Low smoke, halogen-free cables offer increased safetyMay 26, 2017 REDWIRE is news you can use from leading suppliers. Powered by FRASERS.
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Products containing halogen — such as wires and cables, conduits, routing ducts and more — can have a negative impact on both industrial workers and machinery. In the event of a fire, for example, halogenated wires and cables give off toxic fumes that can cause serious health concerns if inhaled, and major damage to expensive electronic equipment. Halogen-free cables address these concerns.
A halogen-free solution
Lapp Canada offers a halogen-free cable solution. Its ÖLFLEX CLASSIC 110 H/110 CH is a low smoke, zero-halogen, multi-conductor control and power cable with improved oil resistance and flame protection. Designed for use in electrical equipment exposed to dry or damp conditions, this cable is UV- and weather-resistant, and comes in shielded and unshielded versions. These features make it a top choice for applications where human safety is a concern, such as in public buildings, airports, railway stations and amusement parks.
Meeting safety standards
The push to reduce halogen usage is now reflected in many safety standards, which evaluate the cable fume toxicity produced during a fire to provide some determination concerning halogen-free or low smoke, zero-halogen cable requirements. Some examples of such standards include:
- IEC 60754-1 details the amount of halogen acid gas measured from a specified amount of raw material. Compliance comes from not exceeding the mg/g that’s specified within the standard.
- IEC 60754-2 shows the ph levels to determine the level of poison in the gases during a fire. This standard approaches acidic levels that arise when halogenated components are burned and react with the moisture in the air.
- UL 1685 involves both the flame spread and fire resistance of cables, as well as methods for measuring smoke release. It establishes some pass/fail criteria, especially in the areas of peak and total smoke release. Lower numbers are desirable here, signifying the amount of smoke released.
To learn more about the benefits of low smoke, halogen-free cables, download Lapp Group’s white paper, which explores this topic in greater detail. For additional information, contact Lapp Group Canada.