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Hook up Wire UL 3173 Cross Link (XLPE)
Cross-linking is often denoted as XLPE. It is the process of bringing different plastic molecules together to form a polymer. Usually, it involves compounding of complex large molecules creating a three dimensional molecular bond. This is important because the process improves important properties such as heat deformation, resistance to abrasion, chemical resistance, tensile strength, protection from extremely low temperatures and shape memory.
Hook up wires with cross-linked insulation come in a wide range of sizes of between 22 AWG and 2 AWG. So as far as size is concerned there’s a good chance that we have what you need. The conductor is made of stranded tinned copper in accordance with ASTM B-33. The stranding is vital because the conductor has to be flexible for mobility and flexibility which adds to ease of installation. The copper is a top notch conductor and tinning keeps it at its best ensuring many years of service which eliminates the need for frequent cable line replacements.
It safely transmits up to 600 volts. The current amps rating depend on the size of the conductor.
a) UL 3173/3195/3196/3237: 125°C/600V For temperature range CSA CL 1251
b) CSA AWM I A/B: 125°C/600V for voltage rating
c) CSA FT-2 Flame test
d) UL and UL SIS approved
XLPE insulation n is flexible but very tough, made of a complex chain of molecules forming a sturdy polymer. It can withstand a wide range of temperatures, resistant to chemicals, resistant to UV light deformations, water-tight and easy to cut.
a) Industrial control
b) Military equipment
d) Motor leads
Frequently Asked Questions- Hook Up Wire UL 3173 Cross Link (XLPE)
Are there special instructions I must follow when installing Hook Up Wire UL 3173 Cross Link (XLPE)?
Yes, like many other wires and cables, there are specifications and ratings provided for each type of conductor. With Hook Up Wire UL 3173 Cross Link (XLPE), it is designed to work in operations needing voltages of up to 600 volts and temperatures of up to 125 degrees Celsius. If you are going to install this wire, make sure you use it within these ranges of temperature and voltage. Don’t exceed the voltage and temperature as it could damage the cable, the equipment, or other installations and systems.
How can I identify Hook Up Wire UL 3173 Cross Link (XLPE)?
Cables and wires tend to look similar in construction and if you are going to get the right product, you should make sure you know what to look out for. There are various ways you can know if you are buying UL 3173 wire. First, when you strip out the installation, you will see that the strands have a silvery or grayish appearance on the outside. This is because the wire has been coated using tin metal. When you look at the core or center of the wire, you find that it looks reddish or coppery, and this is the color of copper, which forms the primary material of the wire. These two elements may help you determine if it is UL 3137, however, they are many cables looking the same. You will therefore need to look at the specifications of the wire and the insulation. UL 3173 is designed with a cross linked polyethylene material. It is rated 125 degrees Celsius, 600 volts.
What are the approvals of the wire?
UL 3173 has received numerous approvals including flame compliance CSA FT-2 and industry approvals like UL Standard 758- style 3237, 3196, and 3173. It is also approved for other Standards like UL SIS and CSA AWM I A/B or CL 1251. This wire is also RoH compliant.
Where can I use UL 3173 Wire?
This wire can be used for internal wiring of appliances. It is used in wiring switchboard panels, coil leads, switchgear. It is common to find electricians using it in electric motors and generators. You can also use it as lead wire within mercury lighting ballasts. UL 3173 may also be used in power operated dispensing apparatus especially where there is exposure to gasoline vapors. Just discuss with your electricians to find out whether your specific installation is suited for use of this wire.