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Cord Bend Testing

The purpose of this test is to confirm the robustness of a supply cord at the point of entry to an electrical appliance. The point of entry for the cable is often a likely point of failure as the cable is excessively bent and flexed at this point against the hard corners of the appliance. (Please note: Cord bend testing is not a requirement for appliances with retractable power cable.)

The test and apparatus used is designed to comply with the following standards; IEC 60227-2 clause , IEC 60227-2 clause 3.2 and IEC 60335-1 clause 25.14.



The cord bend test sees a sample of cord of appropriate length fixed in the apparatus and then loaded with a weight having a mass of 0.5kg. A current of about 0.1A shall pass through the conductors of the cable.

The sample is then bent back and forwards in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the axes of the conductors, the two extreme positions making an angle of 90° on both sides of the vertical. The flexing is a movement through 180° and the rate of flexing is 60 per minute for 60,000 cycles, 120,000 single strokes.

There should be no interruption of the current during this time with the apparatus automatically indicatnig any such failure.

Following the test the cable is then subject to a further voltage withstand test of 1.5kV in accordance with IEC 60227-2 clauses 2.2, applied between the conductors and water the cable is immersed in.

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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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