BSI Kitemark Approved testing for cables
As the first company to achieve the BSI Cable Testing Verification Kitemark, Eland Cables is proud to be able to test its cables under this new programme from the British Standards Institute (BSI).
Extensive testing in our UKAS accredited ISO 17025 laboratory under a rigorous BSI surveillance programme gives cables a valuable third-party approval that demonstrates quality and compliance.
The value of the KitemarkTM
Globally recognised, the BSI Kitemark is a symbol that demands respect. Over 82% of UK adults recognise both the Kitemark and understand what it stands for:
Safety: 93% believe a Kitemark product is safer
Quality: 91% say the Kitemark gives the reassurance of quality
Trust: 88% have more trust in Kitemark products
Reputation: 88% believe a Kitemark product comes from a reputable company
Our Kitemark and the testing regime
For a particular cable to hold Kitemark approval it requires The Cable Lab® to test the individual components of every batch of cables made available for sale in our Denaby distribution centre. Every size and every core configuration within a cable range are tested prior to being released to our customers.
British and European standards for each cable layer, from the conductor resistance to the outer sheathing tensile and elongation measurements, are determined and measured, with the test methodology controlled by our UKAS accreditation. The test criteria depends on the individual cable construction. This in-depth testing allows our technical experts to assert that the cables meet the performance and safety criteria required of the product, and so can be marked as holding the BSI Cable Testing Verification Kitemark.
Example BSI Kitemark testing standards
|Test||British / European standard|
|Conductor Resistance||BS EN 50395 Clause 5|
|Voltage Test on Completed Cable||BS EN 50395 Clause 6|
|Insulation Resistance||BS EN 50395 Clause 8|
|Ovality||BS EN 50395 Clause 4.4|
|Tensile & Elongation Insulation||BS EN 60811-501|
|Tensile & Elongation Sheath||BS EN 60811-501|
|Test Under Fire Conditions||BS EN 60332-1-2|
BSI Kitemark approved cables
Our BSI Cable Testing Verification Kitemark programme allows us to test a wide range of cables against the relevant British and European standards. Our Veriflex® range is the first family of cables to all hold the Kitemark approval, with further cables in our extensive portfolio set to follow in due course.
We recognise the value the Kitemark holds, notably in certain markets, and are looking to support our customers with the quality and compliance assurances they seek.
Kitemark approved cables for Projects
The BSI Kitemark can provide valuable additional due diligence in the specification and selection of cables and their chosen supply chain. For large-scale or high-profile projects our Kitemark testing programme is designed so we can provide cables direct from our stockholding, tested to the same exacting and rigorous standards, across the breadth of a project's requirements. It demonstrates a clear and dedicated commitment to cable compliance and excellence.
A Word from BSI
As the first company to achieve the BSI Cable Batch Verification Kitemark, Eland Cables sets a new benchmark in cable compliance. The rigorous and extensive testing programme they undertake in their UKAS laboratory, under our ongoing surveillance, tests the cables to British and international standards for key safety criteria. The BSI Kitemark is one of the most recognised symbols of quality and safety and by certifying their cables against the scheme, Eland Cables can demonstrate that its cables meet the highest standards."
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The Cable Lab®
UKAS-accredited specialist cable testing laboratory
The Cable Lab® our in-house cable testing facility, is UKAS-accredited to ISO 17025, which is the single most important standard for calibration and testing laboratories around the world. Accreditation to this international standard demonstrates our laboratory's technical competence and the accuracy of its results.
For our customers, it means peace of mind. They can have full confidence in the quality of our products and can demonstrate due diligence in selecting their cable supplier.
Our customers can also rely on the Cable Lab's services for an independent, objective and comprehensive quality assessment of cables procured from third parties.
About Eland Cables
Established in 1975, Eland Cables is a supplier of power, data, instrumentation and control cables and cable accessories to the world's most demanding industries and to some of its most prestigious projects. Our reputation is built on an unswerving focus on quality, technical expertise and customer service.
Our focus on quality has resulted in our in-house specialist cable testing facility securing the ISO 17025 accreditation. This certifies the competence, impartiality and performance capability of our laboratory and its evaluations. In turn, it means peace of mind for our customers with regard to the quality of the cables they source from us.
Our highly-qualified technical team is on hand to provide technical support with all aspects of cable selection, technical specification, regulatory requirements, and bespoke cable design and manufacture.
We are a key contributor to projects in over 100 countries every year, adding value through comprehensive technical support, reliable logistics, innovative solutions, and a customer-centric approach.