Basics about cable glands

A cable gland - also known as cable connector, cord grip or fitting - is a device designed to mainly fulfill four functions:

  • Allowing entrance of a cable into an encasement (housing/enclosure or connector)
  • Providing strain relief
  • Protecting the inside of the encasement against water, dirt and dust
  • Allowing to assemble and disassemble cable and encasement easily

Additionally it might also provide EMC shielding together with braided cables or offers other special features useful for dedicated applications as grounding, potential equalization, insulation, bending protection or any combination of these features. A cable gland does not provide an electrical connection between the single cores of the inserted cable and any device inside the encasement. This is why it is not an electrical device.

A cable gland will be connected to an encasement by means of a threaded hole or via a locknut or a clipping mechanism if there is only a through hole.

Bimed offers cable glands in

  • plastic material (mainly polyamide),
  • brass (mainly nickel plated),
  • stainless steel,
  • aluminum or
  • other special materials

We distinguish between industrial applications and applications in hazardous environments.

In the case of industrial applications, most of bimed’s cable glands are certified according to the newest international standards such as UL, IEC or EN (DIN, VDE).

The range of industrial standard cable glands covers cable diameters from 2 mm to 44 mm.

For applications in hazardous environments, bimed offers products which are certified according to the actual ATEX- and IEC-standards.

We are distinguishing between the following standard thread types:

    a)  metric thread (ISO Standard)
    b)  Pg thread (Panzergewinde, no more standardized)
    c)  NPT thread (National Pipe Taper Standard)
    d)  BSP thread (British Standard Pipe) or
    e)  Non threaded types

Bimed offers a wide range of such cable glands for most applications around the world.