Eland Cables, first to achieve BSI Cable Batch Verification Kitemark

Eland Cables, the global supplier of power, data, control and instrumentation cables and cable accessories, has become the UK’s first company to be awarded BSI’s Cable Batch Verification Kitemark – described by BSI as “a new benchmark in cable compliance”.

BSI Technical Certification Expert, Paul Turner, said: “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 including vertical flame propagation, constructional compliance, insulation resistance, tensile & elongation, heat shock, and RoHS compliance.

“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.”

The market is increasingly aware of compliance and of the responsibilities throughout the supply chain to be able to demonstrate this. The BSI Cable Batch Verification Kitemark sees compliance determined by testing the individual components – the conductor, the insulation and other constructional layers – elements that are bound by British and European standards such as BS EN 60228 which sets out the test methods applied to conductor resistance. This testing regime, and the Kitemark that is applied upon meeting these standards, gives comfort that they will perform as designed. These tests are carried out in Eland Cables’ in-house UKAS accredited testing facility, The Cable Lab, under a rigorous BSI surveillance programme.

Eland Cables is marking this achievement with the launch of its own brand industrial automation cables – the Veriflex range – including SY, CY, YY, Servo, PUR and fieldbus cables.

It is anticipated that the roll-out of BSI Kitemark approved cables will continue across Eland Cables’ broad portfolio, identifying cable groups where this third-party approval is of value for due diligence when specifying products and selecting supply chain partners.