Affordable Wire Management ’rounds out’ product portfolio with new manufacturing process

Affordable Wire Management (AWM) has rounded out its wire management products for utility-scale solar projects (so to speak). AWM is focused on metal wire management solutions, and its newly released Arden Cable Hangers and the Solar LOTO solutions (as well as the rest of its product catalog) take advantage of a new manufacturing process that allows them to design in 3D, which means rounded edges where the cable sits and bends.

“Cable management should be top-of-mind, as utility scale solar projects are now expected to last more than 40 years in financial models, and EPCs are under pressure to deliver projects on time and within budget. Our ability to innovate and meet these demands stems from the strength of our technically-minded, industry-experienced team,” Scott Rand, co-founder and CEO of AWM said.

AWM will be supporting 2 GW of projects this year and plans to produce much more going forward.

Arden Series of Solar Cable Hangers | The messenger hangers feature a three-dimensional design that provides derating benefits to the cable it holds. Every hanger along with all other components of the AWM system is made of durable alloys and is free of polymeric material. The products can withstand all weather conditions: temperatures from -40°C to +150°C. All hangers have a working load of at least 80 lbs., with each ‘branch’ rated for 20 lbs.

Solar LOTO | This safety lock-out answers customer requests for a more robust solution to minimize electric shock risk, while energizing or maintaining solar connectors. AWM has designed an OSHA-compliant plastic clam shell and newly released locking dust cap to shut off the entire connector, regardless of the manufacturer, ensuring safety while protecting against dust and other environmental contaminants.

“We’re seeing utility-scale solar projects using more sophisticated DC designs, which increases risk of electrocution during connector energization,“ Rand said. “Party balloons, plastic bags, or bubble wrap do not provide adequate protection. Unfortunately, we know of safety incidents that have occurred during commissioning, so we’re glad to provide a simple, cost-effective way to prevent life-threatening injuries.”

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