A-Z of electrical components: H – Halogen-Free Cable

31 10 2011

Low smoke zero halogen (LSZH) is a material classification which is mainly used for cable jacketing in the electronics industry. More specifically, it is used within the wire and cable sector of that industry.

LZSH cable jacketing is typically made up of thermoplastic or thermoset compounds which emit low halogen levels when exposed to extremely high sources of heat.

In the event of a fire, a halogen-containing plastic material can release a poisonous gas that can lead to hydrochloric acid.

In contrast, halogen-free cables will not produce any sort of dangerous gas/acid substances even when exposed to a strong flame.

Halogen-free cable is also lighter in the majority of cases. This means overall cable network system weights can be reduced.

Industrial cables

A vast number of different applications within the electronics industry require industrial cables to function efficiently and precisely. Industrial cables can be used to describe various types of cable that is used in this particular sector.

A cable can be most accurately described as when one or two wires run parallel to each other to form a single assembly. The wires are assembled in this way to take up less room and to make sure they remain organised.

Industrial cable can be used in mechanical terms to lift heavy applications through tension – these are often called wire ropes.

In terms of electrical engineering, cables are used to carry electric currents and there are two specific types of electric cable.

-One is used for installation in industrial sites and other buildings, and the other for power transmission at distances greater than a few kilometres, usually referred to as power cables.

-Another type of cable is optical cable which uses optical fibres which are protected by a protective jacket

For more details on the cable used within the electronics manufacturing industry, visit www.challengercomponents.com





Electronic Component Manufacturer Wins Award

20 06 2011

A leading electronics components manufacturer has won the American Technology in Manufacturing award for its breakthrough ‘Cubitron II Abrasives Platform’.

The landmark Cubitron II abrasives technology platform from 3M has won the TechAmerica Foundation’s American Technology Award in the manufacturing category at the Foundation’s annual awards dinner.

The awards are presented annually to signify the industry’s best technological achievements in 14 categories.

The Cubitron II is a radical advance in the cutting and grinding processes, as it combines several of 3M’s core technology platforms to create precision-shaped uniformly-sized ceramic-based oxide triangles.  These are oriented with their cutting edges facing the work surface.

A faster and higher quality performance is the result of the new design, along with ergonomic and safety benefits, and a reduction in the need for abrasive waste disposal.

“3M is honoured by the recognition and very pleased that its technology is contributing to a safer and more productive environment in this important sector of manufacturing,” said Robert Cowan, 3M Abrasive Systems Division, manufacturing technology manager.

“This helps to eliminate burnishing, oxidation and discolouring, while producing fewer hear-related stress cracks in high-cost end parts, including implantable medical orthopaedic devices,” Cowan explained.

Electronics Components Suppliers

Challenger Components has 50 years experience in providing electronic components to their clients.  They use 3M Interconnect products for connectors, 3M Static Control for static control solutions, and a range of other well thought of manufacturers like ebmpapst and Nicomatic.

The company is based in Kent, and has been since 1984, building up expertises in three of their specialist fields: Connectors, Static Control, and Cooling Solutions (Industrial Fans and Blowers).

They can provide not only technical support but also product design for complicated electronic problems.

Visit: http://www.challengercomponents.com for more information and to discuss your requirements in more detail.





Energy Efficient Electronic Components

20 05 2011

A leading electrical wiring device manufacturer has launched new commercial occupancy sensors to its line of lighting controls.

Cooper Wiring Devices has designed the new electronic components for industrial, commercial and residential applications, of which the products feature contemporary aesthetic design that is specially made for energy efficient retrofits.

This NEXION line is aimed at specifically helping businesses save money by meeting sustainability initiatives, while also complying with new energy codes.

“The NEXION line was a natural next step in the CORE lighting controls line to bring our innovative products further into the commercial space,” commented Daniel Castillo, vice president and general manager, Copper Wiring Devices.

“This line of products was designed to meet the unique needs of building owners and occupants and to help them meet substantially initiatives and energy-saving requirements.”

The NEXION Commercial Occupancy Sensors line includes redesigned wallbox occupancy sensors featuring Instinct Technology.

Instinct Technology is a decision making software built into the lighting control that makes adjustments in real time, preventing lights from falsely turning on or off.  This is particularly useful where spaces are used for different purposes on a regular basis like offices and conference rooms – the sensors adjusts the light levels to accommodate the dynamic changes in activity.

Challenger Components: Electrical Components Supplier

Challenger components supplies electrical components in the categories of connectors, static control, and fans and blowers.

They use products designed by Cooper Interconnect for some of their customers requiring connectors for cable assemblies.

The types of customers they provide electronic solutions for range from the industrial sector to commercial, telecommunications, and military.

As such they are able to put their 50 years of expertise to good use and find the best components from a number of different sources, including Cooper Interconnect, Amphenol and ebm-papst, to find an appropriate solution.

Visit: www.challengercomponents.com for more information and to discuss your requirements in more detail.





External Power Supply through Industrial Cable to Grow

26 04 2011

Industrial cables are expected to be high in demand as the global market for external ac-dc power supplies is predicted, following a new study, to grow to 14 billion dollars in 2016.

According to the report ‘External AC DC Power Supplies: Worldwide Forecasts’ by Electronics CA Publications, the industry is experiencing conflicting changes that are reshaping this important area of power conversion.

