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This blog is designed to give our customers and supplier an insight into some of the more general things that occur within Clydesdale.

DC testing on insulating, rubber gloves for DC usage

Are you a business that uses insulating gloves to protect from electric shock when working with a DC risk?

Many of our customers do and the number is growing with the increasing use of electric vehicles, uninterruptable power supplies, renewable energy, battery storage and more.

However, have your gloves been tested using DC voltage?

Insulating materials can have very different behaviours when exposed to the constant potential of a DC source.

Most gloves on the market that state they are safe for use with DC have no electrical testing to support this.

The requirement to test insulating gloves using DC voltages is currently left as a decision to be made between the purchaser and supplier but full details of the required DC testing are provided in both European and International standards.

To speak to us about ensuring your users are wearing the correct PPE, rated for the identified work tasks they are undertaking, get in touch on 01234 855855 or email on dcgloves@clydesdale.net.

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Bird Protection - A case study

This blog post and its associated video (LINK) showing the services we offer to help our customers protect their assets from wildlife damage and interference.
We sadly see birds, squirrels and cats coming into contact with live electrical equipment all too often.

In this video we show the basic process we went through in order to offer our customer the most cost effective method to protect their site from repeated instances of short circuits caused by crows nesting locally.
The substation operator had several instances of losses to both their equipment and supply to customers, this was proving costly in terms of replacements and costs levied by their regulator.

Our aim is to provide protection for both the animals in question and the equipment that our products are fitted to.
Clydesdale are the UK supplier of Reliaguard wildlife mitigation products, a range of transformer bushing guards and covers, over head line covers and various other function-specific guards to be used for substation, switchgear and overhead line protection.

All of the Reliaguard products are made from a unique Reliatanium material and all are tested to IEEE1656 for use up to 38kV.
Clydesdale are working to ensure that the Reliaguard range is also compliant with the new CEP024 project being conducted by the Energy association.
By offering the Reliaguard product from Clydesdale, we aim to help Distribution Network operators (DNOs), Distribution System Operators (DSOs), industrial power users and anyone else who may have an issue with wildlife damaging their electrical installation.

The Reliaguard bird guards and conductor covers are specifically designed to avoid creating micro climates within their structure that could lead to premature ageing of the equipment we aiming to protect.

Reliaguard by Hubbell also offer their Green Jacket service where we can work with them to design entirely bespoke wildlife protection if you have a special need that can be met from their standard product offering.

We also offer our industry leading bird diverters and bird hazers that are designed to prevent collisions between birds and overhead lines and to prevent birds roosting on transformer tops.

The Reliaguard products can be found here.

Our bird diverters can be found here.
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Reliaguard Wildlife and Bird Protection

Clydesdale are the only UK supplier of Reliaguard's range of wildlife and bird protection products.
Made in the USA using Reliaguard's Reliatanium material, you can be assured of product quality.
All items are fully tested to IEEE 1656 at 38Kv and suitable for all UK distribution networks up to this voltage.
Clydesdale have also worked with EA technology on CEP024 to ensure we offer the most coverage on this new standard.
We are able to work with you on proposals and installation schedules for your specific sites giving the easiest and most reliable solution.

Click here for more details

Click here for Bush guard tutorial
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AS12G-CE, CE marked, grey tinted 12 cal arc flash helmet and visor

The new PrismShield grey tint AS12 arc flash helmet and visor
It's here!

The new Clydesdale AS12G-CE using a PrismShield grey visor as a development of the original yellow/green tinted version that was so popular for so many years.

The PrismShield visor technology aims to improve colour discernment in the work enivronment while maintianign the high level of protection offered by its predecessor.

Click here for more details
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SR - The new Clydesdale Switching Range - 48 cal protection designed and made in the UK

The new Noah SR suit
Clydesdale's new-to-market 48 cal arc protection range consists of a bib overall, jacket and a lift front hood.

Designed and made in the UK from a British fabric we are proud that it is all our own work.

The fabric offers 48 cal/cm(EN 61482-1-1) and Class 2 (EN61482-1-2) protection and all garments and components are fully tested and CE marked to all applicable European Standards.

The hood is the article we're most proud of offering several unique features:
-Cotton based fabric for maximum comfort and breathability
-Grey tint visor for improved colour discernment
-Stretch crown, tailored construction to improve fit
-Opening face shield to allow quick work breaks without removing hood
-Packed in a dedicated storage box for maximum protection
-Optional double work lights to improve low light working
-Optional cool paks to be installed inside hood when it is warm
-Optional visor storage bag for dedicated protection

Click here to view the range available

Arc Protection guaranteed and tested for the life of the garment
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Virus decontamination alcohol wipes to control the spread of COVID-19

Image of Alcohol flyer

Clydesdale’s cleaning wipes are individually packaged in foil pouches that remain sealed and sterile until they are required.

These products are more relevant than ever in the current climate as all our wipe styles exceed the European Centre for Disease Control’s alcohol content guidance for successful disinfection of encapsulated viruses such as those that cause COVID-19 infections*

Offering between 85% and 99.8% alcohol saturated wipe these wipes can be used to decontaminate surfaces where their is potential for infection.

