Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Posted Mar 20, 2020

Radix Wire & Cable is closely monitoring the situation and all updates will be posted here:

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Industry First Expansion Coupling Hardware

Posted Feb 13, 2020

Contractors and engineers needed a solution to compensate for conduit movement within the circuit integrity cable system and Radix responded with the addition of qualified expansion joint hardware to our DuraLife UL2196 FHIT 28C certification.

• Low cost and easy to use
• Assembles like regular set screw coupling
• Good for building additions, enclosed parking structures, expansions across tunnels

To learn more, please contact us or attend our next webinar to learn more about our recent additions to our DuraLife 2-Hour Fire Rated Circuit Integrity System.

Register Today for our Webinar



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Radix Achieves Another Industry-First Survivable Cable Solution with Phenolic Conduit

Posted Jan 29, 2020

Euclid, Ohio, January 29, 2020 – Radix Wire & Cable is pleased to announce the addition of Champion Flame Shield XW phenolic conduit as a hardware option for DuraLife® circuit integrity cable systems. Passing UL 2196, the most stringent fire protection test in the industry, DuraLife® II is the only Circuit Integrity Cable for Fire Alarm Systems approved for installation in phenolic conduit.

According to Radix DuraLife® Business Unit Manager Danielle Braley-Purewal, the approval of phenolic conduit fills a void in the transit and infrastructure markets.

“Phenolic conduit is ideal for the transit and infrastructure markets, which includes subways, tunnels, below grade, damp and enclosed areas. Unlike metallic conduit, phenolic will not rust, corrode, or conduct electricity, making it the obvious choice for these rugged environments. When paired with DuraLife® circuit integrity cable, zero-smoke, zero-halogen phenolic offers the best cable protection in the industry, keeping these environments safe and secure for travelers.”

Radix is the leading authority on UL 2196 compliant circuit systems, offering the only UL 2196 certified plenum rated FPLP Circuit Integrity cable and FPLR multi-conductor cables for the industry’s most complete package 2-hour fire certified fire resistive cables.

In 2014, Radix was the first company to receive flexible, silicone-insulated cable UL 2196 re-certification after UL changed the standard in 2012. Radix continues to be the industry’s innovation leader with products that satisfy the most demanding applications for circuit integrity.

For more information on phenolic options, visit our DuraLife Approved Hardware page.



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Radix Wire to exhibit at the CAFAA 50th Annual Conference

Posted Jan 29, 2020



Come visit us at the 50th Annual CAFAA Conference!

The DuraLife team will be on hand to answer any questions about our growing DuraLife 2-Hour Fire Rated Cable product line, including our new phenolic conduit hardware option!

When: February 5-8, 2020
Where: Hilton Palm Springs Hotel - Palm Springs, CA



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Radix Wire & Cable Launches New Thermocouple Products

Posted Nov 07, 2019

Euclid, Oh., November 6th, 2019 – Radix Wire & Cable, a leading manufacturer of high temperature wire and cable, announces the immediate availability of FEP and PFA insulated thermocouple wire.

By combining industry-leading materials and over 75 years of high temperature engineering expertise, Radix is now able to offer the most reliable, high-quality thermocouple wire available.

Focusing only on extreme temperatures, Radix Wire & Cable is positioned as the go-to expert in applying materials and technologies to create superior products that last longer and reduce risk.

“Radix’s new thermocouple wire product line is a perfect addition to our existing catalog of high temperature wire and cable, allowing Radix to provide yet another solution for OEMs and End Users looking for high-quality, reliable thermocouple wire products,” says Steve Demko, CEO.

For full details and specifications on this line of products visit here.


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Radix Wire to Exhibit at the 2019 SFPE Conference and Expo

Posted Oct 08, 2019

SFPE 2019 Radix Wire and Cable

October 13 - 15 | Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass | Phoenix, AZ

Booth #64

"This annual event is frequently cited as the top source of the latest technical information on fire protection engineering issues and emerging trends, case studies, research, and codes and standards. With more than 400 leading professionals from around the globe participating in this annual event, it offers unparalleled opportunities for networking with peers and exploring new products, technologies and business opportunities."

https://www.sfpe.org/mpage/Phoenix2019

Stop by our booth #64 to learn more about our line of DuraLife 2-Hour Fire Resistive Cables and pick up brochures, samples, and more!



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2019 IAEI Southern Section Meeting

Posted Oct 03, 2019

Come visit us at the 2019 IAEI Southern Section Meeting!

The DuraLife team will be on hand to answer any questions about our growing DuraLife 2-Hour Fire Rated Cable product line.

When: October 6-9, 2019
Where: Chattanooga Marriott Downtown - Chattanooga, TN

For more information, visit: https://www.iaei.org/southern



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Thanks for Visiting our Booth at the 2019 IAEI Eastern Section Meeting

Posted Oct 02, 2019



All of us here at Radix Wire & Cable would like to thank you for your time at the 2019 IAEI Eastern Section Meeting!

If you have any further questions about our DuraLife 2-Hour Fire Rated products, don't hesitate to contact one of our fire protection experts today!



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2019 IAEI Eastern Section Meeting

Posted Sep 25, 2019

Come visit us at the 2019 IAEI Eastern Section Meeting!

The DuraLife team will be on hand to answer any questions about our growing DuraLife 2-Hour Fire Rated Cable product line.

When: September 26-29, 2019
Where: Marriott Downtown Syracuse - Syracuse, NY.

For more information, visit: https://www.iaei.org/eastern



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2019 AIST Midwest Chapter Vendor Fair

Posted Sep 09, 2019

Visit Radix Wire & Cable at the 2019 AIST Midwest Chapter Vendor Fair at the Avalon Manor, Merrillville, IN on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 from 3pm to 8pm.

To learn more about the Vendor Fair, please visit the AIST website at Midwest Member Chapter Annual Vendor Fair

Stop by our table to learn more about solutions from Radix Wire & Cable to reduce your risk and limit maintenance downtime.



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New Products, People, and Programs

Posted Aug 06, 2019

Changes further the development, depth and dedication the company built in its first 75 years


Euclid, Oh., August 6, 2019 – Radix Wire and Cable products have been used to power your household range and industrial equipment – and to help save lives in high-rise buildings. As Radix Wire and Cable celebrates its 75th year of powering people’s lives, the company announces new products, people and programs that enhance the company’s commitment to development of new innovations, depth of knowledge, and dedication to its customers.

2019 Progress Report: Developing the next innovation

Radix is committed to delivering innovative customer solutions and providing cutting-edge products that meet the latest and most stringent regulatory requirements. Among the most significant and sought after innovations in 2019, Radix has launched the following products:

DuraLife Multi-Conductor Dual-Rated CI/CIC: the only multi-conductor dual rated CI/CIC fire-resistive cables that comply with both UL 2916 and CAN/ULC S-139. Certified for free-air applications, these circuit integrity cables are available in 18-12 AWG unshielded, 18-14 AWG shielded, and 4-conductor, 6-conductor, and 8-conductor cost effective constructions under one jacket.

DuraLife Free Air FPLP-CI Shielded: the only true Circuit Integrity Free-Air Cable with an FPLP rating, allowing for conduit-free installation not just in the riser, but plenum space too.

Super J High Voltage Lead Wire: Super J is up to 7 times more abrasion resistant than competitor’s “tough silicone” wire and has superior tear, cracking, abrasion and cut-through resistance. It is compatible with aggressive varnishes. Initially launched in 2018 for the motor gen market, Radix is now expanding Super J into new markets.

2019 Progress Report: Depth of knowledge

Radix is focused on wire and cable for harsh environments and offers expertise in the technology and materials required for these applications. This year, Radix is launching two new free monthly webinar series to bring that knowledge to the wire and cable user community.

The How, When, & Why of CI Webinar Series: Survivability codes and circuit integrity products to meet them are ever-changing - Stay up to date with the latest solutions and applications with this interactive one-hour AIA-certified course designed for fire protection professionals, contractors, distributors, and AHJ’s. Sign-up today!

High Heat Wire & Cable for Extreme Environments Webinar Series: Expand your knowledge of industrial cable and maintenance conveniently through Radix Wire & Cable. Our 30-minute webinar broadcasts are designed to help engineers, maintenance teams and equipment designers understand how to select, install and use high-temperature wire and cable. Sign-up today!

Dedication to customers – and our communities

The core of Radix is its team members, who go the extra mile to find the right solution for every customer. In the first half of 2019, Radix hired three new dedicated team members:

Heidi Young:

Heidi joins Radix as a DuraLife Outside Sales Manager, bringing a wealth of experience directing national sales and territory development for several companies in the Fire Alarm and Security industry including globally recognized companies such as Cintas, Tyco and SimplexGrinnell. Heidi will be covering the Southwest, West and Northwest territories including CA, WA, CO, AZ, TX, NV and we very much look forward to her putting her talents towards continued growth of the DuraLife business.

Jeff Kramer:

Jeff joined the Radix Team as Director of New Product Development on Monday, April 29th. Jeff comes to us with over 20 years of manufacturing and has had a variety of responsibilities including VP of Engineering at TPC Wire & Cable, Senior Process Engineer at Mueller Electric, and Manufacturing Engineer at The Lincoln Electric Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Ohio University and an MBA from University of Phoenix.

Brian Smith:

Joining Radix as a high temperature Inside Sales Representative, Brian comes to us with over 20 years of sales experience. He has worked with specialty films in industries including healthcare, food and beverage, and POP displays. Most recently Brian worked as a national sales manager for a leading manufacturer of high performing materials engineered for aircraft, vehicle and architectural interiors. He will be focused on growing our high temperature sales volumes in the western half of the US, Mexico and western Canada.

This year, Radix also launched its new service initiative, 75 Acts of Service, in honor of its 75th anniversary. Team members are invited to participate in local community events near its Euclid and Aurora sites, with the goal of 75 total acts of volunteering. To date, Radix team members have achieved 46 Acts of Service and are on target to achieve 75 by end of year.

“Radix is proud of our achievements over the last 75 years – but we’re not stopping there,” says Steve Demko, CEO. “With these changes, we’ve enhanced our development capabilities, our depth of knowledge, and our dedication to both the customers and our communities. We’re excited that these changes are just the beginning to take us into the next 75 years.”