There is a convergence among average wattages and package styles demanded by a typical system in applications such as communications, computer and consumer.  There are also emerging applications that are demanding higher-wattage power supplies.

The communications applications demands are driving both the highest unit sales and the fastest unit growth rates into the two lowest-wattage categories.

Over the next five years the external power supply market is projected to see considerable growth due to new power architectures, smaller form factors, more efficient designs and improved power management technology.

The demand will be led by the communications, computer, consumer, portable medical and building/lighting segment industries.  It is predicted to grow from 9.3 billion dollars in 2011 to 14 billion dollars in 2016.

Industrial Cable

This type of cable is used in industries which require tough and durable cable to supply their applications with a steady and reliable power supply.

The most common types of cable are electrical cables which are used to provide a flow of electricity to certain applications; these can also be outside and exposed to the elements, so are required to be waterproof and able to withstand human tampering.

Challenger Components has 50 years experience in supplying the right type of industrial cable for their clients requirements – whether they need them for small applications such as computers, or larger devices used in factories.

Visit: www.challengercomponents.com for more information, and to discuss your requirements in more detail.





Electrical Components and Legislation

22 12 2010

Electrical components increasingly need to meet a number of European Union requirements for the environment. Find out more about them now.

The Energy-related Products Directive (ErP), launched in June as part of the European Union’s plans to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 percent by 2020, could have a significant impact on many electrical manufacturers

The ErP Directive comes into force in two stages – in 2013 and 2015 – with stringent requirements for fans and their efficiency in the power range of 125 watts to 500 kilowatts.

There will be minimum efficiency requirements, which could see as many as 30 percent of all currently available fans failing to satisfy the new regulations.

New Laws for Electrics

By 2015, when the second round of energy efficiency measures come into force, as many as 50 percent of the fans in operation today could no longer meet efficiency standards.

Energy efficiency limits have been put in place for both individual units or for fans in use within a particular device.

Another important law introduced by the European Union is the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation. This is particularly important when it comes to cabling and has increased the use of halogen free cable because it is less toxic and environmentally friendly compared to more conventional cabling.

There are a number of manufacturers of halogen free cable that provide halogen free cable that meets EU legislation requirements, among them is global supplier 3M.

Challenger Components Ltd is one of the leading distributors in the UK of connectors, cooling solutions and static control products.

Visit: www.challengercomponents.com for more information and to discuss your requirements in more detail.





Halogen Free Legislation and the EU

10 12 2010

Halogens are a group of elements that include: fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine and astatine. PVC is a halogen compound typically used in cabling. Find out more about halogen free legislation.

They are found in computers, too and are used because they are good fire retardant substances. The Basel Action Network in the US claims that computers, including laptops and PCs, contain up to 27 different metals that can be dangerous.

More electrical manufacturers are going halogen free in their wiring systems, because of Halogen Free Legislation. For electrical manufacturers to use halogen free wire it increases compliance with the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) requirements.

EU Compliant Halogen Free Cable Suppliers

Halogen free is far more environmentally friendly, too, as the cable is easier to dispose of compared to other forms of cabling that emit toxic gasses when burned.

There are a number of manufacturers of halogen free cable that provide halogen free cable that meets EU legislation requirements, among them is global supplier 3M.

They can also supply shielded cable, coaxial cable, multi-core cabling and more. Challenger Components is a leading supplier in the UK of 3M halogen free cable. They can supply all of your halogen free cabling needs.

Challenger Components Ltd is one of the leading distributors in the UK of connectors, cooling solutions and static control products.

Visit: www.challengercomponents.com for more information and to discuss your requirements in more detail.





Electrical Cable Types Explained

7 12 2010

There are many different types of electrical cable available. Find out more information about specific electrical cable types and their uses below.

Coaxial cable

This type of electrical cable is used usually for connecting radio transmitters and receivers with antennas. Coaxial cable consists of an electrical cable with a core that allows for conduction of electricity, while the outside flexible tube case protects it.

Coaxial cable differs from shielded cables in that they provide a more controlled and constant conduction flow and are therefore used for radios and radio waves, where constant signal is required to keep the transmission clear.

Halogen Free Cable

Halogen free cables ensure emissions are kept to a minimum and pose as little risk as possible if they were to catch on fire and emit dangerous toxic smoke.

This type of cabling is safer to dispose of too as cables emit toxic smoke when burnt so halogen free ones do not require a special burning facility.

Multi Core Cable

Multicore cable can be any type of electrical cable but with ‘multiple cores’.  In electrical cabling, the central conductor, which is typically copper, is referred to as a ‘core’. If, for example then, a cable had four coaxial cables within it, then it would be considered a multi core cable. It also typically has one wire and is protected by a jacketed cable.

Axial Cable

Axial cable is a type of cable similar to coaxial cable but it has two conductors to allow almost perfect signal to pass through it. It is also shielded by an outer jacket.

If you require cabling and are unsure which type fits your specific needs, Challenger Components can help as they supply all halogen free cables on the market.

Challenger Components Ltd is one of the leading distributors in the UK of connectors, cooling solutions and static control products.

They can supply shielded cable, coaxial cable, multi-core cabling and more from 3M Interconnect and other leading global suppliers. 

Challenger Components have over 50 years of combined expertise in all areas of cabling and can offer technical support at all stages of product design-in. Visit www.challengercomponents.com for more information.








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