October 2018 Vol. 1

All the Latest Industry News on Electrical Cables


Prysmian Awarded New 125m Project for First Submarine Cable Interconnection Between the Island of Crete and Mainland Greece
https://electricenergyonline.com/article/energy/category/t-d/56/723870/prysmian-awarded-new-125m-project-for-first-submarine-cable-interconnection-between-the-island-of-crete-and-mainland-greece.html

Nexans Supplies Cable for the World’s First 66 KV Offshore Windfarms
https://www.nexans.com/newsroom/news/details/2018/09/Supply-of-cables-for-the-first-66kv-offshore-windfarms.html

Nexans to supply cable to Parkwind’s 219MW Northwester 2
https://www.rechargenews.com/wind/1608661/nexans-to-supply-cable-to-parkwinds-219mw-northwester-2

Nexans NX600 Cable Range Obtains New BASEC Certification
https://www.voltimum.co.uk/articles/nexans-nx600-cable-range-obtains-new

Nexans Awarded EUR 35 million Contract for Cables
https://www.offshorewind.biz/2018/10/08/nexans-lands-triton-knoll-cable-deal/

The Effect of pH and Temperature in the Propagation of Water Treeing in XLPE Insulated Underground Cable
https://www.ecti-eec.org/index.php/ecti-eec/article/view/627

Construction worker hits high-voltage cable, takes out 13,600 properties
https://www.wattelectricalnews.com/NEWS/Construction-worker-hits-high-voltage-cable,-takes-out-13,600-properties/45210

General Cable has achieved a new technology milestone in DC Extruded Power Cable Systems
https://www.generalcable.com/eu/en/news-media/press-releases/2018/general-cable-has-achieved-a-new-technology-milest

South Korean LS Cable signs cable supply deal with Denmark’s Orsted
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2018/10/01/0200000000AEN20181001002700320.html

Letter of award for power cables for Johan Sverdrup phase 2
https://www.equinor.com/en/news/2018-10-04-johan-sverdrup-power-cables-phase2.html

Superconducting Cables: Recommendations for Deployment of New Technology
https://www.iass-potsdam.de/en/news/superconducting-cables-recommendations-deployment-new-technology

South Korean LS Cable Lands Big Order for High-voltage Cables from Bahrain
http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=25629

BOROUGE AND BOREALIS SHOWCASE ENHANCED CABLE POLYMER PORTFOLIO AT WIRE CHINA
http://www.borouge.com/MediaCentre/Lists/News/DispformCustom.aspx?id=431

Irish Sea Contractors Roll Out Subsea Cable Repair Solution
https://subseaworldnews.com/2018/10/17/irish-sea-contractors-roll-out-subsea-cable-repair-solution/

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Melbourne Laboratory for Analysis of Polymeric Cable Materials 
http://www.excelplas.com/

Testing of Cross-linked Polyethylene (XLPE) as specified in AS3808 and Low Smoke Halogen-Free (LSHF)
http://www.excelplas.com

This Newsletter is brought to you by the Australian Cable Material Testing Laboratory (NATA Certified)

ExcelPlas Cable Insulation Testing Laboratory Capabilities:
-DSC Thermal Analysis to identify melting point, Glass transition (Tg) and Thermal Stability (OIT)
-FTIR Infra-red Analysis for compositional analysis of polymers and additives
-TGA Thermogravimetric Analysis for weight loss with loss of additives, oils, polymer decomposition, filler levels
-X-Ray Analysis (EDS/XRD) to identify the crystalline phase and composition of inorganic additives
-Carbon Black Content (ASTM D1603, AS/NZS 2904 Clause 7.4.5 which uses AS 1463 Appendix B)
-Carbon Black Dispersion
-Oxidative Induction Time (OIT)
-Melt Flow Index (MFR)
-Stress Cracking Resistance Testing (ESCR testing)
-Failure Analysis (processing, water treeing, contamination ID, etc)
http://www.excelplas.com

Examples of Polymer Materials Excelplas Can Test:
XLPE and HDPE Cable Insulation Testing (QA, QC, incoming raw materials)
* PVC (V-90) (Soft (plasticised) Polyvinyl Chloride compound)
* XLPE (X-90, X-HF-110) (Crosslinked Polyethylene)
* Rubber (R-EP-90, R-HF-90, R-HF-110) (Ethylene Propylene Rubber).

