Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Low Smoke Halogen Free Cable


As safety takes paramount place in today’s world, contractors and builders are turning their attention to products that are safer, more co-friendly and non-hazardous such as LSHF cable. Low smoke halogen free cable offers a great alternative to PVC cable when installing in areas or environments where there is a higher threat of fire which poses risk to human life, animal life or if there is a high volume of costly equipment.

low smoke halogen free cable
The improved material emits a much lower percentage of smoke and contains no halogens – therefore not producing the toxic gases that PVC cabling typically gives off when in contact with fire or very high heat. If a plastic of halogen content comes into contact with flames, it releases hydrogen chloride, and when this chemical comes into contact with H2O it turns into injurious hydrochloric acid. Halogen free cable has been designed to combat this and to protect the health of both humans and animals in highly populated areas, but also to safeguard expensive equipment, servers and data centres. Vitally important computing equipment that comes into contact with smoke can cost a company hundreds of thousands of pounds.

A low smoke halogen-free cable, also known as low smoke zero halogen cable, is generally made from a thermoplastic or a thermoset material, that under conditions of fire will give off very limited smoke and no halogen. A cable has to have less than 0.5% halogen to be deemed halogen free. The halogen content is of 3 tests that are used to standardise LSHF cable, with the other two being tests on their smoke density and flame transmission. , All tests adhere to the industry standards set by the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and the VDE (Verband der Elektrotechnik) . 

Halogen free cable is being used more and more in a variety of different applications as contractors and individuals demand safer and less hazardous surroundings. Where there is risk to property, equipment or to human life LSHF cable is always used. In areas, buildings or vehicles in which there is low ventilation it is imperative to use the correct standard of cable. It plays an important part in many fields such as the transport industry and the hospitality and entertainment sector.

Below are some of the commonly found low smoke halogen free cables;

•    OLFLEX CLASSIC 100 H
•    OLFLEX CLASSIC 110 H
•    OLFLEX CLASSIC 110 CH
•    OLFLEX 120 H
•    OLFLEX 120 CH
•    OLFLEX CLASSIC 130 H
•    OLFLEX CLASSIC 135 CH
•    OLFLEX CLASSIC 130 H BK 0,6/1kV
•    OLFLEX CLASSIC 135 CH BK 0,6/1KV
•    UNITRONIC LiHH
•    UNITRONIC LiHCH
•    UNITRONIC LiHCH (TP)

For more information on LSZH cables, please visit: www.lowsmokehalogenfreecable.co.uk/home.htm

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