All You Should Know About Cable Lugs & Advantages Of Bi-metal Lugs

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The importance of wires and cables in the electrical industry is pretty much clear to all. Different types of wires and cables are used in the wiring that is connected to various electrical devices. This process of connecting a cable to a device needs to be done carefully and crimping a cable is always not possible. This is where cable lugs are widely used to ensure uninterrupted supply and distribution of electric current between electrical cables. There is a variety of cable lugs are available for different uses. So you have to explore well before using a lug for a stable and secure connection with the conductor to the device. The selection of cable lugs majorly depends on the class of the conductor. This blog will help you understand the types of lugs and their uses to keep your cable crimping process safe, and hassle-free.

What is a cable lug?
Cable lugs are device that helps in connecting cables to electrical appliances or mechanisms. Cable lugs often help to establish a stable connection between two different cables where crimping is difficult. You will find many types of cable lugs but the most common types are i) Ring-type, ii) Pin type, iii) Boot Lace type and Iv) U-type cable lugs

What is the use of cable lugs?
The cable lugs are used to get a stable electrical connection. But selecting the right type of cable lugs might be tricky and a little understanding of the conductors and application. The cable lugs connect cables with power lines, fuse sockets, electrical accessories, load switches, etc. Normally, one end of an electrical lug connects a wire, and the other end of the lug is attached to the connection terminal of that electrical device. Bi-metal lugs are the best choice for multiple connection purposes.

What are the advantages of Bi-metal Lugs?
#1. Bi-metal lugs are made from the best quality of aluminum and copper, which are joined together using a friction welding process that forms a strong electrical joint. Chemical treatment is applied to the barrels to minimize the resistance and corrosion. These types of cable lugs are filled with a special jointing compound that breaks the oxidized layers on the aluminum. 

#2. Bi-metal lugs are frequently used on aluminum cables both XLPE (cross-linked Poly Ethelene) and MTW (Machine Tool Wire). To minimise the cost component aluminum wires are widely used in the electrical industry because the aluminum cable is cheaper than copper cables. To terminate the aluminum cable to a copper busbar or copper cable bi-metal lugs are used. Therefore, the lugs are called the change point between aluminum and copper cables, or copper busbar. For easy connection, you can find punch holes at the other end. 

#3. Bi-metal lugs are widely used when aluminum cables need to be connected to a switchboard or substation for termination. The single-hole Bimetallic Lug is used to terminate aluminum conductors onto copper bus bars in electrical applications, control panels, switchgear, etc.

When you need power cables, cable lugs, and other electrical equipment for your project in Australia then look no further than Powermac Cables. It deals with a range of reliable cable products for residential, industrial, and commercial clients across Australia having its warehouse at 260 Musgrave Road, Coopers Plains, Brisbane.

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