ExcelPlas Undertakes the Following Cable Testing as per AS/NZS 5000 and AS/NZS 3808:
* Measurement of thickness of insulation and sheath (sample test)
* Tensile strength and elongation of insulation and sheath material – before ageing (type test)
* Tensile strength and elongation of insulation and sheath material – after ageing (type test)
* Loss of mass of insulation and sheath (thermoplastic materials only) (type test)
* Pressure test at high temperature of insulation and sheath (thermoplastic materials only) (type test)
* Heat shock (thermoplastic materials only) (sample test)
* Hot set test (cross linked materials only) (type test)
* Exudation of plasticizer (thermoplastic materials only) (type test)
* Compatibility test of cables materials (type test)

Other Cable and Insulation Testing Offered by ExcelPlas NATA Labs:
• Shore A/D Hardness
• Density Determination
• Accelerated Weathering testing
• Charpy and Izod Tensile Tester
• Laboratory press for preparing samples
• Plasticizer extraction analysis apparatus
• Loss in Mass (volatility) analysis
• Limiting Oxygen Index (LOI) Analysis of Cables
• Wire Insulation Abrasion
• Testing Composition of Low Smoke Zero Halogen Cables
• Testing of %Crosslinking of XLPE Cables
• Testing of Tree Retardant XLPE Cables
• Identification of Contamination/Foreign Matter
• Determination of % Carbon Black in Cable Sheathing
• Determination of Filler Content/Composition in Cable Insulation
• Limiting Oxygen Index of Flame Retardant Cables
• Plasticizer Level and Content of PVC Insulated Cables
• Compliance Testing of Important Cable to Ensure it is Compliant with Australian Standards

Copyright 2018 Cable News
https://www.cablenewsaustralia.com.au

July 2018 Vol. 3

All the Latest Industry News on Electrical Cables


Breaking News – Prysmian Resigns Chairman
https://subseaworldnews.com/2018/07/27/prysmian-chairman-resigns/

Breaking News – Nexans Appoints New Chief Executive Officer
https://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/nexans-appoints-christopher-gurin-as-chief-executive-officer-20180704-00036

Nexans Wins Major Cable Contract for Oman’s Plastic Industry Project
http://tradearabia.com/news/CONS_343239.html

Cabling leader AEI Cables is taking fire performance to new levels with its Total Fire Solutions range of products for the built environment
http://www.cabletechnologynews.co.uk/aei-cables-launches-total-fire-solutions/

Nexans Post First Half 2018 Results
https://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/nexans–first-half-2018-results-20180726-00061

Judge Rules Vattenfall can use UK Power Cable Subsidiaries as Anchor Defendants
https://globalcompetitionreview.com/article/1171322/vattenfall-can-use-uk-power-cable-subsidiaries-as-anchor-defendants

Nexans Olex Represented at APAC Innovation Fair by Senior Cable Design Engineer, Mark Maffei
http://www.olex.com.au/eservice/Australia-en_AU/navigatepub_228625_-36556/Nexans_first_APAC_Innovation_Fair.html

SA Power Publishes Technical Standard for Underground Distribution Cable Networks
https://www.sapowernetworks.com.au/public/download.jsp?id=551

NSW Transport – Fibre breakout for 33 kV 1C XLPE insulated cables 240mm2 to 630mm2
https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/industry/asset-standards-authority/find-a-standard/fibre-breakout-for-33-kv-1c-xlpe-insulated

Australian Energy XLPE cable at a cost of $35.7 million
https://www.aer.gov.au/system/files/Ausgrid%20-%20Attachment%202.01%20-%20Extended%20Stakeholder%20Consultation%20Report%20-%20June%202018%20-%20PUBLIC.compressed.pdf

Energex Publishes Approved Products List
https://swp.energex.com.au/upload/technical_documents/20180706_075536_97427.xls

OFFSHORE POWER CABLE ENGINEERING AND RELIABILITY FORUM (27th – 28th February 2019)
Rethinking Cable Operating Practices, Reducing Cost and Increasing Efficiency & Performance
https://www.bisgrp.com/portfolio/conferences/subsea-offshore/5th-annual-offshore-power-cable-engineering-and-reliability-forum

Research on Aging Parameters of XLPE Cable Based on Isothermal Relaxation Current
https://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/1.5027686


Melbourne Laboratory Analysis of Low Smoke Halogen-Free (LSHF) Cable Materials 
http://www.excelplas.com/

