New Type of Signal Wire and Cable for a Variety of Railway Applications
TE Connectivity, a world leader in connectivity and sensors, has begun offering a new type of signal wire and cable for a variety of railway applications. It performs to a high level, reduces energy consumption and takes up less space, all at the same time.
July 02, 2020
Products in the TE EN50306 range have a cross-section half that of traditional thick-wall wires, but they perform just as well, if not better – and have long lifetimes. They free up space on railway carriages for passengers and, because they are approximately 30% lighter, they help reduce the overall energy consumption of the train, cutting costs and environmental load.
The new products meet all relevant rail requirements for low-voltage signal wire. They have halogen-free flame-retardant ruggedized jacketing made from electron beam-crosslinked polyethylene, qualifying them for failure-free performance in the harshest environments. They conform to EN50306, which regulates thin-wall railway rolling stock cables with special fire performance, as well as EN45545-2, which covers the flame, smoke and toxicity requirements of all materials and components for rolling stock.
Paul Crofts, product manager for the new range of signal wires states: “TE EN50306 wires and cables meet the key rail global standard for signal wire. They can be used in stations, track-side, and on all types of rolling stock. They were designed for a specific purpose, so these new products meet all the difficult mechanical, fluid and flammability requirements of rail-related EN specifications.”
TE Connectivity is a $13 billion global industrial technology leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. Our broad range of connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, enable advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With nearly 80,000 employees, including more than 8,000 engineers, working alongside customers in approximately 150 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS.