The world’s leading cable cleat manufacturer, Ellis has shown that innovation doesn’t have to be restricted to new product development; having enhanced a product that has been one of its best-sellers for over 20-years.

Ellis’ technical team have taken the company’s cable hangers, which are used primarily in the rail industry and made them stronger and, remarkably, cheaper.

Stephen Walton, Ellis’ technical director, said: “We’ve been successfully manufacturing and selling our cable hangers for two decades, and it’s fair to say that the design is tried, tested and completely trusted by all those who use it.”

“But with the market for cable hangers growing, and the number of extremely similar products also expanding, it was felt we needed to improve on the design in order to capitalise on new opportunities, while at the same time protecting our current customer base.”

Ellis achieved this by looking at every aspect of the product and looking at ways to improve on it. The first key development is that there are two different versions of the new Ellis cable hanger – a standard Mk2 cable hanger, and a convex hanger; the latter designed specifically for use in tunnels, where the mounting surface is often curved.

Benefits of the new Mk2 cable hangers include:

• Rounded corners that reduce snagging points

• Spin galvanized (55µm or 150µm thickness) to protect against erosion

• Only 6mm thick, leading to reduced product and shipping costs

• Wide range of sizes available

• Suitable for cables up to 100mm diameter

• Custom designs available

• Rolled designs for tunnels available

Meanwhile, the convex cable hanger has all the benefits of Mk2, plus:

• The removal of all sharp edges presented to the cable by traditional hangers

• Through innovative design, it’s the same strength as Mk2, but only 5mm thick – further reducing product and shipping costs

“To take a product that to all intents and purposes was a commodity product, and redesign it in a manner that makes it not only better, but also cheaper and stronger than anything else on the market goes to show the commitment we have at Ellis to not just sell cable cleats and cable hangers, but to sell the very best,” added Stephen.

Ellis’ in-house capability covers everything from product design to prototype production; testing to manufacture. It also holds its own product stock and manages all deliveries.