Cable tray technical guide

Cable tray technical guide A practical guide to product selection and installation

    This guide for engineers and installers has been developed as a practical reference regarding cable tray characteristics, installation, and requirements. It contains pertinent information:

  • Different types of cable tray
  • Material and finishes
  • Corrosion
  • Installation guidelines (featuring T&B Cable Tray alternatives)
  • Best practices
  • Extracts from the CEC and NEC and more.

Red Dot® Stainless steel while-in-use box and cover system

Meets the CEC and cULus requirements for “extra-duty” outlet box covers while being rated for liquid ingress protection and corrosion resistance in environments that require daily washdown. NSF certified design.

    Features and Benefits:

  • NEMA 4X rated (while not in use) when installed properly
  • NEMA 3R rated
  • NSF certified
  • 316 Stainless Steel construction
  • Configurable—a variety of sizes and type of outlets up to a 30 amp receptacle can be used

IEEE 837-2014 compliant grounding connectors

A complete line of connectors that meets the latest, most robust standard to date for substation grounding.

    The standard specifically addresses connections used:

  • Within the grid system
  • To join ground leads to the grid system
  • To join ground leads to equipment and structures

Steel City® adjustable light-duty bar hangers

Improved design for stronger and faster installation

  • Preset for 1-1/2 in. deep octagonal box and 1/2 in. drywall
  • For use with 3/8 in., 1/2 in. and 5/8 in. drywall and plasters
  • End plate locator tab is scored and marked for lath and plaster drywall applications with standard and deep boxes

Ty-MetTM stainless steel retained-tension ball-lock cable ties

Wave-form spring crimp eliminates movement even in high-vibration applications

  • Specially formed spring crimp creates consistent tension on the tie for firm positioning
  • High wave-form crimp provides positive clamping in high-vibration applications
  • Crimp channel offers a path for a trace wire with protection from crushing and shorts
  • Ball-lock mechanism is easy to assemble and adjust for tension
  • Ties available in both Type 304 stainless steel and Type 316 marine-grade stainless steel for extended life in highly corrosive environments
  • Choose ABB DAS-250 application tool for installation

Ty-Fast®Ag+® bacteria-resistant cable ties

A breakthrough safety solution for fastening in bacteria-prone areas

  • The industry’s first cable tie that inhibits microbial growth
  • Protects itself against bacteria, mold and fungus
  • Helps to reduce infection rate and spread of bacteria by not hosting microbial growth
  • Promotes a clean environment—99.9% effective for bacterial reduction
  • Made from FDA-approved nylon resin
  • Offers reliable Ty-Fast cable tie design for easy cable management
  • UL® Listed, RoHS and FDA compliant

Introducing the NPG Quick-ConnectTM cable gland

Speed and ease of installation make the NPG Quick-Connect™ cable gland the ideal choice for panel builders and volume installers, as the ease of installation comes with no reduction in performance.

  • Ideal for panel builders, OEMs and volume installers
  • Single piece design that requires no additional parts (no locknut required)
  • Low internal profile
  • Suitable for use with unarmored cable, portable cord and tray cable
  • Halogen-free nylon (PA6) available in black, grey and light grey
  • IP66 - IP68 (5 bar 30 mins) rating
  • Corrosion resistant
  • No locknut required


Microlectric® - Aluminum multi-purpose pole mount bracket

New to the PMB series. Install meter sockets and service entrance equipment on utility poles safely and securely. Quality manufacturing and compliance with local utility specifications.

  • Supports equipment up to a maximum weight of 50 lb. (22.7 kg) with a safety factor of 4 at a maximum height of 7 ft (2.1 m)
  • 6-inch and 9-inch (15.2 and 22.9 cm) offset models available
  • Supplied complete with a 12- or 24-inch (30.5 or 61 cm) length of Superstrut® metal framing
  • Easy to install - 1/2-inch (1.27 cm) lag bolt and 1/2-inch through bolt required (not included)
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Newfoundland Power approved

SuperMagTM - Magnetic fittings for metal framing

To enhance ease of installation, ABB introduces it's newest innovation—SuperMag magnetic fittings for its Superstrut® metal framing line. Powerful, nickel-plated magnets embedded in the most popular Superstrut steel fittings, including square washers, L-brackets, T-brackets and 90° angle brackets, secure the fitting to the strut during assembly. Acting as a third hand, SuperMag fittings allow the installer to work more efficiently and safely with tools and hardware. Superstrut SuperMag magnetic fittings—another innovation from ABB to help make installation safer, easier and more convenient.

