03. What is the difference between non-rigid and rigid cable cleats?
One characteristic of non-rigid cable restraints is their increased propensity to deform under mechanical stress. Cable restraints, including cable cleats, are classified as “non-rigid” when manufactured from ductile materials (e.g. metal banding) that can deform significantly and permanently when exposed to static or dynamic cable forces. The left photograph demonstrates the severe limitations of non-rigid cable cleats.
Cable cleats classified as “rigid” retain their physical shape when exposed to static and dynamic mechanical stresses. Rigid cable cleats are typically manufactured from non-ductile materials (e.g. heavy metallic cross-section or reinforced thermoplastic). Thick stainless steel cross-sections are impractical due to high cost and other metals are unrealistic due to localized induction heating, corrosion susceptibility and/or poor product designs. Fortunately, due to technological advances in non-metallic materials and their natural immunity to galvanic corrosion, cable cleats manufactured from high-strength reinforced thermoplastics are rapidly replacing legacy products. Talon® cable cleats utilize a high-strength interlocking frame that simultaneously encloses cables and a support rung and do not suffer permanent deformation during testing.