Hitachi Cable: A New Lineup of Halogen-Free Heat Resistant LAN Cables for Rolling Stock

  Hitachi Cable: A New Lineup of Halogen-Free Heat Resistant LAN Cables for
  Rolling Stock

Business Wire

TOKYO -- March 25, 2013

Hitachi Cable (TOKYO:5812) is announcing a new lineup of halogen-free heat
resistant LAN cables for rolling stock as a part of our related product
lineup. The products in this new lineup are highly heat resistant and can
withstand temperatures of 90 deg C and satisfy the fire safety standards
required in the EN (note 1).

As measures to reduce CO[2] emissions are being reinforced to mitigate global
climate change in the recent years, railroad transportation is receiving
attention for its low energy consumption and low CO[2] emissions per traffic
volume, resulting in the reduction of global environmental load. Demand for
wires and cables for rolling stock is increasing in overseas markets,
including rapid railroad projects being implemented mainly in Europe and Asia.
Demand for high-speed and large-capacity information and telecommunication
services such as Internet connections and video sharing in rolling stock is
spreading along with the implementation of rapid railroad projects. LAN cables
specifically designed for Ethernet (note 2) connections in rolling stock are
being used as communication lines inside rolling stock. Furthermore, Ethernet
is gaining acceptance towards advanced features of railroad operation and
control systems, and demand for LAN cables for Ethernet installation with
cables for rolling stock vehicle control is also increasing.

In response to such needs, Hitachi Cable is introducing a product lineup of
halogen-free heat resistant LAN cables for rolling stock with high heat
resistance required for use in rolling stock and in Enhanced Category 5 (note
3) which satisfies high fire safety standards required in the EN.
The halogen-free heat resistant LAN cables for rolling stock in this new
lineup use special flame-resistant cross-linked polyethylene as sheaths.
Hitachi Cable developed this special flame-resistant cross-linked polyethylene
using polymer compounding technologies that the company has accumulated
through the development of various types of wires and cables and realized high
heat resistance up to temperatures of 90 deg C, which is much higher than the
heat resistance of conventional products with resistance generally at
temperatures of 60 deg C. The use of this flame-resistant cross-linked
polyethylene developed for this lineup ensures a high level of fire safety
required for wires and cables for rolling stock in the EN, which means high
level of fire resistance, low smoke emission, and low toxicity. Furthermore,
reducing the sheath thickness as much as possible while retaining a high level
of fire resistance made the products resistant to thermal expansion and
shrinkage and retain electric performance which satisfies Enhanced Category 5
under a high temperature environment of 90 deg C.

Hitachi Cable is committed to expanding the sales of wires and cables for
rolling stock by conducting development to further improve the performance of
products such as heat resistant LAN cables and enhancing its product lineup.

         
(Note 1)   EN stands for European Norm.
(Note 2)   Ethernet is a registered trademark of Fuji Xerox.
(Note 3)   Enhanced Category 5 is a standard for information wiring systems
           specified by ANSI (American National Standards Institute).

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