Bus Drop Cable
Bus drop cable is a tough industrial cable that can be used both indoors and outdoors. It has a tough design and has an amazing performance even in harsh climates. It has operating temperature of 600C in both wet and dry environments. The cable is rated at 600V hence it is meant for medium to light weight industrial applications. The bus drop cable is categorically placed in to sizes, specifically the AWG sizes; a standard used for naming wire gauges. Its size ranges from 2 AWG up to 14 AWG.
Furthermore the bus cable has grounding wires. This increases safety hence chances of fire or short circuit is minimal.
Key features of the bus drop cable
• It has 3 conductors
• The voltage rating is 600V
• Has resistance to abrasion, oil and water
• Rated for wet and dry climate
• It has uninsulated grounding wire for each conductor
• Operates in a temperature of 600C
• 14 AWG to 2AWG annealed stranded bare copper conductor
• A net weight of up to 1050 Lbs
• Meets various industrial standards
• Available in various lengths
• The conductor has 19 strands
It has 3 fully annealed stranded bare copper conductors. The conductor is responsible for transmitting current from one point to another. Copper has freely moving electrons in its configuration which allows it to transmit large amounts of current and at a faster rate. The conductors are cabled together with fillers or a cable tape. Each of the copper conductors has a ground wire which emits current to the ground in case of excess current. The grounding wires are also made of stranded bare copper.
The copper conductor is first heated under controlled room temperature until it becomes soft and flexible, it is then stranded. It is stranded in accordance to ASTM B 8 or B 174. This improves the flex life of the cable and can easily maneuver through tight corners without breaking. Furthermore copper is durable since it is resistant to corrosion, moisture and impact. This improves the service life of the cable. Finally copper conductor is affordable compared to other metallic conductors hence you don’t need to dig deep down your pockets to buy a roll.
The bus stop cable has a PVC insulation. The insulation is color coded with colors black, white and red with allows for easy identification of the cable. The insulation protects the end user from electrical shock; furthermore it also protects the conductor from external damage. PVC is a tough material and it is resistant to oil, abrasion, moisture, harsh climate, flames, lubricants, acids, alkalis, water, ozone, chemicals, industrial solvents and sunlight.
The bus stop cable has an outer jacket made of nylon or PVC. The jacket protects the conductor or insulation from physical or chemical damage. PVC has great resistance towards impact and crushing which makes it the most preferred material for industrial use. It is also flexible and durable henceforth it can be used for a lifetime in strenuous applications without aging. The jacket is also resistant to ozone, flames, lubricants, oil and water.
It has sequential footage markings which reduce guess work and wastage during installation. The jacket also has industrial standards and name of the cable printed on it which makes it easier to identify the cable when buying it.
Industrial ratings and approvals
This cable has gone through various industrial tests to prove that it has the above mentioned features. It has been approved by the following bodies;
• UL Subject 509
• OSHA Accepted
• RoHS Compliant
• NEC article 368
• MSHA Approved
This cable can be used in various industrial applications considering its tough nature. However these application areas are not to exceed an operating temperature of 600C.First and foremost it can be used both indoors and outdoors since it has a reliable insulation and jacket. It can be used as an overhead electrical drop cable in bus ways. The cable also allows connections for stationary industrial equipment so as to facilitate the relocation of these equipments. Considering it is a versatile industrial cable it can be used to power up industrial machinery.
Why go for the bus drop cable
First and foremost the bus drop cable has copper conductors which are easily recyclable hence the can be put in to other uses once they are worn out. The cable is also versatile which means it can be put in to other applications apart from the one it is specifically intended for. Bus drop cables can easily adapt to any given environment it is installed in given its tough design and flexibility. It is a durable cable and can last you a lifetime without constant maintenance costs. Furthermore the cable is user friendly and can easily be installed even with inexperienced personnel; this is due to the sequential footage markings and the printings on the cable.