About Radix Wire and Cable

Founded in 1944 and based near Cleveland in Euclid, Ohio, Radix is the leading manufacturer of UL, CSA and factory‐rated electrical wire and cable for high performance, extreme temperature applications. The company’s product portfolio consists of unique wire and cable products with temperature ratings from 150°C to 1,000°C and voltage ratings from 300V to 40kV. Radix products are used by original equipment manufacturers in a variety of consumer, commercial, and industrial products plus a wide range of end‐user markets.



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DuraLife Dispatch

Posted May 23, 2019

DuraLife Email List

Read the latest DuraLife Dispatch and subscribe to our newsletter for the latest news in 2-hour fire rated cable from Radix Wire & Cable!

Read the newsletter and sign up today!



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Radix Wire to exhibit at the 2018 SFPE Conference and Expo

Posted Oct 24, 2018



October 28 - 30 | Renaissance Nashville Hotel | Nashville, TN

Booth #34

"This annual event is frequently cited as the top source of the latest technical information on fire protection engineering issues and emerging trends, case studies, research, and codes and standards. With more than 400 leading professionals from around the globe participating in this annual event, it offers unparalleled opportunities for networking with peers and exploring new products, technologies and business opportunities."

SFPE.ORG/NASHVILLE

Stop by our booth #34 to learn more about DuraLife 2-hour fire resistive cables and pick up brochures and samples. Our own Alex Dimitriu, Fire Protection Specialist, will be presenting "Designing for Circuit Survivability, an Integrated Approach and Future Challenges" on Tuesday, October 30th at 2:45pm.



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2018 IAEI Southern Section Meeting

Posted Oct 05, 2018



Come visit us at the 2018 IAEI Southern Section Meeting!

A representative from Radix Wire will be on hand to promote our growing DuraLife product line.

When: October 8 - 10, 2018
Where: Kings Mill Resort - Williamsburg, VA



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2018 IAEI Eastern Section Meeting

Posted Sep 24, 2018



Come visit us at the 2018 IAEI Eastern Section Meeting!

A representative from Radix Wire will be on hand to promote our growing DuraLife product line.

When: September 28-30, 2018
Where: Scranton Hilton - Scranton, PA



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DuraLife FPLP-CI Wins 2018 CSE Product of the Year Silver Award

Posted Sep 13, 2018



Radix Wire is honored to announce that the readers of Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) have selected DuraLife® FPLP-CI Free Air, Plenum Rated Cable as one of the best new products of 2018. DuraLife FPLP-CI earned the silver award in the Fire, Life Safety, Mass Notification category.

Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s Product of the Year award is an annual reader’s choice contest that highlights the top new products in HVAC, fire/life safety, and electrical and plumbing systems engineering markets. Readers vote in as many categories for which they are qualified based on technological advancement, service to the industry and market impact.

Certified to the stringent UL 2196 test criteria, DuraLife FPLP-CI cables are a cost effective, easy to install method to achieve mandatory pathway survivability in fire alarm and emergency communication systems.

Thank you to everyone that voted for the only two hour fire rated circuit integrity cables that are plenum rated and designed for free air installations.

For the complete list of winners, click here: https://bit.ly/2CQTnwx



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2018 IAEI Western Section Meeting

Posted Sep 12, 2018



Come visit us at the 2018 IAEI Western Section Meeting!

Radix Wire will be on hand at Booth #11 to promote our growing DuraLife product line.

When: September 16-19, 2018
Where: Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel - Appleton, Wisconsin



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2018 IAEI Southwest Section Meeting

Posted Aug 20, 2018



Come visit us at the 2018 IAEI Southwest Section Meeting Meeting!

Radix Wire will be on hand at Booth 11 to promote our growing DuraLife product line.

When: August 26-30, 2018
Where: Nugget Casino Resort - Sparks, NV



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PRESS RELEASE: Radix Announces new DuraLife II Dual-Rated FPLR CI/CIC Cable

Posted Jul 17, 2018

EUCLID, OH – Radix is excited to announce the achievement of its latest UL 2196 certification listing for its ever-growing DuraLife® 2-Hour Fire Resistive Cable family. The new DuraLife II Dual-Rated FPLR CI/CIC Cable can be installed in “Free-Air” or in conduit, offering greater flexibility to meet mandatory pathway survivability requirements for critical emergency circuits.

Radix DuraLife Business Unit Manager, Danielle Braley-Purewal, says:

“Designed to protect lives and property under harsh fire conditions, our latest innovation in two hour fire rated cables offers the most versatile solution to address the complexities of critical circuit installation scenarios depending on application, jurisdiction and code requirements. At Radix, we are very passionate about developing products that provide superior performance, quality and value and being the most comprehensive CI/CIC product available, DuraLife II accomplishes that.”

In addition to being the most versatile circuit integrity cable option available, the DuraLife II cables offer the following advantages:

• The BEST 18 AWG conduit fill and vertical distance available in the industry – perfect for Area of Refuge needs!
• The MOST splice allowances approved per junction box
• The LOWEST capacitance UL 2196 cable available to meet system performance requirements

Radix also offers the only UL 2196 certified plenum rated FPLP Circuit Integrity cable and FPL-CIC 16/4 multi-conductor cables for the industry’s most complete package 2-hour fire certified fire resistive cables.

In 2014, Radix was the first company to receive flexible, silicone-insulated cable UL 2196 recertification after UL changed the standard in 2012. Radix continues to be the Industry’s innovation leader with products that satisfy the most demanding applications for circuit integrity.

All Radix DuraLife® cables are UL 2196 Certified, ULC-S139 Compliant / UL 1424 listed.

About Radix Wire

Founded in 1944 and based near Cleveland in Euclid, Ohio, Radix is the leading manufacturer of UL, CSA and factory‐rated electrical wire and cable for high performance, extreme temperature applications. The company’s product portfolio consists of unique wire and cable products with temperature ratings from 150°C to 1,000°C and voltage ratings from 300V to 40kV. Radix products are used by original equipment manufacturers in a variety of consumer, commercial, and industrial products plus a wide range of end‐user markets.

For more information, contact:

Danielle Braley-Purewal
Fire Protection Business Unit Manager
DBraley-Purewal@radix-wire.com



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2018 NFPA Conference & Expo

Posted Jun 04, 2018

Please join Radix Wire for the premiere event in fire and life safety - the 2018 NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.

NFPA Expo

When: Monday, June 11th thru Thursday, June 14th.

Where: Mandalay Bay Convention Center – Booth 825

Radix Wire will be on hand to promote our growing DuraLife FPL product line with brochures, samples, and giveaways. Radix's DuraLife FPL was the first flexible silicone fire alarm cable recertified under UL 2196. Radix continues to lead this market by offering shielded and unshielded constructions, the most sizes, highest fill rates and conductor options.

For more information please visit the NFPA conference & expo website or contact us for details on how to attend.

2018 NFPA Conference and Expo



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2018 NW Fire & Security Expo

Posted May 08, 2018



Come visit us at the 2018 NW Fire & Security Expo!

Radix Wire will be on hand to promote our growing DuraLife product line.

When: May 15th, 2018 - 8am-5pm
Where: Holiday Inn Portland Airport



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Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2018 Product of the Year Finalist

Posted Apr 23, 2018

Radix Wire is proud to announce that our DuraLife® FPLP-CI Fire Alarm Cable has been selected as a 2018 Product of the Year finalist for Consulting-Specifying Engineer in the Fire, Life Safety, Mass Notification category.

Certified to the stringent UL-2196 test criteria, DuraLife® FPLP cables are a cost effective, easy to install method to achieve mandatory pathway survivability in fire alarm and emergency communication systems.

Please visit https://www.csemag.com/events-and-awards/product-of-the-year/2018/2018-product-of-the-year-finalists.html">Consulting-Specifying Engineer and vote for The ONLY two hour fire rated circuit integrity cables available in the marketplace that are plenum rated and designed for free-air installations.

CSE Product of the Year



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Radix Fills the EMT Gap

Posted Mar 13, 2018

Allied E-Z Pull and Columbia MBF conduit brands are now UL 2196 certified for use with Radix Wire’s DuraLife® FPL and DuraLife® FPLR 2-hour fire resistive cables.

With these additional hardware certifications, DuraLife offers the most options for contractors and integrators to meet mandatory pathway survivability requirements for critical emergency circuits: Free-Air FPLP Circuit Integrity, FPL-CIC and Dual Rated FPLR CIC/CI, shielded and unshielded, and multi-conductor constructions.

DuraLife® cables are designed to meet mandatory pathway survivability requirements in high-rises, hospitals, government buildings, transit and tunnels, and other critical facilities.

FEATURES & BENEFITS

• UL Certified to UL 2196 or CAN/ULC-S139 2-hour fire rating in FHIT & FHIT7 Systems 28A, 28B, and 28C.
• Meets National Fire Protection Code (NFPA 70 & 72)
• 300V, 105°C Classified (90°C for DuraLife-W Cables)
• Proprietary Ceramifiable Silicone Rubber Insulation
• Low Smoke / Zero Halogen
• 16 AWG - 14 AWG - 12 AWG 2-Conductor Unshielded and 16 AWG 4-Conductor Unshielded (FHIT.28A)
• 18 AWG - 16 AWG - 14 AWG 2-Conductor Shielded (FHIT.28B)
• 18 AWG - 16 AWG - 14 AWG - 12 AWG 2-Conductor Unshielded (FHIT.28C)
• Up to 10 Cables in a single raceway

For the most recent list of DuraLife Certified Hardware and Components or how DuraLife cables will work for your next project, please contact a Sales Representative at (877) 722-5444 or info@radix-wire.com



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Introducing Heat Defender 650

Posted Jan 24, 2018

Heat Defender 650, new from Radix Wire, is rated to 600V at 650°C and constructed for use in extreme, high temperature environments. The outer fiberglass braid with high temperature finish allows Heat Defender to withstand temperatures up to 650°C.

For more infomation, please visit the Heat Defender style page or call us at 216-731-9191 to speak with a Sales Representative.



