About Us

Chalfant Manufacturing has over seventy years experience making and designing quality cable tray and cable management systems right here in the USA. Our knowledgeable sales team works closely with each customer to provide quality solutions on time and within budget. Along with over six decades of quality customer service, Chalfant is also involved in numerous organizations that further the betterment of cabletray production and installation. Chalfant is a founding Member of the Cable Tray Institute, an active member of NEMA and BICSI.

The Cable Tray Institute was founded in 1991 as a means of supporting the cable tray industry by research, development, education and the dissemination of information to increase industry visibility. NEMA helps to create and promote technical standards for the Electrical industry as well as establishing industry policies on legislative and regulatory matters. As well as collecting, analyzing and disseminating industry data, BICSI as with NEMA and the Cable Tray Institute, helps to promote industry visibility and information dissemination. BICSI Conferences’ held through out the world help to keep all branches of the industry up to date on advances and breakthroughs in respective fields. Chalfant’s commitment to the bettering of the cable tray and wire management industry is tribute to their long-standing reputation as one of the industry leaders in quality and customer service.
Wire Mesh Cable Tray

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Ladder Tray

Cable Tray Offerings:

Ladder Cable Tray (aka: Ladder Tray, Ladder Support, Rung Tray)
Wire Mesh Cable Tray (aka: Wire Tray, Basket Tray, Mesh Tray)
Series 6 Cable Tray (aka: Trough Tray, Channel Tray, Solid bottom Tray)
Series 5 Cable Tray (aka: Channel Tray, Narrow Tray)
Shielded Cable Tray (aka: Protected Tray)

Definitions and descriptions provided by CTI (Cable Tray Institute) www.cabletray.com
What is a Cable Tray System?
Per the National Electrical Code, a cable tray system is "a unit or assembly of units or sections and associated fittings forming a rigid structural system used to securely fasten or support cables and raceways."
What does this mean?
    • Cable trays support cable the way that roadway bridges support traffic.
    • A bridge is a structure that provides safe passage for traffic across open spans.
    • Cable tray is the bridge that allows for safe transport of wires across open spans.
    • Therefore, think of cable tray as the structural component of a building's electrical system.
What standards / guidelines are available for cable tray systems?
    1. The National Electrical Code publishes the standards for all types of electrical applications. Articles 318, 250, and 800     cover various aspects of cable tray systems.
    2. NEMA, (National Electrical Manufacturers Association), is an association comprised of the
        major cable tray manufacturers in the industry. This committee has published three
        documents to date: NEMA VE1, FG1 and VE2.
        NEMA VE1 covers general cable tray definitions, manufacturing standards, performance
        standards, test standards, and application information. Free Download of this document is
        available on the NEMA website.
        NEMA FG1 addresses the standards for fiberglass cable tray systems Free Download of
        this document is available on the NEMA website.
        NEMA VE2 is a cable tray installation guideline which covers receiving and unloading
        material, storage of material, and general installation practices. Free Download of this
        document is available on the NEMA website.
CTI, (Cable Tray Institute), is a trade association comprised of the major cable tray manufacturers in the industry and was formed to provide specifiers, designers, and installers information on the advantages of using cable tray systems over other types of products. (i.e. conduit, ladder rack, etc.)
What types of Cable Tray are available?
    1. Ladder
    2. Solid Bottom
    3. Trough
    4. Channel
    5. Wire Mesh
    6. Single Rail
How do I know what type of cable tray is right for my application?

    1. Ladder Cable Tray provides:
       a. Solid side rail protection and system strength with smooth radius fittings and a wide
           selection of materials and finishes.
       b. maximum strength for long span applications standard widths of 6,12,18, 24, 30, and 36
       c. standard depths of 3, 4, 5, and 6 inches
       d. standard lengths of 10, 12, 20 and 24 feet
       e. rung spacing of 6, 9, 12, and 18 inches
       Ladder cable tray is generally used in applications with intermediate to long support spans,
       12 feet to 30 feet.

    2. Solid Bottom Cable Tray provides:
       a. Non-ventilated continuous support for delicate cables with added cable protection
           available in metallic and fiberglass.
       b. Solid bottom metallic with solid metal covers for nonplenum rated cable in environmental
           air areas
       c. standard widths of 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, and 36 inches
       d. standard depths of 3, 4, 5, and 6 inches
       e. standard lengths of 10, 12, 20 and 24 feet
       Solid Bottom cable tray is generally used for minimal heat generating electrical or
       telecommunication applications with short to intermediate support spans of 5 feet to 12 feet.

    3. Trough Cable Tray provides:
       a. Moderate ventilation with added cable support frequency and with the bottom
           configuration providing cable support every 4 inches. Available in metal and nonmetallic
       b. standard widths of 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36 inches
       c. standard depths of 3, 4, 5, and 6 inches
       d. standard lengths of 10, 12, 20 and 24 feet
       e. fixed rung spacing of 4 inch on center
       Trough cable tray is generally used for moderate heat generating applications with short to
       intermediate support spans of 5 feet to 12 feet.

    4. Channel Cable Tray provides:
       a. an economical support for cable drops and branch cable runs from the backbone cable
           tray system.
       b. standard widths of 3, 4, and 6 inches in metal systems and up to 8 inches in nonmetallic
       c. standard depths of 1¼-1¾ inches in metal systems and 1, 1 1/8, 1 5/" and 2 3/16 inches in
           nonmetallic systems
       d. standard length of 10, 12, 20 and 24 feet
       Channel cable tray is used for installations with limited numbers of tray cable when conduit
       is undesirable. Support frequency with short to medium support spans of 5 to 10 feet.

    5. Wire Mesh Cable Tray provides:
       a. A job site, field adaptable support system primarily for low voltage, telecommunication
           and fiber optic cables. These systems are typically steel wire mesh, zinc plated.
       b. standard widths of 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16, 18, 20, and 24 inches
       c. standard depths of 1, 2, and 4 inches
       d. standard length of about 10 feet (118")
       Wire Mesh tray is generally used for telecommunication and fiber optic applications and are
       installed on short support spans, 4 to 8 feet.

    6. Single Rail Cable Tray provides:
       a. These aluminum systems are the fastest systems to install and provide the maximum
           freedom fort cable to enter and exit the system.
       b. Single hung or wall mounted systems in single or multiple tiers.
       c. Standard widths are 6, 9, 12, 18, and 24 inches
       d. Standard depths are 3, 4, and 6 inches
       e. Standard lengths are 10 and 12 feet
       Single Rail Cable Tray is generally used for low voltage and power cables installations
       where maximum cable freedom, side fill, and speed to install are factors.