Testing of Cross-linked Polyethylene (XLPE) as specified in AS3808
http://www.excelplas.com/

This Newsletter is brought to you by the Australian Cable Material Testing Laboratory (NATA Certified)

ExcelPlas Cable Insulation Testing Laboratory Capabilities:
-DSC Thermal Analysis to identify melting point, Glass transition (Tg) and Thermal Stability (OIT)
-FTIR Infra-red Analysis for compositional analysis of polymers and additives
-TGA Thermogravimetric Analysis for weight loss with loss of additives, oils, polymer decomposition, filler levels
-X-Ray Analysis (EDS/XRD) to identify the crystalline phase and composition of inorganic additives
-Carbon Black Content (ASTM D1603, AS/NZS 2904 Clause 7.4.5 which uses AS 1463 Appendix B)
-Carbon Black Dispersion
-Oxidative Induction Time (OIT)
-Melt Flow Index (MFR)
-Stress Cracking Resistance Testing (ESCR testing)
-Failure Analysis (processing, water treeing, contamination ID, etc)
http://excelplas.com/

Examples of Polymer Materials Excelplas Can Test:
XLPE and HDPE Cable Insulation Testing (QA, QC, incoming raw materials)
* PVC (V-90) (Soft (plasticised) Polyvinyl Chloride compound)
* XLPE (X-90, X-HF-110) (Crosslinked Polyethylene)
* Rubber (R-EP-90, R-HF-90, R-HF-110) (Ethylene Propylene Rubber).

ExcelPlas Undertakes the Following Cable Testing as per AS/NZS 5000 and AS/NZS 3808:
* Measurement of thickness of insulation and sheath (sample test)
* Tensile strength and elongation of insulation and sheath material – before ageing (type test)
* Tensile strength and elongation of insulation and sheath material – after ageing (type test)
* Loss of mass of insulation and sheath (thermoplastic materials only) (type test)
* Pressure test at high temperature of insulation and sheath (thermoplastic materials only) (type test)
* Heat shock (thermoplastic materials only) (sample test)
* Hot set test (cross linked materials only) (type test)
* Exudation of plasticizer (thermoplastic materials only) (type test)
* Compatibility test of cables materials (type test)

Other Cable and Insulation Testing Offered by ExcelPlas NATA Labs:
• Shore A/D Hardness
• Density Determination
• Accelerated Weathering testing
• Charpy and Izod Tensile Tester
• Laboratory press for preparing samples
• Plasticizer extraction analysis apparatus
• Loss in Mass (volatility) analysis
• Limiting Oxygen Index (LOI) Analysis of Cables
• Wire Insulation Abrasion
• Testing Composition of Low Smoke Zero Halogen Cables
• Testing of %Crosslinking of XLPE Cables
• Testing of Tree Retardant XLPE Cables
• Identification of Contamination/Foreign Matter
• Determination of % Carbon Black in Cable Sheathing
• Determination of Filler Content/Composition in Cable Insulation
• Limiting Oxygen Index of Flame Retardant Cables
• Plasticizer Level and Content of PVC Insulated Cables
• Compliance Testing of Important Cable to Ensure it is Compliant with Australian Standards

Any news requests should be sent to john@excelplas.com
To subscribe, visit http://www.cablenewsaustralia.com.au/subscribe/

Cable News (c) 2018
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July 2018 Vol. 2

All the Latest Industry News on Electrical Cables


LS C&S to supply electrical cables to Western Australia (Breaking News)
https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/tech/2018/07/133_251663.html

Superconducting Cable Sets Records for Power Transmission (Breaking News)
http://www.newelectronics.co.uk/electronics-news/superconducting-cable-sets-records-for-power-transmission/176215/

Prysmian Does not Agree with EUROPEAN UNION GENERAL COURT JUDGEMENTS
http://www.4-traders.com/PRYSMIAN-252187/news/Prysmian-EUROPEAN-UNION-GENERAL-COURT-JUDGEMENTS-26917179/

World’s biggest cablemakers Prysmian , Nexans and eight other cable companies lost their challenge against a 302 million euros EU cartel fine
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-cartel-court/goldman-sachs-prysmian-others-lose-challenge-against-302-million-euro-eu-cartel-fine-idUSKBN1K21DY