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Radix Wire to exhibit at the CAFAA 48th Annual Conference

Posted Jan 24, 2018



February 1-2 | Hilton Hotel | Palm Springs, CA

Booth #31

Stop by our booth #31 to learn more about DuraLife fire resistive cables and pick up literature and samples.



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DuraLife FAS 90 Now Certified for Canada

Posted Jan 08, 2018



Radix Wire’s DuraLife® FAS 90 2-hour fire resistive cables are now certified for use in Canada under CAN/ULC-S139. Under the new bi-national standard, DuraLife meets the growing demand for 2 hour rated fire alarm cables in Canada.

DuraLife® cables are designed to meet mandatory pathway survivability requirements in high-rises, hospitals, government buildings, transit and tunnels, and other critical facilities.

FEATURES & BENEFITS
• UL Certified to UL 2196 or CAN/ULC-S139 2-hour fire rating in FHIT & FHIT7 Systems 28A and 28B.
• CSA Std. C22.2 No. 208-03 Fire Alarm & Signal Cable
• 300V, 90°C Classified
• 18 AWG, 16 AWG, 14 AWG 2-Conductor Shielded (FHIT7.28B)
• 16 AWG, 14 AWG, 12 AWG 2-Conductor Unshielded (FHIT7.28A)
• 16 AWG 4-Conductor Unshielded
• Up to 10 Cables in a single raceway
• Wet rated

For more information on how DuraLife cables will work for your next project, please contact a Sales Representative at (877) 722-5444 or info@radix-wire.com



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Radix Adds DuraLife Business Unit Manager

Posted Dec 06, 2017

Radix Wire is pleased to announce the addition of Danielle Braley-Purewal as the DuraLife® Business Unit Manager reporting to Steve Demko, President. Danielle brings 20 years of experience in the wire and cable industry and an in-depth knowledge of specialty fire protection cable products and circuit integrity cable requirements per the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and NEC codes. As the first to recertify a flexible silicone fire alarm cable under the UL 2196 standard, Radix Wire leads the industry with the most power limited cable options to meet the survivability requirements mandated by building codes.

At Radix, Braley-Purewal will direct the fire resistive cable product line, which includes DuraLife®FPL and DuraLife®FPLP, the only plenum rated circuit integrity cables for free air installations. Prior to joining Radix, Braley-Purewal had sales & product development leadership roles with Comtran Cables, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, and Draka/Prysmian.

Founded in 1944 and based near Cleveland in Euclid, Ohio, Radix is the leading manufacturer of UL, CSA and factory‐rated electrical wire and cable for high performance, extreme temperature applications. The company’s product portfolio consists of unique wire and cable products with temperature ratings from 150°C to 1,000°C and voltage ratings from 300V to 40kV. Radix products are used by original equipment manufacturers in a variety of consumer, commercial, and industrial products plus a wide range of end‐user markets.



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Radix Wire to exhibit at the 2017 SFPE Conference and Expo

Posted Oct 02, 2017



October 9-11 | Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth | Montreal, Canada

Booth #26

"This annual event is frequently cited as the top source of the latest technical information on fire protection engineering issues and emerging trends, case studies, research, and codes and standards. With more than 400 leading professionals from around the globe participating in this annual event, it offers unparalleled opportunities for networking with peers and exploring new products, technologies and business opportunities."

SFPE.ORG/MONTREAL

Stop by our booth #26 to learn more about DuraLife fire resistive cables and pick up brochures and samples.



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Circuit Integrity Solutions for NFPA 502

Posted Jun 16, 2017

This week we will be exploring some of the uses of circuit integrity solutions for use in accordance with NFPA 502: Standard for Road Tunnels, Bridges, and Other Limited Access Highways.

According to section 12.1.2 in the new 2017 edition, emergency circuits installed in a road tunnel shall remain functional for a period of one hour under a typical or computer modeled fire event. A fire protection engineer will typically do these calculations in the design phase using a software package such as the NIST models on top of the tables in the Annex of NFPA 72. Some of the specific circuits listed are ventilation, exit signage, fire alarm, other detection, area of refuge systems, emergency communications, and traffic control systems.

There are four main types of circuit protection allowed. The first is a UL2196 (ASTM E119) circuit integrity in conduit system, like our Radix DuraLife in conduit solution for circuits capable of being run in a 300V jacket. Our cables are low smoke / zero halogen and well suited for this application. Typically, most applications will ask for a combination of a fire resistive cable system and redundant paths. Other ways that can fulfill these circuit protection requirements are cables located outside the roadway tunnels, redundant paths buried in concrete on opposite sides of the tunnel, and other AHJ approved methods. A deluge system will be specified in addition to these cable pathways.

Contact Radix at (877) 722-5444 for more information and to discuss your circuit integrity needs today.



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Radix Wire to Exhibit at the 2017 NFPA Conference & Expo

Posted May 09, 2017

Please join Radix Wire for the premiere event in fire and life safety - the 2017 NFPA Conference & Expo in Boston.

NFPA Expo

When: Sunday, June 5th thru Wed, June 7th.

Where: Boston Exhibition and Convention Center – Booth 1006

Radix Wire will be on hand to promote our growing DuraLife FPL product line with brochures, samples, and giveaways. Radix's DuraLife FPL was the first flexible silicone fire alarm cable recertified under UL 2196. Radix continues to lead this market by offering shielded and unshielded constructions, the most sizes, highest fill rates and conductor options.

For more information please visit the NFPA conference & expo website or contact us for details on how to attend.

NFPA Conference and Expo



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Circuit Integrity Solutions for Critical Operations Facilities (COPS)

Posted Mar 31, 2017

This week we will be exploring some of the uses of circuit integrity solutions for critical operations facilities (COPS). The electrical installation requirements for these facilities are covered in Article 708 of the National Electrical Code. The Article covers all aspects of electrical installation requirements for these facility types, but the section that pertains to the Radix DuraLife solution is 708.14, wiring for HVAC, fire alarm, security, emergency communications, and signaling systems.

If the Architect and building department in your municipality deems your building a critical operations facility, these installation requirements will have to be followed in addition to the appropriate design criteria in the International Building Code and the Life Safety Code (if adopted by local authorities).

Article 708 has some of the following requirements for low voltage circuits:

• Circuits must be physically protected in conduit as per 708.10
• All conductors operating over 50V must have a 600V conductor rating
• All cables for fire alarm, security, signal systems, and emergency communications shall be twisted continually shielded
• All cables for fire alarm, security, and signaling systems shall be riser rated and shall be a listed 2-hour electrical circuit protective system

While DuraLife brand cables are available to meet all of the above requirements, particular attention should be paid to the second bullet point. If you are using Radix DuraLife to run your data loop circuits, circuit returns, RS485 communications, strobe circuits etc.: there should be no issues as most of these operate at 24V. However, if audio circuits are used to power speakers, amplifiers should be set to 25W instead of 70W in order to avoid the 600V conductor requirement, and save money on the installation by not having to install a mineral insulated 600V product or something similar.

As we talk to our customers, systems designers, and code authorities, we will be updating you on recent survivability requirement applications and code changes as they become available.

Alex Dimitriu
(516) 884-3858
ADimitriu@radix-wire.com



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Wheatland FasTrak ® Plus Electrical Metallic Tubing (EMT)

Posted Mar 23, 2017

Last week we began a three-part series covering some of the most commonly asked questions we encounter in the field regarding our electrical circuit integrity systems. DuraLife-W (wet-rated) and DuraLife FPL (dry-rated) (dry-rated) 2-hour fire-resistive cables are UL 2196 certified and they meet the pathway survivability circuit requirements found in the NFPA 72. However, as indicated in last week’s Live Wire blog post, it’s important to note that DuraLife cables must be installed utilizing only certified hardware materials as per the UL-published FHIT.28A & FHIT.28B.

Today, we’ll focus on metallic raceways. In the final article in this series we’ll discuss copper off-set fixed lug connectors, mechanical connectors, and butt-type crimp terminals – all used for splicing.

Preface:

According to the UL-published FHIT.28A & FHIT.28B, Radix Wire’s DuraLife-W (wet-rated) and DuraLife FPL (dry-rated) cables must be installed utilizing only certified hardware materials. For mechanical protection, DuraLife cables are tested with Wheatland Tube FasTrak Plus Electrical Metallic Tubing (EMT).

Question:

Will other brands of EMT conduit suffice, and what about galvanized rigid (RMC) or intermediate metallic conduits (IMC)?

Answer:

While other brands of EMT may be reputable and have worked for other projects, the UL is very specific and requires that only certified hardware components are utilized during installation of DuraLife cables. This ensures code compliance and will help avoid unnecessary headaches when the authority having jurisdiction inspects your job site. We can provide much greater detail about these and other guidelines, and educate your team on proper installation procedures.

Please note that DuraLife cables are NOT approved for use in RMC or IMC conduit systems.

For more information and to ask all of your installation questions, please feel free to contact me directly at 216-400-6719 or via email at emike@radix-wire.com. Stay tuned for the final part in this series where we’ll cover certified connectors used during splicing. Thank you!

Eli, the CI Guy
emike@radix-wire.com
(216) 400-6719



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Compression Couplings or Set-screw Fittings?

Posted Mar 16, 2017

While meeting with electrical contractors and fire-alarm vendors during my travels, great discussion surrounds electrical circuit integrity systems and meeting and maintaining UL 2196 & NFPA 72 code compliance. Radix Wire’s DuraLife 2-Hour fire-resistive cables are certified for 2-hour circuit integrity, which means they meet the pathway survivability circuit requirements in the NFPA 72, but the hardware system seems confusing. Let’s take the opportunity to review three of the most common challenges seen in the field regarding certified hardware components.

Today, we’ll focus on compression couplings versus set-screw fittings. In the next article of this three-part series we’ll discuss metallic raceways, and finally we’ll touch on splicing and the usage of connectors inside of the fire zone.

Preface:

According to the UL-published FHIT.28A & FHIT.28B, Radix Wire’s DuraLife-W (wet-rated) and DuraLife FPL (dry-rated) cables must be installed utilizing only certified hardware materials. Our specification sheets currently reference enclosure set-screw fittings from Hubbell-Raco, as well as compression fittings by Cooper Crouse-Hinds.

Question:

Either one has worked for us in the past; which do we need to use and when?

