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Armored Cables withstand harsh manufacturing environments.

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March 20, 2014 - Available in MDC(M12) connectors and MIN(7/8 inch) connectors, Armored Cables prevent downtime or outages caused by connection failure. Stainless steel coupling nut and stainless steel armor jacket prevent water damage from high-pressure washdown, cleaning chemicals, and extreme temperature. Silicone tube-covered jacket prevents physical failure by repetitive impacts and abrasion with loaded components and also protects against weld slag. TPE jacket protects cable from cleaning chemicals.

Mencom Corporation

5750 McEver Rd., Oakwood, GA, 30566, USA

Original Press Release

Mencom Corporation Introduces New Armored Cables for Harsh Manufacturing Environments at IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014

Press release date: March 18, 2014

Oakwood, Ga. – Mencom Corporation will introduce its new Armored Cables for use in harsh manufacturing environments at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 being held at Chicago’s McCormick Place September 8-13. Mencom Corporation can be found in Booth #E-4674 in the Industrial Automation North America Pavilion which is located in the Lakeside Center(East) Building.

One of the biggest challenges that every manufacturer struggle with is how to prevent downtime or outage caused by connection failure. Abusive manufacturing environments with extreme conditions are where these issues are most likely to take place. Sometimes it is difficult to diagnose and locate the exact problem of the failure because of its complex installation or location. Short and repetitive downtime with constant replacement is usually caused by cable failures and can be prevented by installing proper cables equipped with extra protection.

In most cases the downtime is usually caused by one of following conditions:
• Physical failure by repetitive impacts and abrasion with loaded components
• Damage by high pressure wash-down and cleaning chemical
• Damage by extreme temperature
• Weld Slag

The Mencom Armored Cables are designed to prevent failure from such common causes above. The cables feature a stainless steel coupling nut and stainless steel armor jacket which prevent water damage from high pressure washdown, cleaning chemicals and extreme temperature. A silicone tube-covered jacket prevents physical failure by repetitive impacts and abrasion with loaded components as well as protecting the cable from weld slag. A thermoplastic elastomer jacket protects the cable from cleaning chemical. They are available in MDC(M12) connectors and MIN(7/8 inch) connectors.  Custom solutions including wiring and custom pin counts are also available.

Mencom is committed to quality products, competitive pricing and fast-turnaround.

Armored Cable Specs
Stainless Steel Nuts
• 316 Stainless Steel = 0.08% carbon
• As opposed to 316L, which is 0.03% or less
• The higher the carbon content, the harder the steel
• Max temp - 1800ºF
• 316 is Austenitic (cannot be hardened by heat treatment), non-magnetic, highly stain resistant
• Resistant to most Alcohols, Sodium & Calcium brines, hypochlorite solutions (i.e., Sodium Hypochlorite-bleach, or Calcium hypochlorite, pool ‘chlorine’), phosphoric acid, sulfites and sulfurous acids.  Due to presence of molybdenum, 316 is resistant to pitting caused by chlorides common in 304 alloys. 
• Susceptible to Aluminum Fluoride, Bromine, etching chlorides, Phosphoric Acid (>40%), Silver Bromide, Sodium Fluoride, Sodium Hypochlorite (100%), Sodium Sulfide, Sulfur Chloride, Sulfuric Acid (>10%), and Tin Salts

316 Stainless Steel is more resistant to both corrosion and oxidation than the 304 varieties of alloys.  The HEX shape ensures that particles will not stick to the knurl during cleaning and make this coupling nut ideal for USDA inspectable facilities where potential caustic materials and high pressure wash downs are likely.

