News | April 4, 2014

Insulated Wire Expands Composite Cable Engineering And Manufacturing Capability


Today, Insulated Wire (IW) announced the expansion of its capabilities to produce customized composite cables featuring low smoke/zero halogen polyurethane jackets. They have seen sales of these cables grow significantly – particularly in naval applications, both on submarine and surface vessels.

IW’s composite cables provide a myriad of options. Components can include individually shielded and jacketed signal transmission cables, power cables, microwave cables and fiber optic. Depending on the application, cables can be optimized to address issues such as hydrostatic pressure, tensile loads, concentrated compression points, etc. Overall shielding can be provided with ferrous or non-ferrous materials. High performance, non-metallic braids and strength members, such as Kevlar™ are also available.

The cable, shown with this release, was produced for a submarine application and contains multiple, individual signal cables and IW’s Tuf-Flex™ microwave cables for use at frequencies up to 18 GHz. Water block fillers and binders are incorporated under a double braided Sn/Cu braid and polyurethane jacket. Cable withstands the anticipated environmental extremes in accordance with the method requirements of MIL-DTL-24643B par 4.8.8 and can withstand Hydrostatic pressure up to 1050psi.

IW designs and manufactures high performance microwave cable and cable assemblies. It offers a wide variety of products that provide extremely low attenuation at frequencies up to 70 GHz. In 1988, the company expanded its operations and created a Microwave Products Division. Today, IW offers a wide range of, microwave cables ranging from .050 inch to .50 inch in diameter and a broad selection of connectors thus offering its customers the proper cable assembly for their specific application.

IW serves a broad range of both military and commercial markets. These include telecommunications, data links, satellite systems, airborne electronic warfare and counter measures, missile systems, UAV applications, avionics and instrumentation, fire control systems, medical electronics, and geophysical exploration.

Kevlar is a registered trademark of the DuPont Company.

SOURCE: Insulated Wire Inc.