Utility tools: The Elastimold® Shrink-Fit Cable Joint from Thomas & Betts combines the convenience of pre-molded splicing with the range-taking versatility of cold-shrink methods into one, easy-to-install solution. The Elastimold® Shrink-Fit Cable Joint features a single-piece body that can be quickly installed using a self-ejecting plastic support core, which can be easily removed by hand.
The Elastimold® Shrink-Fit Cable Joint is made of high-quality, molded EPDM elastomer, offering the same high durability, quality and reliability of other Elastimold® molded rubber products. The Shrink-Fit method uses no ripcords and no heat, making installation fast, simple and safe.
“The Elastimold® Shrink-Fit Cable Joint combines all the best elements of the various cable splicing methods into one product,” said Chad Smith, vice president, product management and marketing, at Thomas & Betts. “Our customers were looking for a cost-effective alternative to pre-molded joints that featured the range-taking convenience of currently-available cold-shrink products, but without the use of ripcords or integral braids. We drew upon nearly 50 years of experience in designing molded power products, and responded with the first ever pre-molded, cold-shrinkable power cable joint.”
The Elastimold® Shrink-Fit Cable Joint’s four-piece plastic support core reinforces the openings at both sides of the joint. To create a splice, insert the joint. After preparing and joining the cables together with a connector, according to the instructions, cut the strapping bands on the elastomer Shrink-Fit joint, and the joint will contour itself around the splice as it pushes the pieces of the plastic core out of both sides.
After the splice has been completed, cable neutrals can be re-connected easily over the body of the joint without having to use potentially dangerous spring clamps and without having to sacrifice any conductivity in the shield.
The Elastimold® Shrink-Fit Cable Joint covers a wide range of cable sizes and can be used with either a standard aluminum or optional copper compression splice. A wide variety of optional kits are available for custom shielding and jacket restoration, based on individual needs and requirements.