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Teknor Apex to Introduce Advanced Plenum Cable Compounds at IWCS 2015

Published on 2015-09-25. Author : SpecialChem

PAWTUCKET, RI -- New flame retardant (FR) and smoke suppressant technologies have enhanced the performance of wire and cable compounds that are already the leading PVC-based low-flame / low-smoke products for plenum applications, it was announced by Teknor Apex Company, which will introduce the products at IWCS 2015 (Booth 407).

Four new grades in the Fireguard® line of plenum cable compounds exhibit oxygen indices from 49 to 51.5%. Shore C hardness levels range from 80 to 90.

Typical Properties of Four Low-flame, Low-smoke Plenum Compounds
Fig. 1: Typical Properties of Four Low-flame, Low-smoke Plenum Compounds

The new grades are:
  • Fireguard 910A-72-NL for jacketing “hybrid” insulation in Category 5e and Category 6 unshielded plenum cables.
  • Fireguard 910A-76-NL for jacketing “hybrid” insulation in Category 5e and Category 6 shielded plenum cables.
  • Fireguard 910A-79-NL for jacketing of RG6 coaxial cable.
  • Fireguard 910A-80 UVF-NL for jacketing of indoor / outdoor fiber optic distribution cables.

“In NFPA 262 flame tests, these new compounds generate lower levels of smoke and flame spread than any generically similar compound in the marketplace,” said Mike Patel, director of marketing and business development for the Vinyl Division of Teknor Apex. “They require no special equipment to process and can be extruded at the same high rates as standard Fireguard compounds.”

About Teknor Apex

Teknor Apex Company, a privately held firm founded in 1924, is one of the world’s leading custom compounders of plastics. Teknor Apex produces flexible and rigid vinyl, thermoplastic elastomers, nylons, color masterbatches, specialty chemicals and hoses. The company is headquartered in Pawtucket, RI, U.S.A. and operates thirteen facilities worldwide in the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, China and Singapore.

The Vinyl Division of Teknor Apex Company is among the leading manufacturers of compounds based on PVC, including Apex® flexible and rigid vinyl, Flexalloy® vinyl elastomers, Fireguard® low-flame, low-smoke compounds for wire and cable, and BioVinyl™ compounds with bio-based plasticizer. The Division is an international supplier to the appliance, automotive, construction, medical device, wire and cable, and other industries.

Source: Teknor Apex

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