Improving Cable Quality Through Enhanced Testing and Certifications

by: Mathew Sharman, British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC)

Cable products are essential to power and improve the efficiency of operations, as industries become ever more reliant on technology. The importance of cables is critical across a variety of sectors, from the rail industry to renewable energy, data communications and construction. Safety is a key priority where power is concerned to protect both people and end applications from harm.

This article explains how British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) in the UK is focused on improving cable quality across a variety of markets. Providing an enhanced offering of testing and certifications services, combined with dedicated regional customer support teams.

Gaining product certification involves thorough checks to warrant that any claims of conformity made by a cable manufacturer are valid. BASEC has expanded and tailored its certification services over recent years to include a variety of major sectors, in a drive to improve the levels of safety and quality specifically to cables. For instance, in the United Kingdom, the government has set targets to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

To achieve this, significant developments are required across all sectors, particularly transport and energy production to electrify the infrastructures, to meet the deadlines. Reliable cables will play an important role in providing power to support these infrastructures, safeguarding the end applications for the future. As part of gaining certification, BASEC verifies cable properties such as mechanical, electrical, chemical and fire performance via complete cable assessments to ensure the requirements set in the British, European or international standards are me

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