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Testing  And  Conformity  Services  Laboratories

Cable Testing at TACS Laboratories

At TACS Laboratories we do testing according to SANS, IEC and BS standards.


We do testing on Power Cables such as:

  • Cabtyre
  • House Wire
  • Twin + Earth
  • Suffix
  • LV PVC Distribution cables
  • LV XLPE Distribution cables
  • Overhead Aerial Bundle Conductors
  • LV Trailing Cables
  • Physical testing of MV and HV XLPE and PILC Cables
  • etc.


Overhead Conductors such as:

  • ACSR
  • Copper Conductors
  • Aluminium Conductors (Aluminum Conductors)


Type of Tests/Properties Measured, Range of Measurement includes the following:


Construction requirements and Material Testing

  • Dimensions
  • Tensile Strength and Elongation at Break on materials before and after Ageing in air Oven
  • Oil resistance testing
  • Pressure Test on Insulations and Sheath at High Temperature (indentation)
  • Environmental Stress Cracking, Cable Mechanical Flexing Test, Heat Shock Test on Insulation & Sheath
  • Halogen Emission
  • Bending at Low Temperature on Insulation and Sheath
  • Limiting Oxygen Index
  • Loss of Mass (Sheath and Insulation)
  • Elongation at Low Temperature
  • Impact at Low Temperature
  • Solderability of Untinned Conductors
  • Degree of Cross-linking (Hot Set Test)


We also perform Fire Propagation Testing and Smoke Emission test


Armouring/Overhead Conductors

  • Mass of Zinc Coating
  • Tensile Strength
  • Uniformity of Zinc Coating
  • Adhesion of Zinc Coating
  • Conductor Breaking Force


Electrical Testing

  • Electrical Conductor Resistance
  • Insulation Resistance
  • Voltage Withstand Test
  • Braided Screen Resistance
  • Dielectric Breakdown
  • Dielectric Strength test


Test Standards

SANS 60227, SANS 1574, SANS 1507, SANS 97, SANS 1339, SANS 60332, SANS 182, SANS 1520, SANS 1418, VC 8006, VC 8075, VC 8077; BS 6004; IEC 60502 etc.

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