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Ducab?s new state-of-the-art lab in focus at MEE 2017

Ducab FlamBICC cables are installed for power supply to equipment used in fire-fighting, elevators, sprinkler pumps and in large complex buildings, where fire strategy involves evacuation of occupants in a phased manner. (Image source: Ducab)

Ducab, the UAE-based leading manufacturer of high-quality cables and cabling products, announced the opening of a newly built state-of-the-art fire testing laboratory in January 2017, specifically built for the Ducab FlamBICC range of fire performance cables and according to BS EN/IEC standard and Ducab NuBICC nuclear cables, tested in accordance with IEEE International standards

At this year?s edition of Middle East Electricity in Dubai, the company will be speaking about its new facility, besides its offerings for fire safety across the globe.

The new fire test facility at Ducab is equipped with the latest laboratory, operated by highly qualified and trained manpower and offers various fire and smoke tests in accordance with BS8519 Code of Practice. IEEE 1202 is specifically used for testing Ducab NuBICC range of nuclear grade cables making it the only facility to conduct this test in the region. The BS EN 50399 test is a new requirement to meet CPR (construction product regulation) for assessment of the ?reaction to fire? performance of cable, which will be mandatory across Europe by 1 July 2017.

Mohammed A. Al Mutawa, Ducab?s chief commercial officer, says, ?Ducab commits to meet and adhere to all new certification standards as laid down by the UAE and international authorities, and we are confident of meeting the new standards in the UAE as well. We believe that we have a responsibility to elevate the overall cable standards in the industry and reduce instances of loss to property and life due to non-certified and fake cables. Our state-of-the-art laboratory will test all Ducab FlamBICC series cables, ensuring that all material used will behave predictably in the unfortunate instance of a fire. It is imperative to gain as much time for a safe evacuation as possible in the event of a real fire scenario.?

According to Dubai Civil Defence and Ducab, major loss of property and life can be avoided by eliminating substandard and non-certified cables, which produce poisonous gases with black smoke obscuring visibility in the event of a fire.

Ducab ensures that its cables and accessories are certified to meet strict international codes of practice, thereby reducing the risk to life and property and pride itself on producing and achieving independent UAE Civil Defence, Hong Kong Fire Authority and other International approvals with LPCB & BASEC Accreditation.

Ducab cable manufacturing ensures all cables are subject to extensive testing during each phase of production, certified by independent LPCB and BASEC UK to meet the latest BS EN, IEC and IEEE standards and current code of practice. These standards provide recommendations and guidelines to the industry for the selection and installation of fire resistant power and control systems.

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