Companies should standardise cables, urges expert

Move to standardisation helps increase efficiency and waste reduction

Standardisation is a means for cable companies to cut costs..
Standardisation is a means for cable companies to cut costs..

Companies that use cables have begun adopting standardisation of their own initiative in an effort to reduce waste and increase deployment speed, the MD of Aggreko Middle East has said.

In an interview with MEP Middle East, Phil Burns said that, with 2012 looking positive for the GCC construction industry as a whole, cable using companies have adopted standardisation as a way to help increase their efficiency when it comes to working on projects.

“With a set selection of cable sizes, all standardised and colour coded, Aggreko has successfully and significantly reduced waste and increased our speed of deployment,” he said.


“Companiesgenerally travel with heavy reels of cable and cut them to length on site. Consequently, installations are more complex and time consuming and often result in wasted cable,” said Burns.

With a number of GCC governments announcing their short- and long-term construction plans, Burns said that now would be ideal for construction companies to implement their standardisation plans, especially since the majority of work is likely to be for the development of infrastructure.

"(At present) the cable is delivered in a reel, without being cut. The cutting usually happens on location and according to individual needs. This results in a set of varying cable lengths. Aggreko's approach is to send out a series of standardised, pre-cut cables to projects, thereby reducing transport costs and importantly, installation time" Burns explained.

He added that although the practice had been common at Aggreko for years, it was only recently that he'd noticed other companies following suit.

Furthermore, he stated that it was important for companies to use cables from manufacturers that followed recognised industry standards, as it would help ensure that certain levels of quality and performance were met.

“Being a global service provider, our ability to install our equipment in any part of the world is key. The cables we use [have to be] not only suitable for mobile project work, but also be able to withstand harsh environmental conditions.

"Whether soaring desert heat or plummeting arctic conditions, our equipment is built to ensure our clients are provided with a reliable and constant power source,” said Burns.

“[As a result] we do have a policy of only using harmonised cable providers, which is the internationally recognised industry standard,” he added.

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