Wiring duct upgrades ease wire layout, installation
Thomas & Betts Ty-Duct includes many improvements over prior wiring ducts, including a grooved cover for better grip, protective write-on cover film, and a wire-organizing design.
Thomas & Betts (TB), manufacturer of fastening and wire management products, introduced Ty-Duct wiring duct, a wire management system for controlling cables in point-to-point wiring, within electrical enclosures, machine building, and data/communications panels and closets. Design enables easy installation and use in environments from -40 to 140 °F.
Kevin Baker, product manager for TB's Industrial Products Group, says Ty-Duct's two-point contact design allows installation with less force than other wiring duct products. Triple restricted slots also speed installation while allowing better wire retention in the duct. A universal mounting clip permits use of a snap-in divider, to accommodate nylon cable ties or hook and loop fasteners. Embossed holes enable “combo buttons” to be installed after the duct has been riveted to the panel. It has UL 94 flammability rating of V-0; conforms to NFPA 79-2002, Section 14.3.1 requirement for flame-retardant material; is CE compliant; and CSA- and RoHS-certified. A protective cover film can be marked or labeled with temporary ink. Cover is also grooved to provide a better grip for installation and removal. It has tooling and accessories and comes in solid, wide-slot, narrow-slot, and round-hole types.
—Edited by Mark T. Hoske, editor-in-chief, Control Engineering
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