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What Are the Best Types of Capping for Cables in Telecommunications

Cable Capping - Introduction

Capping for cables is an essential part of the broadband and telecommunications industries. From steel capping to PVC alternatives, discover what the best cable capping solutions are for you in this handy guide.

Cable capping is a crucial protective measure used in telecommunications and other industries where electrical wiring is vital and requires protection. 

Read on to discover the best cable capping solutions for telecommunications and installing capping adaptors for distribution points.

Capping for cables is an essential part of the telecommunications industry. Read on to discover the best cable capping solutions for you.

What Is Cable Capping?

Cable capping provides exterior protection to cables positioned in areas vulnerable to damage. Typically, cable capping is found in residential housing and often fixed over the cable points of entry.

Also known as “cable channelling” or a simple “cable guard”, cable capping is placed to protect cables hidden within walls and underground. However, for the telecommunications industry, you will also find them on telegraph poles, fences and placed above wires running along ground surfaces.

Cable capping is available in multiple types of protective materials, including:

  • Galvanised steel
  • Plastic
  • Rubber
  • PVC

Out of the multiple capping options, metal cable capping is known to offer more protection. Despite the extra cost, cable capping will produce a cheaper investment when you consider the expense involved with a complete rewire or repair if it gets damaged.

Do Cables Need Capping?

Cables hidden within walls or beneath the ground should have protective capping in case any drilling or digging causes damage. For residential purposes, if cables are contained within ‘safe zones’ with RCD-protected circuits, capping is not necessary, but make provisions for heat dissipation.

Cable safe zones for electrical wiring are found within houses to offer areas where concealed wires can run. Any other cables should not be found outside these zones. However, you can’t guarantee all houses will meet this expectation.

In telecommunications, cables must travel longer distances, either above or below the ground. Cables below the ground are expected to be protected with capping in case any groundwork takes place, such as drilling or digging.

For overhead cable management in telecommunications, capping is necessary on the telegraph poles but is not often seen running on the hanging cables. Although, all cables without protective capping run the risk of snagging or damage regardless of where they’re placed.

So, cable capping is a worthwhile addition to any cable management system, adding protection to avoid transmission malfunction and additional repair costs.

What are the Best Types of Cable Capping for Telecommunications?

The best industrial cable capping material type is galvanised steel for its strength and durability. Galvanised steel also ensures that any corrosive substances don’t reach the underlying steel while maintaining structural integrity and sustaining cable protection for decades.

At Barton International, we provide three industry-leading products ideal for cable capping and distribution points for professionals in the telecommunications sector:

Capping Steel NO1

Capping Steel NO1 is the ideal capping solution to protect cables on wooden poles used for transmission. As a BT recognised (Item code 070320) product, Capping Steel NO1 offers:

  • 2440mm (long) x 76mm (wide)
  • 19mm internal radius section
  • 19mm diameter of cable trunking space
  • Galvanised steel finish
  • MOQ – 100

With pre-drilled features, maintenance engineers can easily fit the capping onto telegraph poles, avoiding additional labour while protecting telecommunication cables from any potential external interferences, such as tampering or weathering.

Capping Steel NO10

Capping Steel N10 is another suitable capping solution for the telecommunications industry. Like Capping Steel N01, Capping N10 is designed to attach and protect cables on telegraph poles.

The specifications of Capping N10 include the following:

  • 2485mm (long) x 75mm (wide)
  • 5mm radius
  • 5 mm in diameter of cable trunking space
  • Galvanised steel finish
  • MOQ – 25

N10 is also an official BT-used product with item code 070320 and is pre-drilled and ready for fixing.

Connector Bend

The connector bend connects 90mm to 19mm capping steel NO1. The key features of the connector bend include the following:

  • Distribution points for 90mm to 19mm ducts
  • Galvanised steel finish
  • MOQ – 30

Maintenance engineers can fit the connector bend when a 90-degree angle is required while capping cables upon telegraph poles. Our connector bends are also designed with pre-drilled capabilities for easy fixing.

For a minor additional cost, capping your cables will ensure your telecommunications stays protected and your customers stay satisfied.

Find the Right Capping Solutions for Your Telecommunications Job

For a minor additional cost, capping your cables will ensure your telecommunications stays protected and your customers stay satisfied. Without capping, external factors can snag or damage cables vital for telecommunications.

Since the beginning of the telecommunications industry, Barton International has designed or co-designed crucial commonplace products to improve the sector. We help manage the supply chain for multiple connector brands with a wide range of pole and overhead components. 

You can discover more about our cable capping solutions by contacting us today and speaking to a trained telecommunication professional.

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