  • Adds convenience and safety to strut assembly by eliminating the need to manually hold fittings and strut together while installing bolts, nuts and rods
  • Features neodymium (NdFeB) grade N35 nickel-plated magnets
  • SuperMag fittings support at least 2x their own weight
  • Magnets hold in vertical and horizontal orientations
  • Magnets are staked in place for dual-sided use


T&B® Cable Tray - Combo clamp

Stock one design for all hold-down and expansion needs. The innovative new combination hold-down/expansion-guide clamp from ABB can be used on all series of T&B Cable Tray, regardless of side rail thickness. In addition to the dual hold-down and expansion functions, the clamp offers increased pull resistance for vertical applications. The anti-rotation design holds the clamp in place when tightening. The clamp ends are labeled “CLAMP” and “GUIDE” for easy identification.

  • Easy-to-install design
  • Compatible with all series of T&B Cable Tray
  • Available in aluminum, pre-galvanized steel, hot-dipped galvanized steel and stainless steel 316
  • Versatile use for strut and beam installations
  • Functional in all cable tray positions including vertical installations

PIB Series – Plug-In Emergency LED Light

  • Easy installation thanks to the plug-in concept
  • Automatically comes on when a power failure is detected
  • Provides a minimum of two (2) hours of lighting when fully charged
  • Two (2) adjustable 2 x 1W LED lamps provide light where needed
  • Wide angle lens illuminates open areas or pathway
  • Rocking switch to power-off light when no longer needed saves battery energy
  • Injection-molded thermoplastic ABS housing
  • Sealed maintenance-free 3.6V Nickel-Metal Hydride battery
  • Comes standard with one (1) year warranty

Steel City® - The ALL-IN-ONE Kit!

The box and cover kit for Decora or GFCI outlets with raised ground screws makes an easy installation!

  • Available in 3 models
  • Surface installation
  • Knockouts at ends and bottom

Ty-Duct Wiring duct — Wire management made easy

The versatile configurations you need for routing and concealing wiring

We are pleased to announce the re-launch of our Ty-Duct Wiring Duct. We want you to be aware of the following modifications.

The updated features includes:

  • Non-slip cover stays in place — even under vibration
  • Rounded edges protect hands and wires from accidental abrasion
  • Integrated mounting holes — larger sizes include staggered holes for mounting flexibility

Plus, a simple change with the catalogue numbers allows you to get the new and improved
Ty-Duct wiring duct. Here is an example of that change:

TY1X3NPG6 -> TYD1X3NPG6
TY1CPG6 -> TYD1CPG6

Steel City® RPT6 Recessed Poke-Through Floor Box

Recessed service, 3-gang poke-through designed to fit in 6-in. holes in the second floor and above in commercial buildings.

  • Greater capacity than typical 3-in. and 4-in. core poke-throughs
  • Core drill size: 6-in.
  • Solid brass, black and brushed aluminum finishes provide superior aesthetics and durability
  • Customer can use off-the-shelf wiring devices
  • Center compartment can accept GFCIs
  • Recessed service conceals devices below floor level
  • Configurable compartment bottom junction box includes a cover with 1-1/4-in., 1-1/2-in. or 2-in. knockouts
  • UL 263 – 2-hour fire test

Steel City® FFPT6 Furniture Feed Poke-Through Floor Box

Furniture feed poke-through designed to fit in 6-in. holes in the second floor and above in commercial buildings.

  • Power and/or communication connections: 3/4-in., 1-1/4-in. or 2-in. threaded hubs
  • Core drill size: 6-in.
  • Solid brass, black and brushed aluminum cover finishes provide superior aesthetics and durability
  • Integral junction box features five 1/2-in. and five 3/4-in. knockouts, with 27 cubic inch capacity (443 cubic centimeter)
  • UL 263 – 2-hour fire test

Microlectric® The new pedestal unit PE2-CS

The PE2-CS integrated pedestal saves installation time and is ideal in applications such as street and highway lighting, park and recreational facilities, irrigation control systems and many more.

  • 200 A 120/240 V single phase service
  • Underground service only
  • Line and load conductor range 6 AWG – 250 kcmil
  • Tunnel type connectors for both line and load side
  • Weatherproof Type 3R enclosure
  • Designed and manufactured in Canada
  • CSA Certified
  • FORTIS BC approved

T&B PowerTrain Online Training Platform wins 2016 EFC Marketing Award for Integrated Marketing

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Qc, November 2, 2016 – ABB Installation Products Canada was today awarded the Integrated Marketing award for its T&B PowerTrain™ program at the EFC Marketing Awards presentation held today in Toronto, Ontario. This award, sponsored by Kerrwil, recognizes excellence in integrated marketing in the category of Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) members with sales greater than $50 million.


