THIS month PMA of Switzerland plans to launch a range of ’banana-angle’ cable connectors. Developed primarily in response to demand from Adtranz, the connectors will be available in a range of sizes and materials.

Later this year PMA will add to its range nylon-based cable protection conduits that meet the demanding UL (Underwriting Laboratories) fire safety standards in the USA. These have been developed using prototypes in the last four years as part of PMA’s strategy to supply cable protection conduits and connectors to meet the most demanding railway applications. The factory at Uster near Zürich, opened in December 1995, includes facilities for fire resistance and accelerated service tests. It produces around 4500 cable protection products.

In many cases the firm has written specifications for customers and standards organisations. These include reverse bending, fire resistance and load-bearing strength.

PMA says it is exclusive supplier for cable protection conduits to SNCF, and its products will feature on the TGV NG experimental power car now under construction.

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CAPTION: This roof-mounted cable run at Porte de Vincennes on Paris metro Line 1 was a recent application for PMA cable protection conduits