By June 10, 2016 Read More →

All Cables Are Not The Same (ACANTS) launch great success

Prysmian is staging a series of roadshows to demonstrate how cables that may look similar can perform very differently, highlighting the potential dangers of selecting poor quality products.

The “All Cables Are Not The Same” (ACANTS) roadshow was launched in April, with further events planned throughout the summer.

ACANTS was a response to an influx of substandard cable products from across Europe and beyond. Prysmian identified a need to demonstrate to the whole supply chain the importance of selecting the right cable and conceived the roadshow format.

Hosted by the BBC’s Dallas Campbell, the inaugural ACANTS roadshow took place at Port Solent near Portsmouth with an audience of wholesalers, installers and electrical contractors.

Future events will be staged across the UK including Manchester and London. Using videos and live demonstrations of testing procedures, the roadshows vividly illustrate how differently individual cables perform. The premise was simply to collect cable samples from the market and test them in Prysmian facilities for the characteristics they should offer or claim to offer to see the results.

Several tests were undertaken, with some being filmed in the Prysmian fire test laboratories. Films of the most dramatic fire testing were screened, highlighting the financial and life threatening effects of choosing the wrong cable.

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