Why ETFE wire material is gaining popularity?
ETFE is one of the most robust materials out there and that is the reason behind it being used to manufacture high-quality wires. Here are some of the major factors that contribute to the gaining popularity of ETFE wire material.
ETFE is the acronym for ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene copolymer which is a plastic derivative of Teflon. It is a fluorine-based plastic that is frequently used as a building material in the form of ETFE membranes. It is created by extruding Teflon wires into thin films or wires. ETFE was invented by DuPont, an American conglomerate and one of the world’s largest chemical companies, in terms of sales.
The material was initially used as an insulation material for the aeronautics industry. Soon it started gaining popularity as a building material as an upgrade for the regular polythene sheets. It is largely used as a replacement for glazing due to its high light transmission properties. Some of the reasons as to why ETFE is considered as an exciting material in the electrical and electronic industry include:
High Heat Insulation: ETFE wires are highly flame retardant as they have a melting point of 270°C. They have excellent resistance to extremes of temperature.
Self-Cleaning: The material has self-cleaning quality. The special surface structure of ETFE insulated wires ensures that wind and rain are sufficient to remove dirt, reducing the cost of periodical maintenance and cleaning.
Lightness: These wires are lightweight. They weigh approximately 1% of the weight of glass.
Durable: It has a life span of more than approximately 25 years due to its durability against UV, air pollution and environmental conditions. Extensive laboratory and field research have suggested that the material can even extend its life span in excess of 40 years.
High light transmission: ETFE material is highly translucent and has light permeability of 85-95%.
Environment-friendly: The material is eco-friendly as it 100% recyclable.
Elasticity: The wires made from ETFE are high in elasticity as they continue their structural resistance as they can extend by up to 600% until torn.
Flame retardant: ETFE insulated wires are also fire resistant and have low smoke and flame characteristics. Thus the wiring material is safe.
The material has excellent chemical resistance and is odorless and nontoxic.
Energy-efficient: From extrusion to assembly, they consume significantly less energy than glass.
Weatherproof: The wires exhibit outstanding resistance to weather and aging
Wires made from ETFE material show excellent dielectric properties.
Now we know that ETFE has excellent electrical and chemical properties. Hence ETFE wires are especially suited for applications requiring high mechanical strength, high chemical resistance, and superior thermal and electrical properties. Thus it is a highly popular material to make electrical wires.
PVC wire and cable are not necessarily terms you might hear every day, but they are vital elements in the makeup of cable assemblies and other manufactured products. The usual mass of cables that manufacturers and prototype designers have to deal with is one of the main reasons why we provide neat, efficient and effective cable assemblies all over the globe!
But here, we’re going to provide some insight and information on what PVC wire and cables are, the various types and their uses. Plus much more.
But first, here’s the quick summary for you, then we’ll dive into more detail.
What Is PVC Wire And Cable? PVC wire and cable are where a thermoplastic material called Polyvinyl Chloride also referred to as PVC is used for wire insulation or cable jackets. PVC wires and cables are widely used due to excellent properties such as chemical, heat and water resistance, robustness, durability, and versatility.
The only specialty in PVC wires and cables is the insulation or sheathing material used. PVC is becoming a commonly used material for many wires and cable constructions recently.
Because of this, a variety of PVC wire and cable types are now available in the market to best suit customer needs. Let’s take a look at them in detail.
Teflon Wires Uses and Benefits
Teflon is branded for its superior thermal, mechanical, and electrical properties, which allows these cables to resist higher temperatures than other hook-up wire varieties. These are considered the best heat resistant wires. There are numerous categories of Teflon wires, and each of them is considered best to a high temperature of 200 oC. Furthermore, these wires are used in many situations, where the temperature is between -65 oC and 250 oC.
Teflon wires are suggested for use in miniature cable applications and internal wiring-soldering applications where insulation melting is a significant concern. This wire insulation is better equipped to defy oil, oxidation, heat, sunlight, and flame, while also remaining flexible at low temperatures. Teflon wires provide unparalleled resistance to ozone, alcohol, water, alkalis, gasoline, acids, aromatic hydrocarbons, and solvents.
Each Teflon wire is dual-rated for Mil-spec and UL AWM styles to well suit an individual’s specific needs. Depending on which standard you need, the cables are rated to specific voltage and temperature ranges. Sometimes, these ratings differ between the Mil-Spec and UL standards.
Stranded Hook-Up Wire, FEP
FEP wire, has good resistance to extremes of temperature, compression and repeat flexing. Suitable for use in whole sealed cooking appliances, auto headlamps, internal combustion engine and mercury switches, when shock or sharp casing edges are a “wear and tear” factor.