Both wipes are compatible with cleaning insulated equipment such as hot sticks as well as being used for general decontamination of company assets and equipment before and after contact. Always test a small area of any painted surfaces or plastics to check the alcohol does not damage or remove the surface treatment.

The high alcohol content of these wipes means that it is not advised to use them for hand cleaning as they contain no moisturiser to replace lost oils from the skin unless moisturising is provided from another source separately to the wipe

Each wipe is available as an individual sample, a box of 50 or a box of 144, please contact us for details and pricing.
S-1 Wipe Product Page
FO Wipe Product Page

CLICK HERE for a datasheet covering both products

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COVID Lockdown status

COVID - we're still open
Clydesdale have remained and continue to remain open during the COVID lockdown.

We are running a minimal workplace staff to ensure social distancing but this impacts our ability to respond quickly to orders and communications. Rest assured we're open, we're working safely and we're supporting you to continue working in your essential business.

Due to restrictions with the DVSA, all cable drum trailer and road-towable winches are on hold as we cannot get appointments to get them assessed and approved while the lockdown continues. We will let you know when this situation changes.

If you require any details on our COVID risk mitigation policy then please use the contact form on this webpage
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PPE Regulation changes now effective

See our page HERE for current information on the PPE Regulation and it's significance to the products you buy from Clydesdale.
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Flame Retardant or Arc Resistant?

Clydesdale Arc Flash belt
Given the astonishing amount of energy that can be released in an arc flash and the resulting intensity on the receiving surface Clydesdale have always insisted that our products are Arc tested first and foremost.

Flame retardancy is a secondary risk that we always assess when required but, when dealing with electric arcs, always match the type of testing to the risk in hand.

Even the Clydesdale arc flash belt has been tested using an EN61482-1-2, class 2 arc (7kA, 0.5s) to ensure that the Flame retardant material maintains its integrity under the toughest of arc flash conditions.

Click here to see our belt
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Team PLF - Extramile 2018 Auvergne Challenge - We made it to the end!

Friday’s ride spent the whole day sat under the great French autumn monsoon and was definitely character building to have to spend just short of 180 miles battling trench foot and hypothermia alternately.

Saturday’s ride where all the hill climbing happened obviously then got really hot and clear and we had a tough but very scenic days cycling.

Sunday’s ride was a time trial against the clock to cover 166 miles and get to Dijon before a predicted thunderstorm arrived in increasingly windy conditions. 

Officially a very mixed bag but we completed it and this year’s challenge was exactly that. The event medic earned his keep this year but fortunately Team PLF didn’t need his services. 

We’d all be eternally grateful if there was anyone who had thought of sponsoring us but didn’t find the time to have a look at our virgin giving account which will remain open for a while yet.

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TeamPLF2018

And big thanks again to all those who donated to our causes, Bedfordshire Cerebral Palsy Society and BLISS baby care.

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Extra Mile Charity Cycle Ride 2018

Each year 4 of us set off as "Team PLF" to Europe to cycle 500 miles in 3 days to raise money for charity.

This years challenge is in the Auvergne and tackles some fairly lively terrain.

Our aim is always to have the best presented vehicle in attendance and this year promises to be no exception.

Clydesdale cover all costs associated with the team's entry and attendance, ensuring every last penny donated goes to directly to charity.

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TeamPLF2018

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AS12-CE New Pricing

Clydesdale's AS12-CE Arc Flash Visor

Clydesdale's market leading Arc Flash Protective Face Shield, Hard hat and Visor has always been an exceptional piece of personal protective equipment.

Now due to new stocking arrangements we are able to make it more cost effective than ever. Starting in September you will be able to purchase exactly the same system you have always been able to but at a much reduced cost.

Get in touch with us for details of bulk purchasing details if you need them.
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Clydesdale's webshop has grown

We have increased the range of items you can buy from our webshop to include our most popular products.

The price and availability is live from our server.

Over the next few months we will be running promotions on these items and offering discounts for bulk purchases.

A selection of these products are:


NOAH Arc Flash Coveralls
NOAH Arc Flash Trousers
NOAH Arc Flash Labcoats
NOAH Arc Flash Jackets
NOAH Arc Flash Fleece
NOAH Arc Flash Rugby Shirt
Arc Flash Belt
AS12-CE Arc Flash Visor
Arc Flash Baseball Hood
Class 0 Latex Insulating Gloves
Class 1 Latex Insulating Gloves
H25 Powerplate Sign System Characters
H25 Powerplate Sign Back Plates
H25 Powerplate Complete Starter Kits
Firefly Bird Hazing Device
Afterglow Bird Flight Diverter
Staywire Markers
Composite Cable Cutters
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The new Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2016/425



Between April 2018 and April 2019 there is a phased transition from the old PPE directive to the new PPE regulation.

All of the PPE that Clydesdale will be transitioned within this period to the new system and all supporting information will be updated accordingly.

