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Northwire obtains Fieldbus Foundation approval for cable

Northwire obtains Fieldbus Foundation approval for cable
September 18, 2008 - Northwire's DataCELL FOUNDATION fieldbus cable was FF-844 certified by the Fieldbus Foundation. This certification assures that the cable is electrically precise and meets FOUNDATION fieldbus type A cable physical property requirements. Northwire has provided FOUNDATION fieldbus cable for rugged plant environments with networked process automation and control for over 10 years.

“Customers can be certain that they will quickly get high-quality, durable FOUNDATION fieldbus cable for their industrial networking needs,” says Ted Beach, director of sales, Northwire, Inc. “FOUNDATION fieldbus is the most widely used network protocol in process automation today. Through continued product innovation and refinement, Northwire remains the leading manufacturer of industrial-networking cables.”

DataCELL FOUNDATION fieldbus cables are easy to strip and feature a round, smooth jacket that makes installation in cable glands effortless and secure. All versions are ITC (instrument tray cable)/PLTC (power-limited tray cable) rated for exposed-run (ER) applications and pass the same crush and impact tests for metal-clad cable (under UL 1569). ITC-ER/PLTC-ER cable allows users to eliminate the conduit when the cable is installed in accordance with recent National Electrical Code (NEC) amendments.

The line includes an arctic-rated ITC/PLTC-listed version with optional armor and a RoHS-compliant UL 1309 marine shipboard-listed cable with a cut- and abrasion-resistant TPE outer jacket; both are suitable for use to –60 degrees C. CSA, HL ABCD armored cables are also offered.

DataCELL FOUNDATION fieldbus is available as single-pair or multi-paired bus cables, with as many as 12 pairs in a single cable. Shield options include individually foil-shielded pairs with drain wire as well as an overall foil with drain wire. Also, overall tinned copper braid is available for low-frequency noise immunity. Cable is offered in a variety of jacket and inner-conductor colors and options. Choices include 16 AWG - for longer runs - and 18 AWG in single-shielded, twisted-pair spur cables and as multi-pair cable. Cable is available with optional ground wire. The Characteristic Impedance Z0 is tightly controlled to be 100 Ω ± 10 Ω at 31.25 kHz.

The most popular versions of Northwire DataCELL FIELD cables are available off the shelf in bulk quantities. Single-pair cable orders are shipped direct from our factory stock in 17 days or less.

Northwire, Inc. has been an industry leader in the design and manufacture of industrial-grade technical cable since 1972. The company’s complete line of DataCELL FIELD rugged cables for discrete factory automation include, DeviceNet, PROFIBUS DP, AS-interface, CC-Link and CANopen. Northwire’s line of DataCELL FIELD rugged cables for process automation include, FOUNDATION fieldbus H1, HART compatible and PROFIBUS PA.

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