Looking at power lines and towers, one would initially get the impression that all of those aerial wires are all the same. But there’s more to those bundles of cables than just the usual power distribution cable.
One type of cable that may be running alongside power cables is ADSS cables. ADSS, All-Dielectric Self-supporting cable is an extremely useful type of cable that is used by electric and telecommunications companies to transmit communication signals. It’s basically one of the best kinds of fiber optic cables used today.
ADSS cables are known for being able to handle its own weight. With lengths of up to 700 meters without needing the support of clamps and lugs. In some cases, the distance between clamps is deliberately made shorter than 700 meters to allow for better resilience in situations where sudden weight is added. This is usually in the form of strong winds and snow.
Although it is known for its capacity to bear its own weight, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the cable and its components are some of the highest tensile strength around. This load-bearing capacity is also attributed to its extremely light weight.
It’s also this light weight that makes it a breeze for electricians to install them. Securing the cables onto towers is an easy task knowing that there are different clamps that can be used depending on what best fits the situation.
Splitting the cable to connect subscribers to the line can be done with clamps like I.P.C, for example. Lines that have to be diverted to small tangents can be secured by small cable clamps. Naturally, clamps and other equipment have to be the best in quality to ascertain the security of ADSS cables onto towers. This isn’t a big problem since manufacturers are required by law to produce equipment and accessories that are just as resilient as the cables they hold.