Answer:

While both materials are typically interchangeable in the field, Radix Wire specifically certified Hubbell-Raco set-screw fittings to connect raceways to boxes. Only! Whereas Cooper Crouse-Hinds compression fittings are intended to connect metallic raceways together, and connectors are used for splices - but we’ll get to that last one later.

For more information and to ask all of your installation questions, please feel free to contact me directly at 216-400-6719. Stay tuned next week for a Q & A on metallic raceways and why EMT must be used. Thank you!

Eli, the CI Guy
emike@radix-wire.com
(216) 400-6719



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NEW DuraLife™ FPL Certified Hardware and Components Data Sheet

Posted Nov 18, 2016

Radix Wire’s DuraLifeTM FPL Cables are part of a complete electrical circuit integrity system tested and certified compliant under the UL 2196 standard for fire-resistive cables. Circuit Integrity reliability in a fire event depends not only on our superior 2-Hour Fire-Rated cables, but the usage of certified hardware components and materials as well.

Once we’ve successfully tested our cables with a hardware component, enhancing our industry-leading product offering, it then becomes part of our System (FHIT.28A unshielded; FHIT.28B shielded) and must be utilized during installation in order to remain code compliant, pass the electrical inspection with the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), and for you to get paid.

Please contact us today for a brand-new DuraLifeTM FPL Certified Hardware and Components data sheet complete with material descriptions, manufacturers’ part numbers, and contact information.

As always, for more information on DuraLifeTM FPL UL 2196-certified electrical circuit integrity systems, or to discuss the scope of your project, please feel free to contact Radix Wire.

Eli, the CI Guy
(216) 400-6719
emike@radix-wire.com



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Radix Wire Adds 16 AWG 4 Conductor Unshielded Cable to UL 2196 DuraLife FPL Family

Posted Oct 06, 2016

October 2016, Euclid, Ohio – Radix is pleased to announce the arrival of its latest Underwriters Laboratories UL 2196 certification listing for its growing DuraLife® FPL family. The new DuraLife FPL 16 AWG cable features four Oxygen-Free Bare Copper (OFHC) conductors insulated with black and red, ceramifiable silicone rubber protected by a low smoke zero halogen FRPE red outer jacket. These cables are designed for use in FHIT System No. 28A.

Radix DuraLife Market Manager Paul Wellem says the new 16 AWG 4 Conductor DuraLife offers the lowest cost solution for 16 AWG applications.

“With the addition of 16/4 to our current DuraLife FPL 2 Hour Fire Rated cable offering, contractors and integrators can now reduce their conduit and labor costs on critical life-safety system projects while still maintaining maximum circuit integrity.”

In addition to this new DuraLife® FPL 16 AWG 4 conductor unshielded cable, Radix also offers UL 2196 certified 2 conductor 16, 14 and 12 AWG cables for the industry’s most complete package of power-limited 2-hour fire certified circuit integrity system cables.

In 2014, Radix was the first company to receive flexible, silicone insulated cable UL 2196 recertification after UL changed the standard in 2012. Radix continues to be the Industry’s innovation leader with products that satisfy the most demanding applications for circuit integrity.

Radix is the leading authority on the installation of UL 2196 compliant circuit systems. In addition to DuraLife® FPL cables, the 2196 system includes a long and specific list of UL approved components and installation guidelines which must be strictly followed to have a fully certified alarm circuit system.

All Radix DuraLife® FPL cables are UL 2196 Certified, ULC-S139 Compliant (fire only) / UL 1424 listed. FHIT & FHITC Systems NO. 28A (Unshielded) or NO. 28B (Shielded). Low Smoke, Zero Halogen design (LSOH). NEC Type FPL for use in protective electrical systems (EMT).

About Radix Wire

Founded in 1944 and based near Cleveland in Euclid, Ohio, Radix is the leading manufacturer of UL, CSA and factory‐rated electrical wire and cable for high performance, extreme temperature applications. The company’s product portfolio consists of unique wire and cable products with temperature ratings from 150°C to 1,000°C and voltage ratings from 300V to 40kV. Radix products are used by original equipment manufacturers in a variety of consumer, commercial, and industrial products plus a wide range of end‐user markets.

For more information, contact:
Kevin Walz
VP Sales and Marketing
kwalz@radix-wire.com
216-731-9191



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Electrical Circuit Integrity Systems Applications

Posted Sep 23, 2016

Where are 2-hour fire-rated electrical circuit integrity systems typically located?

“These systems are primarily installed in mixed occupancy high-rise buildings, and in tunnels, bridges, and other commercial infrastructures. In many circumstances, the referenced systems exist in conjunction with other fire mitigation system options, which are not in question. Within a building or structure, the locations of these fire-resistive circuit cable systems are typically found as a part of the following life safety installations:

Fire pump – Feeder / Controls
Elevators
Smoke control equipment
Command center critical systems
Pressurized stairway systems
Smoke management systems
Fire alarm systems
Electrical Equipment Rooms – Feeders / Service
Emergency Generators and Standby Power Systems” –UL Code Authorities / Fire Code

For more information on DuraLifeTM FPL UL 2196-certified electrical circuit integrity systems, or to discuss the scope of your project, please feel free to contact Radix Wire.


Eli, the CI Guy
(216) 400-6719
emike@radix-wire.com

Works Cited - http://www.ul.com/code-authorities/fire-code/fire-resistive-and-circuit-integrity-cables/



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Alex Dimitriu Joins Radix Wire as DuraLife Product Specialist

Posted Aug 18, 2016

Euclid, OH - Radix Wire is pleased to introduce Alex Dimitriu as the newest member of our team. Mr. Dimitriu joined Radix as the DuraLifeTM Product Specialist for New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Alex’s primary role is to drive DuraLifeTM spec position with FPE’s & OEM’s while supporting electrical contractors and our distribution partners.

Alex brings with him an impressive and well-rounded 16 year record in the fire protection and life safety industries. The first 6 years of his career was spent building his own electrical installation firm. Since then, Alex has held Sales and Project Manager Positions with TYCO Fire and Security, Carter Brothers, TPC Associates and Safeway Fire & Protection, Inc.

In addition, Alex has a proven record of facilitating long term business relationships with Engineers, Architects, Distributors, Facility Managers, and Contractors.  His strong background in electrical installation and fire protection are assets that will complement and enhance Radix's ability to meet the needs of our customers as we continue to expand DuraLifeTM into the fire protection marketplace.

For more information, please email info@radix-wire.com or visit www.radix-wire.com



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Spec Positioning

Posted Aug 17, 2016

As a fire-alarm systems integrator or electrical contractor, even with years of experience in the field, understanding newly-certified 2-hour fire-rated electrical circuit integrity systems can be challenging. Frankly, Radix Wire understands. We are relentless in our efforts to simplify the installation process; we provide user-friendly data sheets, clear and concise installation guides, and explain the UL published FHIT.28A (unshielded) & FHIT.28B (shielded) guidelines in the simplest terms. We’re available for hands-on technical support, on-site training by way of educational / lunch & learn seminars, and we’re pretty good at hosting webinars geared towards larger national or remote-based audiences.

But what about the design plans? You’ve done fire for years, but this may be the first time you’ve encountered a “certified hardware system”. Are the instructions from the manufacturer of the fire-alarm system devices clear? Have they taken the guesswork out of choosing a wire & cable manufacturer who’s not only been tested successfully with their devices, but also meets the stringent NFPA 70 & 72 code requirements?

Ask for specifications! And insist upon Radix Wire’s DuraLifeTM FPL Cables. We were the first to recertify under the current UL 2196 standard, and we’ve led the industry since with the most gauge sizes, widest product offering (shielded & unshielded products across the line), and the most certified hardware options and cable constructions.

As a contractor or integrator, insisting on specifications from the manufacturer of critical life and fire safety devices will ensure code compliance and a smoother, faster installation. As a manufacturer of fire-alarm control panels, monitoring devices, sprinkler systems, etc., invite us to present to you – if we haven’t already – better informing your product managers, fire sales engineering team, and national design group precisely how 72 years of wire and cable experience and well over 30 years of fire protection industry knowledge allows Radix Wire to remain a cut above.

Others strive to add to their line cards vying to compete; as THE industry leader in low-voltage 2-hour fire-resistive UL 2196 certified cables, we’re constantly enhancing our offering and have been from day one – which frees up more time to educate end users, installers, distributors, and systems manufacturers and integrators. We’re doing the work already; let us work for you!

Contact Eli, the CI Guy, to discuss spec positioning, and how Radix Wire’s DuraLifeTM FPL cables will work for your project too.



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Areas of Refuge; Two-Way Communication Devices

Posted Jun 17, 2016

“Areas of Refuge” or “Areas of Rescue Assistance” are designated locations in a building that act as shelters from danger or distress to occupants who are unable to traverse the stairs without assistance. Individuals may assemble in such a location awaiting assistance or instructions from first responders.

Requirements for these areas are addressed by multiple codes and standards including the International Building Code (IBC), NFPA 72 (National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code), NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code), and ADA Standards for Accessible Design. For instance, NFPA 72 Chapter 24.5.3.6 requires the area of refuge station to provide for hands-free, two-way communication with audible and visible signals to indicate communication has occurred. The receiver must also indicate the location sending the signal. The ADA Standards for Accessible Design Chapter 708.2 requires audible and visible indicators for two-way communication systems.

Radix Wire’s DuraLifeTM FPL cables not only meet the applicable NFPA 72 code requirements for this application, we’re also the only manufacturer with an 18AWG 2-hour fire-rated UL 2196 cable system with conductors small enough for the tiny connections necessary inside of the receiver or central control point. This is a tremendous advantage allowing for an easier installation, and more importantly code compliance!

Please contact Eli, the CI Guy, at 216-400-6719 or emike@radix-wire.com for more information and to discuss your requirements today!



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UL 2196 Webinars

Posted May 18, 2016

As the industry leader in UL 2196 certified, 2-hour fire-rated cable systems, Radix Wire’s DuraLifeTM FPL cables are the pathway to lowest total installation costs. And with our more than 25 years of fire protection knowledge, including expert sales and engineering departments, we’d like to share our experiences and successes with you!

