Industrial, medical and military cables demonstrate a small sample of a broad range of cable applications that require passing one or more relevant tests to qualify for usage. Surviving nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) contamination could arguably be the toughest test. Depending on the application, cables may have to be incredibly rugged, handle high voltages or be small enough to fit through the eye of a needle. Here is an example of a very small medical cable.
MICROMINIATURE ROUND CABLE
Designed for medical applications with critical size and electrical integrity requirements, W. L. Gore & Assoc.s Microminiature Round Cable provides a very small durable solution. Using the companys High Strength Toughened Fluoropolymer (HSTF) and low dielectric constant expanded PTFE (ePTFE) material, the medical cable handles device flexure, abrasion during routing or tracking and sterilization without performance degradation. An advanced biocompatible dielectric material, HSTF has increased scrape abrasion-resistance and cut-through resistance, as well as improved pinhole free performance in ultra-thin profiles. Specific medical applications for the cable include electrophysiology products and small diameter flexible endoscopes.
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