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Wire and Cable Technology International November/December 2015 : Page 68

Straight From The Show Images, facts and news from the 64 th IWCS Conference™ The IWCS-International Cable & Connectivity Symposium , which is the premier venue for new technologies in wire, cable and connectivity products, processes and applications, welcomed attendees to the 64 th annual conference in Atlanta, GA, USA, on October 5 through 8, 2015. The topics for IWCS 2015 included the Internet of Things (IoT), Power over Communications Cables, FTTX and Network, Data Center and Multimode Fiber, Fiber Design and Measurement, Copper Cable Measurement and Modeling and more. The Executive session and the Technical Symposium off ered a high-caliber program containing over 130 technical papers and presentations in 18 sessions that attracted presenters and attendees from across the USA, Asia and Europe. The conference also included over 20 poster papers, 12 new product presentations, nine sessions of professional development courses led by industry experts and a two-day Supplier Exhibition. Attendees came from 27 countries, spanning six continents, with 29% from outside the USA. Attendees from Europe accounted for 11% and 14% were from Asia. IWCS 2015 had 65 visitors from China, along with 36 from Japan. Michael A. Bell , Senior VP and GM of Corning Optical Communication , Hickory, NC, USA, was the keynote speaker, addressing “Optical Solutions to Meet the Future Demands of the ‘Internet of Things,” at the plenary session luncheon. The Plenary session also featured recognition for the best papers and presenters of the prior year. Awards were presented to co-authors William C Hurley , Corning Optical Solutions , Hickory, NC, USA and Dr. Lev. L. Kuandykov , Corning Scientifi c Centre , St. Petersburg, Russia for Outstanding Technical Paper, “Statistical Model for Plenum Burn Testing”. Outstanding Poster Paper award went to Zdenka B. Strycze k, Ph.D. and David G. Roberts , Saco Polymers Inc. , Sheboygan, WI, USA for “New Low Smoke Zero Halogen Tray Cable Jacket Materials Designed for Balance of Cost, Performance and Enhanced Fire Resistance”. Best Presentation Award was presented to Ali Shebab , Cimteq Ltd., Cable Design and MES Software , Wrexham, Uk for “Using a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to Control Manufacturing Cost and Lead Time”. “This conference gives attendees a unique opportunity to gain insight from top engineers, researchers and executives from the cabling and connectivity industry,” said Robert A. Wessels, Jr. , CommScope, Inc. , and Chairman of the Board, IWCS, Inc . “The quality of papers and the venue were fantastic. I especially enjoyed acknowledging the scholarship recipients who will be the future leaders of our industry.” “Having both the Technical Symposium and the Suppliers’ Exhibition in one hotel venue in Atlanta was a great success,” said David Kiddoo , IWCS CEO. “It’s hard to fi nd a venue that is also ‘central’ to our global cable and connectivity audience, which includes attendees from both Europe and Asia.” While this scenario will again IWCS 2015™ Delves Into Hot Topics All photos (except in blue boxed-in areas) courtesy IWCS, Inc. be provided for IWCS 2017 in Orlando, due to the costs and ease of participation in Providence and in Charlotte, IWCS has decided on a rotation of Providence in the even years and Charlotte in 2019/2021. “The advantages of Providence and Charlotte are the ease of logistics for one-day drive-in attendees and additional exhibitors, which adds to overall attendance,” continued Kiddoo. IWCS is not resting on its laurels of a successful conference, as the organization is currently initiating a year-round IWCS webinar series, with the fi rst one being presented on October 29, 2015. www.iwcs.org 68 Wire & Cable Technology International/November 2015

“Straight From The Show” Report On IWCS 2015™

IWCS 2015™ Delves Into Hot Topics

The IWCS-International Cable & Connectivity Symposium, which is the premier venue for new technologies in wire, cable and connectivity products, processes and applications, welcomed attendees to the 64th annual conference in Atlanta, GA, USA, on October 5 through 8, 2015. The topics for IWCS 2015 included the Internet of Things (IoT), Power over Communications Cables, FTTX and Network, Data Center and Multimode Fiber, Fiber Design and Measurement, Copper Cable Measurement and Modeling and more.

