Research & Development

Tratos is unlike other cable companies. It specialises in design without compromise to overcome customers’ complex challenges. It welcomes challenge. A drive for technical innovation focused on enhanced performance has led Tratos to develop cable that has gone further – moving industries forward.  Its bespoke cable design team specialises in creating cable to work in new and more challenging environments and deliver broader and better functionality.

It’s this high level of skill, responsiveness and collaborative working with customers that has seen Tratos’ research and development team designing for a range of challenging applications. From developing cables for submarine missiles to superconductivity cables for nuclear fusion, Tratos’ R&D expertise is sought by some of the most ground-breaking and sensitive projects. Fifty years of building better cable has been achieved by investing in its own rigorous testing methods which ensure the cable it produces is the best it can be.

Tratos R&D has developed innovative products for:

Fusion for energy  

Tratos is a world leader in superconducting cables for Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion, developing products for this ground-breaking engineering mega-project. Nuclear fusion is deemed one of the options useful to ensure a large-scale, safe, environmentally-friendly and virtually inexhaustible source of energy. Tratos is one of the international partners of the winning consortium now working on the project at the superconductivity laboratory.
New generation overhead conductors (significant cost gains, an innovative approach to countering sag and power loss and delivering faster, easier installation).

Telecommunication – Fibre Optics cables

Telecoms/data –dual fire barrier fibre optical cables with advanced fire resistant capabilities – designed specifically for underground and metro systems; signalling, power, control and telecommunications cables for the railway sector. Tratos innovation goes further. Tratos’ clever theft-prevention measures include reduced copper content to make cable theft less rewarding, improved traceability, identity threads and even alarmed cable.
Fire resistant cables – for public buildings, schools, hospitals, underground and over ground railway stations, department stores, cinemas, hotels, theatres and computer centres as well as offshore vessels and hazardous environments such as Oil & Gas platforms. The company can supply a complete range of fire resistant cables to comply with the latest Standards and Codes of Practice covering fire detection, alarm systems, emergency lighting or other vital power supplies. Tratos is a long established and experienced manufacturer of fire resistant cables for major projects such as Wimbledon’s Centre Court, Caerphilly Hospital and London Underground’s Kings Cross and St. Pancras Stations.

Innovative compounds

JBA – Cable that has to deliver power, control, signalling and communication; Tratos’ composites can handle any or every element. Its submarine and highly specialised umbilical cables are designed to multiple international standards to cope with cross-country installations.  In the toughest of environments Tratos’ cables resist mud, fire, extreme temperatures, water and impact.
Twickenham International Rugby Ground – Tratos facilitated power for the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham, applying its subsea cabling technology to combat the challenges of the stadium’s high water table. Cable had to maintain its integrity despite constant immersion; and time was critical. The Rugby World Cup was imminent and the stadium couldn’t afford the risk of a world-stage power outage. Within an eight-week turnaround, and working around restricted access, the company progressed with cable designed for installation and continuous operation in waterlogged underground ducts for a life of 20+ years.
The company is dedicated to producing higher-functioning, long-lasting, quality cable that is lighter, stronger, more compact, easier to install and has cost and environmental benefits.

Tratos’ programmes of research & development run across all of its product areas.

Meaningful developments on cables for overhead power lines with high thermal limits and reduced deformations at high loads have the potential to facilitate significant advances for the energy industry. Advances in the field of insulated, self-supporting cables for medium and high voltage; for composite special cables for transport of signalling and for power in difficult conditions (earth moving equipment and mobile port equipment for moving loads) and optical fibre cables (for military use) are all helping change industries and the way we live.

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