Solar Farms Replace Nylon Cable Ties With Metal Cable Ties

Published 26 May 2020

Solar Farms Replace Nylon Cable Ties With Metal Cable Ties

Solar Farms Replace Nylon Cable Ties With Metal Cable Ties

BAND-IT Ball-Lok Metal Cable Ties

Essential. Everywhere. Together. 

The BAND-IT Ball-Lok range of stainless steel cable ties provide fast and reliable bundling of LV MV HV cables for maximum strength, reliability and clamping of cables.

The corrosion resistant stainless cable steel ties with self-locking design are used to bundle, tie or fasten cables in both onshore and offshore locations including industrial, substation and hazardous area locations with potentially explosive atmospheres.

Several developers and installers of solar farms specify BAND-IT cable ties for a better solution that matches the lifespan of the photovoltaic panels and replaces nylon cable ties with Ball-Lok cable ties as part of their cable management portfolio.

The decision has been by many solar farms to replace the nylon ties with BAND-IT metal cable ties to reduce maintenance and costly failures.

Currently there are over 2,000 solar farms (over 10 MW) planned throughout the United States. The average livespan of a photovoltaic panel is 20 years, which is much longer than the lifespan of a traditional nylon cable tie, especially in extreme heat and UV exposure typically found in high producing solar areas.

BAND-IT Ball-Lok Cable Ties

BAND-IT Ball-Lok Cable Ties

The BAND-IT Edge

  • Ball-Lok cable ties are tested and hold firm in extreme heat
  • No UV degradation of stainless steel cable ties
  • Simple hand tools minimize installation variation
  • ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Certified manufacturing

BAND-IT Ball-Lok Metal Cable Ties

Product Features

  • Cable ties are available coated or uncoated
  • Lightweight, high strength to size ratio
  • Smooth band edges won’t damage cable sheath
  • Installation tool provides consistent tensioning

BAND-IT KE CABLE TIES

BALL LOK STAINLESS STEEL  – UNCOATED

The following selection tables shows the complete range of BAND-IT Ball-Lok cable ties – manufactured from type 304 or 316 stainless steel:

BAND-IT Order Code Coated / Uncoated Cable Tie Material Width Length Max Dia Single Wrap Min Loop Tensile Strength (lbs) Package Quantity Package Weight
in mm in mm in mm lbs kg
KE1118 Uncoated 304 SS 0.180 4.6 5.9 150 1.2 30 200 100 / Bag 0.4 0.2
KE1128 Uncoated 304 SS 0.180 4.6 7.9 201 2.0 50 200 100 / Bag 0.6 0.3
KE1138 Uncoated 304 SS 0.180 4.6 10.2 259 2.7 69 200 100 / Bag 0.7 0.4
KE1148 Uncoated 304 SS 0.180 4.6 14.2 360 4.0 102 200 100 / Bag 0.9 0.5
KE1158 Uncoated 304 SS 0.180 4.6 20.4 520 6.0 152 200 100 / Bag 1.3 0.6
KE1168 Uncoated 304 SS 0.180 4.6 26.8 679 8.0 203 200 100 / Bag 1.8 0.8
KE1178 Uncoated 304 SS 0.180 4.6 33.0 838 10.0 254 200 100 / Bag 2.1 1.0
KE1188 Uncoated 304 SS 0.180 4.6 42.0 1067 12.0 305 200 100 / Bag 2.4 1.1
KE0118 Uncoated 316 SS 0.180 4.6 5.9 150 1.2 30 200 100 / Bag 0.4 0.2
KE0128 Uncoated  316 SS 0.180 4.6 7.9 201 2.0 50 200 100 / Bag 0.6 0.3
KE0138 Uncoated  316 SS 0.180 4.6 10.2 259 2.7 69 200 100 / Bag 0.7 0.4
KE0148 Uncoated  316 SS 0.180 4.6 14.2 360 4.0 102 200 100 / Bag 0.9 0.5
KE0158 Uncoated  316 SS 0.180 4.6 20.4 520 6.0 152 200 100 / Bag 1.3 0.6
KE0168 Uncoated  316 SS 0.180 4.6 26.8 679 8.0 203 200 100 / Bag 1.8 0.8
KE0178 Uncoated  316 SS 0.180 4.6 33.0 838 10.0 254 200 100 / Bag 2.1 1.0
KE0188 Uncoated  316 SS 0.180 4.6 42.0 1067 12.0 305 200 100 / Bag 2.4 1.1
KE1328 Uncoated 304 SS 0.310 7.9 7.9 201 2.0 50 300 100 / Bag 1.0 0.5
KE1338 Uncoated 304 SS 0.310 7.9 10.2 259 2.7 69 300 100 / Bag  1.3 0.6
KE1348 Uncoated 304 SS 0.310 7.9 14.2 360  4.0 102 300 100 / Bag  1.7 0.8
KE1358 Uncoated 304 SS 0.310 7.9  20.4  520  6.0 152 300 100 / Bag  2.2 1.1
KE1368 Uncoated 304 SS 0.310 7.9 26.8 679  8.0 203 300 100 / Bag  2.9 1.3
KE1378 Uncoated 304 SS 0.310 7.9 33.0 838  10.0 254 300 100 / Bag  3.5 1.6
KE1388 Uncoated 304 SS 0.310 7.9  42.0 1067  12.0 305 300 100 / Bag 4.6 2.1
KE0328 Uncoated  316 SS 0.310 7.9  7.9 201  2.0 50 300 100 / Bag 1.0 0.5
KE0338 Uncoated  316 SS 0.310 7.9 10.2 259  2.7 69 300 100 / Bag  1.3 0.6
KE0348 Uncoated  316 SS 0.310 7.9  14.2 360  4.0 102 300 100 / Bag  1.7 0.8
KE0358 Uncoated  316 SS 0.310 7.9  20.4 520  6.0  152 300 100 / Bag  2.2 1.1
KE0368 Uncoated  316 SS 0.310 7.9  26.8 679 8.0 203 300 100 / Bag  2.9 1.3
KE0378 Uncoated  316 SS 0.310 7.9  33.0 838 10.0 254 300 100 / Bag  3.5 1.6
KE0388 Uncoated  316 SS 0.310 7.9 42.0 1067  12.0  305 300 100 / Bag  4.6  2.1

