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UAE: Ducab unveils fire testing lab for cables

Ducab’s fire performance cable testing laboratory will enable the manufacturer to perform in-house testing on its Flam BICC and NuBICC cables

Ducab’s fire performance cable testing laboratory will enable the manufacturer to perform in-house testing on its Flam BICC and NuBICC cables.
Ducab’s fire performance cable testing laboratory will enable the manufacturer to perform in-house testing on its Flam BICC and NuBICC cables.

Ducab has unveiled a laboratory designed to test the fire performance of its cables.

The UAE-headquartered cable manufacturer will use the facility to perform in-house testing on its FlamBICC fire performance cables and NuBICC nuclear cables.

The products will be tested in line with the BS EN/IEC standard and IEEE International standards, respectively.

The laboratory has been developed in a bid to meet market demand for cables that meet the latest fire protection stipulations, according to Ducab.

The manufacturer stated that it is committed to working closely with the construction industry to ensure its cables meet strict international codes of practice, including those of the UAE Civil Defence, Hong Kong Fire Authority, and other approvals relating to LPCB and BASEC accreditation.

Mohammed A Al Mutawa, chief commercial officer of Ducab, said: “As a respected UAE national company, we believe that we have a responsibility to elevate the overall cable standards in the industry. [We aim to] reduce instances of loss to property and life due to non-certified and fake cables, [which can result in] black smoke and acid halogen emissions in [the event of] a fire.

“Our state-of-the-art laboratory will test all Ducab FlamBICC series cables, ensuring that all material used will behave predictably in the unfortunate instance of a fire. It is imperative to gain as much time for safe evacuation as possible in the event of a real fire scenario,” Al Mutawa added.

All of Ducab’s cables, which undergo testing during each phase of production, are independently certified by LPCB and BASEC UK to ensure that they meet the latest BS EN, IEC, and IEEE standards, in addition to the current UAE Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice.

The company’s fire testing facility will be used to conduct various fire and smoke tests in accordance with the BS8519 Code of Practice. It will also facilitate BS EN 50399 testing, a new requirement – that will be mandatory across Europe as of 1 July, 2017 – designed to meet Construction Product Regulation (CPR) for the assessment of cables’ reaction-to-fire performance.

Moreover, the laboratory is the first in the Middle East equipped for IEEE 1202, a standard that will be specifically employed to test the Ducab NuBICC range of nuclear grade cables.

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