How Insulated Wires Prevent Corrosion

Kelly Benjamin
July 14, 2021

We’ve all made poor investments, whether it was a personal or business decision. The truth is, spending money on a product or service that stops working is a real bummer. It hurts your bottom line and can impact future business decisions.

Performance Wire and Cable is here to make sure your next investment in the wire industry is not a poor choice. How?

Through insulated wires.

What Are The Benefits of Wire Insulation?

The obvious benefit of insulated wire is the colored insulation. While this may seem simple, it’s actually really important, especially in sophisticated wire and cable applications. With a multitude of wires running every which way, the colored insulation can help you determine which wire is which!

However, insulated wires bring much more to the table than different colors. Back to the poor investment idea: how does wire insulation ensure your investment is a good one? How does the insulation keep your cables performing at optimum levels?

How Do You Prevent Insulated Wires From Corrosion?

Corrosion can be caused by a number of factors, especially in the wire and cable world. Depending on the type of application or surrounding environment, you should keep chemicals, pressure, weather and flexibility in mind when it comes preventing corrosion.

Can Chemicals Cause Wire Corrosion?

Yes, chemicals can cause corrosion to your wires and unfortunately, for many household appliances and underground cable applications, there is a presence of harmful chemicals. Luckily, Performance Wire offers HALAR cathodic protection cable. This insulated wire is extremely resistant to chlorine, hydrogen gases and other chemicals that can lead to corrosion. HALAR wire is commonly used directly in water and damp environments because of its properties.

KYNAR insulated cables are also a good choice if you’re looking for chemical resistance.

What Type Of Wires Provide Resistance To Crushing & Pressure?

It’s no secret that wires are also commonly used underground. The amount of pressure some wires face is incredible. In order to maintain maximum performance, they cannot succumb to being crushed. HMWPE cathodic protection cables provide great resistance to crushing and pressure. The wire insulation is a high molecular weight polyethylene material, which protects your copper cables.

What Other Factors Contribute To Wire Corrosion?

Other factors that can lead to wire corrosion can include weather and the surrounding environment. There are insulated wires made specifically to perform in high temperatures, as well as those best suited for colder temperatures. Cross-linked polyethylene, also known as XLPE cables, are perfect for these types of applications.

Don’t forget about flexibility, either. If a cable is going to be bent frequently, it must have proper insulation to give it that freedom of motion. If not, the wire will not last very long.

And, in the end, that’s what we’re all looking for: wires and cables that last a long time. Otherwise known as? A good investment.