The Difference between High Temperature and Flame Retardant Sleevings
One of the most common questions we hear from our customers regarding braided sleeving selection is ?what is the difference between flame retardant and high temperature?? Technically, there?s not much of a difference beyond the level of protection.
Flame retardant sleeving comes in two different types. The first type is made of PET, nylon, or another thermoplastic, and then coated with a material that stops combustion. The other is made from a naturally non-combustible material such as Kevlar, Halar, or Teflon.
Cable sleeves classified as "high temperature" are built for the most extreme conditions. Most are made of fiberglass, and less commonly from ceramic and material blends. Some of these sleevings operate with no problems in temperatures up to 3000°F!
Though we do have a wide variety, it should not be difficult to choose the product you need from these two categories. Most will be chosen based on other types of protection that are provided. For example, if you need protection from high heat, abrasion, and chemicals as well as added expandability, Teflon sleeving may be a good choice for high temperature. If you need a flame retardant sleeving but want to get to work right away with scissors instead of buying a hot knife, try Clean Cut FR.
One very common use for our cable sleeve is found in the automotive sector. The following is a quick rundown on the different types of automotive cable sleeve that are available:
- ConvoShield AL Thermal Sleeving: Protects from heat up to 1000°F, split for easy installation, brilliant chrome finish looks great on exposed motorcycle lines and engine bay cables and hoses
- Thermo-Flex Heat Shield: Protects up to 750°F, available in many different sizes and 4 colors, highly flexible for easy cable and wire management
- Thermo Sleeve Heat Shield: Protects up to 2000°F, lightweight and flexible for easy cable and wire management
- FireFlex Firesleeve: Resists up to 500°F (260°C), highly flexible, silicone coated for extreme abrasion resistance, great for liquid lines and cables in hot spots
At CableOrganizer.com, if we don?t have the cable and wire management solution you are looking for, we will find it!
Please give us a call at 1-866-222-0030 if you need assistance in selecting a solution.