Cable Jacket Types 101
Almost every cable has a jacket and for good reason: jackets help mechanically protect the insulation and conductor core of the cable. Without a jacket, cables are susceptible to abrasion, heat damage and oxidation damage, as well as weather-related damage. But not every jacket is created equal; it is imperative that each cable have the correct jacket type for each application in order for the cable to operate properly.
This Wire Wisdom will explore some of the different cable jacket types and provide an overview on the jackets’ mechanical and chemical properties.