Utility safety: Ladder shrink tube

Utility supplies: Graphic Products’ ladder shrink tube, safety materials streamline wire and cable wrapping.

Mar 10th, 2015
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Cable installation: Graphic Products has released a new line of ladder shrink tube, streamlining wire and cable wrapping in the industrial workforce. The cable markers come in five sizes and can easily slip over the end of wires or tubes, and shrink tight with the application of a heat gun.

Shrink tube is commonly used in component manufacturing and by electricians and foremen to identify and organize materials on the job site or in the office. The ladder-style tubing was created for the DuraLabel Toro labeler and printer, which allows users to customize and print messages directly on the shrink tube.

“The ladder format lets you print dozens of separate markers at once, and then place them one at a time without losing track of your progress,” said Steve Stephenson, chief marketing officer with Graphic Products. “It makes it easier to organize and label components in sequential order.”

The shrink tube is constructed from a cross-linked halogen-free polyolefin, providing environmentally-friendly wire marking solutions, with the toughest durability. The cross-linked material can withstand the harshest thermal, physical, and chemical resistance and meets the following industry standards: UL224 ­ Extruded insulating tubing, CAN/CSA C22.2 standards, VW-1: Vertical wire flame test, and RoHS: The Restriction of Hazardous Substances.

“The products are halogen-free so no toxic smoke will be released if under fire,” Stephenson said. “In extreme temperatures, the shrink tube won’t corrode or become difficult to read.”

DuraLabel Ladder Shrink Tube specs include:
• Shrink Ratio: 3:1
• Expected Interior Life: Two years
• Service Temperature: -67°F to 257°F (-55°C to 125°C)
• Minimum Shrink Temperature: 185°F (85°C)
• Inside Diameter Sizes: 1/8 in. x 1.97 in., 3/16 in. x 1.97 in., 1/4 in. x 1.97 in., 3/8 in. x 1.97 in., 1/2 in. x 1.97 in.
• Color: White

Graphic Products has also released a complimentary best practice guide to Wire and Cable Marking, which provides real-world identification applications, and outlines NEC, NFPA and NESC compliance standards. Graphic Products is the global leader in providing visual safety solutions made possible by a series of workplace DuraLabel printers and supplies, PathFinder wayfinding products, and industry publications.

For more information about Graphic Products or other products, click here to go to Utility Products’ Buyers Guide.

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