Attleboro, MA – Comtran, a leading provider of specialty cable and system solutions, is proud to announce the expansion of its low voltage VITALink® circuit integrity product portfolio with the introduction of an armored construction along with ethernet data cables. Both offerings are the first of their kind to meet the stringent 2 hour fire standards designated by UL 2196.
VITALink® armored cables feature a continuously corrugated welded (CCW) armor that offers enhanced mechanical protection and crush-resistance, while preventing moisture, gas, and other harmful fluids from entering the cable and disrupting critical circuits. These cables are available in 14 AWG, 1 through 4 pair constructions with or without an overall low smoke zero halogen (LSZH) outer jacket. The armored construction eliminates the need for installation in conduit and can withstand rigorous surroundings, ideal for environments that are enclosed or exposed to gases, hazardous materials, or other harsh conditions.
Also new to the product family are the VITALink® ethernet cables. Meeting Category 3 channel requirements in accordance with TIA-568-C.2 and capable of transmitting data signals at speeds up to 10 Mbps, these cables are the perfect solution for critical data communication circuits and voice applications, including IP Area of Refuge devices, addressable Class N fire alarm devices, and emergency VoIP telephones and speakers. Products are available in 18 AWG, 2 through 4 pair shielded constructions.
According to Rama Nippani, Executive Director of Technical Services, “Comtran’s armored cables and ethernet data constructions reflect Comtran’s commitment to being at the forefront of innovation in the life safety market. These circuit integrity products will serve markets and applications that did not previously have a UL 2196-approved solution.”
Comtran’s VITALink® product line continues to be the most versatile option available. These new constructions meet NFPA 70 and 72, plus UL listings of FPLR-LS, CL3R-LS, and CSA listed FAS 105 ST1 FT4. From free air, to conduit (EMT or IMC), to areas where conduit is difficult to install, all VITALink® circuit integrity cables are designed to maintain a constant signal connection for at least 2 hours to support emergency communications systems and facilitate safe evacuations.