All Ethernet cables are not all created equal. Different material and design techniques are used to handle gas vapors versus cables designed for industrial and factory automation applications. Aerospace Ethernet applications add even more complexity. Special applications, such as wind turbines, have unique requirements and must conform to several standards as well as meet the European Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive.
Tyco Electronics’ RAYCHEM brand QUADLITE cable address requirements in aerospace in-flight entertainment (IFE) and aircraft data networks (ADN). The quadraxial cable is suitable for 10 and 100baseT Ethernet networking. IFE applications for the cable include in-flight movies, music and other entertainment. In ADN applications, the cable links avionics, navigation, air traffic control (ATC) and audio (voice over IP) systems. Any interconnect that specifies a 100W, two-pair geometry with electrical requirements similar to IEEE 802.3/2000, can use the QUADLITE cable. Receive more information on Tyco Electronics’ Raychem QUADLITE cable.
VAPOR-PROOF ETHERNET CABLE
To meet the requirements commonly found in gas and oil dispensing systems, Tyco Electronics developed a multi-conductor, oil and gasoline resistance vapor-proof Ethernet cable. The MADISON CABLE allows for a straight connection between the point of sale and the pump and can be used where vapor-proof protection and gasoline resistant jackets are required. Easily connected to RJ-45 connectors or terminal blocks, the cable prevents vapor permeation to non-explosion proof environments. These cables are available in Category 3 and Category 5 with reel sizes from 1,000 ft and up. The vapor-proof barrier Ethernet cables meet TIA/EIA-568 and UL-87, section 36A regulations and other mechanical and environment requirements for gas and oil dispensing systems. Receive more information about Tyco Electronics’ MADISON CABLE brand vapor-proof Ethernet cable.
WIND TURBINE CABLES
Applications, such as wind turbines, frequently require cables manufactured exclusively to OEM specifications and performance tested. Key cable criteria include flexing, torsion control, temperature extremes and agency approvals, such as UL and CSA. To address these requirements, Coleman Cable Inc. offers performance specialty products that provide a complete solution package including power, control and signal cable designs. Existing approvals for various specifications include Exposed Run (ER), Tray Cable (TC), and Control & Instrumentation Cables (CIC). The cables are oil resistant, sunlight resistant and Dry/Wet Locations rated meeting UL/CSA/CE/RoHS. Other 300, 600 and 2,000V designs are available in various colors for easy circuit identification with temperature ranges from -70 to 125C. Receive more information on Coleman Cable Inc.’s specialty OEM Group products, including wind turbine cables.
FACTORY AUTOMATION CABLES
Factory automation custom cable designs from Tyco Electronics integrate advance technology to address the cable needs for power, encoder, communication and serial interfaces through its MADISON CABLE brand. These products provide custom industrial and factory automation products with superior flex and continuous-flex properties, and the latest jacketing, shielding and conductivity technology as well as RoHS-compliant materials. For power applications, cable designs can conform to sharp bend radii found in wiring compartments in robot and machinery designs and can integrate materials to withstand harsh chemicals. Also, cables include new continuous-flex cable designs and advances in finely stranded bare copper conductors to improve flexibility properties. Encoder cables use advanced materials and construction to improve abrasion tolerance and chemical resistance as well as noise emissions and electrical properties. In addition, cable improvements have been made for Industrial Ethernet and DeviceNet encoder cables. Custom cable designs include new cable jacket formulations and FEP and Hytrel thermoplastic polyester elastomers for higher chemical resistance and abrasion. Also, LVDS and Category components can be included when special strength is needed. Other custom designed cables can contain coax, fiberoptics, DVI and other media. If EMI/RFI mitigation is required, foil-lined components along with spiraling and braiding are available. Receive more information about Tyco Electronics’ MADISON CABLE custom cable for industrial applications and factory automation.