High Performance, High Specification Cable Labels For High Voltage Substations From Silver Fox


By Chris Dodds November, 2014



A Guest Blog by Nico Frame (Marketing Manager at Silver Fox). Silver Fox are the global market leading, UK based manufacturer of cable labels. 

Thorne & Derrick, a main distributor for Silver Fox, are delighted to announce a major project breakthrough into the utility power industry.

Silver Fox have recently supplied Spanish engineering giant Elimco with their Fox-in-a-Box® thermal cable labeling system for the labeling of power cables in high voltage 275kV substations being constructed at New Cumnock in Ayrshire, Scotland. 

The project is part of SP Energy Networks, South West Scotland Collector Scheme.

As well as the Fox-in-a-Box® system, also procured were a range of cable labels that included the Fox-Flo® Low Smoke, Zero Halogen (LS0H) UV Stable Tie-on Cable Labels and the Legend ™ LNST Non-Shrink tubing. Zero halogen cable labels are extensively specified for the labeling, marking and identification of LSOH (Low Smoke Zero Halogen) cables – this includes plastic low voltage service, mains and 11kV cables.  

Pictured: Silver Fox Fox-in-a-Box Advanced & Professional. The Silver Fox system prints cable labels quickly and easily. The complete labeling starter packs include: Plug'N'Play Thermal Printer, Labacus Innovator Advanced Software, Thermal Ribbon Sample Thermal Labels and Free Technical Support Service.


Zero halogen cable labels are installed by power and utility contractors working on behalf of UK DNO's where significant LSOH cable runs inside substations and buildings require a cable label system which preserves the zero halogen integrity of the cable circuits.

Read more: the Case for Low Smoke Zero Halogen Cable Labels & Public Safety.

Pictured: Substations – Silver Fox cable labels are installed to identify low and high voltage power cables. Also control and power cables feeding control and protection panels, systems and distribution boards.


The Non-Shrink tubing was vital for Elimco as it eliminated the need for heat shrink as that would require a heat-gun permit or the time-consuming method of using individual ferrules. The ability to "cold-install" cable labels without resort to "hot-working" provides serious electrical safety advantages when labeling cables offshore in potentially explosive atmospheres. Non-shrink cable labels are ideal for Zone 1 and Zone 2 hazardous area cable marking – fast, simple and safe labeling significantly driving down total man hour costs.  

Also provided to the project were the Silver Fox Legend™ LXL Laser Tie-on labels specifically for the internal sections of the New Cumnock substation. These are simply produced via templates on the Labacus software and printed using a normal office laser printer.

Silver Fox have been systematically testing their products to create world leading solutions to save time for the contractor and low maintenance for the client. All Silver Fox thermal solutions can be printed using the Silver Fox Fox-in-a-Box Cable Labeling System – using the same software, same printer and same ribbon.

Silver Fox cable labels are specified for both onshore and offshore cable labeling of LV-HV power cables – the cable labels are rigorously tested to ensure high performance in harsh operating conditions. Read more: Silver Fox Cable Labels – Salt Mist Spray Testing For Offshore & Marine Cable Labeling.

Silver Fox : A leader in UK manufacturing labeling solutions using a special Plug’N’Play thermal  printer or a standard office printer – ensuring fast and efficient identification of cables, wires, optical fibers, panels and equipment – Silver Fox delivers solutions for the Energy, Power, Rail and Data & Telecoms industries worldwide.

Silver Fox’s production of independently tested durable labeling is only part of the story. It also offers three levels of software, all of which are downloadable from the Silver Fox website, for free trial. Developed in conjunction with engineers over the past 15 years or so, these software solutions offer an array of unique time-saving options which, for the time-critical project, can turn time into profit.

Silver Fox tests its labels at recognized independent UKAS certified test laboratories in compliance with a number of different MIL and other standards. Silver Fox is ISO 9001:2008 registered. Silver Fox has spent over 30 years developing its products. Its commitment to global business was recognized in 2005 by the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade.

Category:  Cable Labeling & Marking

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