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VE 1, Metal Cable Tray Systems


Provides technical requirements concerning the construction, testing, and performance of metal cable tray systems. It is the rst joint e ort of NEMA and CSA International to
put in one place standards for metal trays per both NEMA and CSA methods. Download NEMA VE 1 (http://www.nema.org/stds/ve1.cfm).

VE 2, Metal Cable Tray Installation Guideline


Addresses shipping, handling, storing, and installation of metal cable tray systems. Information on maintenance and system modi cation is also provided. Download VE 2
(http://www.nema.org/stds/ve2.cfm) from the NEMA website (registration required) or purchase a hard copy (http://www.global.ihs.com/search_res.cfm?
RID=NEMA&input_doc_number=NEMA_VE_2) from Global/IHS.

UL 568, Nonmetallic Cable Tray Systems


This standard speci es the requirements for nonmetallic cable trays and associated ttings designed for use in accordance with the rules of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC)
Part 1, and the National Electrical Code® (NEC). Purchase UL 568 (https://standardscatalog.ul.com/standards/en/standard_568).

FG 1, Fiberglass Cable Tray Systems


Covers construction and test requirements for continuous, complete nonmetallic systems of ladder, ventilated, solid bottom cable trays, or channel type trays, intended for the
support of power or control cables, or both. NEMA FG-1 was rescinded as a published standard in November 2017. If you are looking for additional information regarding this
standard please contact Daniel Abbate (Daniel.abbate@nema.org (mailto:Daniel.abbate@nema.org)).

Installation Guidelines

The Cable Tray Institute is making available the current edition of this practical guide for the proper installation of aluminum or steel cable tray systems. These guidelines will be
useful to engineers, contractors, and maintenance personnel. Ongoing periodic reviews will be done to re ect advancing technology and construction techniques.

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VE 2, Metal Cable Tray Installation Guidelines
Addresses shipping, handling, storing, and installation of metal cable tray systems. Information on maintenance and system modi cation is also provided. Download VE 2
(http://www.nema.org/stds/ve2.cfm) from the NEMA website (registration required) or purchase a hard copy (http://www.global.ihs.com/search_res.cfm?
RID=NEMA&input_doc_number=NEMA_VE_2) from Global/IHS.

Codes and Standards Manufacturing Standards

NEMA VE 1 Metal Cable Tray


CSA C22.2 Speci cation 126.1 Metal Cable Tray
NEMA FG 1 Fiberglass Cable Tray
CSA C22.2 Speci cation 126.2 Fiberglass Cable Tray
IEC 61537 Cable Tray and Cable Ladder Systems
UL 568 Fiberglass Cable Tray

Installation Codes

NFPA-70 National Electrical Code


C22.1 Canadian Electrical Code-Part 1
NFPA-79 Industrial Machinery
NFPA-70E Employee Workplace

Installation Guidelines

NEMA VE 2 Installation Guidelines


NECA/NEMA 105 Recommended Practice for Installing Cable Trays
IEEE 576 Recommended Practice for Installation, Termination and Testing of Insulated Power Cable Privacy - Terms
Speci c Applications

ASCE 7-05 or IEEE Standard C-2 National Electrical Safety Code


BICSI Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM)

Manufacturing Standards

NEMA VE 1 – This standard speci es the manufacturing requirements for metal cable trays (such as; channel cable tray, ladder cable tray, single-rail cable tray, wire mesh cable
tray, solid bottom or nonventillated cable tray and trough or ventilated cable tray) and associated ttings for use in accordance with the rules of the National Electrical Code.
This standard also provides load/span class designations.
Note: NEMA VE 1 and CSA C22.2 Speci cation #126.1 have been harmonized without deviation, therefore this standard is in accordance with the Canadian Electrical Code.

