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Fire Rated Vs. Flame Retardant Cables

Posted by R-SCC on Dec 22, 2015 12:30:00 PM

There are differences between cables that are flame retardant and those that are fire rated. Flame retardant cables can resist the spread of fire but fire rated cables maintain circuit integrity and continue to work in the presence of fire. This article below will describe the differences between flame retardant and fire rated cables.

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Topics: VITALink

Cost Effective Solutions For Fire Rated Cables

Posted by R-SCC on Nov 11, 2015 12:41:00 PM

It’s important to have fire rated cables that meet UL 2196 and the requirements of the code as well as know which type of cable will work best as well as save you money. Two common types of cables to compare are metal clad (MC) and mineral insulated (MI). Each meets the requirements of the code, but are different when compared to labor costs. Time is money and you can be spending a lot of money for someone to appropriately install a cable. Know what the cost effective solution is between MC and MI cables.

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Topics: VITALink Fire Safety

What Are My Options For Fire Rated Cables?

Posted by R-SCC on Nov 5, 2015 1:30:00 PM

What do stadiums, road way tunnels, subways, high-rise buildings, and other essential structures have in common? Their construction requires fire-resistant wiring. Of course, there are codes and standards which require this, but it’s also common sense.

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Topics: VITALink Fire Safety

RSCC Leads Oil & Gas Industry With Ruggedized EXANE CAT 6 F/UTP Cable For Offshore Rig Applications

Posted by Michael Brennan on Oct 15, 2015 9:50:49 AM

RSCC Wire & Cable-EXANE Oil & Gas Segment, unveils its latest Ethernet cable, representative to a family of ruggedized, harsh environment DATACOMM cables.  The flexible and ruggedized CAT 6 F/UTP TCB cable, features stranded 23 AWG conductors, an overall foil shield, and tinned-copper marine braid armor between the inner and outer sheaths.  The dual purpose marine braid armor serves as mechanical protection for compliance with the hazardous area installation requirements of IEEE Std.45 and API RP-14F, as well as provide an additional layer of EMI protection to the paired core.

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Devil Is In The Details For Fire Rated Cables

Posted by Michael Brennan on Oct 15, 2015 9:45:28 AM
On Tuesday 7/28/2015 I did a presentation to the IAEI chapter meeting in Las Vegas NV, the attendees included local inspectors, contractors, engineers and a UL representative.   We discussed the UL 2196 testing program for “Electrical Circuit Integrity Systems”, since the suspension occurred in Sept of 2012, UL has been testing to an “Interim Program”  which is far more stringent that the previous requirements.   Overall, this new program has improved the confidence level in the safety of the systems, and now there are important details in each manufacturer’s fire rated cable listing that are requirements for an appropriate installation - See more at: http://r-scc.com/blog?article=5#sthash.4YDXh2mg.dpuf

On Tuesday 7/28/2015 I did a presentation to the IAEI chapter meeting in Las Vegas NV, the attendees included local inspectors, contractors, engineers and a UL representative.   We discussed the UL 2196 testing program for “Electrical Circuit Integrity Systems”, since the suspension occurred in Sept of 2012, UL has been testing to an “Interim Program”  which is far more stringent that the previous requirements.   Overall, this new program has improved the confidence level in the safety of the systems, and now there are important details in each manufacturer’s fire rated cable listing that are requirements for an appropriate installation

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Topics: VITALink Fire Safety