Movable conduit cable clamps are essential for protecting railroad and rail vehicle wiring and cables, as well as employees, customers and cargo. With many moving parts, vibrations and tensions in railway vehicles, railroad clamps must withstand numerous environmental factors to relieve mechanical stress. Innovative conduit cable designs can enhance the functionality of cable clamps in the railway industry and make railway travel safer for transporting cargo and people.
Protecting railway cable clamps with durable and high-sealing materials can prevent cable and wire corrosion from water and dust, ensuring railway vehicles meet various safety criteria. Learn more about how you can use conduit cable clamps cables to protect railway wiring and cables while maintaining the integrity of a railway vehicle and ensuring the safety of many.
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The Purpose of Conduit Clamps for Rail Applications
Rail cables can wear easily, as they’re often exposed to harsh conditions like crushing forces, corrosion from water and sunlight, and electromagnetic interference. Rail mount clamps on railway tracks and rail vehicle roof-tops secure cables and protect them from movement, vibration and strain that can cause cable wear. The railway industry can also use conduit clamps to secure the rails on railway tracks, keep tracks stable and ensure sufficient track gauge distance or vertical distance between the inside of two tracks.
Railway vehicles’ inter-car jumpers can be sensitive to bending, heating and vibrations. Conduit clamps can protect railway inter-car jumpers from dynamic movements, vibration and torsion and help prevent strain on jumper systems. Conduit clamps are rigid and durable and can withstand harsh environments like force, corrosion and hot and cold temperatures in a railway car’s undercarriage or boogie and roof-top of the railway vehicle.
Here’s how conduit clamps help in various rail applications:
- Provide dynamic and static strain relief.
- Prevent electric discontinuity.
- Secure cables while in motion.
- Secure cables while stationary.
- Protect cables from vibration and shock.
- Protect cables from dynamic movements.
- Protect cables and wiring in various weather conditions.
- Ensure easy maintenance and servicing.
- Serve different railway cable brands.
- Endure intense mechanical stress.
Importance of Movable Cable Clamps for Trains
Railway vehicles like subway cars constantly move and bounce around on railway tracks, causing some strain on cables. Movable cable clamps are essential for providing strain relief to cables on a subway car’s undercarriage, bogie and inter-car-jumpers.
Movable cable clamps help secure and mount cables as the subway car bends through curves, slopes and tunnels. Cable clamps are solid and easy to fix around wires and cables, protecting cables from wear during dynamic movements and vibrations. Movable cable clamps help keep cables in place over time. Rail cable clamp tubes can also be adjustable and wide enough to protect the cables and wire without breaking or damaging them.
Cable clamps must withstand dynamic movements, temperatures and shock. Railway companies run multiple tests to ensure the durability of cable clamps and that they can practically secure cables. Railway industries must guarantee that cable clamps are fail-proof and cables work effectively with cable clamp retention systems, preventing any cable faults that can arise from cable clamp insulation or compression damage.
Rail Standards to Consider
The railway industry must comply with various standards for protecting cables while ensuring railway vehicles run effectively. Various cable protection standards help ensure the safety and movement of railway vehicles. Here are two essential railway industry standards for cable protection systems:
1. Ingress Protection (IP)
Ingress protection ensures plastic or metal conduits are durable, preventing any damage to the wires and cables. The International Electrotechnical Commission issues ratings that determine the safety of electrical cables and their conduits.
A high IP rating protects cables and wires from corrosive elements like rain, dust, shock, condensation and flooding. Protecting cables and wiring reduces the chances of damage to railway operations, which can lead to costly repairs, force downtime and cause railways to lose revenue.
2. Low Fire Hazard
The low fire hazard standard ensures that rail industries prioritize safe electrical designs and installations to reduce any damage from fires and protect railway passengers, drivers, and cargo in the event of a fire. The rail industry’s criteria for low fire hazards include low smoke emission, low toxicity, flame retardant and halogen-free railway vehicle components.
Rail electrical cable protection must comply with a cable’s application and location in a railway vehicle. Trains that run underground should have high fire safety standards for cable and wiring components for the safety of passengers and employees.
Cable Clamps for the Rail Industry
Plastic materials like polyamide are abrasion resistant and highly flexible. Polypropylene plastic is known for its versatility, elasticity and chemical resistance, making it another excellent material for rail applications like cable conduits. Rail manufacturers can design plastic cable conduits to specific environmental standards.
Polyamide and polypropylene protective cable conduits can provide durable cable protection for numerous wiring and cable types. Plastic cable conduits may also have better flame-retardant properties and electrical resistance, which can help industries comply with electric component standards and make railway applications safer for commuters and employees.
These lightweight plastic cable conduits offer functionality and versatility in insulating, securing and protecting cables and wiring. Plastic cable clamps may also withstand intense mechanical stress and help provide better strain relief for wires in railway vehicles.
Order AerosUSA Conduit Clamps for Rail Applications
If making your electrical components safer and more durable for your business, customers and employees is your top priority, AerosUSA can help. AerosUSA offers polyimide and polypropylene conduit cable clamps to enhance the protection of wiring and cables.
Our cable conduit clamps are durable and lightweight, and have high-impact resistance, making them highly functional and able to withstand intense mechanical stress. Additionally, our cable clamps are solid, long-lasting and easy to seal, protecting your cables and wiring from dust and water and ensuring your business meets electrical component safety standards.