We will provide customers and distributors with all the details and information that they wirequired to maintain in order support the sales and use of our products under this new legislation.

BTTG, our notified body for arc flash certification have produced THIS information as a guide to the new regulations.

In the meantime, don't hesitate to contact us for further details on sales@clydesdale.net
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ISO9001 and ISO14001





Clydesdale are now certified to the latest 2015 version of both these standards.

ISO9001 is focused primarily on the management of the quality of the way the business functions.

ISO14001 is about environmental management

To complete the set and demonstrate that we take safety equally seriously, we are looking to implement ISO45001 during 2019
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Proving Units

When Clydesdale gave a presentation at the OHLex exhibition in 2016, we discussed the method by which capacitive voltage detectors work correctly when placed inside a steady-state, 50Hz AC (UK lines) electric field above the unit’s configured threshold voltage. A link to this presentation is available here.

 At their core, capacitive voltage detectors need to be placed within a uniform electric field, at a pre-set distance from a live line, in a voltage field level above the detector’s internally programmed “threshold”.
The value for this threshold should be compliant with the International standard IEC 61243-1.
The IEC standard sets upper and lower limits for where this threshold value should be calibrated based on the device’s operating range. This threshold is always stated with respect to the phase-to-phase line voltage.

The IEC standard also makes statements about demonstrating the effectiveness of the device’s “testing element”. A “testing element” is the Built-in or external device, by means of which the functioning of the voltage detector can be checked by the user
The IEC standard describes how it is equally valid to have an onboard or offboard “test element” that is evaluated for performance and reliability as part of the device’s original IEC certification.
No distinction is drawn between the two scenarios. The “testing element” must be able to fully test the operation of the electrical circuits, energy source and any indicators (light / sound).
Onboard test elements do this testing within the devices onboard circuity and systems. Offboard test elements would include, what is more commonly known as, a proving unit.

To be a successful, IEC compliant external testing element any proving unit would need to be:

  • Providing approx. 4kV AC @ 50Hz in a stable field. This is a typical threshold voltage for according to the IEC standard. This is based on a UK specific 11-33kV device as a guide.
  • Providing a mechanical contact for the device’s electrode in an environment free of disturbances to the generated field. This would mean any metallic conductive testing parts need to be laid out in such away so as not to interfere with the required, stable field effect.
  • Produce this voltage field for a reasonable duration to allow the device’s electronics to filter out any noise and identify a successful “live” signal.
  • Provide suitable electrical insulation and interlocks to keep the user safe.
  • Be compliant with the CE directive for Electro Magnetic Compatibility.
  • Portable enough to be used in the field.

 Unfortunately, we do not believe a device that can fulfil this brief exists within the market and so manufacturers of Capacitive voltage detectors have generally moved onto approved internal self-testing of devices.

 As a guide, the Fameca TAG220 and the Fameca Vector from Clydesdale are fully IEC standards compliant and use a built-in, continuous self-test while powered on. The self-test checks every 50 milliseconds for correct operation of the whole electrical circuit, sensors , threshold value and battery level of course.

 

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Extra Mile 2017

Every year Clydesdale puts together a cycling team and enters the Extra Mile Challenge raising money for selected charities.
This year the challenge is set in Brittany on the 21st – 25th September.

The team consisting of David Sample, Simon Raglione-Hall, John Webb and John Wells will start their journey in Chartres,
two nights at Rennes before ending the 500 mile cycle in Normandy at Caen.

The team raise money for BLISS and St Johns Hospice and where able to give the charities over £1100 last year.

BLISS Support premature and sick babies as well as their families

St John’s hospice is a palliative care hospice for cancer sufferers.

 

We wish all the teams involved lots of luck!

 

If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, our just giving page is:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/team-plf

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Web Shop

The Clydesdale web shop is now open and taking orders on selected items / ranges. 

If you require any further information on any of our products before purchasing, please email sales@clydesdale.net or telephone +44 (0) 1234 855855.
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CABLEx 2017

The Clydesdale team had a great day at the EA Technology organised exhibition, CABLEx 2017.

The new addition the ‘Demo Den’ was a great success, we had several different demonstrations running throughout the day showcasing new equipment for the UK market as well as some of our core tools.

In terms of cable preparation, demos were given on preparing 33kV graphite coated cables as well as 11kV Triplex cable using the range of Alroc tools.

A non-explosive cable spiking and cutting demo was given using the Picoup 250 tool which is designed to provide a reliable single phase-to-earth fault should the user unfortunately spike a live cable.

Clydesdale also had a custom demonstration table made specifically for the event to show how the FC2310, de-energised cable identifier and phasing device works and how it can be employed in the field.

Our show booklet containing all the products on our stand and in the demo den is available online, please click here.

If you are looking for further information or have any questions on the products, please call 01234 855855 or email sales@clydesdale.net and one of our sales team will be happy to help.

We look forward to seeing you all at next year’s event.

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CABLEx 2017

We are all set up and ready for CABLEx 2017.

Come and visit us at our stands C01 and Demo Den DD06 to meet our team and find out more about our products.
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