In the wire and cable world, there's an extremely large selection products, many of which are either polar opposites or so similar you can barely tell them apart. This blog we’ll be discussing the details of the tubing and sleeving. While many of the examples that are discussed in this breakdown are wire and cable related, these products are perfect for a wide range of applications, in a number of different industries.

In order to understand the benefits of sleeving and tubing, you must first understand cable management. Cable management is defined as “the management of electrical or optical cable in a cabinet or an installation” (Wikipedia). Cable management although is very helpful, isn’t essential for every cabling project.

For example, if you have hundreds of wires all going to similar area’s then it may be beneficial to colour code each cable and sleeve them together for improved organization. This would in-turn create 4 noticeable benefits immediately:

Increased Safety

1.       Increased Safety
With cables laying everywhere and connecting to outlets potentially still activated, the possibility of tripping, getting electrocuted or other kinds of workplace injuries, increases immensely.

Cut Down on Wasted Time & Frustration
2.       Cut Down on Wasted Time & Frustration
With different colour jackets, more bundled cables (with sleeving or cable ties) and easier to track connectors, maintenance becomes not only quicker but much less stressful.

Increased shelf life
 
3.       Additional Strength & Shelf Life
Adding electrical tubing or sleeving to an application enables the wire to withstand much harsher environments, overall extending that products shelf life immensely. This is very important for applications involving manufacturing and extreme heat, because of how harsh the surrounding environments are. 

Increased organization Increased organization

4.       Keep Your Work Environment Cleaner & Organized
Similar to cutting down on wasted time, using different sleeving and tubing helps with organization/identification and keeping your workplace presentable.

   

   

What is Electrical Sleeving?

Wire sleeving

The direct definition of an electrical sleeve is “ A braided, knitted, woven or extruded tube used to slip over bare or weakly insulated conductors in an electric assembly” (Webster). Similar to all other products that Sycor supplies, our sleeving products come in a variety of constructions each of which provides different temperature ratings, different fabrications and unique materials.

Types of Sleeving and Their Temperature Ratings

Expando Sleeving
Available in (Nylon, Flame Retardant Polyester, Halar, Polypropylene and Flame Resistant)
-70°C to 175°C
Heat-Treated Fiberglass Sleeving (Dyed Available)
+240°C
PVC Fiberglass Sleeving
-20°C to 130°C
Acrylic Fiberglass Sleeving
-30°C to 155°C
Silicone Fiberglass Sleeving
-70°C to 200°C


     

Different Sleeving Grades (Voltages)

Each of these sleeving products also has additional grades that represent a voltage that certain materials can withstand. We won’t list them all for each product, as some products can have up to 6 different grades. The sleeving category has 6 Grades available:

A.  7000 Volts
B.  4000 Volts
C.  2500 Volts
C2.1500 Volts
C3. No Dielectric Guarantee

  

Popular Sleeving Classes (Temperature Ranges)

Class B: -20°C to 130°C
Class C: -70°C to 240°C
Class F: -40°C to 155°C
Class H: -70°C to 200°C

When selecting a sleeving product it’s important to keep these different grades mind, because if you, for example, choose a sleeving product that that only has grade C, but your application has a 7000-volt requirement, then that sleeving will degrade much faster and potentially be a hazard.

In general, the sleeving category is very unique from all other kinds of products that Sycor distributes. When deciding what product to choose it’s always a good idea to get a second opinion for deciding what sleeving product will best fit the requirements of your application.

  

What is Electrical Tubing?

Wire and Cable Tubing

Electrical wire tubing similar to its sleeving counterpart is an extremely useful cable management product. Coming in a wide range of constructions, non-shrinkable tubing is very straight forward to use. While Sycor’s tubing and sleeving solutions can be used in almost any application, they’re typically used for electrical insulation, harness jacketing, and general protective covering. Sycor Technology’s line of wire management products can help you keep your wires together and protected.

   

Non-Shrink Tubing Materials & Their Temperature Ratings

PVC Non-Shrink Tubing   -20°C to 105°C
Polyethylene Tubing -62°C to 66°C
Industrial Teflon (PTFE, ETFE, FEP & PFA) Tubing -65°C to 260°C
Re-sealable Zipper Tubing Temperature Varies
PTFE Spaghetti Tubing (ETFE, FEP & PFA Available) -60°C to 280°C
Convoluted Tubing  -50°C to 260°C
Corrugated Tubing   -40°C to 93°C
Spiral Wrap Tubing & Sleeving -60°C to 88°C

  

In general, sleeving and tubing products are very versatile and reliable. If your application requires additional protection, greater organization or if your work environment is too messy, non-shrinkable tubing or sleeving is the perfect solution for your application. Request a quote today!

   

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