliment the high quality engineering standards of the project design, as well as stand the test of time.
On this basis, the products short listed for approval were provided by CMP, Ellis Patents and Cembre. It was felt each of these manufacturers provided stringent enough product testing to ensure that cabling contractors would be able to deliver the highest quality installation.
The Shard was also awarded 'Major Building Project of the Year' (Over £50m) at the British Construction Industry (BCI) awards 2013.
Blackfriars station in London is at the end of a major redevelopment programme which started in 2008. As a major landmark station which is visited by 44000 passengers a day, this Thameslink project was initiated by Network Rail to increase the service capacity and frequency of trains from 12 to 24 trains an hour. As well as improving the interchange service between the National Rail and LUL services.
The redeveloped station is the first in London to span the River Thames, allowing the platforms to accommodate 50% longer trains.
ETS have provided relevant cable accessories for the duration of the project from the commencement of the enabling phase in 2008. Products have included Cembre terminals, Stainless steel cable ties, Ellis LUL approved cable cleats and CMP LUL approved Cable Glands.
Cable products to meet demand
Mick Searle – Project Buyer for Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering explains:
“ETS provided a flexible service to meet the demands of the project which sometimes meant goods having to be delivered on a same-day basis. We knew that we could also count on ETS to provide products that met the correct criteria for both Network Rail and LUL installation standards”.
Images courtesy of Network Rail