High Court takes Jurisdiction over High-voltage Power Cable Cartel Damages Claim (Breaking News)
https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=1bc988d9-43f6-49d0-ac13-7d00ef25782d

Underwater Cable Market has Nexans Expanding
https://www.postandcourier.com/business/underwater-cable-market-has-nexans-expanding-charleston-area-plant/article_6d3d132c-73d1-11e8-8780-47953a270004.html

Scientific Cable Breakthrough Powers Subsea Oil And Gas Production And Keeps Electricity Flowing
https://www.forbes.com/sites/markvenables/2018/07/12/scientific-breakthrough-powers-subsea-oil-and-gas-production-and-keeps-electricity-flowing/#4c9690417cf3

Proven Technology for Improving Subsea Cable Insulation without Costly Intervention
http://www.oilandgastechnology.net/news/proven-technology-improving-subsea-cable-insulation-without-costly-intervention

Progress in Eco-friendly High Voltage Cable Insulation Materials
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8401276/

ACCC v v Prysmian Cavi E Sistemi S.R.L. (No 12) [2016] FCA 822 re: Cartel conduct
https://www.australiancompetitionlaw.org/cases/2016prysmian.html
Cartel Conduct Definition: https://www.australiancompetitionlaw.org/law/cartels.html
Current Cases: https://www.australiancompetitionlaw.org/casescurrent.html

“Cartel conduct will always be a priority for the ACCC and we seek to take enforcement action in relation to all cartels that harm Australian consumers and businesses.”
https://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-appeals-air-cargo-cartel-decision

Discoloration of XLPE Insulation in High Voltage Power Cables: A Diagnostic Case Study
http://www.wirecable.in/2018/06/discoloration-of-xlpe-insulation-in-high-voltage-power-cables-a-diagnostic-case-study/

Laboratory Results from Dielectric Spectroscopy of Field Aged XLPE Cables with Respect to Water Trees
http://orbit.dtu.dk/files/3962469/Pedersen.pdf

Uphill Diffusion of Antioxidant in Cross-Linked Polyethylene Cable Insulation
http://crimsonpublishers.com/rdms/pdf/RDMS.000653.pdf

Any news requests should be sent to john@excelplas.com
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Melbourne Laboratory Analysis of Low Smoke Halogen-Free (LSHF) Cable Materials 
http://www.excelplas.com/

Testing of Cross-linked Polyethylene (XLPE) as specified in AS3808
http://www.excelplas.com/

This Newsletter is brought to you by the Australian Cable Material Testing Laboratory (NATA Certified)

ExcelPlas Cable Insulation Testing Laboratory Capabilities:
-DSC Thermal Analysis to identify melting point, Glass transition (Tg) and Thermal Stability (OIT)
-FTIR Infra-red Analysis for compositional analysis of polymers and additives
-TGA Thermogravimetric Analysis for weight loss with loss of additives, oils, polymer decomposition, filler levels
-X-Ray Analysis (EDS/XRD) to identify the crystalline phase and composition of inorganic additives
-Carbon Black Content (ASTM D1603, AS/NZS 2904 Clause 7.4.5 which uses AS 1463 Appendix B)
-Carbon Black Dispersion
-Oxidative Induction Time (OIT)
-Melt Flow Index (MFR)
-Stress Cracking Resistance Testing (ESCR testing)
-Failure Analysis (processing, water treeing, contamination ID, etc)
http://excelplas.com/

Examples of Polymer Materials Excelplas Can Test:
XLPE and HDPE Cable Insulation Testing (QA, QC, incoming raw materials)
* PVC (V-90) (Soft (plasticised) Polyvinyl Chloride compound)
* XLPE (X-90, X-HF-110) (Crosslinked Polyethylene)
* Rubber (R-EP-90, R-HF-90, R-HF-110) (Ethylene Propylene Rubber).

