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Tyco rolls RoHS-compliant cables

Posted: 10 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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RoHS-compliant cable

Tyco Electronics continues to develop interconnects that meet the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive and other environmental initiatives. The company's latest RoHS-compliant offering is its MADISON CABLE brand of Pb-free and heavy-metal-free cables.

These cables are designed to meet several national and international environmental initiatives including Proposition 65 in the state of California, the EU RoHS and WEEE directives, and other global laws including China's proposed hazardous substance legislation, and the Japan Green Program as well as other directives which address lead, heavy metals and other hazardous substances.

Tyco Electronics uses proprietary polymer compounds for both primary and jacket insulations allowing the cables to be manufactured in both flexible and standard versions. The new polymer technology does not use polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE), cadmium, mercury or hexavalent chromium to achieve desirable stability, flexibility, gloss, hardness or color attributes, said the company. Standard base polyethylene and standard base high-temperature colors are RoHS compliant and many standard base PVC and custom PVC colors are compliant.

The RoHS-compliant MADISON CABLE brand lead-free and heavy-metal-free cables are available for most industries and applications with a wide product selection available for IT, medical, industrial, commercial and video use. These cables are designed to meet applicable UL and CSA standards as well as any current applicable ANSI standards. Designers can also find appropriate Pb-free connectors to attach to the lead-free cables from Tyco Electronics' AMP brand.

Specific products in the MADISON CABLE lead-free cable line are SCSI, Fiber Channel, Infiniband, video, as well as multi-conductor, multi-pair, coax, parallel pair, planar and single conductor designs. In addition, a new oil and water resistant PVC cable with a 1050C rating was recently added. Plenum and non-plenum designs are available and all components are identified for ease of termination. The company also noted that all new cable designs requiring UL/CSA approval will be RoHS compliant.

- Gina Roos

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