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Page 31 HELUKABEL’s Control Cables Pass UL Cold Bend Test


Elgin, IL — HELUKABEL has had seven cables in its TRAYCONTROL family of products pass the UL –40°C (–40°F) cold bend test. The company has also enhanced the cables’ conductor temperature ratings from 90° dry/75°C wet (194°/167°F) to 90°C (194°F) dry/wet. Electrical cables are often exposed to harsh


temperature extremes, where both low and high temperature fluctuations impact their perform- ance. The company’s TRAYCONTROL 500, 500-C, 530, 550 TPE, 600, 600-C, and X cable products are now tested in accordance with UL, CSA and NEC for applications where bending is required in tem- peratures as cold as –40°C (–40°F). Cold bend testing determines how the entire


cable (conductors, insulation, jackets, etc.) might react to cold temperature bending, which is often required when installing or working on electrical cables for outdoor use. Cable samples are frozen to a speci- fied temperature for a set number of hours. Once the freezing process is completed, the samples are wound around a steel mandrel determined by the cable’s outer diameter. After winding, the cable is removed and ex- amined for surface damage. If there is no visual surface damage, or issues after undergoing further electrical tests, the cable passes the UL cold bend test. The TRAYCONTROL 500, 500-


C, 600, and 600-C are UL 1277 and 2277 flexible, shielded and non- shielded, oil-resistant (Oil Res I and


Here Come the Giants!


Continued from page 25 We are already seeing these


larger players actively involved in in- dustry conferences. Intel, Continen- tal, Cisco and a number of other brand names took part in the keynote sessions at June’s Innova- tionsFORUM Mexico, and IBM, Intel and Microsoft are all on the program for SMTA International in Septem- ber. I suspect it won’t be long before we start to see their solutions on the expo floor in the same halls as the MES systems, reflow ovens and placement machines that we expect. What this all means for the in-


dustry is not clear, but for me I hope it means collaboration as well as the industry getting some help and addi- tional bandwidth for challenging areas, including AI and VR. We will be exploring these top-


ics at SMTA International when U.S. Tech once again hosts SCOOP’s TV studio where many of the large com- panies mentioned above are con- firmed to participate in topical roundtables. Also at the show, SCOOP will


hold a roundtable entitled “Stan- dards Standoff,” with participants in- vited from the steering committees of IPC’s CFX standard, OML (Open Machine Language) and the Hermes Standard. It is time to pick a stan- dard and get on with applying it. If we don’t, someone else will. Industry 4.0, the Internet of


Manufacturing (IoM), the smart fac- tory, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) — I don’t care what you call it — is all about connectivity, but not just of equipment — of compa- nies, of people, and of ideas. With col- laboration, we will move much faster toward our mutual goal of the smart factory. r


II) control power cables that have various TC-ER ratings that allow them to be installed in or out- side of a cable tray to connect control panels to ma- chine equipment. The TRAYCONTROL 530 (PVC) and 550


TPE are UL 1277 and 2277 flexible, oil-resistant (Oil Res I and II) control power cables that have a


NFPA 79. The blue-colored conductors are suitable for machine tool and production line suppliers to the automotive industry. The TRAYCONTROL X is a NFPA 79-compli-


TRAYCONTROL 550 TPE control power cable.


special combination of TC-ER, PLTC-ER and ITC- ER, allowing them to be used as connecting cables for AC, DC or control wiring in accordance with


ant flexible control power cable with cross-linked (thermoset) polyethylene (XLPE) insulation. Due to its low capacitance, it is useful for applications that require long cable runs. The cables have a conductor temperature resistance of 105°C (221°F), enabling high current loads. They are 600V and WTTC 1,000V-rated, which allows them to be used in both industrial plant machinery and 1 kV wind turbine cable tray applications. Contact: HELUKABEL USA, 1490 Crispin


Drive, Elgin, IL 60123 % 847- 930-5118 fax: 847- 622-8766 E-mail: kevin.siegel@helukabel.com Web: www.helukabel.com


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