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[ Spotlight: Counterfeit cable ]


the cable back through the supply chain. Never accept cable without markings, especially if no details of the manufacturer are included. ACI recommends, as a minimum, purchasing cable with


independent third-party certification – for example with a HAR, BASEC or LPCB mark – and also stating with each order the British Standard number with which the cable should comply. There are further checks that can be completed at the


moment of delivery to site. Here, the installer needs to check what has been purchased and inspect the product. Is it what has been specified? It is important to make sure records of purchases and deliveries are maintained, so that what has been installed can be checked against what has been purchased and against the original specification. Maintaining a quality management system to ISO 9001 can help in this instance. Commissioning regular tests and cable inspections is the


final opportunity a contractor has to check a cable before it is installed. This needs to be rigorously carried out, and where a problem is found it is important to check once more the specification against the cable to be installed – including brands and trademarks where appropriate to understand the nature of the issue. Where there is doubt or concern, the ACI will test – free


of charge – samples of cables suspected of being unsafe or non-approved, and can provide guidance to installers on the necessary ‘next steps’.


WHY TAKE RISKS WITH YOUR REPUTATION?


When choosing cables for today’s highly demanding needs, you want the reassurance that you have chosen the best, without compromise. By installing BASEC approved cable you know you are choosing peace of mind over lingering doubt, cable that has been rigorously tested through a rigid approvals process. Cable that will deliver without question what is expected each and every time.


Be aware – be vigilant Six months on from its launch, the ACI’s pledge to be direct in its approach to investigate and publicise the results of faulty cable instances has become a reality. What is clear for all in the industry is that the ACI


intends to continue its ‘naming and shaming’ campaign for those who manufacture and distribute dangerous, non- approved cables. The ACI hopes, however, that the stance it has taken – by


highlighting the key issues to those in the industry – will provide the opportunity for companies to voluntarily adopt safe and approved cables and working practices. The ACI will continue to remind contractors and installers


of their need to be mindful of the issues and to be aware of their own responsibilities. It is only through vigilance and better supply systems that instances of faulty and counterfeit cables can be reduced to minor occurrences rather than the norm.


What to check for:


n Check cable markings and reels for manufacturer’s identification;


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n Never accept cable without markings; n Look for an independent third-party approval mark on cables;


n Check the delivery against the purchase order; n Inspect cable at the point of delivery; n Maintain records of purchase and delivery; and n Commission regular checks and cable inspections.


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