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Don't compromise on quality, says Schneider Electric

Following a surge of reports from contractors who have tried to use substandard cable clips that have resulted in poor quality installations, Schneider Electric, the global energy management specialist, is highlighting the importance of buying quality products from the start of a project. The company is urging customers to recognise that although the price may seem attractive, the end result could cost significantly more if corrections have to be made.

Albeit small and perhaps often underrated, cable clips are a vital part of electrical installations. Used in a wide range of applications – residential, commercial and industrial – cable clips have to endure difficult conditions, including hot and dry, cold and wet, or in environments with salt spray or high levels of acidity. So what may seem like a simple product actually has to perform to an incredibly high standard to withstand these challenging settings.

Unless quality cable clips are invested in, contractors will find the products they initially thought were value for money, prove to be unreliable. With the need to stand up against a range of tough environments, substandard products are likely to need replacing soon after the initial installation.

Schneider Electric is offering advice to customers looking to buy cable clips to ensure they are not purchasing a lesser quality product. Firstly, a cable clip that has been manufactured cheaply can be detected by examining the strength of the pin. If the pin is too soft, it will bend rather than penetrating the surface. Equally, if the pin is too hard, then it may break or even shatter.

In addition, contractors should be aware of the quality issues surrounding the plastic moulding. Manufacturers such as Schneider Electric have been working hard to ensure that the balance is right between strength and flexibility. Problems may not be seen during an initial installation, but after a few months poorer quality cable clips can break due to a number of reasons including exposure to UV, salt, acid or alkaline. A damaged cable clip can cause potential risks such as hanging cables or excess strain being placed on cable terminals.

With a wealth of cable clip manufacturing experience through its Tower and Thorsman brands, Schneider Electric strives to provide its customers with top quality, value for money merchandise. It believes that by paying even just a few pence more, customers will get the reassurance of years of experience from a reliable and reputable company. In addition, if contractors use a trusted company they can be safe in the knowledge they are not risking their own reputation by using substandard products that will inevitably lead to a poorer end result.

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