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Cable Ties

Cable ties are a great way to organize cables and bundle wires. With a minimal amount of experience, anyone can use cable ties. While there are many names for cable ties - wire ties, zip ties, lashing ties, wire tidies, etc - the technology is nothing new. There are many types of wire ties on the market, from basic Nylon Cable Ties to ultra high temperature Halar wire ties. Specialty types include releasable (also called reusable cable ties), Mounted Head ties, Stainless Steel ties, Velcro ties, etc. Nylon Cable ties are by far the most common. They can be purchased readily in home repair centers, electrician supply houses, etc, but what these places don't offer you is the vast choice of colors and very aggressive bulk pricing.. Others cable tie types are much less common, and you need to visit websites like Cable Tie Guys .com to find them.

Nylon 6/6 Cable Ties make up approximately 95% of the world's cable tie usage. In applications where temperatures range from-40°F up to 185°F, regular Nylon wire ties are suitable. A few exceptions are noted in sections below. Nylon cable ties are rated to the UL 94V-2 flammability rating, and our black ties are weather and UV resistant for extended sunlight exposure. For temperatures above 185°F, but below 257°F, our Heat Stabilized Nylon cable ties are recommended. At temperatures above 257°F, we have a few high temperature cable ties available.

Tefzel® Cable ties (ETFE [ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene]), are not as strong as Nylon but have several uses where Nyon cable ties are not suitable. Used in high temperature applications, Tefzel is also highly resistant to concentrated acids (such as hydrofluoric acid, which is used for etching glass, and sulfuric acid). Another advantage of Tefzel over Nylon is that Tefzel is virtually unaffected by high humidity.

Adding even further to Tefzel's versatility is its radiation resistance up to 100 megarads, its high temperature stability (rated for continuous use up to 302°F, or 150°C), its ultraviolet (UV) light resistance, and its UL 94V-0 flame rating.

Halar® Cable Ties (ECTFE [ethylene-chlorotrifluoroethylene]), are similar to Tefzel Cable Ties, in that they are suitable for high temperatures, and are flame retardant. The primary difference (besides the price) is that Halar resin is rated for use in plenum spaces. This is due to its low smoke density when burned. Halar Cable Ties are sold in the familiar maroon color that site inspectors look for. Its durability is similar to Nylon, and it has excellent impact resistance at normal temperatures as well as at very low temperatures. Halar has good tensile, flexural, and wear-related properties.

Halar is also very gamma resistant, and is rated for temperatures from -50°C to 150°C. It is also UV resistant and carries a UL 94V-0 flame rating. Basically, if you need good resistance to almost any environment, but low smoke generation (i.e. plenum) is not a concern, go with Tefzel ties, otherwise if you require that all of your components be suitable for plenum (air-handling) spaces, go with Halar ties.

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