The Executive session and the Technical Symposium offered a high-caliber program containing over 130 technical papers and presentations in 18 sessions that attracted presenters and attendees from across the USA, Asia and Europe. The conference also included over 20 poster papers, 12 new product presentations, nine sessions of professional development courses led by industry experts and a two-day Supplier Exhibition.

Attendees came from 27 countries, spanning six continents, with 29% from outside the USA. Attendees from Europe accounted for 11% and 14% were from Asia. IWCS 2015 had 65 visitors from China, along with 36 from Japan.

Michael A. Bell, Senior VP and GM of Corning Optical Communication, Hickory, NC, USA, was the keynote speaker, addressing “Optical Solutions to Meet the Future Demands of the ‘Internet of Things,” at the plenary session luncheon. The Plenary session also featured recognition for the best papers and presenters of the prior year. Awards were presented to co-authors William C Hurley, Corning Optical Solutions, Hickory, NC, USA and Dr. Lev. L. Kuandykov, Corning Scientific Centre, St. Petersburg, Russia for Outstanding Technical Paper, “Statistical Model for Plenum Burn Testing”. Outstanding Poster Paper award went to Zdenka B. Stryczek, Ph.D. and David G. Roberts, Saco Polymers Inc., Sheboygan, WI, USA for “New Low Smoke Zero Halogen Tray Cable Jacket Materials Designed for Balance of Cost, Performance and Enhanced Fire Resistance”. Best Presentation Award was presented to Ali Shebab, Cimteq Ltd., Cable Design and MES Software, Wrexham, Uk for “Using a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to Control Manufacturing Cost and Lead Time”.

“This conference gives attendees a unique opportunity to gain insight from top engineers, researchers and executives from the cabling and connectivity industry,” said Robert A. Wessels, Jr., CommScope, Inc., and Chairman of the Board, IWCS, Inc. “The quality of papers and the venue were fantastic. I especially enjoyed acknowledging the scholarship recipients who will be the future leaders of our industry.”

“Having both the Technical Symposium and the Suppliers’ Exhibition in one hotel venue in Atlanta was a great success,” said David Kiddoo, IWCS CEO. “It’s hard to find a venue that is also ‘central’ to our global cable and connectivity audience, which includes attendees from both Europe and Asia.” While this scenario will again be provided for IWCS 2017 in Orlando, due to the costs and ease of participation in Providence and in Charlotte, IWCS has decided on a rotation of Providence in the even years and Charlotte in 2019/2021. “The advantages of Providence and Charlotte are the ease of logistics for one-day drive-in attendees and additional exhibitors, which adds to overall attendance,” continued Kiddoo.

IWCS is not resting on its laurels of a successful conference, as the organization is currently initiating a year-round IWCS webinar series, with the first one being presented on October 29, 2015. Www.iwcs.org

Cable Makers Expressed Great Interest in NDC’s Cable Testing

“At this year’s IWCS, we were approached by several cable makers about our LAN/Data cable testing platforms and cable lay length measurement system,” says Stuart Manser, Regional Sales and Channel Manager for NDC’s Cable, Metals and Tubing business.

“Manufacturers are looking for efficient, accurate and reliable methods to perform these measurements while realizing production savings. We gave cable makers a demonstration of our new DCM SCS-700 system for high and low-frequency testing of LAN/ Data cables, and we discussed the advantages of our latest DCM ES-2G testing platform for measuring the range of Category cables including Cat. 8. Both of these systems test LAN/Data cables faster than conventional methods because of the automated 4-pair switching capabilities. We also demonstrated our LayScan lay length measurement system that enables manufacturers to simultaneously measure the lay length of twisted pairs in data communication cables.”

