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Belden’s Continuous Aluminum Armor Option Provides Robust Protection

by wireworld on 06/28/2012 - 03:29 pm

Tags: Press Releases, Product Release

Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, announces continuous aluminum armor cladding for its standard or special cable constructions, including instrumentation, control, variable frequency drive (VFD) and industrial communication and networking products. Belden’s continuous armor eliminates the need for conduit and is easier to install and re-route, reducing both the physical cost and the labor cost of installation.  Impervious to fluid ingress and suitable for installation in harsh and hazardous locations, Belden continuous aluminum armor is MC rated for superior crush resistance.   


Cable failure in industrial applications can cost thousands of dollars per minute. Plant and facility designers in fields such as oil and gas, petrochemical, and pulp and paper need cabling with robust protection from impact or crushing, as well as environmental protection. Continuous aluminum armor is impenetrable because it is applied as a continuous strip of aluminum, which is wrapped around the cable and welded at the seam for impenetrability. Corrugation permits bending without kinking.   



Standard Belden cables available with continuous armor include: FOUNDATION Fieldbus / PROFIBUS PA (183076F), PROFIBUS DP (183079A), ControlNet Quad Shielded Coax (183092A) and Blue Hose Cable (189463). The ease with which it can be specified for any Belden cable ensures customers that their installation requirements will be met.   



Three Types of MC Armor Available

With the addition of continuously corrugated aluminum armor, Belden now offers three types of MC armor. Belden cables also can be protected by aluminum interlocked armor and galvanized steel interlocked armor.   



Belden also offers Belclad corrugated aluminum or steel tape, which is  sealed to prevent fluid ingress (i.e., chemicals, water and other fluids) into the cable core.