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July 6, 2012 - Metal clad-rated for crush resistance, continuous aluminum armor cladding is available for standard or special cable constructions for instrumentation, control, VFD, as well as industrial communication and networking products. Armor eliminates need for conduit while facilitating installation and re-routing. Applied as continuous strip of aluminum, cladding wraps around cable and is welded at seam for impenetrability. Corrugation permits bending without kinking.

Belden's Continuous Aluminum Armor Option Provides Robust Protection

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Belden, Inc.
2200 US Hwy. 27 S.
Richmond, IN, 47375

Press release date: June 26, 2012

Belden Now Offers Three Types of MC (Metal Clad) Rated Solutions for Its Line of Industrial Cables

St. Louis, Missouri - Belden Inc. (NYSE:BDC), a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, announces continuous aluminum armor cladding for its standard or special cable constructions, including instrumentation, control, variable frequency drive (VFD) and industrial communication and networking products. Belden's continuous armor eliminates the need for conduit and is easier to install and re-route, reducing both the physical cost and the labor cost of installation. Impervious to fluid ingress and suitable for installation in harsh and hazardous locations, Belden continuous aluminum armor is MC rated for superior crush resistance.

Cable failure in industrial applications can cost thousands of dollars per minute. Plant and facility designers in fields such as oil and gas, petrochemical, and pulp and paper need cabling with robust protection from impact or crushing, as well as environmental protection. Continuous aluminum armor is impenetrable because it is applied as a continuous strip of aluminum, which is wrapped around the cable and welded at the seam for impenetrability. Corrugation permits bending without kinking.

Standard Belden cables available with continuous armor include: FOUNDATION Fieldbus / PROFIBUS PA (183076F), PROFIBUS DP (183079A), ControlNet Quad Shielded Coax (183092A) and Blue Hose Cable (189463). The ease with which it can be specified for any Belden cable ensures customers that their installation requirements will be met.

Three Types of MC Armor Available With the addition of continuously corrugated aluminum armor, Belden now offers three types of MC armor. Belden cables also can be protected by aluminum interlocked armor and galvanized steel interlocked armor.

Belden also offers Belclad corrugated aluminum or steel tape, which is sealed to prevent fluid ingress (i.e., chemicals, water and other fluids) into the cable core.

For more information on Belden's Continuous Aluminum Armor, request Capabilities Bulletin #0021, visit or call 1-800-BELDEN-1 (1-800-235-3361).

About Belden St. Louis-based Belden Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets cable, connectivity and networking products in markets including industrial automation, enterprise, transportation, infrastructure, consumer electronics and other industries. It has approximately 6,800 employees, and provides value for industrial automation, enterprise, education, healthcare, entertainment and broadcast, sound and security, transportation, infrastructure, consumer electronics and other industries. Belden has manufacturing capabilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, and a market presence in nearly every region of the world. Belden was founded in 1902, and today is a leader with some of the strongest brands in the signal transmission industry. For more information, visit

For more information, contact:

Jim Krachenfels, Belden Inc. 510-580-2767

Barbara Kline, Breakthru Communications 505-899-5878

Belden, Belden Sending All The Right Signals, and the Belden logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Belden Inc. or its affiliated companies in the United States and other jurisdictions. Belden and other parties may also have trademark rights in other terms used herein.
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