The new DCM SCS-700 LAN/Data cable testing system efficiently tests Cat 5e/6/6a cables to 700 Mhz and offers a low-frequency option to test cables down to 100 Hz. Dual-frequency testing can be performed with a single connection to significantly reduce set-up and testing time.

The latest DCM ES-2G testing platform extends the high-frequency measurement range to test Cat. 5e/6/6a/7/7a/8 cables to 2.2 Ghz. The latest version of LayScan accurately and consistently measures the lay length of twisted pairs in data communication cables, such as Cat. 5e/6/6a/7a products. It solves scrap, costly rework and productivity loss problems due to manual, time-consuming lay length measurement methods and crosstalk performance issues from lay variations.

For more information, visit: www.ndc.com/betalasermike

Huntsman TPU Expert Wire & Cable Team Presented Highlights

The thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) team of Huntsman Corporation, The Woodlands, TX, USA, participated in the 64th International Cable Connectivity Symposium-IWCS 2015, in Atlanta. At this year’s event, the Huntsman team highlighted its portfolio of IROGRAN® TPU wire and cable materials, along with recent developments in halogen-free, flame-retardant (HFFR) TPUs. Additionally, the team demonstrated how these technologies are being used in emerging industrial areas, with an emphasis being placed on automation applications in manufacturing, mining and utility markets.

“Traditional industries are now embracing automation like never before,” said Greg Kowal, Americas Market Manager, Huntsman. “Many of today’s automation systems require cables that can withstand harsh working environments. These cables have to be durable and long-lasting, while providing resistance against oil, dirt, water, chemicals and UV rays.” Huntsman’s IROGRAN TPUs can help meet these challenges by providing customers with solutions that have specific mechanical properties such as high flexibility/elasticity and abrasion, chemical and cut resistance.

Additionally, these TPU materials can be processed on most conventional extrusion and injection molding equipment without modification. This helps provide ease of processing, which can help enhance cost performance and production efficiency for customers. Special grades of IROGRAN TPUs are available to meet specific application requirements including HFFR grades for flame and smoke regulations, UV resistance and transparency.

“With automation taking cables and wires into new fields and applications, the need to select the right cable jacketing material is now more important than ever,” added Kowal.

Industrial applications for IROGRAN TPUs include cables for robotic and machine systems; power and energy cables; geophysical and submersible cables for underground, underwater and offshore projects; and renewable energy power generation.

You can contact the Huntsman TPU team to discuss your wire and cable requirements by emailing: gregory_kowal@huntsman.com

Borealis/Borouge — “Bringing Energy All Around”

Borealis and Borouge were “Bringing Energy All Around” again at this year’s IWCS show. For nearly 50 years, Borealis has been a leading supplier of advanced energy and infrastructure plastics solutions for the wire, cable and capacitor film industries.

With Borouge, the company’s joint venture with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Borealis brings services and products to to the world.

At IWCS 2015, both companies showed their jacketing and communication insulation portfolio under the Borstar® brand. Borstar supports several polyethylene (PE) compound applications in communication cable jacketing and low-shrinkage high-density polyethylene compounds (HDPE) especially for fiber optic cables.

At the show, Borealis’ Dr. Bernt-Åke Sultan presented the paper, titled, “A New Technology Platform for Moisture Curable Non Halogen Flame Retardant Polyolefin”. Www.borealisgroup.com

Teknor Plenum Cable Compounds Offer Enhanced Flame & Smoke Performance

New flame retardant (FR) and smoke suppressant technologies have enhanced the performance of wire and cable compounds that are already the leading PVC-based low-flame/low-smoke products for plenum applications, it was announced by Teknor Apex Company, Pawtucket, RI, USA, which introduced the products at IWCS 2015.

Four new grades in the Fireguard® line of plenum cable compounds exhibit oxygen indices from 49% to 51.5%. Shore C hardness levels range from 80 to 90. (See table for property data.) The new grades are:

• Fireguard 910A-72-NL for jacketing “hybrid” insulation in Category 5e and Category 6 unshielded plenum cables.

