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Design your own cable entry plates

Hylec-APL has introduced a cable entry plate that can speed-up the wiring process and cut costs in applications that require a range of cables to enter a junction box or enclosure.

The plate can be built-up using a range of pre-formed push-fit IP65 cable entry options, allowing custom combinations of cable entries in one enclosure. Interestingly, the company tells us that the entire design and build process can be carried out using a photorealistic 3D application on the company’s website,


Terry Spriggs, product marketing manager for Hylec-APL, takes up the story. He said: "The idea is to avoid situations where many different sized holes have to be drilled and a large number of odd cable glands fitted. Intended mainly for OEM customers and large volume users, the new plates fit into frames that can be screwed to bulkheads or larger enclosures allowing very fast entry for a large number of cables."

To help customers design the entry plate Hylec-APL has added a free 3D online configurator to its website which allows users to customise and visualise the Design-A-Flange, choosing various cable entry options and adding any necessary cable glands or grommets.

Using a ‘drag and drop’ function, users choose which size base plate they wish to start with and drag it to the ‘working area’. Once the base plate has been selected a number of different size inserts can be positioned in the plate, with cable glands and grommets added where required.

Once the user is happy with the set up of the plate there are a number of options available. It is possible to name and save a number of different designs, allowing users to easily recreate popular set-ups; it is also possible to save the designs as a pdf or to print them straight from the page.

The plates are made from fibreglass re-enforced polypropylene which provides an operational temperature range of between -20°C to +125°C. This ensures that the flange will not weaken the overall integrity of the application to which it is fixed. They are also compact and easy to install, employing a low protrusion design which takes up very little space, allowing discreet and aesthetically pleasing installations.

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