XLPE Cable and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Performance Wire and Cable is a leading manufacturer and supplier of many different types of cables, including XLPE cable. As XLPE insulation continues to become more and more popular, it is only right that we educate people, both inside and outside of the wire and cable industry.

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What is XLPE Cable?

What are the benefits of XLPE?

When should XLPE cable be used?

What’s the difference between XLPE insulation and PVC insulation?

What are different types of XLPE insulated cables?

Where can I order XLPE cable?


What is XLPE Cable?

XLPE cable stands for cross linked polyethylene cable. It is a hydronic tubing manufactured from polyethylene plastic. XLPE features a 3D molecular bond structure and shape memory characteristics.

What are the benefits of XLPE?

XLPE insulation performs at both high and low temperatures. Due to its structure, XLPE is extremely resistant to abrasion and other wear and tear. It also boasts resistance to high voltage electricity, chemicals and other hazardous materials. Cross linked polyethylene insulation is also a more affordable option.

When should XLPE cable be used?

This question is asked so frequently, it got its own blog post! Check out “Applications of XLPE.”

In short, XLPE cable should be used in industries that expose wire and cable to:

  • Extreme temperature conditions (high and low)
  • High voltage electrical applications
  • Abrasion and stress
  • Water and other liquids
  • Chemicals and other hazardous materials

XLPE cable can be used for plumbing, mining, and various electrical applications. Cross linked polyethylene cables can also be found across the chemical industry and within the commercial and residential heating industry. Don’t forget about dentists offices and other medical institutions, groundskeeping at stadiums and other venues, and much more.

What’s the difference between XLPE insulation and PVC insulation?

XLPE, as explained above, is cross linked polyethylene material. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride insulation.

The main difference between the two is that XLPE can be used for both high and low tension applications. Its structure provides great resistance to abrasion, stress, and other wear and tear. PVC insulation cannot withstand as much pressure, meaning it is only suitable for low tension applications.

Other differences:

  • XLPE insulation tends to last longer than PVC insulation
  • Since XLPE doesn’t contain chloride, it is more environmentally friendly
  • XLPE insulation can withstand higher temperatures
  • Cross linked polyethylene features more moisture resistance

What are different types of XLPE insulated cables?

Performance Wire and Cable utilizes XLPE insulation on USE-2 wires, RHW-2 cable, and RHH cable.

Where can I order XLPE cable?

Right here! Performance Wire and Cable offers various types of XLPE cable. Contact us today or give us a call. Our wire and cable experts will help you determine which cross linked polyethylene cable is perfect for your next job.

 

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