FEP MIL-spec approved flat-ribbon cable
30 June 2013
Molex Incorporated has introduced the Temp-Flex FEP flat-ribbon cable, which is believed to be the only solution which meets the MIL-Spec requirement for M49055/11 & M49055/12 for harsh environment applications such as those found in aircraft avionics and industrial equipment.
Unlike many PVC and TPE products, Molex offers extruded FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene) dielectric insulation material for a high-performance ribbon cable that is able to withstand exposure to chemicals, extreme temperatures, abrasions and flexure.
“Signal failure has long been prevalent in military, aerospace and industrial equipment applications due to the limited capability of PVC and TPE cables, which can degrade after repeat exposure to harsh conditions,” explained Jeet Sanyal, engineering manager at Molex.
“Temp-Flex FEP cables were designed for the most severe environments, yet they remain extremely flexible, making them ideal for smaller more rugged applications, including flight data recorder boxes, missile systems and robotics found in manufacturing plants across multiple industries.”
The cables are durable in temperatures ranging from -65 to +200?C and are resistant to acids, alcohols, aldehydes, bases, esters, hydrocarbons ketones and oxidising agents. An extruded cable encapsulates each conductor with insulation that will not delaminate, while a low-loss dielectric constant ensures the optimum signal transmission with minimal loss.
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