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    Hylec-APL launches railway certified IP68 cable glands

    Hylec-APL has launched a new cable gland into the market which is fully certified for use in railway applications for both the European and American rail industry. As well as offering the highest ingress protection rating of IP68, the cable gland has passed all the relevant fire safety tests to achieve NF F 16-101 and UL 514B certification.

    The latest product from Hylec-APL, a UK specialist supplier of electrical components to OEMs, Sub-Contract Manufacturers and Distributors, has been designed with the needs of the rail industry in mind. Due to safety regulations, all electrical components used for applications within the industry must offer a high degree of fire resistance to help slow the spread of fire and noxious gasses in the event of an emergency. Using a specialised flame proof polyamide (PA6) with a fire class V0 according to UL94, the cable gland has been certified in accordance with the internationally recognised NF F 16-101 standard; it’s also approved to UL514B for applications in the USA and Canada.

    Terry Spriggs, Product Marketing Manager for Hylec-APL, comments: “Due to the confined spaces and ever present electrical hazards found in the industry, safety requirements for components in railway applications exceed most standard certifications. The latest addition to our cable gland range offers OEMs and electrical installers who work within the industry a quick, effective and safe solution for securing cable entry points.”

    The IP68 dome topped cable gland uses traditional means to form a quick and secure connection; an integrated anchorage is part of the design which is then secured to the entry point of the enclosure or bulkhead using a standard hexagonal locknut. To secure the relevant certifications the component is manufactured from a material which does not ignite under filament effect at 850°C (with a wall thickness of 0.5mm) and has a proven smoke gas index of I.F. ≤ 40.

    The cable glands are available with Metric and PG thread in either grey or black and can accommodate a wide range of cable diameters. For more information about this product, or advice on the ideal cable entry solution for your application contact a member of Hylec-APL’s dedicated sales team.