Third-party testing and certification to improve cable products

Third party, independent testing and certification is becoming increasingly important as buyers and contractors alike continue to seek and establish distinct differences between one supplier and another.


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Apart from technical specifications, factors that can influence customer decision-making can include compliance, corporate and social responsibility, and most importantly, commercial advantages.

With new technology and infrastructure placing more pressure than before on electrical grids, cable quality is more critical than ever. Cable is essential to business operations and many daily activities, including powering building infrastructures with enough light and power supplies to run computers and operational equipment. Understandably, in today’s fast-moving and developing world, cable manufacturers seek to distinguish themselves clearly from their competition. One effective solution lies in appointing Basec to perform product testing and certification. In obtaining third-party verification, manufacturers can evidence that products are compliant, of a specific quality and safe to use.

Cable quality may be unwittingly taken for granted, which can have serious consequences, as faulty appliances and wiring are known to be the second most common cause of dangerous faults and fires. As cable is installed in our homes and workplaces, quality must be a key concern. Cable products that function and operate as they should, are crucial in the event of an emergency, as they are central to ensuring that equipment continues to run as needed. Malfunctioning cable products could incapacitate those within the vicinity, impairing their senses, making evacuation difficult to undertake. The systems implemented to aid safety could also fail, causing already dangerous situations to worsen and increasing the levels of risk.

In choosing Basec as your preferred third-party testing and certification partner, cable manufacturers can put measures in place to protect their business, their customers and the reputations of both parties. Basec’s service offering ensures that cable products are tested to the most rigorous levels, in order that they meet and comply with recognised and required standards for both quality and safety. High levels of consistency and compliance are extremely important because cable products are everywhere; used in operations in many of the world’s toughest environments and in some of the most highly-regulated industries. Quality cable goes a long way to minimising health and safety risks. If a fire were to ignite within a public facility or factory, this could cause costly damage and even the loss of life.

For example, if a fire were to break out in a hospital this would place patients and employees in immediate danger. Bringing this example specifically back to poor cable quality, if the cables on fire alarm systems themselves were of poor or incorrect quality, they may burn and become inoperable. This would compromise their functionality and in turn, prevent their primary function to occur, that is, to warn the building’s occupants of the fire risk. If, however, the wrong type of cable or material make-up had been installed, the cable could produce unsafe volumes of corrosive gases as it burns, placing patients at greater risk. Should a small-scale fire occur, in contrast, cables that supply power to medical equipment could be damaged, meaning that medical services could be interrupted. The potential for these scenarios to occur can easily be avoided with the use of the correct application and quality of cable products required to achieve key performance characteristics.

Basec’s cable product approvals include testing for electrical, mechanical, material, chemical and fire+smoke performance to British, European, international and a range of customer-specific or local standards. A Basec certified product approval symbolises the depth to which that product has been tested and acts to provide buyers and contractors with complete peace of mind. The Basec mark also represents that the product is fit-for-purpose, in that it is the product it says it is, and its compliance to the highest standards, including safety, will provide many years of reliable operation. It also reinforces the manufacturers’ commitment to producing high quality cable. Certification can also be obtained for manufacturers’ management systems including: ISO 9001 for quality, ISO 14001 for environmental and ISO 45001 for health and safety.

Elliot Skinner, Basec

British Approvals Service for Cables (Basec)

 Presley House, Presley Way, Crownhill

 Milton Keynes, MK8 0ES/England

 Contact person is Mr. Elliot Skinner

 Tel.: +44 1908 267300



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