Pawtucket, Rhode Island - Teknor Apex Co. is offering two jacketing compounds based on blends of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) that it claims offer "outstanding resistance to the aggressive end-use conditions often encountered by industrial cables."
The two compounds were introduced this week at Wire Southeast Asia, 13-15 Sept, by Teknor Apex Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.
Applications for the Apex P-55003 and P-55004 compounds include factory automation networks, industrial robots, and other plant systems requiring data or control cable.
Besides showing the superior abrasion resistance and excellent tensile properties associated with TPUs, the compounds are resistant to oil and chemicals, are tough at low temperatures, and have oxygen indices comparable to those of standard PVC jacketing compounds for industrial cable.
"Teknor Apex developed these new Apex PVC / TPU blends to provide durable protection for cable that is in constant movement, is subjected to rough handling, or is exposed to the aggressive substances often found in factory settings," said Mike Patel, wire and cable industry manager. "They provide a combination of flexibility, toughness, and low-temperature endurance that is well suited for a broad range of industrial applications."