The electrical continuity test is to verify that cable metallic elements are electrically continuous throughout the cable. Electrical continuity is important for bonding and grounding, toning for location, and other related system issues, and may represent a “goodness of manufacture" criteria. Typically, the test is one of continuity and carries no resistance or conductivity requirement. The metallic elements may be tested individually or may be tested as a total group. Since this latter criterion is frequently the case, all elements are to be measured as a group unless specified otherwise.
NOTE Detail specifications may allow such elements as strength members to be non-continuous throughout the cable. This is a special case, and attention is directed to the detail specification.