Industrial Cables offer aluminum armor option.

Press Release Summary:

Available on FOUNDATION Fieldbus/PROFIBUS PA, PROFIBUS DP, ControlNet Quad Shielded Coax, and Blue Hose Cable, Continuous Aluminum Armor Cladding eliminates need for conduit. Applied as continuous strip of aluminum, which is wrapped around cable and welded at seam, armor is MC-rated for crush resistance, impervious to fluid ingress, and suitable for installation in harsh and hazardous locations. Corrugation permits bending without kinking.

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Belden's Continuous Aluminum Armor Option Provides Robust Protection

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

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Jim Krachenfels, Belden Inc.


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