HUBER+SUHNER Launches Lightest And Most Compact Cable, Revolutionising Offshore Connectivity
Fire-resistant RADOX® OFL (Oil & Gas Flexible Lightweight) cable solution has been launched by HUBER+SUHNER in order to offer a safer method to the offshore industry for the reduction of platform weight.
The RADOX OFL cables are lightweight and have a compact design which helps in decreasing the weight and reduces the space occupied by 60% in comparison to other available cables.
The small bend radius and thin wall of the cables-that is half the standard size of cables- decreases the stripping time by 60%, thereby making installation easier and quicker. By eliminating the problems of space and weight, it can help the industries and offshore facilities save hundred of thousands of dollars in structural design.
The RADOX OFL cable is featured with high fire-resistant and low smoke halogen-free (LSFH) that helps it to provide great performance in harsh outdoor environments and offshore industrial applications. The RADOX OFL cable is oil, mud and hydraulic oil resistant which is in accordance with the highest standard NEK606 Cat. a-d.
Apart from this, 120°C sheath and 145°C core temperature limit is also provides by the RADOX technology. This gives it an expected life which is eight times more than the standard 90°C offshore cables. With RADOX technology, electron beams are used to cross-link the polymers in the insulation of the wires and in the cable sheath. This change helps the cables with a high level of resistance to mechanical, chemical, temperature and weather influences.
Frank Thorn, Head of Market Unit Industry, Low-Frequency division of HUBER+SUHNER said: “The offshore industry presents challenging conditions, including high temperatures, oil, chemicals, and UV radiation. This means cables have to be robust and stand the test of time. The latest RADOX OFL cable does exactly this, while also reducing installation time and reducing weight, making it a valuable investment that can future-proof offshore connectivity.”
Due to the smaller 3D diameter of the RADOX OFL cable, smaller cable accessories like smaller connectors and trays can also be used which will reduce space, weight and cost even more. The cable is not only appropriate for monitoring and control but also for sensor applications on offshore platforms.
Thorn added: “Offshore applications require durable, flexible and reliable cables that can operate seamlessly and withstand harsh environments to avoid deterioration. We developed the RADOX OFL cable with weight, space and cost in mind, creating a solution which is resilient, cost-effective and quick to install. As a result, the RADOX OFL cables will show no sign of any brittle breakage even after 10 to 12 years, unlike conventional rubber cables.”