ExcelPlas Undertakes the Following Cable Testing as per AS/NZS 5000 and AS/NZS 3808:
* Measurement of thickness of insulation and sheath (sample test)
* Tensile strength and elongation of insulation and sheath material – before ageing (type test)
* Tensile strength and elongation of insulation and sheath material – after ageing (type test)
* Loss of mass of insulation and sheath (thermoplastic materials only) (type test)
* Pressure test at high temperature of insulation and sheath (thermoplastic materials only) (type test)
* Heat shock (thermoplastic materials only) (sample test)
* Hot set test (cross linked materials only) (type test)
* Exudation of plasticizer (thermoplastic materials only) (type test)
* Compatibility test of cables materials (type test)

Other Cable and Insulation Testing Offered by ExcelPlas NATA Labs:
• Shore A/D Hardness
• Density Determination
• Accelerated Weathering testing
• Charpy and Izod Tensile Tester
• Laboratory press for preparing samples
• Plasticizer extraction analysis apparatus
• Loss in Mass (volatility) analysis
• Limiting Oxygen Index (LOI) Analysis of Cables
• Wire Insulation Abrasion
• Testing Composition of Low Smoke Zero Halogen Cables
• Testing of %Crosslinking of XLPE Cables
• Testing of Tree Retardant XLPE Cables
• Identification of Contamination/Foreign Matter
• Determination of % Carbon Black in Cable Sheathing
• Determination of Filler Content/Composition in Cable Insulation
• Limiting Oxygen Index of Flame Retardant Cables
• Plasticizer Level and Content of PVC Insulated Cables
• Compliance Testing of Important Cable to Ensure it is Compliant with Australian Standards

Copyright 2018 Cable News
www.cablenewsaustralia.com.au

July 2018 Vol. 1

All the Latest Industry News on Electrical Cables


Prysmian Australia Pty Ltd Submit Application For A Dumping Duty Notice for PVC flat electrical cables Imported from China
http://www.adcommission.gov.au/cases/EPR%20451%20%20550/EPR%20469/002%20-%20Report%20-%20Consideration%20Report%20-%20Consideration%20Report%20-%20CON%20469%20-%20PVC%20Flat%20Electrical%20Cables%20-%20China.pdf

Australian Cablemakers Association did not violate the consumer laws when it sent letters to Ministers complaining that an electrical cable supplied by Midland Metals was Unsafe
https://lawyerly.com.au/cable-makers-didnt-violate-consumer-law-judge-says/

Prysmian Completes Acquisition of General Cable
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180606005719/en/Prysmian-Completes-Acquisition-General-Cable

Meet the New Nexans Olex Executive Team
http://www.olex.com.au/eservice/Australia-en_AU/navigate_158530/Our_Team.html

Olex Introduce Cable Product Handbook App for Smart Phones and Tablets
https://www.olex.com.au/eservice/Australia-en_AU/navigatepub_228625_-31941/The_New_Olex_Handbook_App_is_finally_here.html

Building Wiring Cable in NSW is now a Declared Article
https://neca.asn.au/nsw/content/building-wiring-cable-nsw-now-declared-article

Prysmian Publishes Cable Guide for the Mining Industry
http://www.prysmiancable.com.au/documents/mining-cables-technical.pdf

Lapp Sets up Australian Subsidiary
https://www.ecdonline.com.au/content/business-and-management/news/lapp-sets-up-australian-subsidiary-814830150#axzz5KLDSq9pD

Five Future Trends in Cable Technology in Australia
https://lappaustralia.com.au/en/five-trends-in-digitalisation-to-drive-the-benefits-of-automation-down-under

KableX Delivers an Alternative to Mining’s Cable Sector
https://www.australianmining.com.au/features/kablex-delivers-alternative-minings-cable-sector/

HV Electrical Cable Testing and Condition Monitoring Engineer Position Available
https://job-openings.careerone.com.au/HV-Electrical-Cable-Testing-Condition-Monitoring-Engineer-brisbane-QLD-Australia-MachineMonitor/11/196874105

Olex Publishes AS4417 Updates
https://www.olex.com.au/Australia/2018/OLEX%204417%20-%20NSW%20Gazette%20amendment.pdf

Any news requests should be sent to john@excelplas.com
To subscribe, visit http://www.cablenewsaustralia.com.au/subscribe/


Melbourne Laboratory Analysis of Low Smoke Halogen-Free (LSHF) Cable Materials 
http://www.excelplas.com/

Testing of Cross-linked Polyethylene (XLPE) as specified in AS3808
http://www.excelplas.com/

This Newsletter is brought to you by the Australian Cable Material Testing Laboratory (NATA Certified)

