May 2016 Vol. 1

Basslink Cable: UK Tests Fail to Pinpoint Cause of Cable’s December Failure
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-10/tests-fail-to-pinpoint-the-cause-of-basslink-cables-failure/7399440

Prysmian Acquires Corning’s Copper Cable Business
http://www.fierceinstaller.com/story/prysmian-acquires-cornings-copper-cable-business-enhances-its-data-center-c/2016-05-17

Prysmian Seeking Business Development Manager
http://www.seek.com.au/job/31021829

University of NSW Signs Graphene Deal with China Cable Company
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/university-of-nsw-signs-graphene-deal-with-china-cable-company/news-story/b7df2700f97251398564957481b685a3

SKL PVC Electrical Cables Prohibited
https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/injury-prevention-safety/electricity/homeowners-and-consumers/skl-electrical-cables-prohibited

Prysmian Reaches New Milestone in the Field of Power Transmission Grids
http://electricalconnection.com.au/prysmian-reaches-new-milestone-in-the-field-of-power-transmission-grids/

Daly’s Constructions Seeking Cable Jointers for HV, LV, XLPE Cables
http://www.seek.com.au/job/30934156

Prysmian to Supply 300 km of for Light Rail Project
http://www.vericable.com/news/companynews/344.htm

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)

Cable Insulation 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)
* 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)

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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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Other Cable and Insulation Testing Offered by ExcelPlas NATA Labs (http://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

March 2016 Vol. 1

AusGrid Issues List of Approved Materials and Equipment Advice (March 2016)
http://www.ausgrid.com.au/Common/Industry/Network-documentation/Network-standards-advice/~/media/Files/Network/Documents/NSA/NSA1343.pdf

ACCC Warns of Fires and Shocks as Infinity Cable Reaches Fail Date
http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/politics/government/accc-warns-of-fires-and-shocks-as-infinity-cable-reaches-fail-date/80571

Prysmian secures contract worth around 250 Mil for Submarine Cable
http://www.prysmiancable.com.au/corporate/prysmian-secures-contract-worth-around-e-250-m/

SA Power Networks Publishes Testing Standard for Underground and Overhead Distribution Powerlines
http://www.sapowernetworks.com.au/public/download.jsp?id=547&page=/content..

Queensland Government Alert – SKL Electrical Cables Prohibited
https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/injury-prevention-safety/electricity/homeowners-and-consumers/skl-electrical-cables-prohibited

Chinese SKL Cables – Brittle on the outside, bad fortune on the inside!
http://www.prysmiancable.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Prysmian_Ad_WakeUp6_SKL_WEB.pdf

Australian Homes at Risk from Faulty Wiring
http://www.domain.com.au/news/australian-homes-at-risk-from-faulty-wiring-20160302-gn8jlg/

Importing Electrical Cable from Asia ? – Get it Tested for Compliance to Australian Standards and Codes
http://excelplas.com/laboratory-testing

Fire Resistant Cables in Australia – White Paper [PDF]
http://www.pyrosales.com.au/media/blfa_files/The_Case_for_MICC_Cables.pdf

Lawyers Representing Nexans Make Case
http://www.adcommission.gov.au/cases/Documents/EPR%20271/032%20-%20Submission%20Australian%20Industry%20Olex%20re%20Electra%20Submission%2019%20May.pdf

World Wire Cable (Aust.) Pty Ltd Publishes Comprehensive Capability Statement [PDF]
https://www.queenslandgasconference.com.au/__novadocuments/13287

Achievement and Experience in Service of Long Length High Voltage Electrical
http://www.cigre-thailand.org/tncf/events/aorc2014/full_paper/1116R.pdf

Prysmian to Provide Fire Safety Cables to New UK Factory
http://www.prysmiangroup.com/en/corporate/media/news/Prysmian-to-provide-fire-safety-cables-in-Tulip-factory-in-UK/

Prysmian Group Well-connected from its Liverpool base
http://www.liverpool.nsw.gov.au/trim/documents?RecordNumber=017975.2016

Prysmian and Nexans Cable Cartel Alledged
http://www.judgments.fedcourt.gov.au/judgments/Judgments/fca/single/2014/2014fca0376

Copper-catalyzed oxidation caused by copper-rich impurities in cross-linked polyethylene cable insulation (New Research)
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10854-015-3820-7

Condition Assessment of High Voltage (22 kV) Aerial Bundled Cable (ABC)
http://www.jicable.org/2015/content/Programme/pdfCreator/239_D10.5_JICABLE15_0305.pdf

Condition Assessment of High Voltage (22 kV) Aerial Bundled Cable (ABC) 1st page
http://www.jicable.org/TOUT_JICABLE_FIRST_PAGE/2015/2015-D10-5_page1.pdf

Tasmania is Facing a Power Crisis Due to Cable Fault
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-25/tasmania-power-crisis-may-worsen-tasnetworks-industrial-action/7197782

Russian Cable Conference and Exhibitions Draws Big Numbers
http://www.cabex.ru/en-GB/home/archive/2013/exhibitor_list.aspx

Cables News Australia (CNA) is now Australia’s most current and comprehensive source of news on Cable and Wire;

CNA is now sent to over 2500 Cable Industry Members every week.

Any news or subscription requests should be sent to john@excelplas.com

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)
http://excelplas.com/

Other Cable and Insulation Testing Offered by ExcelPlas NATA Labs (http://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

Condition Monitoring providing technical advice to customers in relation to condition assessment and forensic testing of high voltage cables, electrical plants and insulation systems.

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