Each type of tool is subjected to an impact test to ensure the insulation can withstand normal daily wear and tear without serious damage. Impact tests are carried out at ambient, low and extremely low temperatures. (Clause 5.4)
The dielectric test proves the integrity and performance of the tool’s insulation. After conditioning in a water bath or wet chamber for 24 hrs, 10kV is applied for 3 minutes to the tool whilst it is immersed. The leakage current is measured and checked for compliance, the value of which depends on the type and size of tool.
An indentation test is carried out to ensure the tool’s insulating properties are retained after being subjected to a point impact. After the impact, the insulation must withstand 5kV for 3 minutes without puncture, sparkover or flashover. (Clause 5.6)
The adhesion test ensures that the tool’s insulating coat will not slip, move or separate from the metal parts of the tool. After conditioning at 70 deg
C for 168 hours, the tool is allowed to cool to an ambient temperature, then various forces are applied to test the adhesion properties and performance.
Each type of tool is subjected to mechanical tests to ensure compliance with various ISO or national standards and to ensure the tool has the necessary mechanical strength for its intended application.
Orange, flame retardant PVC insulating outer layer with anti-slip treatment.
Finger guard bonded to tool as part of the inner insulation layer
Tough, impact resistant, white inner insulating layer, bonded to metal
Sicame Australia | Electrical Distribution Products
Sicame Australia Pty Ltd is a leading manufacturer and supplier of Low Voltage Aerial Bundled Cable (LVABC), Insulation Piercing Connectors and associated equipment in Australia.
In response to the growing trend toward the adoption of Overhead Aluminium XLPE Service Cable by numerous supply authorities, Sicame Australia has developed a complete range of products specifically designed for the purpose. This system allows a safe, economic and speedy installation of a customer to overhead mains with pro-vision for cable connection, support and fusing at both the house end and pole end.
These products have been tested to the relevant Australian Standards for connectors and hardware as well as European and American Standards. IPC products have been tested in compliance with AS4396 (Int.) 1996 for IPCs.
Sicame design, manufacture and distribute a unique range of waterproof single and multi-tap overhead and underground Insulation Piercing Connectors for use in electricity distribution systems in Australia and the South Pacific.
These products are enhanced by a complete range of Aerial Bundled Cable and general construction fittings and accessories manufactured both internally and throughout the Group Sicame worldwide network.