Let’s Get Wired: Five new wire management solutions to watch
Utility-Grade Solar Snake Tray Solution
The next generation of cable management for solar installations eliminates the need to trench cables. Snake Tray’s hand-bendable cable trays with integrated anchor points require no fasteners to attach to the Z or C purlin of any racking system. Different models can manage string cables, feeder cables or both. Snake Tray nests together for low-cost shipping and handling. Rooftop products and models for messenger wire are also available. All products are made in the United States.
Head to www.snaketray.com for more information.
The DynoBond from DynoRaxx Replaces Conventional Grounding Methods
The DynoRaxx DynoBond is a proprietary, UL-recognized design that allows the DynoBond to be used as a jumper between modules and rows, making the module frames the medium for the equipment ground path. The DynoBond replaces the conventional method of installing one ground lug per solar module and running a solid six gauge copper wire bonding the modules. It requires no tools as it is pushed onto the bottom flange of the panel and supports flange thicknesses from 1.2 to 3.1 mm. Its stainless steel clips and tin-plated copper wire are paired to reduce its electrochemical potential. DynoBond is available in lengths of 8, 38, 76 and 96 in.
Visit dynoraxx.com for more information.
The Ratchet P Clamp from HellermannTyton
HellermannTyton has added the Ratchet P Clamp to its suite of solar solutions, providing installers and EPCs with an adjustable, releasable wire management product that integrates with racking, speeds installation and reduces the number of fixing points required to safely secure wires and bundles.
The Ratchet P Clamp fits on most racking solutions and is installed with just a nut and bolt. It is made out of the company’s HIRHSUV nylon 66 engineered plastic, so there is no need to worry about heat, cold or UV. The Ratchet P Clamp comes in four sizes. Size A (adjusts for 1/4- to 1/2-in. bundles) and Size B (1/2- to 3/4-in. bundles) are perfect for microinverter applications. The metal stamping is available in straight, 15-, 30- and 90-degree angles and three mounting plate lengths.
Weight is one of the primary causes for thin metals and plastics to fail. With the Ratchet P Clamp and microinverters, weight is not an issue. In addition to microinverter cables, the Ratchet P Clamp works great with multiple cable bundles for those home run applications. There is even a saddle on the top of the clamp that is a seamless mounting solution in those situations where the code requires separation of wires or if there isn’t an attachment point for module lead wires readily available. One of the game-changing features is its releasability. The ratchet can be opened with a small, flathead screwdriver, which makes running wires convenient since you can lay the cables into position without fully securing them. Maintenance is also easy as the Ratchet P Clamp opens and closes as often as needed but stays mounted to the rack as you work.
Go to www.hellermann.tyton.com for more information.
DCE Solar’s Integrated Wire Management
DCE Solar’s Eco-Top offers a unique wire management solution integrated into the racking in both north-south and east-west directions, which eliminate the need for any third-party products. The Eco-Top has a versatile, UV-protected wire support on every panel column to allow for seamless north-south wiring. In addition, UL-approved wire clips can be mounted anywhere on the rear panel beam for east-west wire routing. Wires can be easily added before or after panel assembly.
For more information, head to www.dcesolar.com.
Heyco debuts new stainless steel clips (some for microinverter cables)
Heyco proudly supports both OEMs and installers with its large array of solar products through its vast distribution network. They recently introduced several new stainless steel clips for a variety of racking systems (including rail-less racking systems)! The SunRunner 90⁰ Cable Clips are designed to mount at a 90⁰ angle to the original SunRunner & can accommodate up to four .20”-.30” cables depending on the part number. Also new to Heyco is the SunRunner 2 Series – which is designed to hold Micro-Inverter cables .413” to .472” in diameter. Check them out for yourself at Solar Power International in Las Vegas from Sept. 12 – 15 at Booth #3211.
For more information, visit Heyco.com.
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