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Ellis patents goes nuclear

Market leading cable cleat manufacturer, Ellis Patents has been chosen by AREVA NP GmbH for the qualification and delivery of its Emperor trefoil cleats and Protect intermediate straps for OL3 – a new Evolutionary Power Reactor (EPR) currently being built in Finland.

Ellis patents goes nuclear

Areva, a world leader in the design and construction of nuclear power plants, and the supply of fuel, maintenance and modernisation services, selected Ellis Patents due to its good products, proven technical expertise and substantial industrial references. Furthermore, the cleats and straps, which will be used for bundling single core cables, were deemed to be easy to assemble and have good ageing resistance.

Richard Shaw, managing director of Ellis Patents, said: "This is a significant specification in its own right, but is hopefully only the tip of the iceberg as the EPR is a model developed by Areva NP, EDF and Siemens AG, the blueprint of which the companies intend to use for all future power stations they are contracted to build."

In order to secure the specification Ellis Patents’ Emperor cleats were short-circuit tested to demonstrate their suitability for the installation.

"The importance of cable cleats is often underestimated, and we are delighted that Areva and the other EPR partners were willing to listen to us and specify suitable product for this installation," added Richard. "The sooner everyone else appreciates that all an under specified cable cleat will do in a short circuit scenario is create more shrapnel the better, and safer, for us all."

Ellis Patents’ Emperor cable cleats are designed for use where the highest levels of short circuit withstand are required, and are available for both trefoil and single cable applications. All products in the range are manufactured in type 316 stainless steel, meaning they provide ultimate corrosion protection, even in the harshest of environments.

The benefits of the Emperor cleats also extend to a unique, patented design, which makes installation quick and easy, and an integral LSF zero halogen polymeric liner and base pad that protects and cushions cables during short circuit conditions.

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