Cold Weather Performance for Cable Ties

Don’t be left out in the cold: always check to be certain you have the properly rated products for your specific application.

Why is cold weather performance important?

Cables ties are used for a vast array of applications. Critical installations are expected to perform consistently, safely and without failure.  When thinking about products used for electrical connections and distribution, much of the attention goes to the specifications for wiring, conduits and other products needed. But little thought is given to the importance of what could be holding the cabling together? The ability of a cable tie to be installed and perform under extreme conditions is vital to the infrastructure of oil and gas facilities, rail, marine, ground/aerospace transportation, and food and beverage plants. If a cable tie fails to provide the proper support, or breaks altogether, serious consequences can result.

Cable ties are commonly made from Nylon 6,6 material which is hygroscopic and can lead to performance changes based on environmental conditions. If cable ties are not designed, tested, manufactured and distributed properly, performance ratings can be adversely impacted, leading to potential issues during initial and/or long-term installations.

The easiest way to determine the ratings for the cable ties is to review the information provided on the product packaging, which indicates the ratings.

The proof of those ratings is in performance testing in the laboratory and in actual installation. Whether in the tundra of Canada, NASA Rovers Spirit & Opportunity, the Sky-crane hydrazine thrusters, numerous satellites and transportation, Ty-Rap® cable ties have a long and proven track record of consistent dependable performance in extremely cold conditions.

Proven Cold Weather Performance

An example of performance in harsh conditions is the strength of Ty-Rap® cable ties, much of which originates from its stainless-steel barb which is not impacted by environmental conditions unlike plastic pawls found on most cable ties. The use of technically advanced material and controlled-process manufacturing, combined with the superior strength of the metal barb design, results in a high-performance tie that can be relied upon to consistently meet the demands of extreme environmental conditions. Further evidence of reliable performance has been documented through testing performed at a UL certified laboratory. When subjected to controlled testing, Ty-Rap cable ties performed with 100% success at temperatures as low as -76°F (-60°C) without cracking, breaking, or any loss of strength during installation.

Ty-Rap cable ties are designed and manufactured to meet harsh, cold weather applications. The use of proprietary additives, designed specifically for cold temperature performance, provides extremely reliable plastic construction

Within the electric ecosystem, having the proper material is critical for safe and reliable performance. Don’t be left out in the cold: always check to be certain you have the properly rated products for your specific application.

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Joseph Ferris & James Baker

As an R&D Product Engineer for ABB's Installation Products Division, Joseph supports the development of new products and maintenance of existing products. This includes working with both internal and external groups to develop Next Generation product iterations, product line enhancements, and supporting the manufacturing sites. With over 22 years of industry and product experience, James has responsibility for complete product line activities for Connectivity & Grounding and Fastening in Installation Products. James leads teams of engineers, FEA specialists and test technicians to design and test high quality products to meet customer needs.
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