Update Regarding UL 2196 Listed Cables

 

Circuit integrity durasystems test

Circuit Integrity Durasystems Test

 

UPDATE!!!!  There are additional cables that are listed under the FHIT portion of UL 2196.  We’ve reviewed all the products listed under this category and are not advocating any particular cable, but from a life safety system installation perspective, the most interesting cable that we’ve seen involves a two conductor, 14 or 16 gauge, solid or stranded, non-shielded cable with an outer ceramifiable, silicon rubber insulation.  Ceramifiable refers to the ability of  the outer insulation to transform into a fireproof ceramic during exposure to fire, thereby maintaining its two hour rating.  This cable is listed under UL category FHJR.R21213, but is not listed to be run exposed.  To be considered 2 hour survivable, it must be installed as part of System 28A in the FHIT UL listing.  This system utilizes 3/4″ EMT and the cable has a nominal outer diameter of .292″, so it’s like installing circuit integrity in conduit (CIC) cable.  This is not brand new technology, as the Australian company Olex introduced this product in 2008, but it was just UL listed on February 21, 2014.  Cost:…..that’s another matter, but we’ll bet it beats building a soffit, a separate two hour enclosure or encasing it in concrete.  However, FHIT System 1850 MI cable does not need a raceway, has a nominal outer diameter of .246″ and offers a shielded version (.364″ OD), so check out your options and requirements before committing. Cost wise, we’re not sure how ceramifiable cable compares to MI cable,  but we’ll find out and let you know.

In the meantime, be sure to use Gamewell- FCI by Honeywell life safety products in all your life safety projects.  State of the art technology, top of the line functionality and expert application guidance will ensure your project’s success.  Utilize our ‘Contact Us’ page, call us directly at 630.434.7900 or email us at generowe@affiliatedinc.com.

About Gene Rowe

Gene Rowe serves as the Director of Business Development for Affiliated Customer Service. He brings twenty three years of fire alarm and emergency voice systems experience to the table with both an operational and marketing viewpoint. A US Army veteran, NICET certified, an executive board member of the IL-AFAA and a member of the NFPA, he began his career establishing operational expertise as a technician, developed graphic skills with CAD design as a general engineer, gained a ‘big picture’ mindset by moving to project management and finally a marketing perspective directing business development efforts. By interfacing with a broad range of diverse organizations such as the AFAA, CAA, AIA, CEA and the IFIA, he combines concerns of the owner, designer of record, contractor, distributor and approving authority to bring a unique perspective to Affiliated.

An avid marathon runner, he resides in west suburban Chicago with his wife and two sons. He's served the community as a Cub Scout Leader, as well as coaching multiple levels of travel and park district basketball and baseball teams. Professionally, he serves as the Treasurer and is on the Board of Directors for the Illinois chapter of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (IL-AFAA).

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  1. […] It’s been a few months since I’ve blogged about the status of  UL listed fire alarm two hour cables. I’ve found a  couple of  other low voltage options available (in no particular order or preference) in addition to the cables I’ve listed in my previous blogs: […]

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