Part of what we do is educate those involved in the installation of critical life-safety and fire-alarm systems (fire protection engineers, system designers, fire-alarm systems integrators, and electrical contractors) on the NFPA 72 & 70 pathway survivability circuit requirements, and the impact these codes have on their projects. After learning more about your application, identifying your needs and recommending flexible, cost effective and code-compliant solutions, we’re available to train your staff in person or with a powerful webinar.

Webinars can serve as stand-alone training events or be tailored to review key topics which we’ve already began discussing by phone or in person. We will adapt our presentation to your company and present to you live, standing by to answer all of your key questions. We can even host on multiple occasions, if necessary, working around your team’s schedule and more employees will be able to attend including those working remotely.

Please call us to learn more about DuraLifeTM FPL cable applications, our impressive UL certifications and listings, and to begin planning your UL 2196 webinar.

Contact Eli, your CI Guy, at emike@radix-wire.com or 216-400-6719 for more information and to discuss your 2-hour fire-rated cable needs today!



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Cable Solutions for High Temperature Environments

Posted May 12, 2016

Radix offers multiple types of high temperature, high performance cable and wire for the industrial market. With temperature ratings from 100°C to 1000°C and sizes from 24AWG to 750MCM, Radix has cable for the most extreme conditions. Our high performance, high temperature cable and wire customers will find a wide array of options to choose from:

  • MCS Furnace Cable

  • SKS Soaking Pit

  • SRG-K

  • Tempergard 2000

  • TemperFlex 250

  • FEP


  • For more information or to discuss your high temperature wire and cable needs, contact Mike Lucie at mlucie@radix-wire.com



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    Hands-On Sales and Technical Support

    Posted Apr 29, 2016

    Your job is hard enough planning and designing a critical life-safety system, pricing and procuring materials, and coordinating your efforts with fire alarm integrators, electrical contractors, and fire protection engineers. When your project requires 2-hour pathway survivability, not only do Radix Wire’s DuraLifeTM FPL cables meet and exceed the NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code mandatory fire alarm survivability circuit requirements, additionally we offer hands-on product presentations, in-depth training, and sales / technical support.

    Are you bidding a fire alarm system in a structure that is 75 feet or taller or houses 1,000 occupants or more? DuraLifeTM FPL cables are available in unshielded and shielded constructions, with more gauge-size options than ever before, and the absolute best EMT fill listings in the industry! Contact us today for a quote on the lowest-cost UL 2196 solution available. Lead times are excellent, by the way. Call for details.

    Are you a fire-alarm systems integrator, contractor, or fire protection engineer scouring recent revisions to the National Fire Protection Code, trying to make sense of “pathway survivability”? Which option is the least expensive and has the most installation options making your project easier to complete? Our team has more than 30 years of real-world experience from sales to customer service to product management and expert engineers. We have the answers, and we’re available to not only discuss the scope of your application with you by phone, we’ll also meet with your team to learn more about your application and help you move forward. For larger groups, we offer lunch and learn seminars and PowerPoint presentations.

    Struggling with design approval, navigating the National Electric Code as it pertains to fire alarm circuit integrity, or communicating with the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)? We can solve all of those issues too!

    Contact Eli, your CI Guy, at emike@radix-wire.com or at 216-400-6719 for more information and to discuss your needs today!



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    Radix Wire has joined the Supplier Division of the Association of Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM)

    Posted Apr 20, 2016

    Radix is pleased to announce our membership in the Association of Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). AHAM is an organization of leading appliance manufacturers and suppliers with the stated mission to be the “…single voice providing the home appliance industry and consumers with leadership, advocacy and a forum for action in public policy, standards and business decisions. AHAM helps manufacturers bring efficient, high-performing home appliances into the homes of consumers in the United States, Canada and around the world.”

    Association of Appliance Manufacturers

    “With our 70+ year history of supplying the appliance industry with innovative high temperature wire and cable, Radix Wire is excited to be accepted into AHAM and looks forward to continuing to work closely with appliance manufacturers” said Gary Wasch, OEM Market Manager for Radix. As an AHAM member, Radix will be actively participating in technical conferences, supporting safety initiatives and providing additional insights and information regarding high temperature wire applications. Currently, Radix is focused on solving the industry requirements for vertical flame rated, silicone wire (VW-1).

    Please direct inquiries for all high temperature wire applications to our OEM Market Manager, Gary Wasch gwasch@radix-wire.com or visit http://www.radix-wire.com.



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    Pathway Survivability - Part 2

    Posted Apr 18, 2016

    Previously, we discussed the National Fire Protection Code (NFPA 72) fire alarm survivability circuit requirements. As a fire-alarm system integrator or electrical contractor, when installing a life-safety system in a building that is 75 feet or taller or houses 1,000 occupants or more, in order to remain code compliant you must satisfy this mandatory specification. However, confusion remains as to the viable options for meeting such a critical requirement.

    Today, let’s expound upon and define Pathway Survivability.

    The 2013 Edition of the NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, Chapter 12.4 Pathway Survivability, requires that all pathways comply with NFPA 70, National Electric Code. Additionally, performance and survivability characteristics of signaling pathways (interconnections) shall comply with the defined designations in this chapter.

    Pathway survivability levels 0 to 4 are defined as follows:

    Level 0 pathways shall not be required to have any provisions for pathway survivability. Level 1 shall consist of pathways in buildings that are fully protected by an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. Pathway survivability level 2 shall consist of one or more of the following:

    (1) 2-hour fire-rated circuit integrity (CI) cable.
    (2) 2-hour fire-rated cable system [electrical circuit protective systems].
    (3) 2-hour fire-rated enclosure or protected area.
    (4) 2-hour performance alternatives approved by the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ).

    Finally, level 3 pathways shall consist of one or more of the above, and be fully protected by an automatic sprinkler system.

    Radix Wire’s DuraLifeTM FPL cables not only satisfy the NFPA 72 requirements as a 2-hour fire-rated electrical circuit protective system, they’re also the least expensive and most flexible UL 2196 cables available. DuraLifeTM offers the most certified installation options making it the easiest to install, lowest-cost method of NFPA 72 code compliance to date!


    It would be our pleasure to receive your phone call or email. Please call Eli, your CI Guy, at 216-400-6719 or reach out via email at emike@radix-wire.com to learn more.



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    Retrofit Life-Safety Systems

    Posted Apr 07, 2016

    As an integrator or electrical contractor bidding on a contract for a fire-alarm system in an existing structure, for instance a commercial or residential high-rise building, Radix Wire's DuraLifeTM FPL cables are the ideal solution for meeting the mandatory fire alarm survivability circuit requirements in the National Fire Protection Code (NFPA 72).

    There are multiple ways to satisfy the NFPA 72 pathway survivability requirements. In some cases, newly-constructed buildings feature two-hour rated enclosures. Think of these as shafts or chimneys rising vertically, hidden from visibilty behind the wall. They are made of no less than 2" thick concrete or masonry, thereby protecting standard fire-alarm cables from harm in a fire event.

    But two-hour rated enclosures are expensive! And in existing structures, they're not always present or feasible to install. Enter Radix Wire's DuraLifeTM FPL UL 2196 circuit-integrity cables installed in conduit - they're flexible and easy to install, they come with industry-leading EMT fill rates allowing you to run up to 10 cables in a single EMT (vertically or horizontally) substantially reducing total install costs as compared to the competition, and they're considerably less expensive than alternative circuit-integrity solutions such as MI (mineral insulated) cables.

    Retrofitting a critical life safety fire-alarm system in an existing structure has never been easier! Please contact Eli, the CI Guy, at 216-400-6719 or via email at emike@radix-wire.com for more information and to discuss your project today.



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    Radix Wire to Exhibit at the 2016 Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo

    Posted Mar 28, 2016

    Please join Radix Wire at the 2016 Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo in Milwaukee, WI.


    Wire Tech Show


    When: Wednesday, May 11th thru Thursday, May 12th.

    Where: Wisconsin Center – Booth 1348

    Radix Wire will be on hand to promote our growing high temperature wire product line with brochures, samples, and giveaways.

    For more information please visit the National Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo website or contact us for details on how to attend.

    http://www.epishows.com/wire/



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    NFPA 130 - Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems

    Posted Mar 17, 2016

    The National Fire Protection Code, NFPA 130, specifies fire-protection and life-safety requirements for underground, surface, and elevated fixed guideway transit and passenger rail systems, including stations, train ways, emergency ventilation systems, and communications and control systems.

    The wire and cable requirements in chapter 12 state that fire-resistive cables shall be certified or listed as having been tested in a totally enclosed furnace using the ASTM E-119 time temperature curve, and the cables shall demonstrate functionality for no less than 1 hour as described in the ANSI / UL 2196 test standard.

    Radix Wire’s DuraLifeTM FPL cables meet this requirement, and then some! Radix flexible DuraLifeTM FPL cable is a cost-effective, code-compliant solution for all your transit applications. It’s certified for 2 hours under the stringent UL 2196 testing standard, surpassing the NFPA 130 requirement, and with the addition of our new 12 AWG FPL cable installers now have additional options for longer wire runs.

    Many installers replace 14 gauge with 12 gauge on longer UL 2196 cable runs due to voltage drop. Now they can maintain system consistency and avoid higher installation costs by using a certified Radix DuraLifeTM FPL cable, even when running more than 300 feet of cable powering numerous devices in a transit station with our industry-leading horizontal EMT fill rates.

    Contact Eli Mike (your CI Guy) at emike@radix-wire.com or 216-400-6719 for more information and to discuss your system design needs today!



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    Radix Wire to Exhibit at the 2016 NFPA Conference & Expo

    Posted Mar 10, 2016

    Please join Radix Wire for the premiere event in fire and life safety - the 2016 NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.

    NFPA Expo

    When: Monday, June 13 thru Wed, June 15.

    Where: Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Convention Center – Booth 252

    Overheard at the conference & expo:

    “Everyone in the fire protection business should attend. All the leading brands in fire protection are showing their products, and it’s a great way to get up to date on the codes.”

    Radix Wire will be on hand to promote our growing DuraLifeTM FPL product line with brochures, samples, and giveaways. Radix's DuraLifeTM FPL was the first flexible silicone fire alarm cable recertified under UL 2196. Radix continues to lead this market by offering shielded and unshielded constructions, the most sizes, highest fill rates and conductor options.