BAND-IT KE CABLE TIES

BALL LOK STAINLESS STEEL – COATED

BAND-IT Order Code Coated / Uncoated Cable Tie Material Width Length Max Dia Single Wrap Min Loop Tensile Strength (lbs) Package Quantity Package Weight
in mm in mm in mm lbs kg
KE0218 Coated 316 SS 0.180 4.6 5.9 150 1.2 30 150 100 / Bag 0.5 0.2
KE0228 Coated 316 SS 0.180 4.6 7.9 201 2.0 50 150 100 / Bag  0.6 0.3
KE0238 Coated 316 SS 0.180 4.6 10.2 259 2.7  69 150 100 / Bag  0.7 0.4
KE0248 Coated  316 SS 0.180 4.6 14.2 360 4.0 102 150 100 / Bag 1.0 0.5
KE0258 Coated  316 SS 0.180 4.6 20.4 520 6.0 152 150 100 / Bag 1.4 0.7
KE0268 Coated  316 SS 0.180 4.6 26.8 679 8.0 203 150 100 / Bag 1.8 0.8
KE0278 Coated  316 SS 0.180 4.6  33.0 838 10.0 254 150 100 / Bag 2.3 1.1
KE0428 Coated  316 SS 0.310 7.9 7.9 201 2.0 50 175 100 / Bag 1.1 0.6
KE0438 Coated  316 SS 0.310 7.9 10.2 259 2.7 69 175 100 / Bag 1.5 0.8
KE0448 Coated  316 SS 0.310 7.9 14.2 360 4.0 102 175 100 / Bag 1.8 0.8
KE0458 Coated  316 SS 0.310 7.9 20.4 520  6.0 152 175 100 / Bag 2.4 1.2
KE0468 Coated  316 SS 0.310 7.9 26.8 679 8.0 203 175 100 / Bag 3.1 1.4
KE0478 Coated  316 SS 0.310 7.9 33.0 838  10.0 254 175 100 / Bag 3.8 1.2

 

Band-It Ball Lok Stainless Steel Cable Ties In Use

BAND-IT Ball Lok Stainless Steel Cable Ties In Use

Band-It KE Cable Ties - Installation Tools

BAND-IT Ball Lok Stainless Steel Cable Ties KE Range – Installation Tools

BAND-IT KE cable ties can be installed using BAND-IT K502 Ball-Lok Tool and BAND-IT KE922 Tensioning Tool.

For further information about cable ties for securing LV-HV cables (power, control and instrumentation), visit BAND-IT.

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