South Bay Cable
Posted by Irina Tabakina
From the drawing of the copper rod to the jacketing of the finished cable South Bay Cable has a variety of cable manufacturing equipment to perform many operations.
The group’s specialty equipment includes stranders, insulating and jacketing extruders, taping lines, striping machines, small and large planetary cablers, armoring machines for steel, serving lines for aramid fibers as well as considerable additional equipment required for the manufacture of specialized cable products.
Insulating and jacketing materials include PVC, PE, PP, FEP, TFE, TPR and PU. In addition to extruded versions taped constructions are also available.
Electro-Mechanical constructions include stainless steel and other high tensile materials in the form of braids, round wire armor and central strain member cores.
Buoyant or lightweight cable constructions include aramid fiber and other high tensile fibrous materials. Buoyant and neutrally buoyant cables are designed for underwater pressures up to 600 PSI using foamed materials, cables required for greater depths use pressure resistant materials such as thermoplastic rubbers to add buoyancy
Fiber optics are processed in several different configurations including tight buffered constructions reinforced with aramid fiber and fiber optics encapsulated inside hermetically sealed stainless tubes. Both the plastic and stainless steel techniques have been incorporated into numerous designs and subjected to cyclic and tension testing. During production there is negligible attenuation increase in the fibers; this is true for both single mode and multi-mode fiber optics.
(As published in the June 2015 edition of Marine Technology Reporter - http://www.marinetechnologynews.com/Magazine)