NEMA VE 1 Metal Cable Tray Systems can be obtained from Global Engineering Documents, www.global.ihs.com

NEMA FG 1 – This standard speci es the manufacturing requirements for nonmetallic ( berglass) cable trays (such as; ladder cable tray trough or ventilated cable tray, solid
bottom or nonventillated cable tray and channel cable tray) and associated ttings for use in accordance with the rules of the National Electrical Code.
NEMA FG 1 Fiberglass Cable Tray Systems can be obtained from Global Engineering Documents, www.global.ihs.com

IEC-61537 – This international standard speci es requirements and tests for cable tray systems (such as; all metal cable trays including wire mesh cable tray and nonmetallic
cable trays) for the support, accommodation of cables and possibly other electrical equipment in electrical and/or communications systems installations.

IEC-61537 Cable Tray Systems and Cable Ladder Systems for Electrical Installations can be obtained from Global Engineering Documents, www.global.ihs.com

UL 568 – This Underwriters Laboratories standard covers the performance requirements for the safe application of berglass cable tray.

UL 568 can be obtained from Global Engineering Documents, www.global.ihs.com.

Installation Code

NFPA 70 – The National Electrical Code covers the installation requirements for the safe application of cable tray systems including ladder, ventilated trough, ventilated channel,
solid bottom and other similar structures.
Article 392 provides requirements such as “Uses Permitted”, which includes wiring methods permitted to be installed in cable tray, the “Cross Sectional Area Requirements for
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Cable Trays Used as Equipment Grounding Conductor” and the “Maximum Allowable Fill Area for Single-Conductor and Multi-Conductor Cables”
Article 310 provides the ampacities of conductors.

The NEC can be obtained from NFPA, www.nfpacatalog.org (http://www.nfpacatalog.org/).

CEC C22.1-Part 1 – The Canadian Electrical Code is a safety standard for the installation and maintenance of electrical equipment in Canada.
Section 12-2200 provides requirements such as “Method of Installation”, “Ampacities of Conductors” and “Conductors in Cable Trays”.

The CEC can be obtained from the Canadian Standards Assn., www.csa.ca (http://www.cabletrays.com/www.csa.ca).

NFPA 79 – This standard covers the safe application of electric/electronic equipment, apparatus or systems supplied as part of industrial machinery or mass production
industrial equipment.

NFPA 79 can be obtained from NFPA, www.nfpacatalog.org (http://www.nfpacatalog.org/).

NFPA 70E – This standard covers protection to the employee from electrical hazards such as shock, arc blasts and explosions initiated by electricity.

NFPA 70E can be obtained from NFPA, www.nfpacatalog.org (http://www.nfpacatalog.org/).

Installation Guidelines

NEMA VE 2 – This standard is a practical guideline used by engineers, contractors and maintenance personnel for the proper shipping, handling, storing, maintenance and
installation of both metal and nonmetallic cable tray systems.

NEMA VE 2 can be obtained from Global Engineering Documents, www.global.ihs.com

Additional technical information can be obtained from the manufacturers listed in VE 2.

NECA/NEMA 105 – This standard describes installation and maintenance procedures for metal cable tray systems used to support power and communications cabling. This
standard was developed jointly with NEMA.

NECA 105 can be obtained from orderdesk@necanet.org (mailto:orderdesk@necanet.org).


IEEE 576 – This standard describes recommended practice for installation, termination and testing of insulated power cables in cable trays used in industrial and commercial
applications.

IEEE 576 can be obtained from www.IEEE.org (http://www.ieee.org/).

Speci c Applications

ASCE 7-05 – This American Society of Civil Engineers standard provides the minimum design load requirements for wind, snow, ice and earthquake.
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ASCE 7-05 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures can be obtained from ASCE, www.pubs.asce.org
BICSI – Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual. (TDMM)
Chapter 11 Firestops – Covers the guidelines for reestablishing the integrity of re-rated architectural structures and assemblies (e.g., walls, oors, ceilings) when these barriers
are penetrated.

TDMM can be obtained from www.bicsi.org (http://www.bicsi.org/).

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