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Catu insulated matting

CATU electrical insulating mats provide electrical protection for individual and collective protection for workers involved on electrical installationsfor voltages of 3.3kV, 6.6kV, 11kV, 15kV, 20kV and 33kV.

Used when operating switchboards, live LV-HV switchgear, substations, transformers and electrical workstations insulating rubber matting protects workers against electrical shock by absorbing the power that can result from a short circuit or other electrical leak.

The full range of electrical rubber matting from Catu is thoroughly tested to guarantee compliance with all relevant standards. The mats are manufactured using the finest rubber compounds.

The quality of these mats is absolutely integral in complying with and maintaining electrical protection standards. In the UK, DNOs are increasingly stipulating the use of insulating rubber matting on cable jointing applications.

Using these mats on cable joining applications provides a secondary level of protection should the insulating gloves being used become damaged or not provide the level of protection required.

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Insulating Mats Selection And Application. How To Select The Correct Insulating Mat For Your Application

Key factors to consider when selecting a rubber insulating mat are:

  • Location and application – where the mat will be placed and what it will be providing protection against
  • Size and insulation requirements –  What level of electrical insulation is required and to what voltage class. Also how much area in terms of square meters is required to cover.
  • Whether the mat will be placed in a working area that is likely to cause damage to it during normal working conditions such as by a workbench where items may be dropped frequently.

Matting for insulating protection from Catu is used in many industries globally and tested to international standards IEC 61111 (Live working tools – insulating maps category C: Resistant to very low temperatures -40°C).

Insulating mats must conform to the standard IEC 61111 relating to live working, electrical insulating materials, insulated matting, elastomers, floor coverings, electrical safety, electric shocks, safety devices, occupational safety, classification systems, grades (quality), marking and testing.

This standard supersedes CLC/TS 61111:2006 and includes a number of technical changes.

Recommendations For Use And Storage Of Insulating Mats

When storing or transporting the mats they should be properly stored properly in a specially equipped bag in order to minimise the risk of damage to the insulating material.

The mats should not be bent or stored/used close to excessive heat sources. They should also not be exposed to direct sunlight for a long period of time as this can also cause damage to the insulating material.

Ideal storage temperature for the insulating mats is between 10°C and 21°C.

Prior to each use it is advised that a visual inspection of the mat is carried out and if required the mat should be cleaned with soap and water to remove and debris that could cause a negative effect.

When using the insulating mats, avoid contact with chemical products and only use the mats in temperatures between -40°C and +55°C. It is also recommended to carry out periodic inspection of the mats and they should not be used without having been electrically tested with a twelve month period.

For class 0 mats only a visual inspection is required.

Catu Insulating Matting Class And Maximum Voltages

Class Minimum Voltage Maximum Voltage
0 1000 V 1500 V
1 7500  V 11 250 V
2 17 000 V 25 500 V
3 26 500 V 39 750 V
4 36 000 V 54 000 V

Catu Insulating Matting Range

Individual Models

Product Reference Class Min Voltage Max Voltage Thickness Dimensions Weight
Catu MP-11/11 0 ≤1000 V ≤1500 V 2 mm 1 x 1 m 2.9 Kg
Catu MP-11/16 0 ≤1000 V ≤1500 V 2 mm 0.6 x 1 m 1.4 Kg
Catu MP-42/11 3 ≤26500 V ≤39750 V 3 mm 1 x 1 m 4.5 Kg
Catu MP-42/16 3 ≤26500 V ≤39750 V 3 mm 0.6 x 1 m 2.9 Kg
Catu MP-42/66 3 ≤26500 V ≤39750 V 3 mm 0.6 x 0.6 m 1.8 Kg
Catu MP-60/05-1 4 ≤36000 V ≤54000 v 5 mm 0.6 x 1 m 4.4 Kg
Catu MP-100/02-10 0 ≤1000 V ≤1500 V 2 mm 1 x 10 m 29 Kg

Insulating Mats For Placing In Front Of Panels

Product Reference Class Min Voltage Max Voltage Thickness Dimensions Weight
Catu MP-60/03-5 3 ≤26500 V ≤39750 V 3 mm 0.6 x 5 m 14 Kg
Catu MP-60/03-10 3 ≤26500 V ≤39750 V 3 mm 0.6 x 10 m 28 Kg
Catu MP-100/03-5 3 ≤26500 V ≤39750 V 3 mm 1 x 5 m 25 Kg
Catu MP-100/03-10 3 ≤26500 V ≤39750 V 3 mm 1 x 10 m 53.5 Kg
Catu MP-60-/05-5 4 ≤36000 V ≤54000 V 5 mm 0.6 x 5 m 28 Kg
Catu MP-60/05-10 4 ≤36000 V ≤54000 V 5 mm 0.6 x 10 m 44 Kg
Catu MP-100/05-5 4 ≤36000 V ≤54000 V 5 mm 1 x 5 m 45 Kg
Catu MP-100/05-10 4 ≤36000 V ≤54000 V 5 mm 1 x 10 m 89 Kg

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