Thermoplastic Elastomer Cords
July 2005
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The company is now offering customizable Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) cords that are said to be a smart alternative to Neoprene. Ideal for electrical wire and cable applications, the TPE cords are designed with a rubber-like feel and appearance that make it comparable to Neoprene, and its ability to maintain high retractile memory and flexibility in high-stress applications reportedly make it almost indistinguishable. According to the company, TPE has a wider temperature range than Neoprene, is more environmentally friendly, and eliminates the need for an expensive curing process.
The cords can be color-coded for easy and quick identification and are said to be weather-, oil-, chemical-, ozone-, flame-, UV-, impact-, and abrasion-resistant. They are available in 12 to 28 AWG and can be designed to handle varying amounts of amperage. Available lengths include 12, 24, 36, and 48 in, which can extend on a 1:5 ratio if needed. Customized lengths and ratios are also available. The TPE cords, which meet UL/CSA (Canadian Standards Association) specifications, have dielectric constants of 2.1 to 2.4 and dielectric strengths of 600 V. Autac, Inc.


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