Silicone cables withstand UV exposure, outdoor hazards

Sept. 14, 2012
Cicoil says its extrusion process produces flat cables that are tough and well-performing.

Cables available from Cicoil are produced with a proprietary silicone extrusion process, the company says, which allows multiple wires, shielded pairs, power conductors, coaxial conductors, tubing and other design elements to be placed in a single flat cable. This construction and manufacturing process precisely controls the inner component spacing, jacket thickness and overall cable shape, the company adds. Incorporating various components into a single, mechanically tough flat cable allows for greater current-carrying capacity, a tighter bend radius, space savings and extended operating-life, according to Cicoil.

"Unlike other outdoor cables that become brittle, discolored or stiff when exposed to sunlight, Cicoil's silicone is 'self-healing' from small punctures and will not deform, wear or crack due to prolonged exposure to UV rays, ozone, intense heat, acid rain, flames, shock, salt, humidity, cold temperatures, vibration, weathering, coarse sand, submersion in water, mechanical stress and most chemicals," the company says. The company also emphasizes that its sunlight-resistant cables are recognized by UL, conform to CE specifications, are RoHS and REACH compliant, as well as being halogen-free and flame-retardant.

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