More Flammability & Smoke Emission Tests For Silver Fox Low Smoke Zero Halogen Cable Labels

By Chris Dodds on 27th January, 2014

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More Flammability & Smoke Emission Tests  For Silver Fox Low Smoke Zero Halogen Cable Labels

 

Silver Fox Cable Labels

Silver Fox’s Fox-Flo® Low Smoke Zero Halogen Tie-On Cable Labels

 

The UK-based cable labelling solutions manufacturer, Silver Fox, has had its cable labels independently tested following safety concerns over a competitor’s labels. T&D are specialist distributors for the Silver Fox range of cable label systems.

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The tests - carried out by the Interscience Fire Laboratory (IFL), in Gosport, Hampshire – relate to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)’s Smoke and Toxicity Test and to tests for minor materials in BS 6853:1999 and non-listed items in LUL 1-085, as required by London Underground Limited (LUL). The tests show that Silver Fox’s Fox-Flo® Low Smoke Zero Halogen Tie-On Cable Labels ably meet modern safety standards.

Silver Fox cable labels are specified to provide cost-efficient and durable cable labelling to low and high voltage offshore, marine and rail cables. 

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Nick Michaelson, CEO of Silver Fox, explained: “Although all cable label manufacturers can receive an LUL certificate, owing to the low weight cut-off criteria of 100 grams, we were horrified when we conducted our own internal test - of setting light to similar looking labels to Silver Fox’s which are used extensively on LUL applications. Silver Fox published the results in the form of a video:

“As the video shows, the competitor’s cable label starts to burn after only ten seconds and it propagates quickly, beginning to emit burning particles and black smoke.

However, the Silver Fox Fox-Flo® label doesn’t even start to burn after 45 seconds of exposure to a constant flame.

“Knowing the high quality of the material used in making our labels – and also knowing that our labels’ IMO approvals corroborate this, we decided to put our money where our mouth was and independently test all four colours of our labels according to the LUL standards."

IFL carried out the tests on 3mm white polymeric sheet, which is used to make Silver Fox’s Fox-Flo® labels. According to IFL: ‘In our opinion, the results show that the material meets the requirements set for BS6853:1999 Table 7 Interior minor use materials of mass 100g to 500g Category Ia, Ib and II; BS 6853: 1999 Table 8 Exterior minor use materials of mass 400g to 2000g Category Ia, Ib and II, and LUL 1-085 Table 4 – Flammability and smoke emission requirements for non-listed items (Limited and dispersed usage).’

Nico Frame, Silver Fox’s Marketing Manager, commented: “The IMO FTPC Part 2 - Smoke and Toxicity and the IMO FTPC Part 5 – Surface Spread of Flames tests were carried out on 1mm Fox-Flo® white and yellow labels.

In both tests, these label colours satisfied the requirements of the current standards. “Fox-Flo® labels have always saved users time and money,” added Nick Michaelson, “and, now, we all know that they’re incredibly safe as well.”

Cable Labels - Low Smoke Zero Halogen Silver Fox Cable Labels

 
  • Further Reading:

Offshore Cable Labelling Solutions From Silver Fox (IMO Approved)

Silver Fox - Rail Cable Labels With Network Rail & London Underground (LUL) Approval

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