CONDUCTOR: 18 AWG - 14 AWG Class B stranded bare copper per ASTM B-3 and B-8
INSULATION: Flame-retartdant Cross-linked Polyethylene (XLPE)
COLOR CODE: Black/White/Red; Alpha-numeric print; alternate & inverted
SHIELDING Individual and overall 100% coverage, aluminum/polyester foil shield
JACKET: Black sunlight and moisture resistant Polyvinyle Chloride (PVC)
TEMPERATURE RANGE:-30°C to 90°C; (90°C Dry/90°C Wet)
SUNLIGHT RESISTANT: Yes
DIRECT BURIAL: Yes
VOLTAGE RATING: 600V rms, Max
Tray Instrumentation Control Cable XLP/PVC Shielded Triads Overall Shield (STOS) 600V
Instrumentation controls cable is yet another impressive control cable installed in trays. The cable is highly versatile and can be put to use in a wide range of instrumentation and control industrial systems. It is well shielded from the effects of electromagnetic fluxes and smoothly wires up to 600 volts of power of 15 amps current.
Bare copper is used as the conductor for this cable. It is a Class B stranded as per ASTM B-3 and B-8. This conductor has a rating of between 14 AWG and 18 AWG. Copper is one ofthe best electrical conductors due to its fast conduction with minimal power losses and negligible resistance to the flow of electric current. The copper conductors are stranded to increase their flexibility and annealed to reduce its resistance. The flexibility of the cable makes it easy to roll the cable for easy transportation and easy installation because it can twist or fold to take the shape of cable trays and cable ducts. This cable has a 600V power rating
The bare copper conductor is insulated with a Cross-linked Polyethylene (XPLE) compound. XPLE is a strong organic compound with a flame-retardant property that can enable it to protect the appliance and gadgets in case of a fire accident.
This cable is shielded with aluminum/polyester foil shield which has a 100% coverage on the surface of the cable. Shielding helps to regulate an electrical interference that may arise due to the high voltage.
The cable is jacketed with Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) material. PVC is a hydrocarbon which is highly unsaturated due to the continuous chains of Hydrogen and Carbon elements which gives it its hard nature. PVC is highly flexible with good resistance to weather conditions like rain and strong sunlight that would otherwise destroy the conductor.
Approvals and Certifications
This cable meets the UL Standards 1277 Type TC-ER of the NEC Article 336. It also passesthe IEEE 383 and UL 1685 Flame Tests. The cable is approved by ICEA S-73-532 and ICEA S-95-658 (WC70).
FAQ (STOS) shielded tray shielded triad overall shield
What are the common characteristics of shielded tray shielded triad overall shield cables?
These cables have the red, black and white conductors bound together with a shield which forms a triad. A cable may have many such triads which may then be numbered and the triads are totally isolated from each other with a drain wire for grounding. The triads are covered with an overall foil shield which can be made of aluminum or polyester.
What are the common places where you can see the use of shielded tray shielded triad overall shield cable?
These types of cables are generally used where there has to be maximum noise rejection such as instrumentation applications and many other purposes. So as such you can be sure to see them used in heavy processing plants where the noise level will be really high. They are also used in manufacturing plants, storage areas, offices and labs where you can find medium to low levels of noise.
What is the shield made up of?
The shield will usually be any of the following
The shield is then covered with an overall jacket which can be made of PVC or EPR.
Why should I go in for a shielded cable?
You can use unshielded ones as well as shielded ones without any noticeable difference in the performance of the cable. However, when there is a lot of electrical noise which is conducted as EMI or electromagnetic interference, then shielded cables are used. Insulation alone will not offer you protection against EMI. A shield will surround the conductors effectively so that they will not detect any EMI and therefore, will not transfer or absorb EMI. Furthermore, shields protect the cable, people and also any equipment to which it might be connected.
Can I use a shielded cable to connect equipment from two different circuits?
When you connect equipment from two different circuits, there might be some grounding issues as it can form a ground loop. However, when the ground voltage difference is minimal, there is no need to worry. In case it is high, it can damage the system, but you can terminate one end of the shielded cable using a connector which is non-shielded. However, this causes a floating shield and if this picks up additional noise, you will have to do proper grounding at both ends.