Cable Containment Systems FAQ’s


Cable containment systems are a necessary part of many electrical installations, from data cabling through to mains distribution. There are a wide variety of containment systems available with their role being to correctly and safely organise cables in an attractive yet accessible manner. They tend not to be used exclusively for a particular type of wiring system and the systems employed are very much decided by the budget and business needs.

What is a Cable Tray System?

One of the most common cable containment systems we use is a cable tray, which comprises a unit or set of units and fittings that form a rigid structure which secures or supports electrical cables and raceways. Much like a ladder, it allows the safe transport of wires across open spaces and is a skeleton-like part of a building’s electrical system.

What is a Conduit System?

Conduits are tubes that are employed to protect and route wiring and come in a range of materials. Which sort of material conduit is used is largely dependent on the factors of the installation, for example, wiring that passes through a damp area, then PVC or galvanised metal is the best fit to avoid rust and water intrusion. Conduit systems are secured using saddles and lengths on conduit are connected by couplings.

What is a Trunking System?

Trunking is one of the few cable containment systems that can be bent and joined into complex configurations making it ideal for any wires that need to be at height, obscured from view or that run through a high traffic area. There are a couple of variations of trunking including mini trunking, which is used for installations with a minimal amount of cabling. It often comes with self-adhesive and can be attached to a wall – it is particularly useful for data entry points. Another variation sin Dado trunking, which is used in buildings with lots of data or power outlets, allowing these cables to be trunked together.

For more information about our cable containment systems call our team on 01782 595 600.

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