Over 30km of power cabling and 300 distribution units have been added to IPS hire stock
UK - IPS has added over 30km of power cabling and 300 distribution units to its hire stock. This significant stock increase has already been hard at work supporting both IPS productions onsite, as well as meeting the needs of IPS’ range of trade hire customers.
Over the last few months, IPS have been working hard to increase hire stocks all the hardware needed for the distribution of temporary power at events. Close working relationships with suppliers have been essential whilst battling supply restrictions and varying lead times along with all the other pressures associated with coronavirus, along with tireless work from Joe Martin who leads the IPS service department.
“It really has been a non-stop few months for me and the team, but despite all the obstacles, we are pleased to now have an expanded and upgraded range of fully tested cabling and power distribution equipment ready to hire,” says Joe.
In total, around £750,000 has been spent on hardware that will provide many years of reliable service. All the new cabling has been made with tough black H07 cable and fitted with either CEE Form or PowerLock connectors. IPS now has an available hire inventory of more than 80km of mains cabling consisting of both single and three phase options, in 16A, 32A, 63A, 125A, 200A, 400A and 600A variants.
The 200A Power Lock range is new for 2022, with sets stocked in 5m, 10m, 25m and 50m lengths. All cabling is colour coded and labelled with length and ID details and has been electrically tested and logged on the IPS barcode-based inventory system.
The 300 new and updated power distribution units have been manufactured and supplied by Distro Design and incorporate lots of features to make them perfect for a hard life in the events industry. All units have been fitted with recessed tour plate labels and scribble strips to make each unit and circuit quick and neat to label onsite. Smaller distro units are fitted with carrying handles, and larger production units are fitted into wheeled frames for easy handling onsite. This brings the total IPS power distribution stockholding up to nearly 550 units.
Ben Stearn from Distro Design says, “We are proud to have been able to continue our working relationship with IPS, and the high specification of the units supplied is really raising the bar in professional event power distribution. Along with the vast amounts of distribution IPS already have, this puts them amongst one of the largest stockists of power available for hire in the UK.”
In keeping with the existing IPS stocks, distribution units follow the same naming conventions. Distro units are fitted with incoming MCB protection, and then depending on the specific configuration RCD protection for the outputs. Larger units are fitted with digital metering, variable RCD protection, power lock & earth terminals. James Mason, IPS managing director says, “We have focussed on consolidating our range and making units compliant with all current regulations, whilst remaining user friendly onsite. This has been a significant investment; we have vastly increased the stock quantity of the most popular distro units to make larger systems easier to deploy,”
*IPS supplied structures, LED Screen and lighting equipment for the Top Gun Maverick premiere in London’s Leicester Square last week.

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