Complete range of cable socks including single eye, double eye, multi weave, lace up and open ended types for pulling and supporting all types of power, fibre, subsea cables and umbilicals during installation.
This includes socks to pull, support and protect LV Low Voltage, MV Medium Voltage and HV High Voltage cables into underground trench, cable duct or overhead power line construction – we distribute products for installing Cables & Overhead Head Lines (OHL) including LV, 11kV and 33kV, 132kV, 275kV and 400kV projects international Transmission & Distribution networks.
Cable pulling using cable socks is probably the most common form of installation for underground cables and overhead conductors – the 3 most common types:
The cable sock is manually slipped on to the end of the cable and the winch rope attached.
On applying tension the sock shrinks diametrically until a firm grip is obtained onto the cable. Care must be taken when using this method to ensure that pulling tension is not excessive, otherwise sheath stretch may result.
Metallic cable socks manufactured from high tensile strength galvanised or stainless steel type 316 provide effective strain relief and temporary support during pulling and installation – specialist Aramid (non-metallic) socks are available for sub-sea, live line and cable pulling in potentially explosive atmospheres where sparking is a risk according to the ATEX Directive.
Single or double weave cable socks are available with approximate break loads up to 30,455kgs and diameter range up to 500mm.
Engineering construction standards recommend all pilot and telephone and power cables (LV, 11kV, 20kV, 33kV, 66kV and 132kV) are normally pulled in using a correctly sized cable sock securely fixed to the cable.
More difficult and complex cable pulls may require the use of a pulling eye attached directly to the cable conductors – typically used in conjunction with cable rollers for installation LV up to 132kV underground power cables.
When hand or manual cable pulling techniques are used rather than mechanical methods such as cable winches a correctly sized cable sock or cable stocking is applied to the cable. Typical applications include fault repair work or cable jointing on shorter LV-HV cable lengths.
Galvanised steel, stainless steel and Kevlar coated cable socks with colour coded option are available for pulling all types of heavy load pulls including MV-HV power cables and stringing overhead transmission and distribution lines – suitable for use with bare or insulated cable, conductor or wire.