By Majeed Ahmad, contributing editor

Electronics has announced the availability of semi-custom cable assemblies that
boast low-smoke properties and are targeted at RF, Ethernet (RJ45), and power
applications. The SAFER
Cable Assembly Series is intended for spaces where large amounts of cables are
in close proximity to people or sensitive electronic equipment.

In such situations, PVC’s combustive toxicity is
restricted by fire code. On the other hand, low-smoke zero-halogen (LSZH) cable
assemblies reduce toxicity and corrosivity that can otherwise harm buildings,
electronic equipment, and metallic structures.

cable assemblies featuring LSZH reduce the amount and density of smoke to make
it easier for occupants to exit a space in the event of a fire. Therefore,
these cable assemblies are commonly used in mass transit, airports, commercial
aircrafts, submarines and ships, telecommunications facilities, museums, and
designated historic structures.


The SAFER cable assemblies are available
in popular configurations, ranging from 1- to 25-foot lengths. Assemblies are
over-molded for added safety and durability, and they meet all applicable CMR,
UL/NEC, CSA, and NFPA safety requirements.

The SAFER RF jumper assemblies — engineered for
aerospace and shipboard applications — are manufactured using low-smoke,
zero-halogen, and low-loss cables. The SAFER Ethernet assemblies are
preconfigured with straight, left-facing, or right-facing RJ45 connectors to
meet applications’ safety and space parameters.

the SAFER power assemblies are terminated with standard NEMA 5-15 and IEC 60320
C13 receptacles, which are suitable for nearly all computers and peripheral
devices. All of these cable assemblies can be ordered in prototype and
production quantities. Fully customized SAFER cable assemblies are also

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