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Cable Snatch Testing

Snatch Testing is conducted on tinsel cord to determine whether it will fail in service should a specific force be exerted on the cable. The requirements for the test are defined in the standards IEC 60227-1 Clause and IEC 60227-2 Clause 3.3 and the methodology is followed under UKAS accredited test conditions.



Cord snatch test

Thermoplastic and Thermosetting insulated cables can be tested, which sees the cable connected to a 0.5kg weight (5N*1)and elevated to a height of 0.5m. The cable has a current of 230V, 50Hz supply passed through it. 


Cord Snatch Testing


Cables meeting the following criteria can be tested under our UKAS accreditation for Cord Snatch Testing:


Thickness of Insulation specified value (mm) Mean overall Dimensions (Lower Limit) (mm) Mean overall dimensions (Upper Limit) (mm) Minimum insulation resistance at 70oC (MΩ.km) Maximum conductor resistance at 20oC (Ω/km)
0.8 2.2 x 4.4 3.5 x 7.0 0.019 270


The test sees the weight electromagnetically released to drop simply using gravity, with the cable assessed to determine continued operation each time. Each test is recorded in real time, and any failure or break in the conductivity is alerted. The snatch test is repeated 5 times before the cable is deemed to have passed. 



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The Cable Lab®

UKAS-accredited specialist cable testing laboratory

About Eland Cables

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

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.

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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.

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