• Fireguard 910A-76-NL for jacketing “hybrid” insulation in Category 5e and Category 6 shielded plenum cables.

• Fireguard 910A-79-NL for jacketing of RG6 coaxial cable.

• Fireguard 910A-80 UVF-NL for jacketing of indoor/ outdoor fiber optic distribution cables.

“In NFPA 262 flame tests, these new compounds generate lower levels of smoke and flame spread than any generically similar compound in the marketplace,” said Mike Patel, Director of Marketing and Business Development for the Vinyl Division of Teknor Apex.

“They require no special equipment to process and can be extruded at the same high rates as standard Fireguard compounds.”

Teknor Apex Company, a privately held firm founded in 1924, is one of the world’s leading custom compounders of plastics. Teknor Apex produces flexible and rigid vinyl, thermoplastic elastomers, nylons, color masterbatches, specialty chemicals and hoses. The company operates 13 facilities worldwide in the USA, Netherlands, the UK, China and Singapore. Www.teknorapex.com

Inhol’s Fire Protection Presentation

After the new product presentation about Fire Protection from the Inside, by Ron Goethals, the Inhol team had ongoing discussions about bedding compounds in and outside its booth in Atlanta, GA, USA.

The new approach of Fire Fighting from the inside of the cable is a hot topic in the USA cable market. The cable industry showed a lot of interest for the range of FM bedding compounds that can contribute to improved cable systems to meet specifications like UL 1685 and UL 1277/CSA FT-4.

Recent tests showed remarkable reductions in Flame Spread , Heat Release and Total Smoke Release. The proof is there; see www.Inhol.com/downloads/videos-presentations/. The impact of Bedding compounds might change the cable world within the forthcoming years. Bedding compounds will no longer be used only to replace other systems to fill gaps, replace tapes, embed braids and so on, but will also be used as a good value for money tool to improve the total fire performance of a cable system in conjunction with LSFH jackets and (XL)PE insulations.Bedding compounds can be processed in a two-step off-line system or an in-line tandem system. Specialists from Inhol/Melos are available to advise the customer how to process these bedding compounds.

Dennis Scherf from Melos and Ron Goethals from Inhol assured the crowd at IWCS 2015 that they will continue to introduce new practical ideas to the international markets.

Meeting high standards and offering good value for money will continuously be the focus of the Melos/ Inhol team. Www.inhol.com / www.melos.com

AGC Chemicals Presented New Fluoropolymer Technology for Cables

AGC Chemicals Americas’ Technical Service Engineer, Katie Sprick, presented “Reinforced Fluoropolymer Compounds Optimized for Harsh Conditions” at the 2015 IWCS show. She introduced Fluon® ETFE C88AXMP-HT, an ultra-heat-resistant grade that maintains performance characteristics at temperatures up to 200°C, which is ideal for use in wire and cable insulation.

The C88AXMP-HT grade is 20% less dense than fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP), which reduces the amount of product required for applications. In addition, the grade’s high melt flow rate provides fast, highly efficient processing line speeds. One product grade is suitable for all wire size cross sections (from


3 mm2 to 10 mm2).

She also discussed specialty fillers to enhance properties such as chemical and abrasion resistance, flexibility and improved physical properties at higher temperatures.

Sprick is a member of the AGC FluoroCompounds Group, which focuses on the development, production and marketing of fluoropolymer compounds.

“This new material expands design possibilities because it is so lightweight and remains stable at very high temperatures,” said Gary Eckrote, Business Director of AGC FluoroCompounds Group.“Manufacturers can now produce cables and wires with a much thinner insulation layer, which is important for vehicles and aircraft that require fuel efficiency and a low carbon footprint.”