Launched in December 2015, T&B PowerTrain™ is an online training program designed specifically for electrical distribution employees. Available in English and French, the program delivers comprehensive product training on ABB products in an engaging and interactive manner.


With nine training modules currently available and four modules to be added before year end, the program now has more than 1,100 registered users.


“We are extremely proud that the T&B PowerTrain™ program has received this industry recognition,” said Katharine Crowe, Director of Marketing Communications in accepting the award. “It’s also extremely gratifying to see the incredibly positive response the program has received from our channel partners.”

Iberville® CI2275 duplex fitting with captive cover screw.

No more loose or lost screws!

New 90 – degree duplex fitting, fits in tight spaces and installs quickly.

  • Exclusive one-screw design
  • Captive screw on the cover
  • Allows neat installations
  • To use with AC90, ACG90 cables and FMC
  • Perfect for tight spaces
  • Possibility to hold the cover in up position
  • Zinc die cast

Microlectric® - CO Series Combination meter sockets and breaker units

New and innovative solutions that reduce installation time and costs

Microlectric® meter sockets lead the market with innovative, time-saving features. Thomas & Betts introduces three enhancements to the popular CO Series combination meter sockets/breaker units.

  • Pre-installed neutral conductor
  • Adjustable breaker bridge
  • Removable gutter

Microlectric® - Replacement part kits available for quick field installation of damaged or lost parts

Keep on-hand at the counter. Save contractors time and money for on-site repairs of damaged and lost parts.

Six different replacement kits are available and come with the following accessories for our top meter sockets sold across Canada.

  • 10 shrouds
  • 10 neutral lugs
  • 10 bond lugs
  • 10 set screws

T&B® Industrial Fittings - Quick-Connect Liquidtight Fittings Push. Tighten. Done!

The quality of the our Liquidtight system in a labour-saving Quick-Connect fitting. Innovative push-in technology with a captive sealing ring makes it installation-ready.

Flexible conduit is used in a wide variety of challenging environments. You need fittings to match.That’s why ABB offers four different liquidtight lines, including our new time-saving, Quick-Connect fittings.

  • Ideal for any industrial MRO or OEM application where high performance is required
  • Often used in food and beverage, wastewater and chemical processing industries
  • Each liquidtight fitting is designed to exceed expectations
  • Simple installation and worry-free connections

Microlectric® - The BS087 and BS090 covers meet the new standards. (french version)

Rigid temporary cover now required.Section 6.2 (F) now requires a rigid temporary cover for the meter socket opening (in the province of Quebec only).

While waiting for the installation of the meter, a rigid and rainproof cover must cover the socket opening into which the meter will be inserted. This cover must have a dielectric strength suitable for this use and be held in place by sealing ring.

ExpressTray® The fast track in cable management systems for power, voice and data cables

Reduce installation time up to 50%

Get the job done in half the time, save on your installation cost, increase your routing flexibility.

T&B Cable Tray Super-Duty Splice Plate for Steel Ladder Tray

Reduce supports and installation costs

The NEW ultra-robust Super-Duty Splice Plate allows cost-efficient expansion splicing by reducing the need for supports. Engineers, end-users and contractors benefit from significant cost reductions without sacrificing quality or structural integrity.

Iberville® Better than ever, Snap-it® nonmetallic fitting now available in 1/2 and 3/4 in.

Superior pullout performance and cost efficiency!

  • Easy “Snap-it” installation in knockouts, no tools needed
  • Snug fit eliminates movement within knockout
  • Exceeds pullout requirements, better cable secureness
  • Insertion from inside or outside of enclosures increases installation flexibility
  • Now offered in 1/2 and 3/4 in.
  • Distinctive colours to differentiate both sizes
  • CSA Certified, UL Listed
  • Designed and manufactured in Canada

Introducing the Microlectric® BP320 Series – Canada’s first self-contained 320 A meter socket

The future has arrived. Be ready to respond.

Developed to meet the increasing demand for larger service entrances, the Microlectric® BP320 Series offers unparalleled safety features and requires no external current transformer. It also meets the requirements of the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code.

The future has arrived. The Microlectric® BP320 Series will help you meet the challenges.

 

E-Z-Ground® Lay-In Lug Connector

Ideal for swimming pool grounding applications

Open-faced design enables installer to quickly lay-in grounding conductor as jumper to multiple conduits with no break in ground conductor

Iberville® BCBK-20: Adjustable box support for metal furring channel

Make mounting quick and simple with the BCBK-20 bracket

The only support on the market made especially for octogonal boxes.

