HellermannTyton adds Flex to adhesive cable tie mounts

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HellermannTyton announces FlexTack, a new line of adhesive cable tie mounts designed to adhere to curved and moderately angled surfaces. Available immediately, the product enables installers to route wires, cables and hoses along areas that were once considered off limits.

The mounts incorporate a high-bond acrylic adhesive pad on one side and a four-way cable tie channel on the other. FlexTack is designed to work with 18- to 50-pound cable ties.

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“We’ve made it possible to mount bundles nondestructively in places where, traditionally, only a screw mount would do the job,” said Associate Product Manager Jessica Leverance. “This will come as great news to OEMs in several electrical markets such as appliance and machine builders.”

FlexTack is designed for use on varnished, powder coated, bare metal or plastic surfaces. Manufactured of heat-stabilized PA66 nylon, it is available in both black and white to complement aesthetics.

— Solar Builder magazine

Aw Snap: We look at the Solar Raceway wire management solution

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Fresh eyes are valuable every now and then. That was the position New York Manufacturing found itself in when it was approached by a large building products company to assist with its wire management needs. Their solar installations were continually plagued by one common theme: wire management. Like many other solar companies before them, their only choice was to manage wire using PVC cable trays or an extremely labor intensive EMT conduit. PVC can become brittle in a strong UV environment and it’s also a liability in fire prevention scenarios. Surely there was something better.

New York Manufacturing actively sought out feedback from dozens of solar installers, electricians and roofing experts. Based on the industry’s input, the company started to piece together a solution. The number one feature sought out was the ability to have an open tray, drop-in system. While electricians and installers love their job, they do not enjoy the hurdles of pulling wires. Electricians also expressed a need to armor wires from damage whether it be physical, weather or pesky rodents.

The result of these conversations was, Solar Raceway, has grown to become a complete wire management solution for the solar industry. Let’s look and see how it addresses the issues.

Pop the top off

So, something tough that both protects wires and doesn’t require wire pulling. It sounds like a bad riddle but after seeing Solar Raceway, the solution seems obvious.

The material choice was easy. To hold up in the wide variety of environments and elements that PV systems are exposed to, anodized aluminum extrusion was the best choice — a material with a high salt rating that is light weight and recyclable that will last years past the life expectancy of the modules themselves.

With Solar Raceway, the only bill of material items needed are the base, the bottom tray and the cover. Each component is designed to snap and lock into each other. Once the base is attached you would then snap the bottom tray into position. Now it’s time to drop your wires in and snap the top cover in place. Done.

The closed system is secure, while offering protection from the elements and rodents, but the top can be quickly removed for maintenance access. Picture an installer snapping in the trays, laying out the wiring of the entire system, testing everything and then snapping in the covers as a final step. Even if you don’t wait until the end, or find a connector issue down the road, the covers can be popped off to address any issues.

Versatility is another key benefit of the system. “We wanted it to be designed so that it can go up a wall vertically,” says Sal Anselmo, president of Solar Raceway. “We have a slot within the raceway in which the supplied wire retainer clips can be located, so you can take it from the roof, go off a rise area and continue, even install it upside down.”

The tough exterior doesn’t mean rigidity. Chad Carta, COO of Solar Raceway, says the Raceway comes in three sizes (1.5, 2.5 and 3.5 in.), two lengths (8 and 12 ft) and is agnostic to racking and module selection. So, there are many options in terms of layout. The size will depend on how you are using the raceway and what fill ratio will be needed. The 1.5-in. size was launched this year and came about due to a demand from smaller arrays and cross-between. On the other end, if you need 5 in. of diameter, two systems can be run side by side to accommodate that need.

“Some installers use it as a pure conduit replacement because they are tired of pulling wires and run it all the way down the back of the array,” Carta says. “Or some use a larger size and run perpendicular to the array where all of the wires that clipped on the backside of the panel feed to one central tray that will run back to the inverter.”

The Solar Raceway is already moving beyond rooftops. One no-brainer segment is carports if for no other reason than the aesthetics and how easy it is to install upside down. But it’s also finding a home in ground-mount systems.

