Testing times for Ellis Patents
Just a matter of weeks after its introduction, Ellis Patents has finalised a comprehensive short circuit testing process that means all of its cable cleats now have third party certification to, or above the levels outlined in the new International Standard for the use of cable cleats in electrical installations (IEC61914 – 2009).
Additionally, the company has committed to an on-going testing programme that will see it have a minimum of one allocated day every six months at a specialist facility in the Netherlands. These days will be used to test any new or enhanced products, and carry out any project specific testing required by potential or current customers.
Managing director, Richard Shaw commented: “We continually try to underline the sheer importance of properly testing cleats prior to bringing them to market and so it is an absolute necessity to ensure that we practice what we preach.
“Therefore, when the International Standard was published we immediately set about ensuring all our products had been tested to a level at least equivalent to its requirements. Any that didn’t have adequate certification were tested and certified during testing days in late May.”
It was during these tests that the decision was taken by Ellis Patents to commit to the on-going series of dates.
“We strongly believe that the International Standard will lead to a greater understanding of the importance of cleats, and as a direct result we feel there’ll be a significant increase in the numbers wanting to see evidence that the cleats they are specifying are suitable for the installation in question,” added Shaw.
“By committing the time and budget to a formalised testing schedule we are in a position to ensure the third party certification on all of our products is always completely up-to-date, offer project specific short-circuit testing when necessary and carry out regular research for the purpose of best practice development – all of which, will put Ellis Patents at the forefront of the global cable cleat market.”