Fittings of LV Aerial Bundle Conductor(Part-I)


  1. Overhead distribution line system can be categorised as either low voltage or medium voltage.
  2. Low voltage lines have an operating voltage up to 1kv.
  3. They may be either bare or covered.

An aerial application fully insulated ABC are being increasingly as the almost only alternative to bare overhead or underground system in different parts of the world because of their outstanding features.


  • The conductors are fully insulated.
  • More than one conductor is part of the bundle. Commonly they are four comprising of three phases and one neutral messenger. Very often 5th conductor can be used for street lighting is also part of the bundle.
  • They are self-supporting and suspended between supports-(generally existing poles.)
  • They can be installed through forest areas without cutting of aisles prescribed for overhead lines.
  • ABC bundle & accessories being fully insulated protect linemen actively as the design is touch proof.
  • Prescribed clearance required for Bare Conductors under NEC/NESC/VDE/ EDF codes not applicable here and the same may be reduced without limitation as long as insulation does not become vulnerable to mechanical damage.


Supreme has been developing fittings for low and medium voltage insulated overhead cable systems and have experience of supplying them to different utilities all over the world These accessories can be divided into mechanical and electrical accessories.Electrical components like connectors are almost common to different kind ABC cable systems generally found over the world. Accessories used for mechanical tensioning and support are however are dependent on type of ABC system being used.

The impetus for this increasing use has been provided by the need being felt to have secondary distribution lines which are:

  1. Cost effective
  2. Safe to users & linemen against accidental contact
  3. Environment-friendly on account of lesser incidence of forest fires from accidental tree contact.
  4. Less vulnerable to illegal tapping
  5. Easier to install in congested areas, fully water proof, corrosion free.
  6. Lesser right of way problem on account of reduced earth to phase, Phase to phase & phase to ground wire clearances.

Major Cost savings and Advantages:

This system also makes it possible to use existing or common pole of other services like telecom or CATV without causing EMI disruption in their services or the risk of over voltage. One of the biggest argument in its favor is the empirical evidence showing dramatically reduced incidence of power outages wherever this systems is in use.

Covered medium voltage lines are can be constructed both by way of using:

  • Covered conductor which is not fully insulated with phase separation being maintained using polymer spacers.
  • Fully insulated MV aerial bundled cables.

For Supreme fittings & accessories we provide below the salient features and important mechanical/electrical reference values for different low voltage ABC systems.

Types of Insulated overhead cable systems:

Finnish system:

Insulated aluminiumphase conductors.Bare aluminiumalloy messenger wire,which is also the neutral conductor. The cable can also have separate conductors for street lighting.

French system:

Insulated aluminiumphase four equal aluminiumalloy conductors, includes phase -and Neutral conductors. The cable can also have separate conductorsfor street lighting.conductors. Insulated aluminiumalloy messenger wire, which is also the neutral conductor. The cable can also have separate conductors for street lighting.

German System:

Four equal aluminiumalloy conductors, includes phase -and neutral conductors. The cable can also have separate conductors for street lighting.

Types of Insulated overhead cable systems -A Comparison:

Pole FittingsOn Steel Fabricated/Concrete/ Wooden/Angle/Rail/Tubular & Walls:

LV ABC cables may be suspended with the help of hooks attached to concrete, wood or steel or wall polesby any of followings methods:

1.Use of various type of Hooks bolts & nuts through Drilled holeson Poles.

2.Use of wood / Coach screw type hooks for wooden Poles.

3.Suspension of hooks on pole clamps for Steel / Concrete/ rail/ tubular/ Poles where Drillingholes on poles are not practical.

4.Use of suspension/tension brackets which are banded to poles where holes or screwing on poles is not practice.

5. Use of  hook plates with expansion plugs & screws for use on walls.

In case of 5 above very often a range of cleats and distance clips and nails may also be used. Plastic multicleats are provided for Attachment of cables to wooden surface or hard walls. Distance nails are designedto prevent the installed cable to come into contact with pole or wall surface.

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