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Compounds for 5G wireless infrastructure
Source：Plastics News for Asia
Date Published：1/14/2020 01:01:18 PM
Comprehensive range of compounds from Teknor Apex meet 5G infrastructure requirements
Teknor Apex Company will feature a full range of compounds for the emerging 5G wireless infrastructure at Wire 2020 (30 Mar 2020 – 3 Apr 2020 at Hall 9, Stand E-6-01). The company has developed Apex® PVC, Flexalloy® PVC elastomer, and Halguard® halogen-free low-smoke compounds for every component in the complex antenna cables required for the new infrastructure.
David Braun, wire and cable industry manager for the Vinyl Division, said that with the advent of 5G, the wireless antenna market is evolving away from large coaxial cables and toward composite constructions incorporating control and fiber optic cables. These new constructions meet the needs of wireless telecom carriers, who are seeking to add new spectrum bands while lowering operating costs.
Compounds are available from Teknor Apex for these 5G antenna cable applications include buffers for high-speed data fibers at the core of the cable; jackets for the multi-fiber core; jackets for the bundles of 600-volt control cable surrounding the core; and sheathing for the entire construction.
Mr. Braun noted that the suite of compounds offered by Teknor Apex for these applications include variations that meet different specifications from each wireless carrier. “We offer specialty formulations for oil-resistance, UV-resistance, low- and high-temperature environments, and wet- and dry-rated insulations. Many Halguard non-halogenated low-smoke alternatives to PVC are available, including a stress crack-resistant compound for jacketing over corrugated metal armor.”
Teknor Apex Company, a privately held firm founded in 1924, is one of the world’s leading custom compounders of plastics. Teknor Apex produces flexible and rigid vinyl, thermoplastic elastomers, nylons, color masterbatches, specialty chemicals, and hoses. The company is headquartered in Pawtucket, RI, U.S.A. and operates thirteen manufacturing facilities worldwide in the United States, Belgium, Germany, China, and Singapore.