There is little doubt that the future of personal transport here in the UK will be via electric power, as the Government is committed to ending the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040. In addition, a recent Government announcement of a £40 million investment in the charging point infrastructure needed for electric vehicles is a clear indication that this sector will grow rapidly.
Although electric vehicles and their charging technology are at the forefront of today’s automotive industry, the process of building the charging stations has much in common with manufacturing other electrical or control panels. Panels of all types have multiple cables, and proper management of the different types and sizes of cable being installed is essential if the highest levels of safety and reliability are to be achieved.
Earlier this year Buttkereit enhanced their cable management portfolio through a new partnership agreement with Italian manufacturer Detas SpA and have a broad range of solutions available for manufacturers of EV charging stations. As is often the case in panel building, certain cables are pre-terminated, and to avoid potential reliability and warranty issues, it is essential that these cables can be installed without removing the original connectors. This is achieved using the DES system that comprises of a selection of frames and inserts. The frames have been designed to be capable of accepting multiple insert types, to provide the highest level of flexibility in cable sizes and configuration.
For standard, non-terminated cable types, the range includes a wide selection of gland plates. This part of the DES range offers an innovative alternative to the standard cable glands often found on electrical and electronic cabinets and equipment. The cable is pushed through a front membrane, whilst an integrated second membrane increases the strain relief and liquid resistance. The comprehensive range offers protections levels up to IP66, strain relief to EN 62444 and a sturdy construction rating up to IK10.
Martin Buttkereit commented: “We have definitely seen an increase in demand this year for our DES range of cable management systems from companies involved in the production of EV charging stations. These charging stations have many of the same characteristics and requirements as other types of electrical panel. They need to be safe to use, watertight and offer protection from rodents. If the cable management challenges are addressed properly, then once installed, the systems will offer the highest levels of reliability. Our wide range of solutions for both internal cable management and through panel applications are simple to install and offer highest levels of protection for this type of system which has to operate in extremes of temperature and in all weather conditions.”
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