Simplifying NFPA 79 Compliance: Zippertubing's Zip-On Jacketing as the Solution


In the realm of industrial machinery, safety and compliance with industry standards are paramount. The NFPA 79 standard, known as the Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery, is a critical set of guidelines that ensures electrical safety in industrial settings. One common challenge faced by manufacturers and engineers striving for NFPA 79 compliance is addressing the issue of conductors of different circuits, as outlined in section 13.1.3. This article delves into the complexities of NFPA 79 compliance and highlights how Zippertubing's Zip-On jacketing provides an innovative solution to these challenges.

NFPA 79 Compliance: An Overview

NFPA 79 plays a crucial role in establishing safety requirements for the electrical systems used in industrial machinery. Its primary goal is to prevent electrical hazards, fires, and other risks associated with machinery operation. This standard covers various aspects, including general requirements, electrical protective devices, conductors, wiring methods, and much more. Ensuring compliance with NFPA 79 is not just about meeting regulatory requirements but also about safeguarding the well-being of workers and the reliability of machinery.

Challenges in Compliance: Section 13.1.3 Conductors of Different Circuits

Section 13.1.3 of NFPA 79 focuses on the need to separate conductors of different circuits to prevent confusion and inadvertent connections. This requirement aims to minimize the risk of short circuits, electrical faults, and potential safety hazards. However, achieving this separation can be fraught with challenges:

Complex Electrical Systems: Modern industrial machinery often features intricate electrical systems with numerous circuits and conductors, making it challenging to maintain proper separation.

Space Constraints: Limited space within control panels and enclosures can make it difficult to physically separate conductors.

Durability: Standard insulation and cable management solutions may not withstand the harsh conditions of industrial environments, leading to wear and tear over time.

Maintenance: Regular maintenance and inspections are essential to ensure that color-coded insulation remains intact, which can be time-consuming and costly.

        Zippertubing's Zip-On Jacketing: The Solution to NFPA 79 Compliance Challenges

        Zippertubing, a trusted leader in cable management solutions, offers a practical and effective answer to the challenges posed by NFPA 79 compliance through their innovative Zip-On jacketing.

        Simplifying NFPA 79 Compliance: Zip-On Jacketing

        Key advantages of Zippertubing's Zip-On jacketing include:

        Customization: Zip-On jacketing can be customized to include color coding, numbering, or other identification methods directly on the jacket. This eliminates the need for separate labeling and ensures clear identification of conductors.

        Durability: Zip-On jacketing is designed to withstand the rigors of industrial environments, offering robust protection against mechanical stress, abrasion, and environmental factors.

        Easy Installation: The Zip-On design simplifies installation and maintenance. It can be easily removed and reattached, facilitating access to conductors when necessary.

        Enhanced Safety: By providing clear identification and physical separation, Zip-On jacketing reduces the risk of short circuits and electrical hazards, contributing to a safer work environment.

        Cost-Effective: Zippertubing's Zip-On solution not only enhances safety and compliance but also offers a cost-effective alternative to traditional cable management methods.

        Fast Implementation: Zip-On jacketing is installed as a wrap-around, secondary insulation, that can be installed on wiring that is already in place. This eliminates the need to disconnect or re-run cables through dedicated conduit. 

        Shop Now!   Contact an Engineer


          NFPA 79 compliance is essential for ensuring the safety and reliability of industrial machinery. Addressing the challenges posed by section 13.1.3 regarding conductors of different circuits can be a complex endeavor. Zippertubing's Zip-On jacketing offers an innovative and practical solution, simplifying compliance and enhancing safety in industrial settings. By choosing Zip-On jacketing, manufacturers and engineers can streamline their compliance efforts, reduce the risk of electrical hazards, and ensure that their industrial machinery operates with the highest level of safety and reliability.

          Read More:
          Case Study:  Secondary Cable Jacketing to Meet Health Care Equipment Installation Code

          Written by Matt Hesselbacher - Principal Engineer