Ultra-Lok® helps to clamp down on cable theft

The tamper-proof Ultra-Lok® clamping system, distributed locally by Banding & Identification (ID) Solutions Africa, has been relaunched with a particular emphasis on its ability to prevent cable theft.

Cable theft costs the South African economy billions of rands each year in lost productivity, replacement of expensive power cables, and endangering lives in many instances. The issue came under the media spotlight in November 2017 when the City of Johannesburg offered a R100 000 reward for information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects who stole R2 million worth of cables from its data centre in Braamfontein.

Banding & ID Solutions Africa Sales Representative Matthew Campbell highlights that the Ultra-Lok® clamping system can play an integral role in combating this scourge, as it is designed for quick installation, with the highest clamping force, and a gap-free inside diameter. In addition, it can be used as frequently as every 150 mm of cable for added security.


The tamper-proof Ultra-Lok clamping system

The Ultra-Lok® clamps are made from double-wrapped one-quarter hard 201 stainless steel for superior strength. The unique lock formed under full tension maximises buckle tightness. The buckles have two to three times the strength of preformed clamps. The smooth inside diameter is designed to eliminate leak paths, while the buckle hood protects the lock from snagging.

Another feature is that the Ultra-Lok® installation tool has a built-in tension setting. This means that, depending on the type of material being strapped, whether it has a soft casing or is hard-armoured cable, the tension can be set accordingly. The same tension setting is applied throughout, which is a critical security factor in many installations.

This is in contrast to manual installation tools that are completely user-dependent, which can result in over- or under-tensioning. “However, Ultra-Lok® takes the guesswork out of the entire process, while enhancing both the quality and effectiveness of the final installation,” Campbell concludes.

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