Advantages of Cable Tray Systems and a Brief Guide to its Fittings
Cable tray systems are extremely popular because of having certain edges over other wiring systems such as conduit pipes. They are cost-efficient, easier to maintain, and more flexible to changes and reliable. In addition, they are designed to eliminate all the safety risks associated with other wiring systems.
Selecting the right electric cable tray is necessary. Otherwise, applying the wrong system can lead to numerous problems such as faulty installation, extra maintenance, the possibility of power outages, and high safety concerns.
Unique Advantages of Cable Tray Systems
The initial cost of a tray cable installation can be as much as 60% less than a conduit wiring system. The prices of all the components of cable tray systems, including trays, supports, fittings, and other accessories, are budget-friendly.
Cable tray systems offer resilience and strength incomparable to any other wiring system. They need less maintenance and offer less downtime, which is critical in industries like data communications and financial services.
Besides, they are free of moisture buildup problems and are less prone to damage during installation.
Cable tray systems are super flexible to changes and modifications. You can quickly rework the current configuration or add cables to meet new requirements because cables can enter or exit a tray at any point.
Maintaining an electrical cable tray is easier and less time-consuming than conduit systems. You can inspect the physical conditions of both the cables and cable trays without requiring any extra tool. Besides, you can also see if the trays have space for extra cables.
Cable wiring systems come with a high safety rating. They don’t channel moisture in addition to being resistant to corrosive, explosive, and toxic gasses.
What Is Cable Tray Fitting?
A cable tray fitting is a device that performs the task of changing the elevation, direction, or width of a cable tray system. A range of fittings makes the system fully customizable to lodge any tricky configuration.
Take a look at several types of cable tray fittings:
Flat elbows create fixed angular changes in direction in the same plane, between horizontal or vertical cable tray runs, depending on where the installation of cable tray is done in a horizontal or vertical plane, respectively.
There are also 30, 45, 60, and 90 degrees elbows.
Risers create angular changes in direction between cable tray runs in various planes. You can use them in both horizontal and vertical planes.
Equal and Unequal Tees
Equal tees have an identical main width (Wm) and branch width (Wb) while it is different in the case of unequal tees.
Crosses do the job of creating right angle intersections in the same plane. The intersections are created between horizontal or vertical cable tray runs based on whether the cable tray is installed in a horizontal or a vertical plane, respectively.
The primary function of straight reducers is to produce a concentric reduction. They share a uniform width reduction along both sides.
Left Hand Reducer
Left hand reducers do the function of creating offset reductions to meet the installation requirements of different sites. They have a width reduction along the left side.
Right Hand Reducer
Right hand reducers also do the job similar to left hand reducers. However, they have a width reduction along the right side.