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Cable gland series for the railway industry in accordance with EN 45545

With the Railway Series, WISKA has developed an industry-specific expansion of its proven SPRINT cable gland system, thereby fully meeting the special needs of the rail industry.

Cable gland series for the railway industry in accordance with EN 45545

Since June 2013, products and their materials that are used in the railway sector must be tested in accordance with the new fire safety standard EN 45545, in order to meet the same quality standards across Europe. This does not only apply to new vehicles; the components used must also meet these requirements in remedial maintenance of railway vehicles. The RW product range complies with the required standards for European railway outfitters in all respects and for all materials used.

WISKA's RW series is the ideal combination of high-value product quality and multiple modularity, while maintaining compliance with standards. The RW components have been successfully tested for fire resistance in accordance with EN 45545-3:2013-08. Furthermore, the entire series meets the highest requirements of Hazard Level 3 that can be applied to the materials used in the railway industry.

WISKA is one of the first European manufacturers to have successfully tested a complete series of cable glands in the differing materials of polyamide, brass and stainless steel to meet both this standard and hazard level.

The SPRINT Railway (RW)-Serie by WISKA:

  • Modular cable gland system specifically for the railway industry
  • Meets fire protection standard EN 45545 and all requirements of Hazard Level 3 with fire resistance E30
  • Comprehensive range of multiple and special sealing inserts
  • Flex protection, external strain relief as well as venting and EMC products
  • PG, metric and NPT threads of different lengths
  • Fulfils all requirements of IP 68 and IP 69K

Our products of the Railway Series:

Cable glands for the railway industry

Cable glands according to EN 45545 for optimal fire protection

Metro railcar with red lighting at a station in a tunnel

EN 45545 cable glands are equally suitable for all railway vehicles, regardless whether they are passenger carriages, freight cars, locomotives or railcars

Since June 2013, products and materials that are used in the railway industry must be tested according to the European fire protection standard DIN EN 45545 in order to fulfil the same quality standards across Europe. This does not just apply to new vehicles; components used to repair railway vehicles must also comply with these standards. The fire protection standard DIN EN 45545 also applies to cable glands that are used in railway transportation technology.

Fire protection standardisation through DIN EN 45545

DIN EN 45545 has unified national fire protection guidelines, such as DIN 5510-2 (Germany), NFF 16-101 to 103 (France) and BS 6853 (Great Britain) to form a European-wide standard. This unifies strict fire protection standards in trains, tunnels and railway stations, because train fires, especially if they occur inside a tunnel, can quickly become a catastrophe. This hazard must be minimised under all circumstances.

Close-up of cable glands made from plastic, brass and stainless steel

The fire protection cable glands for railway transportation made out of polyamide, brass and stainless steel were successfully tested according to DIN EN 45545

Testing fire behaviour

The second part of the fire protection standard (DIN EN 45545-2) comprises requirements for the fire behaviour of materials and components that are used in the railway industry. In addition to describing various testing procedures, the requirements for the materials and components with regard to their hazard levels and applications are also defined. The fire behaviour of non-metallic materials is tested with regard to the oxygen index (for determining the fire behaviour plastics) and smoke development (smoke gas development and toxicity).

What are barriers?

Part three of the fire protection standard (DIN EN 45545-3) regulates the fire resistance of fire barriers. Certain construction elements serve the purpose of keeping two adjacent areas of a railway vehicle separate in case of fire, and help contain flames and/or fumes.

Fire resistance is evaluated according to DIN EN 45545-3 with the so-called “E” rating. This defines the capability of a product that provides a barrier to prevent a fire from spreading flames or hot gases from one side to another. Depending on the source of the fire, the area to be protected and the classification of the railway vehicle, barriers receive a fire resistance rating of 15 minutes (E15) or 30 minutes (E30).

What are fire protection cable glands?

Because cable glands that are used in trains and other areas of railway transportation technology can be components of a fire protection barrier, they must secure the barrier according to DIN EN 45545. The conclusion: no fire shall permeate the fire protection cable gland for a given period of time.

EN 45545 cable glands by WISKA

Examination certificate for the fire behaviour of materials according to DIN EN 45545-2

The accredited testing laboratory Currenta in Leverkusen, Germany, tested the materials used in fire protection cable glands according to DIN EN 45545-2

WISKA has developed a railway series for railway transportation technology. It is in compliance with and at times surpasses the quality and safety requirements of the fire protection standard DIN EN 45545. Railway cable glands are an industry-specific extension of the established SPRINT cable gland system. WISKA is one of the first European producers to successfully test a complete cable gland series with brass, polyamide and stainless steel materials according to DIN EN 45545. An EMC version for electromagnetic compatibility completes the range of railway cable glands for railway transportation.

Innovative material for fire protection cable glands by WISKA

EN 45545 cable glands by WISKA ideally combine top product quality and versatile modularity while complying with safety standards. As a part of a comprehensive testing procedure, WISKA tested the fire behaviour of processed and raw materials according to DIN EN 45545-2. WISKA has tested a wide array of materials for interior and exterior use at recognised testing laboratories in order to develop optimal fire protection cable glands. The result: the complete fire protection series fulfils the highest DIN EN 45545-2 hazard level 3 requirements that can be applied to materials used in railway systems.

Examination certificate for the fire resistance of cable glands according to DIN EN 45545-3

The accredited testing laboratory MPA in Dresden, Germany, tested the fire resistance of fire protection cable glands according to DIN EN 45545-3

Safe barriers according to DIN EN 45545-3

Fire protection cable glands by WISKA also passed the fire resistance test according to DIN EN 45545-3. WISKA has tested various cable glands with a wide variety of cables with regard to their fire resistance at temperatures of up to 900° C both inside and out, as well as in a vertical and horizontal position. The tests were performed by an accredited testing laboratory.

Of the 88 combinations of cable glands and cables tested, all of them achieved a fire resistance rating of E15 (15 minutes), and 85 achieved E30 (30 minutes). This means that fire protection cable glands by WISKA can always provide an appropriate cable gland with a fire resistance rating of E30, and thus always fulfil the highest possible standards according to EN 45545-3.

The perfect cable gland for railway transportation

Whether they are made of plastic, brass or stainless steel, EN 45545 cable glands by WISKA can be used by railway companies, railway vehicle producers, railway technology and supplier companies, workshops and service companies in any type of new and repaired vehicle.

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