Fighting fire with Phoenix Cleats
Ellis Patents has launched a range of fire proof cable cleats designed specifically for installation with fire protection (FP) rated cables.
Developed to provide a proven and cost-effective method of safe cable restraint for any FP installation, the range is manufactured in 316L stainless steel and is fire proof and corrosion resistant.
“To date there has been no agreed test for a cleat to be put through in order to rate its performance in fire,” said Ellis Patents managing director, Richard Shaw. “Instead cast iron cleats, which have a melting point high enough to provide the necessary safety reassurances, have generally been used.
“The drawback to this approach is that cast iron is costly, which makes such cleats restrictively expensive. And with a significant growth in the number of FP installations the clamour for a more cost effective solution has been growing.”
Ellis Patents delivered the solution by working in close conjunction with Exova Warringtonfire (a world leader in fire testing, certification and consultation) and its main UK distributor, Tolworth-based ETS Cable Components. The companies developing a testing process that most realistically reflected the conditions the cleat might see in service.