3M has a historical presence at Power Utilities with leadership on insulation technologies including resin, tapes, heat shrink and cold shrink.
These insulation technologies offer a variety of solutions for Power Utilities specifically in low voltage applications.
For Power Utilities our insulation technologies offer solutions to complete cable jointing or to insulate, seal or identify power cables.
Check the three sections below to learn how resins and tapes can rebuild insulation in low voltage power cable joints, find the tape you need for a particular application and find more information on our heat shrink end caps and breakout boots or the superior Cold Shrink technology version for an easier and more reliable installation.
Easy to use with a unique closed mixing and pouring system (CMP). 3M resin kits can be used in four steps - from mixing in a two-chamber bag to safely pouring the mix into the one-part mould body.
The resin can then be either poured in a mould or injected in a GTS (General Tape System)
Electrical taping is still an essential skill in many areas of installation. 3M has a wide range of insulative, semi-conductive, conductive tapes, mastics and sealants that meet most needs for:
3M Cable End Caps and Heavy Duty Boots offer good electrical and mechanical protection, plus sealing for power cables:
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The Cold Shrink end cap can be an easy and convenient way to protect your cable, compared to the heat shrink alternative.
No torch or tools are required, it is safer and easier to apply.
It doesn’t contain any adhesive and can be cut off for temporary applications. It offers a good environmental seal, protection and can prevent moisture ingress for both temporary and permanent applications.
Self-amalgamating Tape is highly conformable with a stable conductivity over a wide range of temperatures. The tapes are designed for medium and high voltage applications, they can be used to minimise the electric stress, for shielding or to continue semi-conducting strand shielding in polymeric cables.
The selection can start with the standard IEC 60455-3-8:2021 which gives the requirements for resins for low and medium voltage cable accessories to meet established levels of performance.
The selection will also be based on specific requirements, for example:
The voltage class if the resin is intended to ensure electrical insulation, the hardness for mechanical application, the exothermy depending on the volume to be used, the gel time depending on time for installation, whether re-enterability is needed, the cable temperature rating.
If you’re unsure of what you need, our team can visit your site to help you find the right solution. We also have a wide range of resources available including videos, brochures and product data sheets to help you increase your knowledge.