- Cable Construction and Dimensional Testing
- Conductor Resistance Testing
- RoHS Compliance Testing
- Cable Insulation Tensile Elongation Measurement
- Shrinkage Tests for Cable Insulation
- Cable Hot Set Testing
- Cable Pressure Testing High Temperatures
- Cable Heat Shock Testing
- Cable Insulation Resistance Testing
- Vertical Flame Test
- Smoke Density Testing for Cables
- Cable Cold Bend Testing
- Cable Cold Elongation Testing
- Gas Emissions Testing for Cables
- Cable Spike Testing
- Cable Tensile Testing After Ageing
- Sheath Resistance Testing
- Mechanical test for Flexible Cable
- Cord Bend Testing
- Cable Snatch Testing
- Cold Impact Test
- Shore A Hardness Cable Testing
- Flex Test for Lift Cables
- Cable Solder Ability Testing
- Thermal Stability Cable Testing
- Crimp & Lug Testing
- Cable Ozone Resistance Testing
- VLF Testing for MV Cables
Shore Hardness Testing on Cable Materials
The Shore A Hardness Test is conducted according to ASTM D2240, ISO 868 & ISO 7619-1 and specifies a method of determining the indentation hardness for rubber and soft plastics by means of a Durometer using the 'A scale' in the nominal hardness range. This applies particularly to our rubber flexible cable range.
The Shore A Hardness Scale measures the hardness of rubbers ranging from very soft and flexible, through medium and somewhat flexible, to hard with almost no flexibility at all. Semi-rigid plastics can also be measured on the high end of the Shore A Scale.
The surface of the test piece shall be flat and placed over an area with sufficient size to permit the pressure foot of the Durometer to come into contact with the test piece over a radius of at least 6mm from the indenter point. Satisfactory hardness determinations cannot be made on rounded, uneven or rough surfaces using Durometers.
Where practical, test pieces are conditioned immediately before testing for a minimum period of 1 hour. The test piece is placed on a flat, hard, rigid surface (e.g. glass) and then pressure is applied to the test piece as rapidly as possible but without shock, and ensuring that the indenter is normal to the surface.
The reading from the Durometer is recorded at specified times - 3 seconds for vulcanized rubber and 15 seconds for thermoplastic rubber. Five measurements of hardness at different positions on the test piece, at least 6 mm apart for the A type durometer, are recorded and the mean value is calculated.
Shore Hardness Scale Comparison Table
There are different Shore Hardness scales for measuring the hardness of different materials. These scales were devised to allow a common language for discussing these materials using common points of reference.
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About Eland Cables
Established in 1975, Eland Cables is a supplier of power, data, instrumentation and control cables and cable accessories to the world's most demanding industries and to some of its most prestigious projects. Our reputation is built on an unswerving focus on quality, technical expertise and customer service.
Our focus on quality has resulted in our in-house specialist cable testing facility securing the ISO 17025 accreditation. This certifies the competence, impartiality and performance capability of our laboratory and its evaluations. In turn, it means peace of mind for our customers with regard to the quality of the cables they source from us.
Our highly-qualified technical team is on hand to provide technical support with all aspects of cable selection, technical specification, regulatory requirements, and bespoke cable design and manufacture.
We are a key contributor to projects in over 100 countries every year, adding value through comprehensive technical support, reliable logistics, innovative solutions, and a customer-centric approach.