Outdoor Cable Protectors
An outdoor cable protector might be labelled as an external cable protector or exterior cable cover. Outdoor cable protection is primarily about the robust guarding of cables against more challenging conditions. External cable covers are usually built to withstand damp, unwanted tampering, and various other environmental hazards. They also make wiring runs in outdoor spaces look neater and more professional.
Exterior cable covers will usually be made from thick, durable PVC rubber, or hard plastics like polyurethane. Most will be IP67 or IP68 rated against dirt and moisture ingress as a minimum.
Heavy-Duty Cable Protectors
A heavy-duty cable protector is typically required in high-traffic or industrial settings, such as construction sites and factory floors. High voltage cable runs that cross the path of delivery vehicles, staff cars or heavy plant machinery will need to be protected with heavy-duty covers. Less substantial versions will not offer sufficient protection in most cases and may not meet legal health and safety standards.
Most heavy-duty cable protectors will be designed for outdoor use and carry an IP rating that reflects this. Even so, you should always check the manufacturer's specifications for weatherproofing and load-bearing, especially where it is likely to be put under more extreme stresses or challenging environmental conditions.
Heavy-Duty Cable Protector Ramps
A cable ramp or cable protection ramp is one of the most widely used and familiar types of heavy-duty cable protection systems. They are designed to offer greater impact resistance than standard versions, and often function as a type of electrical cable safeplate.
Cable protector ramps look a little like smaller versions of standard speed bumps but will normally incorporate a dedicated wiring conduit. These cable channels might be designed as a recessed groove in the top of the heavy-duty protector ramp, run beneath it as flexible conduits, or pass directly through the middle. Especially robust and durable cable guards will often be built to stand up to the rigours of very heavy vehicle traffic.
Outdoor or heavy-duty cable guards offer increased protection in all weather. They are typically available in a range of high-res and reflective colours, making them more easily identifiable as trip hazards or for people driving vehicles in the area.