Stainless Steel Armor Jacket
• MDC = 0.250” ID/ 0.345” OD
• Approx. 0.110 LBS/ft
• MIN = 0.500 ID / 0.600 OD
• Approx. 0.180 LBS/ft
• 304 Stainless Steel – 0.08% carbon, often referred to as 18-8 due to the minimum requirement of 18% Chromium-8% Nickel
• 304 is Austenitic (cannot be hardened by heat treatment), non-magnetic, highly stain resistant
• Max temp - 1800ºF
• Resistant to sterilizing solution, most organic chemicals, and a wide variety of inorganic chemicals 
• Susceptible to pitting from chlorides, Susceptible to Aluminum Fluoride, Bromine, etching chlorides, Phosphoric Acid (>40%), Silver Bromide, Sodium Fluoride, Sodium Hypochlorite (100%), Sodium Sulfide, Sulfur Chloride, Sulfuric Acid (>10%), and Tin Salts

304 Stainless Steel is the most common of the Stainless Steel family.  The chromium-nickel content and low carbon content create a highly durable alloy resistant to oxidation and corrosion.  Found in almost every industry where ease of cleaning and the prevention of product contamination are paramount, the Stainless Steel Armor Jacket also provides an abrasion resistance unattainable in the thermo-plastic materials.

PVC covered Stainless Steel Jacket
• Same specs for Stainless Steel tubing

The PVC coated Stainless Steel offers all the benefits of the Stainless Steel jacketed cables with added ingress protection provided by a full PVC wrap.

Silicone Tube Jacket
• Consistent with FDA Regulations for Food Contact
• Does not support microbial growth
• Animal Fat and Chemical Resistant
• Resistant to organic solvents, strong acids, strong alkalis, UV, sea water, oxygen, and ozone
• Susceptible to oxidation at temperatures beyond the cable capacity (500ºC), and shows thermal stability (maintains properties over a wide range of operating temperatures, -100 ºC to 250 ºC)
• Susceptible to Acetone, hydrocarbons, asphalt, Benzene, many chlorine compounds, freons, gasoline, ethyls, lubricants, ketones, naphtha, propane, turpentine, xylene

Thermoplastic Elastomer
• Thermoplastic elastomer (can be re-melted and re-formed) with physical properties and performance of a thermoset (cured, or vulcanized) rubber.
• Service range is typically -50ºC to 170ºC
• RoHS Compliant
• Resistance to Chlorines, Caustic Soda, Diesel Fuel, Glycerin, Glycol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Naphtha, Bleach, & Sea Water.
• Susceptible to Acetone, Benzene, Ether, Ethanol, Formic Acid, Freon, Isopropyl Alcohol, Nitric Acid, MEK, Phosphoric Acid, & Xylene.

Due to its chemical and abrasion resistance, TPE is an easy choice for potentially harsh environments requiring sanitation and wash-down procedures.  TPE offers the flexibility of expensive thermoset materials making it suitable for a variety of applications from Automotive to Welding.

About Mencom Corporation
Founded in 1987, Mencom Corporation provides high quality, cost effective solutions that meet industrial electrical connector requirements. Our highly trained staff of experts utilize decades of electrical and electronic industry-related experience to develop the highest quality products available.

In addition, this vast expertise allows us to assist OEM customers in selecting the best products to meet their unique connection requirements. This ensures our customers receive the most cost-effective solution possible, plus one that requires minimal installation time, reducing the customer’s total installed costs.

Mencom offers a complete line of custom-made and off-the-shelf electrical connectors.

Our product line includes:
• Molded cables and receptacles for sensors and actuators
• MINI, M23, M12, M8, Micro-AC, Euro AC, Device Net, Profi-bus, Foundation Field-bus
• Multi-pin industrial rectangular connectors for power and data lines
• Panel Interface Connectors for safe and quick reprogramming requirements
• DIN solenoid valve connectors for solenoids
• Junction Blocks for power & signal distribution
• Multi-port connector plates for multiple connections in a small space
• Conduit adapters for distribution of power & signal using conduit
• Ethernet connectors & switches for communication with a network
• A wide variety of metric, PG and NPT cable glands, fittings and adapters

Mencom is also the North American Master Distributor for ILME rectangular connectors. Mencom’s headquarters and warehouse facilities are located in Oakwood, Ga., just north of Atlanta.

To speak with one of Mencom’s sales technicians, simply Contact Us today.

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