For more information about the AGC FluoroCompounds Group, visit the website below, which details Fluon products, compounding capabilities, testing and customer support services. Www.fluorocompounds.com

T & T’s Technical Presentation & Moisture Cure Systems Exhibit

In addition to having a presence on the exhibit floor at IWCS 2015, T & T Marketing, Inc. took part in the technical presentations. T & T’s Technical Director, Paul Lorigan, presented a paper titled, “Quantification of the Flexibility of Flame Retardant Insulation and Jacket Materials When Designing Wire & Cable Products” as part of the Flame Retardant Technology Session. The paper was well received and generated many comments and questions.

Lorigan discussed that although there is good correlation between hardness and flexibility with unfilled nonflame retardant materials, there is less correlation as flame retardant fillers are added to flexible polymers. Certain jacket materials can be indistinguishable in hardness, but drastically different in their actual flexibility. Lorigan’s paper reviewed the ASTM procedure for hardness testing and proposed the use of various flexural moduli as a better method to quantify flexibility.

During exhibit hours, T & T representatives promoted two new moisture cure systems the company is distributing for Borealis Compounds, Inc. These two zero-halogen, moisture-induced crosslinking polyethylene compound systems are designed for use as low-voltage wire insulation and jacketing. These systems are recommended for use as insulation and sheath for low-voltage control cables and power cables up to 6 kv in rating. Both also contain a patented scorch-retardant additive (SRA) that increases the processing window for a moisture crosslinking compound and minimizes the tendency for premature crosslinking in the extruder, head or die. T & T is a single source supplier to the wire and cable industry, distributing everything from bare copper to shielding, filling, insulating and jacketing products. Www.ttmarketinginc.com

Maillefer — The Future is Here!

At IWCS 2015, Maillefer, located in Vantaa, Finland, presented the new ultra-high-speed Secondary Coating Line, OEL 40///Explore, which reaches speeds up to 1000 mpm. Fiber enters all our homes at an accelerating pace and production efficiency will be a challenge in the near future.

Product Engineer Juha Kotala was present at the show and commented, “It is great to meet customers and partners annually and introduce our latest developments in the fiber optic cable making technology.”

R&D Director Dr. Mikko Lahti continued, “A key factor for assuring continued success is to offer our customers true added value built on the very latest technology. By developing leading solutions for manufacturers, we help them achieve improved quality and efficiency.”

The gentlemen agree that it is really beneficial to change ideas and experiences with fellow colleagues every year. And that the show gives a perfect opportunity for further networking during the evening events. Both hope to meet everyone again at next year’s IWCS show.

Please read more about our whole product portfolio at: www.maillefer.net

Knowledge & Innovation in ASEA Booth

AESA Cortaillod, the Swiss manufacturer of Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) for the cable industry, attended IWCS. The company, always driven by innovation, took the opportunity to meet the main players in the cable field during this major event, and decided to show new equipment and demonstrated know-how in its booth. At IWCS, AESA brought knowledge through several technical papers and hardware components detailing particular points already translated into additional functions for its equipment. For instance, thanks to a triaxial accessories set, a simplified method of EMC measurements (i.e., coupling attenuation AC, screening attenuation AS and transfer impedance TI) is now available with the Cobalt, its unique balunless system. In the same way, AESA also improved the patchcord measurement, implementing the direct testing of RJ45 patchcord adapters with connectors. Www.aesa-cortaillod.com

DSM Introduces High-Efficiency DeSolite® Coatings for Optical Fiber

Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, announced the introduction of High Efficiency DeSolite® Coatings for optical fiber at the International Wire and Coating Symposium (IWCS). This new coating system in the DeSolite portfolio provides its users with enhanced processing robustness with excellent on-fiber performance and durability.

High Efficiency DeSolite Coatings were designed to enhance fiber processing capabilities by providing low volatility for large preform draws and are capable of running at fast line speeds for both wet-on-dry and wet-on-wet processing. Fibers produced with this system display high performance with excellent tensile strength and support field robustness under severe environmental conditions including exposure to different types of cabling gel, heat and low temperatures.

