How to Deal with Future-Proofing Service Cables

Future-Proofing Cable Solutions

Service cabling is an essential part of almost every property and dwelling. Every building needs a network of cables for different purposes. These cables also carry an increased risk of breaches to the compartmentation of the building given their regular upgrading,. Electrical installation contractors often do not consider safety regulations while installing cables, which can dramatically affect the performance of the passive fire protection in the event of a fire.

Modern Cable Solutions

Historically, copper cables were commonly used in buildings, however nowadays, Fibre Optic cable is the preferred choice. Fibre optic cables are lower in cost and when compared to copper cables, also offer an increase in the performance of a system. You can use these in any system such as internet router, telephone, television and other electronic equipment. They can deliver more bandwidth than other cables such as copper, coaxial and even wireless networks.

Fibre optic cables have a long life expectancy. They can meet the ever-increasing requirements of users to transfer bulk data at fast speed. Despite their several benefits, there are certain risks associated with fibre optic cables as well.

Like any service cable, pipe or conduit, copper and fibre optic cable solutions need to pass through compartment walls and floors within the building. Therefore it is extremely important to ensure these service cables are correctly protected from fire and the passage of smoke. As these types of cables are regularly maintained or upgraded during the buildings life, the owner or contractor can adopt Transit Systems into the wall or floor construction.

Transit Systems

Transit systems are a pre-assembled, multi-layered reactive intumescent device encased in a 2-part powder coated steel shell. They are designed to prevent the passage of fire between compartment floors and walls, whilst still allowing for the easy installation and removal of services without destruction of the seal.

Transit systems offer a wide range of different sizes depending on the number and size of the services required to penetrate. They can be formed into a modular grid or linear format, allowing an easy route for services to travel.

Transit systems are supplied by a number of manufacturers including FSi. These systems are tested to EN 1366-3 and have third-party certification.

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