Compared to traditional wiring methods, tray cables are a popular choice for running power and control cables across manufacturing facilities—and for good reason. In addition to standing up to a variety of operating conditions, tray cables are flexible, durable and easy to install.
Here’s a quick look at their benefits:
- Versatility. Tray cables can be used for many indoor and outdoor applications—whether above or below ground—and can stand up to a host of harsh conditions. They can even perform in spaces where electrical interference is a concern.
- Flexibility. Certain tray cable types are suitable for automated equipment where repetitive motion is common. At SAB North America, for example, we offer tray cables that can be installed directly into CNC machines, grinding machines, bottling equipment and as connections between control panels and machines. Flexible tray cables also work around tight bends and fit into confined spaces.
- Durability. Depending on their materials, tray cables can withstand a wide range of harsh conditions such as oils, chemicals, sunlight, extreme temperatures and impacts.
- Easy installation. Running cable as part of a cable tray system saves installation time and labor, which also helps your bottom line. Tray tables don't burden installers with convoluted assemblies or stiff cable. Our tray cable lineup even includes round cables that allow installers to pull more cables at a time, avoiding a complicated setup.
- Customizable. If standard tray cables don’t fit the needs of your application, we have the expertise and materials to create a custom solution. Our technical staff is ready to construct the tray cable you need.
Selecting Your Tray Cable
When choosing a tray cable, be sure the cable you select meets the appropriate safety approvals for the intended region and is rated for pertinent conditions or locations, such as tray-rated (TC) and exposed-run (ER). Tray cables must also carry the National Electric Code (NEC) rating and/or Underwriters Laboratories (UL) recognition. Tray cables for use in Canadian facilities should also meet CSA approval.
We offer a large selection of UL and CSA-listed tray cables. Each one carries a Class 1 Division 2 explosion classification and WTTC rating for wind turbines, and many resist oil and humidity.
Highlights of our lineup include:
- TR 600 S and TR 600 S CY. These UV- and oil-resistant cables for industrial machinery feature flexible stranding and number coded conductors for easy installation. These cables come in shielded and unshielded versions.
- TR 600 Plus and TR 600 PLUS CY. Offering UV and oil resistance and a reduced diameter, these cables feature good flexibility and can be used where sunlight resistance and open wiring are required. The cables are available shielded and unshielded.
- TR 600 HD and TR 600 AUTO HD Tray Series. Suitable for automotive installations, these cables with extremely oil resistant TPE jackets are available with red, blue or black numbered conductors. TR 600 Auto HD is designed for continuous flexing. Both series are available in shielded and unshielded versions.
Choose From a Wide Variety of Tray Cables
With their combination of versatility, flexibility, durability and easy installation, tray cables are well-suited for connecting long runs across large, automated factories. Our flexible power and control tray cables are available in a variety of jackets, conductors and insulators to handle a wide range of conditions—keeping your industrial equipment running smoothly.
For more information about SAB tray cables, download our brochure.