    For more information please visit the NFPA conference & expo website or contact us for details on how to attend.

    http://www.nfpa.org/conference



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    Radix Wire Continues to Expand DuraLife FPL UL 2196 Family with New 12 AWG Unshielded Cable

    Posted Mar 03, 2016

    For Immediate Release
    March 2016

    Euclid, Ohio – Radix is pleased to announce the arrival of its latest Underwriters Laboratories UL 2196 certification listing for its growing DuraLifeTM FPL family. The new DuraLifeTM FPL 12 AWG cable features two Oxygen-Free Bare Copper (OFHC) conductors insulated with ceramifiable silicone rubber protected by a low smoke zero halogen FRPE red outer jacket. These cables are designed for use in FHIT System No. 28A.

    Radix DuraLife Market Manager Paul Wellem says the new 12 AWG DuraLifeTM cable gives installers more options for longer wire runs.

    “Many installers replace 14 gauge with 12 gauge on longer UL 2196 cable runs due to voltage drop. Now they can maintain system consistency and avoid higher installation costs or variance inquiries with their AHJ by using a certified Radix DuraLifeTM FPL cable.”

    In addition to this new DuraLifeTM FPL 12 AWG unshielded cable, Radix also offers UL 2196 certified 18, 16, and 14 AWG cables for the industry’s most complete package of power-limited 2-hour fire certified circuit integrity system cables.

    In 2014, Radix was the first company to receive flexible, silicone insulated cable UL 2196 re-certification after UL changed the standard in 2012. Radix continues to lead the industry with the most available 2-hour fire resistive cable sizes, configurations and highest EMT fill rates.

    Radix is the leading authority on installation of UL 2196 compliant circuit systems. In addition to DuraLifeTM FPL cables, the 2196 system includes a long and specific list of UL approved components and installation guidelines which must be strictly followed to have a fully certified alarm circuit system.

    All Radix DuraLifeTM FPL cables are UL 2196 Certified, ULC-S139 Compliant (fire only) / UL 1424 listed. FHIT & FHITC Systems NO. 28A (Unshielded) or NO. 28B (Shielded). Low Smoke, Zero Halogen design (LSOH). NEC Type FPL for use in protective electrical systems (EMT).

    About Radix Wire

    Founded in 1944 and based near Cleveland in Euclid, Ohio, Radix is the leading manufacturer of UL, CSA and factory‐rated electrical wire and cable for high performance, extreme temperature applications. The company’s product portfolio consists of unique wire and cable products with temperature ratings from 150°C to 1,000°C and voltage ratings from 300V to 40kV. Radix products are used by original equipment manufacturers in a variety of consumer, commercial, and industrial products plus a wide range of end‐user markets.

    For more information, contact:
    Kevin Walz
    VP Sales and Marketing
    kwalz@radix-wire.com
    216-731-9191



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    Advantages of High EMT Fill Rates

    Posted Mar 03, 2016

    Radix Wire’s DuraLife FPL Cables are ideal for vertical-riser applications in commercial and residential buildings. Our industry leading fire-resistive cables are not only the lowest-cost UL 2196 solution available, they’re also the most flexible and easy to install. What truly distinguishes our electrical circuit integrity system from all others though, are our incredible EMT fill rates.

    Under the stringent UL 2196 standard, we’ve achieved the greatest number of certifications and fill listings with allowances of up to ten cables in a single EMT conduit. This is for our 16AWG product. When the job calls for our 14AWG DuraLife FPL Cables, installers can run up to eight cables in a single EMT saving time, money, and valuable space. No one else comes even close! Other manufacturer’s limited certifications would require you to install up to four times the number of conduits to run those same eight cables.

    Remember, if you’re involved with the design or installation of a critical life safety / fire alarm system, and your structure is 75 feet or taller or houses 1,000 occupants or more, you need a UL 2196 certified 2-hour rated fire-resistive cable. Why not choose DuraLife FPL Cables the least expensive, easiest to install, most flexible system on the market today?

    Contact Eli (your CI Guy) at emike@radix-wire.com or 216-400-6719.



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    Advantages of Flexible Silicone-Insulated UL 2196 Certified Fire Alarm Cables

    Posted Feb 18, 2016

    For many years there was no choice – when your project required a 2-hour rated UL 2196 certified fire-resistive cable, mineral insulated cables were the only product available. Today, there is a much better solution!

    Radix Wire’s DuraLife FPL Cables feature a low-smoke, zero halogen FRPE (fire-resistant polyethylene) outer jacket, and oxygen-free bare copper conductors surrounded by proprietary ceramifiable silicone-rubber insulation. In a fire, the outer jacket burns to ash; the inner liner ceramfies protecting the conductors and the electrical circuit integrity – for two hours or more!

    This construction is extremely flexible. That translates to simple, seamless installations. There are no special tools required, no extensive training classes need be attended by you and your staff, and the cost to procure DuraLife FPL Cables - not to mention the overall total install cost – is much lower than any other UL 2196 certified solution available!

    For even more advantages, and reasons to choose a silicone-insulated 2-hour rated fire resistive cable such as DuraLife FPL Cables, here’s a great article written by C. Meyman, published via EzineArticles on August 27, 2014:

    Advantages of Silicone Fire Alarm Cable for High Temperature Applications

    Contact Eli (your CI Guy) at emike@radix-wire.com or 216-400-6719.





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    Communicating With the AHJ

    Posted Feb 11, 2016

    In order to remain UL 2196 / ULC-S139 (fire only) compliant when installing Radix Wire’s DuraLifeTM FPL Cables in an electrical circuit integrity system, contractors and system designers must abide by the UL-published System No. 28A (FHIT.28A) and System No. 28B (FHIT.28B). Certified hardware components must be utilized and system guidelines and limitations should be closely followed. But what happens when challenges arise or questions come to light that are not covered by the system?

    We recommend contacting the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) representing the municipality, and sometimes the state depending on who has jurisprudence over your project, ahead of time – prior to beginning installation of our cables – to seek approval for any variances from our system. In fact, you may wish to create a dialogue with the AHJ on all projects ensuring he or she is aware of the fire alarm survivability circuit requirements in the National Fire Protection Code (NFPA 72) and of the need for UL 2196 certified fire alarm circuit integrity cables.

    For more on the importance of adhering to codes and standards, and why it’s crucial to communicate with the AHJ, please check out the following article written by Wayne D. Moore, P.E., FSFPE, and Vice President at Jensen Hughes.

    http://www.nfpa.org/newsandpublications/nfpa-journal/2015/september-october-2015/in-compliance/nfpa-72

    Contact Eli (your CI Guy) at emike@radix-wire.com or 216-400-6719.





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    Critical Life-Safety Systems

    Posted Feb 04, 2016

    Let’s talk about critical life-safety systems. When fire breaks out in a high-rise, occupants and first responders rely on the building’s Emergency Communication System (ECS) and fire alarms for fast evacuation and instant firefighting information. The safety of the occupants is the top priority for first responders, and Radix Wire’s DuraLifeTM FPL UL 2196 certified 2-hour rated circuit integrity cables deliver!

    Radix Wire’s own, Patrick O’Hara, Sales Representative Distribution Market, published the following article which was featured in ‘NEMA Electroindustry’s’ May 2014 edition. I would be hard pressed to explain it any better so; please check out Patrick’s work in the link below. If you’d prefer a pdf version of the article, please email me and I’ll be happy to provide the same.

    Safeguarding Occupant Safety is Priority One

    In future posts we’ll focus more on specific NFPA 70: National Electric Code and NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code compliance and how DuraLifeTM FPL Cables satisfy a variety of applications where 2-hour survivability is crucial for life safety systems.

    Contact Eli (your CI Guy) at emike@radix-wire.com or 216-400-6719.



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    Pathway Survivability - Part 1

    Posted Jan 29, 2016

    Let’s talk about pathway survivability. What on Earth is that, you say? Keep reading and we’ll cover that and more!

    We receive a lot of calls from contractors who are installing fire alarm circuit integrity cables only they weren’t aware that our system exists, much less that they needed a UL 2196 certified 2-hour rated electrical circuit integrity system. As a result, an authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) inspected their job site and shut them down for non-compliance!

    If you’re an electrical contractor or fire-alarm system designer and your project features a structure that is 75 feet or higher or contains 1,000 occupants or more, you need to be code compliant. Radix Wire’s DuraLifeTM FPL cables meet the mandatory fire alarm survivability circuit requirements in the National Fire Protection Code (NFPA 72), and are commonly utilized in fire alarm circuit integrity (NEC Article 760) and emergency systems (NEC Articles 700 & 517), among other applications.

    In future posts we’ll feature various National Electric Code (NFPA 70) articles, and applications, that DuraLifeTM FPL cables satisfy. Meanwhile, you’ll find additional information about this and other topics on our newly-updated site.

    Contact Eli (your CI Guy) at emike@radix-wire.com or 216-400-6719.



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    Radix Wire Adds 18 AWG Shielded Cable to UL 2196 DuraLifeTM FPL Family

    Posted Jan 18, 2016

    For Immediate Release

    January 2016, Euclid, Ohio – Radix is pleased to announce the release of an Underwriters Laboratories UL 2196 certification listing for the newest member of its growing DuraLifeTM FPL family. The new DuraLifeTM FPL 18 AWG cable features two Oxygen-Free Bare Copper (OFHC) conductors insulated with ceramifiable silicone rubber, an aluminum/aramid shield, a 22 AWG solid TC drain wire and low smoke zero halogen FRPE red outer jacket.

    According to Radix DuraLifeTM Market Manager Paul Wellem, the new 18 AWG DuraLifeTM cable fills a missing need in the fire resistive alarm cables market.

    “Prior to UL’s 2012 decertification of 2-hour fire rated cables, 18 gauge circuit Integrity fire alarm cables were widely used to meet NFPA 72 ‘survivability’ requirements. With this new addition to our overall product line, fire alarm cable installers now have more choices for their systems and can enjoy reduced overall installed costs.”

