CPR Electrical cables. Updates to 2020
It’s been three years since the entry into force, also in the world of cables, of the construction products regulation (UE 305/2011) better known by the acronym CPR. As many know, the entry into force of this regulation has imposed permanently a classification on cables in buildings and in other civil engineering works, subjecting thus the cables themselves to new tests for the verification of fire resistance.
The need to overcome tests never sustained before (as the dripping during fire) meant that a whole series of new insulators (rubbers and PVC) and sheaths (PVC) with improved performance had to be used.
After an initial phase of study and testing, the producers all focused their attention on the so-called market cables which obviously constitute the hard core of the commercial offer of the different companies. Thus, already in July 2017 the FG16OR16, FG16OM16 and FS17 families were available on the market to replace the older FG7OR, FG7OM1 and N07V-K respectively.
But after this first step, even if important, we found ourselves facing a brand new world starting with the FG17 cables for which we had to wait a few months before having them certified, generating a new type of product (the old N07G9-K were no longer produced and the new cables were not yet available and certified) and then continuing for all the digital and analogic communication cables that represent the neural system of any building or structure.
Consequently, during the first half of 2018 up to 2019 the manufacturers have, from time to time, proposed their UTP, FTP, optical fiber cables with the most varied classifications starting from the Eca up to the most performing one: the B2ca.
Therefore, we arrive to 2020 with the introduction of the new version of the CEI 20-45 standard which established the new fire resistant cable FTG18OM16 in category B2ca.
CPR for electrical cables, today
Today, we can claim that we have covered in practice all types of signaling, transmission and LV cables not forgetting the MV cables which from the end of 2020 will be exclusively in class Cca.
COM-CAVI, since the beginning of the introduction of the new types of cables in the market, has tried to be constantly updated and to perpetually study the product. Today we can say that we have one of the most complete certified product ranges also thanks to our subsidiary CABLES AND EQUIPMENTS which is the owner of a whole series of CPR certifications on instrumental cables.
Certainly, our pride is the families of instrumental cables FG16XHOHM16 both armoured and without it but also and above all the FG16OH2R16 Cca s1, d1, a1. However, our strongest point is represented by the AFG16OM16 flexible aluminium cable that concentrates the lightness and competitiveness of aluminium and the flexibility and ease of installation of copper.
Thanks to a great technical effort we were able to certify our product in class Cca s1, d1, a1. Hence, we are back to the present day and we can proudly affirm that we have completed the transition that has taken almost three years and that has brought a complete remodelling and revolution of cable families for the exclusive benefit of security and safety.