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Most wires and cables use halogen-based insulation materials in order to resist heat and keep costs low. When halogens burn, however, they react with hydrogen to emit toxic or corrosive gases and dark smoke. These conditions can present serious, and sometimes deadly, health and safety risks especially where airflow is limited. In order to mitigate these risks, wire and cable vendors have developed low-smoke halogen-free cables.

Cable glands are indispensable for protecting wire and cable terminations against unwanted disconnections or damage in machines and control cabinets. Because different cable glands accommodate different cables, materials or application needs, choosing the right one can be difficult. This blog will cover various cable glands and their benefits so you may choose the best one for your application. As you begin, be sure to identify the following factors during the selection process:

If you are considering tray cables, it’s a safe bet that they’re going into a demanding operating environment. Sorting through the different characteristics of tray cables to suit your power, control or signal application can be difficult. This blog post will review some important aspects of tray cable selection so you’ll be able to specify the right tray cable for the job.

As industrial automation gives rise to increased productivity on the factory floor, motorized equipment and robotic arms must keep pace by operating at higher speed and performing more complex motions. Whether you need to supply power, transmit control signals or maintain communications to fast-moving equipment – especially to machines that constantly bend or twist – continuous flex cables can help meet the IoT’s demands for speed, flexibility, reliability and long life.

When you need to detect a temperature in your system, not only must you weigh various tradeoffs between temperature sensors, you must also be sure you have the right cable for data handling and to ensure accurate measurements. SAB North America has expertise in thermocouples, resistance thermometers and the cabling you need to build an optimal assembly. We’re well-positioned to answer cabling questions that pertain to your temperature measurement needs. Here is a sample of some of the questions we often answer:

Machine designers who choose VFD cables for their motor-driven systems want to be sure their drive is reliable in order to take full advantage of the precision and energy savings VFDs can offer. Because VFDs produce unbalanced three-phase vector sums that give rise to various unwanted paths to earth, VFD cables must be shielded and properly grounded.

Cables cannot compromise patient lives and safety, and they must also withstand cleaning, disinfection or handling and earn agency certifications. Therefore, medical equipment OEMs must have complete certainty that the cables they choose are suitable for their design. SAB North America provides a wide variety of safe, reliable cables for use in medical laboratory, operating room and monitoring environments, including the new SABmed line of cable compounds.

Machine designers who want to take advantage of the precision and energy efficiency offered by variable frequency drives (VFDs) need to make sure the cable that connects the drive to the motor performs reliably. Choosing a poorly constructed VFD cable can hinder a machine’s performance, or the cable may break down and compromise safety.

When your machine requires high-quality wire and cable, there are many standard products to fit the bill. But since no two applications are alike, you may naturally have specific needs that require more than just a standard cable. That’s why the cable supplier you choose should have the capability, expertise and materials to create cables that ideally match the needs of your specific application.

High-speed data exchange has become the cornerstone of factory automation as manufacturers harness real-time information to improve efficiencies and processes. Networking the “smart factory” takes robust Ethernet cables that can stand up to repetitive motion of robotic arms and other moving equipment — or even, mobile applications like rail cars. But unlike static cables typically found in building infrastructures, industrial Ethernet cables must endure inhospitable conditions and mechanical stresses.

The laying of cables in cable track has to be done carefully. SAB recommends following these guidelines for installing continuous flex cables into a cable track:

SAB tray cables and flexible motor supply cables have achieved the UL WTTC approval in accordance with UL subject 2277.

SAB North America announced that its full line of tray cables and flexible motor supply cables are approved by Underwriters Laboratories as Wind Turbine Tray Cables with 1000 volt rating and operating temperature designed to meet the UL WTTC subject 2277 standard.

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