    The DuraLifeTM FPL 18 AWG shielded cable joins Radix’s UL 2196 certified 16, 14 and 12 AWG shielded cables to offer the most complete package of power-limited 2-hour fire certified circuit integrity system cables. In 2014, Radix was the first company to receive flexible, silicone insulated cable UL 2196 recertification after UL changed the standard in 2012. Radix continues to lead the industry with the most available 2-hour fire resistive cable sizes, configurations and highest EMT fill rates.


    Radix is the leading authority on installation of UL 2196 compliant circuit systems. In addition to DuraLifeTM FPL cables, the 2196 system includes a long and specific list of UL approved components and installation guidelines which must be strictly followed to have a fully certified alarm circuit system.

    All Radix DuraLifeTM FPL shielded cables are UL 2196 Certified, ULC-S139 Compliant (fire only) / UL 1424 listed. FHIT & FHITC Systems NO. 28B. Low Smoke, Zero Halogen design (LSOH). NEC Type FPL for use in protective electrical systems (EMT). For more information on DuraLife, please visit our DuraLife Resource Center.

    About Radix Wire

    Founded in 1944 and based near Cleveland in Euclid, Ohio, Radix is the leading manufacturer of UL, CSA and factory‐rated electrical wire and cable for high performance, extreme temperature applications. The company’s product portfolio consists of unique wire and cable products with temperature ratings from 150°C to 1,000°C and voltage ratings from 300V to 40kV. Radix products are used by original equipment manufacturers in a variety of consumer, commercial, and industrial products plus a wide range of end‐user markets.

    For more information, contact:
    Kevin Walz
    VP Sales and Marketing
    kwalz@radix-wire.com
    216-731-9191



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    VW-1 Flame Testing: What it is and Why It’s Important for Fire Resistive Cable and Electrical Wire

    Posted Feb 26, 2015

    VW-1 Flame Testing: What it is and Why It’s Important for Fire Resistive Cable and Electrical Wire

    To ensure the safety of the individuals inside your high rise building, your office and especially your home, you do everything you can. That includes using fire resistive alarm cable so that you know these individuals will be given the optimal evacuation time should electrical flames break out. It also includes wiring with high-quality electrical wire. But how do you really know that the cable and wire you’ve chosen will actually live up to the two hour fire rating and other safety claims it makes?

    Fortunately, there are tests that provide this kind of guarantee. VW-1 flame testing is one of the most reliable of such testing methods. VW-1 flame testing is short for Vertical Wire-Class 1 flame testing. The VW-1 test was designed and is conducted by UL (Underwriters Laboratories). Its purpose is to screen out electrical cable and wire that prove themselves to be flammable under testing conditions.

    What happens during VW-1 flame testing? Think of it as a science experiment that hearkens back to your high school chemistry classroom. Remember those Bunsen burners with their blue flames? Well, VW-1 flame testing uses a similar type of burner as an ignition source. The wire being tested is mounted to the burner and is subjected to the flame for 15-second intervals. This process is repeated five consecutive times for a total of 75 seconds of flame exposure time. When all is said and done, what constitutes a pass and what results in a failure of the cable or wire? If the wire burns for more than 60 seconds upon completion of the process and/or more than one-quarter of the sample burns according to the Kraft flag indicator used during the procedure, then the wire fails. Additionally, the burner’s base is stuffed with cotton during the VW-1 flame testing process. If this cotton is set aflame during the test, the sample fails as well. What does all of this mean for you? If the fire alarm cable you’ve chosen carries the VW-1 flame testing seal of approval, you can enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that in the event of a fire emergency your high-rise evacuation procedure would go off without a potentially deadly alarm failure. Additionally, the VW-1 flame test offers the added assurance that the electrical wires in your building won’t cause, contribute to or lead to a fire.

    Why is this so important? Most fires offer some sort of warning signal. You see or smell smoke, you get out, and then and only then do you alert emergency personnel. If properly cabled, your alarms pick up on this smoke and sound as well. This is not the case with electrical fires, however. The lack of smoke generated from electrical fires caused by faulty wiring can quickly result in an inescapable tragedy. And it just so happens that substandard and counterfeit wiring is a major contributor to electrical fires.

    Don’t take such chances when lives are at stake. Choose your alarm cable and electrical wire carefully. Vertical Wire-Class 1 flame testing gives you the ability to select the safest and most reliable wire and cable available on the marketplace.



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    Advantages of Silicone Fire Alarm Cable for High Temperature Applications

    Posted Feb 18, 2015

    Perhaps you’ve been using mineral insulated (MI) cable to meet fire alarm electrical code
    because you thought there was nothing else available. That is no longer true. There is now an
    alternative solution to MI cables the fully meet the 2 hour fire resistive circuit integrity
    requirement for high rises and critical facilities. Silicone based fire alarm cables are an
    exceptional alternative to MI cables. Read on to find out more about the product’s numerous
    benefits.

    Silicone Fire Alarm Cable Advantage #1: Safety – Silicone fire alarm cable ensures that
    fire alarm systems function in extreme environments for long periods of time. As a result, it
    allows time for evacuation and gives first responders more response time. Silicone fire alarm
    cable could mean the difference between saved lives and lost lives, which in and of itself makes
    the product worth the investment.

    The zinc-coated conduit that many high rises depend on can fail in as few as 20 minutes.
    Is this enough time for all occupants to evacuate safely? Maybe if the high rise is 10 stories or
    less, but unlikely even then. That is because during most practice drills the chaos that ensues
    during an actual emergency cannot be replicated. And too-early failure of the cable can have
    devastating consequences, namely a severing of voice communication with emergency response
    personnel.

    Silicone Fire Alarm Cable Advantage #2 – No zinc – Silicone fire alarm cable uses
    silicone rather than the known-to-fail material zinc. Extreme heat can erode the zinc coating on
    traditional fire alarm cable in under 30 minutes. Indeed, the presence of even a small amount of
    zinc in the conduit can precipitate this early failure. And yet, zinc cable can still legally operate
    in the United States. Non-zinc (e.g., silicone) electrical metallic tubing on the other hand
    consistently demonstrate greater than three hours of survivability. This substantially greater time
    allowance enables safe evacuation from even the tallest high rises.

    Silicone Fire Alarm Cable Advantage #3: Flexibility and Ease of Installation – Silicone
    fire alarm cable is more flexible and, as an extension of that, easier to install than MI cable.
    Silicone fire alarm cables are easily pulled through an EMT conduit system that has also been
    certified with the cable to provide the utmost in fire safety.

    Silicone Fire Alarm Cable Advantage #4: Standard Meeting – Silicone fire alarm cable
    meets the newest standards. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) recently issued the UL2196 interim
    protocol, which requires that the full system be certified, including the make, type and size of the
    EMT conduit, couplings, clamps, inserts and boxes. More specifically, DuraLife FPLTM silicone
    fire alarm cable was recently the first cable of its kind to be certified under UL2196, Tests for
    Fire Resistive Cables, with the newly instituted requirement that submitted cables contain five
    times the number of wires or cables to pass the fire test without failure.

    When high performance wire or cables like DuraLife FPL fire alarm cable is called for, contact
    a high performance cable and wire expert to discuss the advantages that apply to your specific
    situation.



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    FEP Cables – Uses and Advantages

    Posted Jan 21, 2015

    Short for fluorinated ethylene propylene, FEP cable has many applications, and there are several advantages associated with using FEP cable over other types of cable. Let’s take a look at some of these uses and benefits in further detail, specifically examining why FEP may be equivalent, or even superior, to Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).

    Advantage #1 of FEP Cable – Fluorinated ethylene propylene’s corrosion resistance is exactly on par with PTFE’s. As a result, it stands up to caustic agents in the same way. Its pure carbon-fluorine structure and its fluorination enable it to resist corrosive situations. In particular, FEP coated cable withstands exposure to detergents far better than PTFE does.

    Advantage #2 of FEP Cable – Fluorinated ethylene propylene has a lower melting point than other cable materials like PTFE and PFA. The exact point hovers at around 260°C (500°F).

    Advantage #3 of FEP Cable – Electrically speaking, only PFA outdoes fluorinated ethylene propylene. That means the material has one of the highest dielectric strengths available. At the same time, FEP dissipates at a rate that is six times that of PFA. The end result is that FEP better conducts electrostatic fields non-linearly.

    Advantage #4 of FEP Cable – In terms of its flexibility, fluorinated ethylene propylene holds a slight edge over PTFE, giving it a small leg up in the mechanical department.

    Advantage #5 of FEP Cable – When cable leads are made of FEP, they exhibit outstanding chemical, fluid, age and ozone resistance.

    Advantage #6 of FEP Cable – Fluorinated ethylene propylene allows for a smaller diameter.

    Advantage #7 of FEP Cable – When a torque-free design is incorporated into the cable, the memory that is typically found in right hand or left hand twisted cables is eliminated.

    As might be imagined it is precisely FEP cable’s benefits that render it ideal for certain applications. Some of these situations include:

    Application #1 for FEP Film/Cable: Wiring – Think wire used for hookup, coaxial cables, computer wiring, and technical gear wiring.

    Application #2 for FEP Film/Cable: Aerospace – In this application, fluorinated ethylene propylene film helps protect molds during the curing process.

    Application #3 for FEP Film/Cable: Labware and Tubing – The highly corrosive chemical processes that often occur in the lab can do a number on plastic labware and tubing. FEP provides excellent resistance against such attacks.

    Application #4 for FEP Film/Cable: Industrial High Temperature Applications (e.g., glass plants, boiler locations, chemical processing plants, areas close to steam lines) – When multiple conductor cables are insulated and jacketed with fluorinated ethylene propylene, resistance to abrasion and mechanical abuse reaches a maximum. Moisture and fluid damage is also mitigated.

    Dupont, the manufacturer of FEP, also lists these applications for the product:

    1. Wire and cable insulation, small tubing and injection molded parts

    2. Extruded or moulded components for the chemical industry; jackets for wire and cable applications demanding a high degree of stress crack resistance

    3. Telecommunication cable jacketing< br>
    4. Industrial film

    5. Fabric and film coating; heat sealable top coatings for PTFE coated fabrics used for belting, circuit boards or electrical insulation, cast film and as hot melt adhesive for bonding molded PTFE or FEP




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    Radix Wire’s New High Voltage Motor Lead Wire Is First In North America

    Posted Mar 24, 2014

    SilaVolt® offers rugged UL2556 abrasion resistance with a high temperature jacket diameter that is up to 35% smaller than similar motor lead wire products.

