Firetec FP Cables from AEI Make Buildings Safer to Protect Life and Reduce Litigation Risk Says Expert

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In the aftermath of another tragic fire many businesses should be reflecting on their own procedures and buildings infrastructure to check they meet the standards demanded for public and employee safety.

Fire and impact testing of AEI mineral insulated cable illustrates importance of low smoke properties and durability in a fire situation

Making the right cable choice and installing it in accordance with best practice has never been more important.

Every month it seems, news stories of yet another fire which has had devastating consequences is reported. Whether this is focused on a tragic loss of life, socio-economic or commercial losses or a combination of the three – fire has consequences worth avoiding. These news items are a ‘wake up’ call for current and improved fire safety, evacuation and management protocols.

"Fire safety and fire performance circuitry is a taken-for-granted element of buildings and infrastructure that usually only gets noticed if it doesn’t do its job properly”, says Jack Armstrong, technical manager at AEI Cables, the world’s oldest cable manufacturing company.

He adds, “In any fire situation where human lives and assets are lost, litigation possibilities are immense and it’s why companies and individuals tasked with providing fire safety need to have full product assurance, building regulation compliance and fire safety procedures in order.”

Accordingly, AEI Cables, the County Durham, UK based firm marked 175 years in cable manufacturing last year with further additions to its extensive fire performance ‘Firetec’ cables range meeting the latest BS 8519 Code of Practice for the Selection and installation of fire-resistant power and control cable systems for life safety and fire-fighting applications.

Firetec Power and Firetec Impact Power Cables are fire resistant cables which form an integral part of the emergency and essential building service systems required to operate in the event of fire. Other products in the range include Firetec Singlecore, Firetec Standard and Firetec Enhanced as well as Mineral Insulated Cable able to operate for periods approaching the melting point of copper (1083°C) ensuring the business can deliver full spectrum safety or ‘total fire solutions’.

Cables in the Firetec range achieved London Underground Approval in January, demonstrating compliance with exacting materials performance criteria described in LU Standard 1-085. This approval authorises the cable for use in underground (sub-surface) railway installations and as such demonstrates the company’s research and development abilities in compounds and materials as well as satisfying new demands for innovative engineering cable solutions especially for the Underground.

Clive Sharp, CEO at AEI states, “London Underground Approval for the range is naturally an important endorsement for the business and its products. Like other businesses who must deal in the safety of people, making the right cable choice and installing it in accordance with best practice has never been more important. Stakeholders such as clients, fire officers, designers, engineers, building regulators, construction companies, contractors and their suppliers look to deliver safety and FP cables like AEI Firetec are designed to maintain circuit integrity and limit hazardous smoke and fume emissions during a fire.

“Easy to install, they make a specifier’s choice simple; in choosing AEI Firetec they have 176 years of design and manufacturing provenance backed by the support of a technical team that can answer all installation related questions, supplying the right data every time.”

Editors Information:
AEI operates from a 26.5 acre factory site in Birtley, Co. Durham and its products are approved by independent bodies including BASEC and LPCB covering design, manufacture and supply.

The company also holds approvals from Lloyds, MoD, Network Rail and London Underground Ltd, and works to international standards around the world including Cenelec, IEC, ISO, American and Canadian.

In addition to fire performance cables, AEI designs and manufactures a full range of elastomeric and thermoplastic cables for voltages up to 20kV, high performance PEEK and ETFE thin wall cables and wires for rail, mining, defence, oil and gas, construction, industrial and power markets.

AEI is also a key supporter of the Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) which aims to rid the industry of dangerous low grade counterfeit cables and warn about both the physical hazards as well as the inherent litigation risks of installing cable that is not fit for purpose.

In 2007, the company became part of Paramount Communications Ltd, one of India's largest cable manufacturers which adds to the range with a wide variety of specialised cables and wires.

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