Flame Resistant vs. Flame Retardant Cables

It is no surprise then that progress has been made to curb the incidents of fire from the source. Electrical cables have come a long way in terms of their use and the advances in their properties have made tremendous leaps in the effort of safety.

Fire is one of the biggest risks in factories and a majority of them occur due to electrical faults.

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Flame resistive and flame retardant cables are being used increasingly due to their usefulness in the event of fire. However, though they both sound similar, they have vastly different uses and react differently in the event of a fire.
fire resistant cable will continue to function in the event of a fire and is also identified as a Circuit Integrity Cable. A flame retardant cable on the other hand will not propagate or convey a fire. A flame resistant cable in this manner would let the circuit stay in operation, allowing power to be transferred through it, while this would not be the case with a flame retardant cable.
Fire resistant cables are used in critical electrical circuits, such as safety circuits and life support circuits which are required to function in the case of emergencies. Flame retardant cables on the other hand are used in all other circuits so if there’s a fire, they can curb its spread. A flame resistant cable will be passed as per IEC 60331 and are encased in a red outer sheathes. Flame retardant cables behavior under fire is predefined as per passing the IEC 60332 and are encased in a grey or black outer sheathe.
Both flame retardant and flame resistant cables are used for the same eventuality but behave very differently in the event of a fire. Investing in these types of cables would greatly improve the safety provided for everyone involved. ( we can give an example of recent fire incident and connect the blog with the saying that if this kind of fire would have been used the situation could have been less hazardous)
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Decoding the meaning behind wire colours

Electrical wires are coloured specifically for it to be easy to identify their purpose.(re write) The colour determines what the wire does for the appliance & house circuits and how it should be treated. It also defines which port it occupies in the socket.
The three most commonly used colors are Red, Black and Green. Their uses are:
 Red:  The red wire signifies the phase in the circuit and is the live wire and cannot be connected to another red or black wire. It is often used as a switch leg, in which the wire comes from bottom terminal of the switch and when the switch is turned on, the wire becomes hot. It is the leg which can be used to turn the load on or off.( need to re write in simpler form)
 Black:  Black wires are neutral wires and the wire is connected to a neutral bus bar inside the electrical panel. The bus bar is a conductive piece of metal used for the purpose of distribution. The black wire can be connected to another black wire, and as it is neutral, it does carry a charge. The charge is the unbalanced load i.e. the return current which flows back into the electrical panel.
 Green:  The green wires are the grounding/earthing wires in the circuit. The green wire can be connected to another green wire only. The grounding wire is not meant for lights or fans and is used mainly for socket purposes such as in the case of AC’s, geysers and other heavy load appliances. Switches generally have only two wires i.e. neutral and phase. The green wire provides a path to ground for the circuit’s electric current as it connects to a large copper plate buried in the ground of the society’s meter box.
Understanding the colour coding of the wires is information one should take into account before handling them. The colour coding is different in each country, so it’s best to ask a professional first before taking a hands-on approach.
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Eleccore™ Cables for Oil and Gas Industry

Decrease oil drilling downtime in ocean and land rigs

Properly designed high performance oil and gas cables for ocean rig drilling and land rig drilling can meet the challenge of maintaining equipment efficiency, reducing operational cost.

Unforeseen and consistent rig downtime can directly affect top line day rates and contract renewal.  Key drilling components such as top drives, drawworks, pipe handlers, BOP controls, mud equipment and drilling control systems are the lifeline to a safe and efficient rig operation.

How can electrical cable minimize rig downtime?  One cable type is not fitting for each application.  Close collaboration with customers can determine cable turnover rates as it relates to mode of failure.  Products designed for certain applications can increase performance and minimize equipment downtime.

The good news is that Eleccore™ cables are among those that can help!  State of the art cross-linking technology coupled with high grade compounds generate cables with improved life expectancy and field reliability.

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