    March 24, 2014, Euclid, Ohio - With the introduction of SilaVolt®, Radix Wire has expanded their product offerings into electric motor, generator, dry type transformer, load bank, and power inverters applications. Radix is the first North American manufacturer of UL Listed high voltage Class H (1800C) and Class N (2000C) motor lead wire. The product is available for most standard circuit sizes in both AWG and metric conductors..

    SilaVolt’s use of semi-conductive silicone insulation allows for a 22% to 35% smaller diameter, depending upon gauge size, as compared to other products carrying the same 6.9KVAC and 13.8 KVAC voltage rating. The treated synthetic outer braid insures a rugged and durable product for applications where vibration and mechanical wear is an issue. The braid material used on SilaVolt makes it ten times more resistant to abrasion than traditional fiberglass braided silicone and braidless silicone products per UL 2556. The braid is color coded for voltages 1.1kV, 3.3kV, 6.6kV, and 13.8kV for quick identification and treated to completely eliminate braid fray which is characteristic of braided products..

    The complete insulation system is Low Smoke Zero Halogen and RoHS compliant..



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    Journey to a Greener Radix Wire

    Posted Mar 03, 2014

    In today’s world of environmental responsibility, it is important to seek a “greener” manufacturing facility. This is achieved through having a smaller carbon footprint, cleaner air emissions, an awareness of a healthy working environment, and products with environmentally safe materials for customers. Pursuing a green initiative does not have to have a detrimental effect on the business’ bottom line, and if done right; the impact can be very positive.

    Starting in the 2001, a focused effort was made to address agency compliance, eliminate HAPs, reduce air emissions of OC’s, and address any possible health aspects concerning chemical exposure.   That journey was a long, but very satisfying experience, not without challenges and crisis along the way.   To address the issues, a detailed understanding of clean air regulations, the EPA permitting process, the products being manufactured and the chemicals associated with the products was essential.  In other words, this requires a team of qualified people. The results were impressive as seen in the following chart of air emissions over the last 13 years.
    Achieving the emission reductions illustrated took place by concurrent improvements in product design, chemical selections (coatings), and air emissions re‐permitting. The improvements relative to the chemical coatings took the form of three different methodologies: 1) chemical coating elimination, 2) chemical coating reformulation, and 3) chemical coating change to a non‐solvent based material.     Elimination of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) from our processes was a first step. Eliminating suspected HAP chemicals was realized by eliminating the liquid coatings that contained them in our processes. The engineering team was challenged to provide the same performance characteristics that our customers expected, while eliminating all possible HAPs. Our engineers were successful in changing the designs using specialized tape products that provided the same level of performance as the liquid coatings, but eliminated the risk of any HAPs.

    Significant reductions in organic chemical emissions were a priority, as well. Progress was realized by the reformulation of most of the product coatings to eliminate select organic solvents.  By elimination of photo‐chemically reactive chemicals and using exempt solvents, and also the reformulation of our wire coatings to a water‐based composition, Radix was able to eliminate a significant amount of volatile organic compounds. The challenges associated with this water based solution involve the slower drying times of non‐solvent based coatings, which can translate to a reduction in throughput.  Process design has been used to mitigate some of the reduction in throughput for these types of coatings.

    Additional reductions in organic chemical emissions were realized by improvements and reductions in the coating processes employed by Radix Wire in the manufacture of its products.   The reduction in coating applicators coupled with the applicator design which reduced evaporation of volatile compounds, translated to a very measurable reduction in applied coating volume, and hence, the reduction in organic compounds. This type of change required agency permit revisions with the Ohio EPA, as it involved a change in emission units.

    Through this process Radix was able to consolidate a number of required air emission permits.   Over the last 13 years, through the re‐permitting process the total number of air emissions permits was reduced from 12 to 2. In addition, these coatings and material improvements would not have been possible without a strong partnership between our coating suppliers and Radix.

    As with other improvements involving product design changes, customer acceptance of the new product is essential.  Customer acceptance of the change is realized when the product displays improved performance characteristics for the customers applications. This is essential for making this type of change. Team members essential for in this effort include Radix Wire Product Engineers, Product Engineers, and Sales Associates.

    Reducing air emissions has been a positive experience at Radix Wire. Notwithstanding the aspects of good environmental stewardship, there are other positive aspects to emission reductions.   These are:

    1) Improved product quality and performance – Through the initiative of reducing or eliminating solvents, product design changes are examined and evaluated in terms of the properties valued by our customers.  Development of the product is therefore directed in such a manner that the product change produces a benefit internally (the reduction of OC emissions) as well as externally (improved performance in customer applications).  A win/win situation.

    2) Reduction in non‐value added costs – The requirements of Air Emissions permitting including daily record‐keeping, fees, monthly and annual reports, administration and consultant resources, are all non‐value added costs which largely remain hidden. Eliminating the need for these expenses, or finding ways to mitigate them play an important role in reducing these expenses.

    3) Improved working environment – By eliminating HAPs and reducing the employee’s possible exposure to various chemicals, coupled with Hazardous Material training and Safety training a cleaner, healthier environment is created for employees.

    4) Safety diligence – When chemical content is actively under scrutiny, agency compliance becomes second nature. This applies not only to the EPA, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but also to product compliance with other agencies such as Reach and RoHS.

    At the end of the day, getting greener has been a positive experience for Radix Wire, and also for our customers and neighbors.



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    Radix Wire Adds High Volt Capability to the DuraBlend Product Line

    Posted Mar 03, 2014

    UL 3946 High Volt DuraBlend is rated to 10KVAC at 200° C and is available in all standard circuit sizes.

    Adding to the Radix DuraBlend family of products; a new high voltage ignition wire is now available for appliance applications. This new addition to the DuraBlend Family is capable of 10KVAC at 200° C and meets the UL3946 standard.

    DuraBlend is a unique product designed to eliminate traditional fiberglass braided silicone performance and handling deficiencies. Fiberglass braid presents problems including: lacquer peeling, color fade, braid fray, smoke and dermatitis. DuraBlend, with its unique multi-layer construction puts the fiberglass braid inside two layers of high performance silicone rubber eliminating all of these complaints. Additionally, the tough, outer silicone jacket vastly outperforms fiberglass braided products in standardized abrasion tests while providing a VW-1, vertical flame rating



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    Radix Wire Is First To Certify Silicone Fire Alarm Cable Under the New UL 2196 Protocol

    Posted Mar 03, 2014

    March 4, 2014, Euclid, Ohio – Today, Radix Wire announced the release of the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification listing for its DuraLife™ FPL 2‐hour fire resistive fire alarm cable systems under UL2196.

    Radix Wire obtained UL certification on its DuraLife™ 16 AWG 2‐wire and 14 AWG 2‐wire cable. The UL certification covers vertical, horizontal, horizontal splice and pull box applications, providing a full array of installment options. The new UL2196 certification protocol requires that the full system be certified, including the make, type and size of the EMT conduit, couplings, clamps, inserts and boxes. Radix partnered with Wheatland Tube, utilizing their ¾“ diameter EMT conduit product, to complete the system solution.

    In September 2012, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) conducted extensive research on cable products formerly certified under UL2196, Tests for Fire Resistive Cables. UL discovered inconsistencies in the various products ability to pass the 2‐hour fire resistive ratings test. The key concern focused on the presence of zinc in the conduit. Circuit integrity, critical to fire alarm and emergency communication systems, was compromised by the reaction of the zinc with the copper conductor forming brass and lowering the melting temperature of the conductor; effectively disabling the circuit.

    As a result of these findings, UL decertified all UL2196 certified wires and cables that required conduit for the raceway and prohibited the use of electrical conduits and conduit fittings with a zinc interior. UL then established an updated UL2196‐ based interim test protocol, requiring newly submitted cables to contain 5‐times the number of wires or cables to pass the fire test without failure.

    “Radix internal testing confirmed UL’s results that a cable in EMT conduit that would consistently demonstrate greater than 3 hours of survivability, would lose circuit integrity in less than 30 minutes in rigid steel conduit due to the presence of zinc,” said Keith Nootbaar, Radix Wire president and CEO.

    Radix’s cable engineering team immediately took on the challenge of delivering a cable that met or exceeded the new testing criteria for this mission‐critical cable. As a result, the Radix DuraLife™ FPL cable is the first flexible silicone‐insulated cable to pass this new recertification requirement for low‐voltage, power‐limited applications (FPL) and receive the UL electrical circuit integrity system certification (FHIT.28A).

    “Our challenge was to find a way to fill the void left by the UL decertification and provide an innovative solution for electrical contractors and municipal AHJs (Authority Having Jurisdiction) to meet the current fire code for new commercial buildings,” Nootbaar added. “Our engineers met this challenge and developed a unique, patent‐pending solution that is extremely resilient to fire. DuraLife™ FPL cable provides the solution for building owners and enforcement officials whose highest priority is occupant safety.”

    Fire enforcement agencies are becoming less tolerant of failure‐prone systems. NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code is a strict list of rules addressing the installation, performance, testing and maintenance of fire alarm systems. Denver, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles are among the large U.S. cities that strictly adhere to the NFPA 72 guidelines on systems, which calls for the use of UL2196 2‐hour fire resistive circuit integrity wire. The NFPA code requires that buildings must have functional voice evacuation and mass notification systems that can hold up for extended periods of time so everyone can exit safely and first responders can quickly identify the fire’s location within the building. The code also requires that buildings over four stories in height have stairwell lighting, signs and signals that are 2‐hour fire‐rated. Non‐adherence to code can compromise the occupant’s safety and increase property and liability insurance premiums for the building owner.

    Commercial buildings need fire alarm systems that function in extreme environments for long periods of time, providing time for evacuation and first responders. DuraLife™ FPL cable is more flexible and easier to install than Mineral Insulated (MI) cable, while providing the level of assurance required when occupant safety is the priority. DuraLife™ FPL cable is available today from Radix’s distribution partners WESCO International and its subsidiary Calvert Wire and Cable.



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