the responsibility of manufacturing safety and electrical current is our main concern from the beginning of manufacturing to the end users of our product
Santa Fe Springs, CA (PRWEB) July 22, 2009
With ongoing combat in Afghanistan & Iraq our U.S. soldiers and Marines should not have to be concerned about military electrical power cables catching fire from the extreme desert heat. Yet Philatron Wire & Cable recently discovered that this seems to be a wide spread problem. A Marine/buyer for the Marine Corp, Air Station contacted Philatron as a premium manufacturer of electrical wire & cable specializing in military specification MIL-DTL-3432. The Marine was interested in Philatron's Philafin™ series of MIL-DTL-3432 because Philafin™ is highly heat resistant and fire retardant.
The Marine stated that the power cables were connected to 200 kilowatt generators and were being used to supply power to Mobile Maintenance Buildings for air conditioners, lighting, and test equipment for maintaining aircraft. They ran at 80-90% output. The outside desert temperature was 140°F. The large power cables were lying outside on the sand and suddenly exploded and caught fire due to the desert heat and power demand. Once on fire the cable burned like paper, and a crew of marines scrambled to put out the fire. The Marine stated that he knows of at least 10 cases of these same type cables catching fire since the war started.
MIL-DTL-3432 specification which sets the standard for special purpose electrical cables for all military branches serves satisfactory in most conditions, but it does not have provisions for flame resistance nor cable rated above 90°C (Class E). Most of the cables used by the Army for electrical mobile power are MIL-DTL-3432 - Class D which is rated 75°C. Philafin™, an improved material which complies and exceeds materials used in MIL-DTL 3432, is a propriety blend of insulating and jacketing compounds rated at +125°C and is extremely flame resistant.
Had the military chose the Philafin™ brand for cable applications in the Middle-East, in particular, deserts like Afghanistan, these fires would be avoided, and a safer flame resistant environment would be available to our military troops. Please visit http://www.philatron.com to see test reports, and complete catalog information.
Philatron has been a prime supplier MIL-DTD-3432 cables to many prime and government contractors- including Lockheed Martin, SGT, Tobyhanna, Army Dept, and Unicor.
Philatron Wire and Cable is a premier manufacturer of Electrical Wire and Cable offering the toughest product that can withstand rigorous conditions, austere terrain, plus is ozone, oil, and sun resistant. With over 35 years of success and offering over 100 years of electrical engineering experience, Phil Ramos, Jr. states "the responsibility of manufacturing safety and electrical current is our main concern from the beginning of manufacturing to the end users of our product". Philatron is a reputable family owned business in Santa Fe Springs, Ca. located outside of Los Angeles.
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Philatron Wire and Cable
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