Put away you metal shears! No need to build supports on site

  • Saves time and labour
  • Adjustable
  • Unique on the market
 
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Kopex-Ex® ISR Industrial Strain-Relief Fitting

Meet 100% of pullout requirements with no external clamping.

The latest in Thomas & Betts’ long line of renowned industrial cable termination products, the Kopex-Ex® ISR fitting was developed in Canada with input from end-users in the oil and gas industry. This is a high-level solution for industrial end-users looking for a superior-quality fitting that reduces installation time and costs while surpassing global standards for pullout requirements.

Ty-Rap® Stainless Steel Cable Ties & Accessories

Full line of stainless steel fastening solutions for tough environments.

In corrosive and harsh environments, the wrong cable tie can lead to failure, causing expensive downtime and safety risks. Thomas & Betts offers Ty-Rap® high-performance stainless steel cable ties and accessories for long life and durability in even the harshest environments. They are ideal for bundling, mechanical fastening and identification-indoors, outdoors and underground (including direct burial).

Blackburn® Lithium-Ion Battery-Powered Tools (V2)

The Blackburn® line of 6-ton to 15-ton compression and cutting tools is equipped with lithium-ion (Li) battery technology

  • 14.4 V lithium-ion battery offers lighter weight, longer run time, no memory effect, minimal discharge and rapid recharge
  • Visual indication of complete crimp compression (green/orange/red)
  • All tools and batteries come with a standard 5-year warranty
  • Covers a wide range of applications in both the electrical and utility markets

T&B® Cable Tray Systems
The RIGHT SOLUTIONS for Canada’s Oil & Gas Industry

What if you could reduce project costs and benefit from local expertise?

From unique tray features and high-performance products, to innovative splice plates and proven installation alternatives that minimize structural support requirements, T&B® Cable Tray provides engineers, installers and end-users with significant opportunities to reduce material and labour costs.

What’s more, because T&B Cable Tray Systems are designed and manufactured in Canada, ABB can offer quick deliveries backed by local, expert service.

ABB is committed to providing Canada’s oil and gas industry with the right solutions.


Super-Duty Splice PlateTM - Strength, Reliability and Savings

HelixTM Fitting - Go from horizontal to vertical, maximum cable protection, minimum space

Over-Support Splice Adaptor - More flexibility during installation

T&B® Cable Tray Systems
Super-Duty Splice PlateTM Strength, Reliability and Savings

Reduce structural supports and installation costs. One splice plate, two solutions.

The NEW ultra-robust Super-Duty Splice PlateTM allows cost-efficient expansion by reducing the need for structural supports. It can also be used for sturdy mid-span splicing. Engineers, end users and contractors benefit from significant cost reductions without sacrificing quality or structural integrity.

  • Use less NEMA-recommended structural supports at expansion joint, significantly reducing material and labour costs
  • Unique, reinforced design eliminates the need to drill and install additional hardware on the flange saving time during installation
  • Nylon washers make movement easier and reduce friction
  • No lubrication of siderail required during installation or maintenance

T&B® Cable Tray Systems
HelixTM Fitting - Go from horizontal to vertical, maximum cable protection, minimum space.

Introducing the HelixTM cable tray fitting. Efficiency is in its DNA.

Making transitions from horizontal to vertical cable tray runs has never been easier or more efficient.

The latest evolution in cable tray fittings, the Helix™ fitting assembly was developed specifically for use in confined areas. It allows installers to transition from horizontal to vertical surfaces in less time, using significantly less space.

  • Enables installation close to walls and other surfaces, eliminating need for distance
  • Provides enhanced cable protection in confine spaces
  • Secures cables within fitting for clean, organized cable runs

SpeedTray®
Light duty aluminum cable tray system

So strong. So lightweight

Made of strong, lightweight aluminum, the SpeedTray® system is easy to handle and speedy to install.

It is ideally suited for applications such as:

  • Telecom and CATV wiring
  • LAN cabling and wiring closets
  • Complete kit for 400 A overhead installation
  • Marine vessel wiring
  • Light-duty electrical wiring projects in commercial or industrial facilities

Microlectric®
Service entrance mast accessories

A complete line of 400 A accessories for overhead meter socket installations

Microlectric® now has a full range of service entrance mast accessories for 400 A overhead installations.

  • Heavy-duty 400 A spool rack
  • 4-inch neoprene roof flange
  • Complete kit for 400 A overhead installation
  • 2-1/2-inch two-hole roof flange for overhead parallel runs
  • CSA certified
  • Designed and manufactured in Canada