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

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