VDE registration – is it just a formality?
Electric cables, whose quality and safety have been monitored by regular inspections from the Verband Elektrotechnik, Elektronik und Informationstechnik (Association of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Information Technology), or VDE for short, enjoy great acceptance across all industries both in Germany and around the world. Among other things, the Association promotes safety standards, standardisation and product inspection. For this reason, the majority of control cable models in the HELUKABEL range have VDE registration. These include PVC cables with or without shielding or PVC drag chain cables with or without shielding. The registration is identifiable from the VDE-Reg. No. printed on the outer sheath. Registration enables us to construct control cables that are more compact and cheaper than harmonised cable types such as H05VV5-F in accordance with DIN EN 50525-2-51 (VDE 0285-525-2-51). It signifies that cables produced according to HELUKABEL standards fulfil the electrical and mechanical test specifications of the so-called DIN EN/DIN VDE standards. A requirement for registration is that regular inspections be made. VDE inspectors examine and check both production processes and the final product. Only when both factors fulfil all criteria may the cable continue to display the registration number. The VDE number is therefore much more than just a formality. It shows that an independent inspection institute has approved the high level of technical and quality standards placed on the control cables made by HELUKABEL.