Utility equipment: Cable joints make cable splicing easier

Line construction: Thomas & Betts’ SHRINK-FIT Cable Joints combine the convenience of pre-molded splicing with the range-taking versatility of cold-shrink methods into one, easy-to-install solution.

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Line construction: Elastimold® SHRINK-FIT® Cable Joints from Thomas & Betts (T&B) combine 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,” Ralph Donati, product marketing director at T&B, said. “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.

Thomas & Betts Corporation, a member of the ABB Group, is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of essential components used to manage the connection, distribution, transmission and reliability of electrical power in utility, industrial, commercial, and residential applications. With a portfolio of more than 200,000 products marketed under more than 45 premium brand names, Thomas & Betts products are found wherever electricity is used. Thomas & Betts’ headquarters are in Memphis, Tenn.

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