What is 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


Source: Cable Tray Institute (CTI)