ExcelPlas Cable Insulation Testing Laboratory Capabilities:
-DSC Thermal Analysis to identify melting point, Glass transition (Tg) and Thermal Stability (OIT)
-FTIR Infra-red Analysis for compositional analysis of polymers and additives
-TGA Thermogravimetric Analysis for weight loss with loss of additives, oils, polymer decomposition, filler levels
-X-Ray Analysis (EDS/XRD) to identify the crystalline phase and composition of inorganic additives
-Carbon Black Content (ASTM D1603, AS/NZS 2904 Clause 7.4.5 which uses AS 1463 Appendix B)
-Carbon Black Dispersion
-Oxidative Induction Time (OIT)
-Melt Flow Index (MFR)
-Stress Cracking Resistance Testing (ESCR testing)
-Failure Analysis (processing, water treeing, contamination ID, etc)
http://excelplas.com/

Examples of Polymer Materials Excelplas Can Test:
XLPE and HDPE Cable Insulation Testing (QA, QC, incoming raw materials)
* PVC (V-90) (Soft (plasticised) Polyvinyl Chloride compound)
* XLPE (X-90, X-HF-110) (Crosslinked Polyethylene)
* Rubber (R-EP-90, R-HF-90, R-HF-110) (Ethylene Propylene Rubber).

ExcelPlas Undertakes the Following Cable Testing as per AS/NZS 5000 and AS/NZS 3808:
* Measurement of thickness of insulation and sheath (sample test)
* Tensile strength and elongation of insulation and sheath material – before ageing (type test)
* Tensile strength and elongation of insulation and sheath material – after ageing (type test)
* Loss of mass of insulation and sheath (thermoplastic materials only) (type test)
* Pressure test at high temperature of insulation and sheath (thermoplastic materials only) (type test)
* Heat shock (thermoplastic materials only) (sample test)
* Hot set test (cross linked materials only) (type test)
* Exudation of plasticizer (thermoplastic materials only) (type test)
* Compatibility test of cables materials (type test)

Other Cable and Insulation Testing Offered by ExcelPlas NATA Labs:
• Shore A/D Hardness
• Density Determination
• Accelerated Weathering testing
• Charpy and Izod Tensile Tester
• Laboratory press for preparing samples
• Plasticizer extraction analysis apparatus
• Loss in Mass (volatility) analysis
• Limiting Oxygen Index (LOI) Analysis of Cables
• Wire Insulation Abrasion
• Testing Composition of Low Smoke Zero Halogen Cables
• Testing of %Crosslinking of XLPE Cables
• Testing of Tree Retardant XLPE Cables
• Identification of Contamination/Foreign Matter
• Determination of % Carbon Black in Cable Sheathing
• Determination of Filler Content/Composition in Cable Insulation
• Limiting Oxygen Index of Flame Retardant Cables
• Plasticizer Level and Content of PVC Insulated Cables
• Compliance Testing of Important Cable to Ensure it is Compliant with Australian Standards

Copyright 2018 Cable News
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November 2016 Vol. 1

Lack of Crosslinking Causes Cable Recall
http://www.esv.vic.gov.au/Electricity-Professionals/Ecables-mandatory-recall-notice

Testing the Thermal Stability of PVC Cables by the Congo Red Testing (ExcelPlas Labs)
http://cloud.excelplas.com/index.php/s/Nmo4aF0k8Ymus7f

University of NSW Signs Graphene Deal with China Cable Company
http://www.graphene-info.com/university-nsw-signs-graphene-deal-china-cable-company

Prysmian to Launch Powerful Cable Solution for Transmission Grids
http://tdworld.com/underground-td/prysmian-launch-powerful-cable-solution-transmission-grids

Experts Corner:   What Caused the Infinity Cable Failures and Recall
Inferior cable like Infinity and Olsen cables where discovered to have a considerable lower life expectancy rapidly becoming more brittle as the plasticizers leach out of the cable due to heat and normal operation.

PVC cable insulation can be compromised by a chemical reaction if it is in contact with polystyrene. Make you check the insulation is undamaged before installing this cable and always follow the cable manufacturer’s instructions.

The plasticiser in cable insulation PVC to make it flexible and tough is not chemically bonded to the PVC and will slowly leach out of the cable over time. The process of cable losing plasticisers increases when the cable is in contact with other materials, such as polystyrene and polyurethane. The leaching of the plasticiser will cause the cable’s PVC material to become harder, more brittle and prone to cracking. This could mean live conductors will be exposed, and possibly result in electric shock or fire.

One significant factor that affects the rate of leaching is the size of the contact area between the cable and polystyrene. The larger the contact area, the quicker the rate of plasticiser leaching out. The rate of the cable’s deterioration will vary with the installation conditions.

