An instrumentation cable transmits low-energy signals and is typically used to monitor the processes associated with electrical power systems. This is a crucial function in many processing or manufacturing applications. Instrumentation cables are commonly used in:
- Broadcasting, mass transit
- Industrial equipment control
- Assembly equipment
These cables can be used to control processes such as temperature, flow rates, and pressure. They can also be used to transmit signals to instruments used in industrial settings.
You can find instrumentation cables in multiple configurations. Copper is the most common material, as it resists corrosion and provides a high level of conductivity. Although less dense, aluminum is also common. The insulation used on an instrumentation cable helps prevent leakage. You can opt for neoprene insulation, which is a fire resistant cable. Silicon is also used if protection from liquid is necessary.
Used to connect solar panels, a solar cable is required for photovoltaic power generation. These cables are UV resistant and can also stand up to the elements. Generally used outside, they’re durable in harsh temperatures. This is why solar cables are designed with heavy-duty insulations that can handle large mechanical and thermal loads. Solar cables must also be able to withstand alkaline solutions, acids, and salt water.
Solar panel wire and PV wire are the two types of connections used on solar panels. These may either be single or multi-stranded. A multi-stranded conductor is more appropriate for environments with continuous vibration such as vehicles. Single-strand conductors are typically used on solar systems found in homes.
Fire Resistant Cable
Like the name implies, a fire resistant cable is designed to withstand flames and heat. A fire alarm cable is one of the most common applications for this type of wiring. These cables are also used in security lighting systems and voice alarms. Cables are available with either single or multiple cores. In addition, there are cables on the market designed with stronger insulation for outdoor use.
It’s important to understand the difference between fire resistant and fire retardant cable. While fire resistant cabling maintains its integrity under intense heat, fire retardant cables actually work to prevent the spreading of fire to another area. This is an important distinction when considering your cable supply and implementing fire-related cabling.
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