HellermannTyton offers metal detectable cable tie mounts

They are blue in colour for easy visual identification

HellermannTyton offers metal detectable cable tie mounts

Cable management specialist HellermannTyton has added metal detectable cable tie mounts to its portfolio for the pharmaceutical and food sectors.

Recognising that many metal content products on the market can still go undetected, the new cable tie mounts provide a safe and secure surface to hold a cable tie in place, the company says.

The Manchester-based company has developed this new product as the result of independent tests carried out last year on the detectability of its own products and those from other manufacturers in the market. The company discovered that leading branded products, including its own, were easily detectable while less expensive imported cable ties fell significantly beneath the guidelines, with some being completely undetectable. As all types of plastic cable management solutions are used in pharmaceutical and manufacturing, HellermannTyton recognised that every aspect of cable management within such environments needed to contain a high content of metal to be detectable and the mounts were designed to address this need.

Blue in colour for easy visual detection, the mounts are screw fixing bases that can be secured to any surface to hold a cable tie in place. This screw fixing element means that the product does not require any self-adhesive, removing the risk of the adhesive becoming detached from the base and entering the manufacturing process undetected. The mounts also boast a high metal pigment, meaning that even small ‘cut-off’ pieces are detectable and they can be used as part of the HACCP process.

Richard Rands, Product Manager for Fastenings and Fixings with HellermannTyton, said: 'Plastic contamination is a major issue that can cause problems through the supply chain from manufacturer, through to wholesalers and retailers and down to the final consumer. If undetected before the products reach the consumer, plastic fragments could cause distress and have the potential to present a choking or laceration hazard.

'Let’s also not forget the impact of recalls, which can be astronomical, and include the cost of internal investigations, scrapped product and lost sales, related internal and external communications and, possibly, legal costs. And, of course, there is also reputational damage to be considered.'