Addivant Introduces Lowinox™ Fast Xl which Improves Productivity and Reliability for Cross-linked Polyethylene Power Cables
http://www.plasticstoday.com/packaging/addivant-showcases-innovative-polymer-additives-k-2016/17419122825877

Two New Polybond™ Coupling Agents Enabling HFFR (zero halogen) Cable Producers to Achieve Excellent Mechanical Properties Sustainably
http://www.plasticstoday.com/packaging/addivant-showcases-innovative-polymer-additives-k-2016/17419122825877

LSF Cables vs LSHF Cables  – Do you know the difference?
Do you know the difference between LSF and LSHF cable? There is a worryingly common misconception that LSF cable (Low Smoke and Fume) and LSHF cable (Low smoke Halogen Free) are simply different names for the same thing. This is certainly not the case, and confusing the two could result in life-threatening repercussions in the event of a fire.
https://www.flexconnectors.co.uk/lsf-vs-lshf-do-you-know-the-difference/

PVC Cable Fire Toxicity Using the Cone Calorimeter
http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-10-0376-9_17

KBS™ – the New Fire Protective Coating for Electrical Cables
http://antec.com.au/media/products/specsheets/passive_fire_protection/kbs_coating.pdf

ASTM-D-2863 Oxygen Index LOI
ASTM D2863-06a Standard Test Method for Measuring the Minimum Oxygen Concentration to Support Candle-Like Combustion of Plastics (Oxygen Index)

Melbourne Laboratory Analysis of Low Smoke Halogen-Free (LSHF) Cable Materials 
http://www.excelplas.com/

Testing of Cross-linked Polyethylene (XLPE) as specified in AS3808
http://www.excelplas.com/

This Newsletter is brought to you by ExcelPlas Cable Insulation Testing Laboratory (Melbourne)

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This Newsletter is brought to you by ExcelPlas Cable Insulation Testing Laboratory (NATA Certified)
XLPE and HDPE Cable Insulation Testing (QA, QC, incoming raw materials)
-Carbon Black Content (ASTM D1603, AS/NZS 2904 Clause 7.4.5 which uses AS 1463 Appendix B)
-Carbon Black Dispersion
-Oxidative Induction Time (OIT)
-Melt Flow Index (MFR)
-Stress Cracking Resistance Testing (ESCR testing)
-Failure Analysis (processing, water treeing, contamination ID, etc)
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Materials Excelplas Can Test:
* PVC (V-90) (Soft (plasticised) Polyvinyl Chloride compound)
* XLPE (X-90, X-HF-110) (Crosslinked Polyethylene)
* Rubber (R-EP-90, R-HF-90, R-HF-110) (Ethylene Propylene Rubber).

ExcelPlas Undertakes the Following Cable Testing as per AS/NZS 5000 and AS/NZS 3808:
* Measurement of thickness of insulation and sheath (sample test)
* Tensile strength and elongation of insulation and sheath material – before ageing (type test)0
* Tensile strength and elongation of insulation and sheath material – after ageing (type test)
* Loss of mass of insulation and sheath (thermoplastic materials only) (type test)
* Pressure test at high temperature of insulation and sheath (thermoplastic materials only) (type test)
* Heat shock (thermoplastic materials only) (sample test)
* Hot set test (cross linked materials only) (type test)
* Exudation of plasticizer (thermoplastic materials only) (type test)
* Compatibility test of cables materials (type test)

Other Cable and Insulation Testing Offered by ExcelPlas NATA Labs (www.excelplas.com)
Shore A/D Hardness
Density Determination
Accelerated Weathering testing
Charpy and Izod Tensile Tester
Laboratory press for preparing samples
Plasticizer extraction analysis apparatus
Loss in Mass (volatility) analysis
Limiting Oxygen Index (LOI) Analysis of Cables
Wire Insulation Abrasion
Testing Composition of Low Smoke Zero Halogen Cables
Testing of %Crosslinking of XLPE Cables
Testing of Tree Retardant XLPE Cables
Identification of Contamination/Foreign Matter
Determination of % Carbon Black in Cable Sheathing
Determination of Filler Content/Composition in Cable Insulation
Limiting Oxygen Index of Flame Retardant Cables
Plasticizer Level and Content of PVC Insulated Cables
Compliance Testing of Important Cable to Ensure it is Compliant with Australian Standards