“We’ve been surprised by the interest in ground mount applications,” Carta says. “These are projects that need to meet certain codes depending on the state or village, and they don’t like hanging wires or leaving them unprotected. This system protects the wires, so they don’t have to put a fence around the site. We were able to reduce the wire management for a large ground-mount system by 50 percent — run right down the middle, tied in with the rubber grommets and then just a short lead from the J-boxes.”

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— Solar Builder magazine

New Button Mount with Cable Tie and Locking Clamp now available from HellermannTyton

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HellermannTyton, a specialist in the design and manufacture of robust solar fasteners, announces a high-performance Button Mount with Cable Tie and Locking Clamp. The two products fit the predrilled holes of most solar modules. They are rated for extended life in demanding outdoor environments and available for immediate shipping.

The Button Mount with Cable Tie fits most module holes and requires zero insertion force. Once placed through the module’s frame, installers can insert the included Solar Tie through the mount on the frame’s opposite surface.

The Locking Clamp fully closes and locks over a cable bundle. This fastener features an integrated fir tree mount for easy installation and includes a saddle for adding an optional Solar Tie and extending its bundle capacity. Designed with single-axis trackers in mind, it demonstrates exceptional extraction resistance.

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“Many installers run standard cable ties directly through sharp module holes, probably because it’s fast and easy; but unfortunately, those ties will fail prematurely,” said Product Marketing Manager – Energies Nick Korth. “So, we made these mounts easy to install but tough enough to withstand sun, wind and movement within module holes for years.”

Both products fit holes from 9×12 mm to 9×14 mm and can manage several cables. They are manufactured of high impact modified, heat-resistant, UV stabilized material, which is ideal for long-term performance in the full range of weather and climate extremes.

Full brochure is located right here.

— Solar Builder magazine

Heyco introduces four new cable tie products

Heyco has recently added multiple new products to its already extensive line of Cable Ties including Nylon 12, Blind Mount, Releasable, and HEYBite Cable Ties. Let’s meet the newbies.

Heyco cable ties

Heyco Nylon 12 Cable Ties are weather/UV resistant and suitable for high moisture, corrosive (zinc chloride and dilute acids) and low temperature indoor or outdoor applications. These ties are available in various lengths to accommodate a variety of different bundle sizes ranging from 1.44″ all the way up to 4.00″ bundles and the tensile strengths range from 40lbs all the way up to 100lbs.

Heyco blind mount cable tie

Heyco Blind Mount Cable Ties have a low insertion force with high pull out retention capabilities and can be mounted in either a through hold or a blind hole of proper depth. Due to the blind mount being assembled to the cable tie, no additional components are required.

Heyco releasable cable tie

Heyco Releasable Cable Ties have a locking mechanism that can be released so that wires can be added or removed from the bundle without cutting or otherwise damaging the cable tie.

Heybites

The HEYBite Clip mounts easily to frames and panel edges without the need for mounting holes or adhesives. The metal locking teeth bite easily into frames and panel edges, yet provide high removal resistance. HEYBites’ two piece assembly easily adjusts to various bundle diameters.

— Solar Builder magazine

Advanced Cable Ties debuts new Nylon 12 tie for solar installations

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Advanced Cable Ties, Inc. announces another significant new product introduction, NYLON 12 Cable Ties, molecularly designed to withstand the harsh rays of the sun and corrosive outdoor elements. (PRNewsfoto/Advanced Cable Ties)

Advanced Cable Ties, Inc. announces another significant new product introduction, NYLON 12 Cable Ties, molecularly designed to withstand the harsh rays of the sun and corrosive outdoor elements.

The unique properties of Nylon 12 make it the choice for engineers designing for Solar and Wind Power Applications as well as other extreme climate environments. Nylon 12 Cable Ties resist temperature fluctuations, are chemical resistant, and insensitive to stress cracking. The smooth edges eliminate abrasion damage and won’t cut into panel cables. Low water absorption and high density maintains the stability of the cable tie providing ultra-long lasting performance for solar panel systems.

Advanced Cable Ties produces a complete range of sizes from 5″ up to a 14″ heavy duty in convenient contractor packaging of 100 per bag and 1,000 per case, proudly made in their Gardner, Massachusetts facility.

Established in 1994, Advanced Cable Ties, Inc. is a privately owned, leading, full-line manufacturer of cable ties and wiring accessories made in the U.S.A.

— Solar Builder magazine