“We at Royal DSM are very excited about this latest addition to our DeSolite coating product offerings,” commented Pratik Shah, Global Technical Marketing Manager for Fiber Optic Materials at DSM. “We are committed to working with our customers in order to bring new products to the optical fiber market that enhance production as well as deliver the performance that is needed for today and for future demands.”

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™

Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences, DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders simultaneously.

DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials.

DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 25,000 employees. The company is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.

For more information, call Kelly Hawkinson, Global Marketing & Communications Manager at DSM Functional Materials at +1 847 608 2530 or by e-mail at kelly.hawkinson@dsm.com.

More information can also be found at: www.dsm.com

Miltec’s New Curing System for Optical Fiber Coating

Miltec UV, Stevensville, MD, USA, a leading provider of innovative solutions for the UV market, unveiled its new Xtrema and Xtrema Plus UV Curing System for Optical Fiber Coating, at the IWCS 2015 show in Atlanta, GA, USA.

“IWCS always delivers the right mix of key attendees, and provides the perfect platform for introducing new products to our targeted market. Atlanta has been the best IWCS venue to date making it easy for International clients to attend. This year we were excited to offer our ground-breaking new technology for the fiber industry,” repored Miltec President, Bob Blandford.

The Xtrema family of UV systems delivers faster cure rates and improved performance, resulting in significant energy and operating savings, allowing for a rapid ROI.

Targeted, advanced optics concentrate UV output delivering effective, efficient curing and lower heat output for cooler fiber temperature. Easily retrofitted to enhance or replace existing equipment, Miltec UV’s Xtrema systems have been designed with the flexibility to meet the user’s growing needs—from single lamp stations to multi-lamp alignments.

Miltec UV’s advanced technology provides a viable solution for companies involved in the optical fiber, draw, coloring and FRP market. Www.miltec.com

Gem Gravure Presents New Inks; Welcomes Social Media Additions

R. Krogman, Gem Gravure Co, Inc., Hanover, MA, USA, reports that IWCS 2015 in Atlanta was very worthwhile for the Gem Gravure team. As in past years, we had an opportunity to catch up face-to-face on projects underway. It was also a chance meet new faces in the industry.

Mark Kristoff was on the new products stage with a presentation on our newest ink offerings. WTG7160 white ink was front and center as the newest white ink in Gem’s product line. The symposium’s active Twitter feed was a welcome addition to this year’s event. Additionally, the social media activity was extremely helpful in drawing people to the conference presentations as well as keeping everyone informed on the seminar schedule. Www.gemgravure.com

Fiber Optic Center: Defining & Measuring “Loose Tight Buffer”

Kathleen Skelton, Director of Strategic Marketing, Fiber Optic Center, Inc., reports that as the optical fiber and cable industry unfolded, several terms were coined to describe specific properties that were new and different from conventional wire processing. The term “Loose Tight Buffer” has been used to define both a specific property as well as a product problem resulting in different definitions and requirements for a type of optical cable.

The time is past due to define a loose tight buffer and how to measure it. The paper presented at IWCS 2015 proposed definitions of various tight buffer requirements based upon end uses. Termination methods and various environments that such cables and terminations are expected to function in were proposed. The use of existing test criteria and results shows a great sensitivity to both tools and techniques and also shows a great need for standardized tests and test results interpretation. This paper also proposed a set of characteristics based upon generic use of these buffered assemblies such as connection type, environment and tool type.

A series of repeatable test methods, measurements, and characteristics for “Loose Tight Buffer, products” were proposed. Sources of error based upon legacy failures of loose tight buffer cables such as epoxy wicking and buffer shrinkage were cited.

Keywords discussed in this paper presented at IWCS 2015 by Wayne Kachmar, President, Technical Horsepower Consulting LLC, with Fiber Optic Center, Inc. included loose buffer, tight buffer, tightbound, strippable, termination, standards, test method, wicking and epoxy. Www.focenter.com

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