/images/PowerCableUpdate.jpg/images/southwire_100x70.jpgSolonon Jackets Improve 5kV CablesSolononJktsImprove5kVCables.htmMechanical and chemical characteristics bring SOLONON jackets to industrial applications. Do you buy or specify 5kV non-shielded power cable? Are you interested in easier pulling and improved mechanical and chemical specs?
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Solonon Jackets Improve 5kV Cables

Do you buy or specify 5kV non-shielded power cable? Are you interested in easier pulling and improved mechanical and chemical specs? Check out a construction using ethylene propylene rubber (EPR) insulation protected by Southwire's SOLONON jacket compounds. Non-halogen, low-smoke SOLONON compounds take EPR-insulated non-shielded constructions to a new level of safety and reliability.

“These cables were originally developed for transit tunnel environments,” says Terry McWhirt, transit business development manager. “We're now seeing interest in this combination in many industrial applications.”

Better Specs Improve Reliability

What's attracting industrial buyers to this cable construction? “Many industrial users specify EPR insulations for their reliability and a higher level in flame retardance.

By adding a SOLONON-XL jacket you get easier pulling for higher reliability in conduit installations, better moisture and oil resistance, improved flame retardance, and reduced smoke hazards, when compared with chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSP) jacket compounds, such as Hypalon®,” says McWhirt.

The specs tell the story. SOLONON-XL provides mechanical protection and thermal ratings equal to or better than CSP jackets. Moisture protection far exceeds CSP. SOLONON-XL also gives you better protection against oil. SOLONON is a harder, slicker material than CSP. The lower coefficient of friction reduces pulling tension in conduit installation. You get easier installation and reduced risk of cable damage. That means higher reliability.

LS Rating Reduces Smoke Hazards

SOLONON compounds easily pass UL's tough Limited Smoke Test, to win an LS rating. CSP jackets fail this test. So do PVC, XLPE and Neoprene. SOLONON protects the cable core from flame longer, and non-halogen formulation eliminates the corrosive black smoke that other jackets produce.

“We're rolling out a 5kV non-shielded EPR/SOLONON product, and additional 2kV and 600V versions are on the way. The low-voltage versions carry RHH and RHW listings,” says McWhirt. “The benefits of increased tensile strength, reduced pulling tension, and improved mechanical and water protection look good even in industrial applications where smoke may not be an issue.”

For detailed comparisons of SOLONON jackets with other materials, check out the articles on pages 2 and 3 of this issue. You'll also find a catalog sheet for Southwire's 09ENS/LS SOLONON-jacketed 5kV unshielded power cable inserted in this issue. The catalog sheet goes in Section 34 of your Southwire Product Catalog as page 34-3.