Knowing the differences between the various types of sleeving can make it much easier to select the proper Techflex product for your application.
Each type of sleeving has different characteristics and properties, and each type has particular advantages under various conditions.
This type of sleeving is produced from single flexible strands (filaments) of polymers or metals. Braided monofilament sleeving generally has the greatest expandability and flexibility of any of the various sleeving types, and is often used when managing bundles of wires over long lengths is necessary.
The wide expandability makes installation over existing plugs and connectors possible, and when properly matched to your application, will provide a secure and protective covering.
Additionally, braided monofilament generally has the widest choices in colors and diameters, making it the preferred choice when Immediate identification of wires or managed bundles is necessary.
Breakouts of individual or multiple wires is accomplished by simply pushing the wires through the sleeving at the desired point along the harness.
The soft, fabric-like look and feel of braided multifilament sleeving makes these products attractive fot their visual appeal, but there are many other advantages to this style of construction.
The full coverage provides complete protection for critical wiring bundles and other components, and the tight construction creates a smooth inner surface that minimizes internal abrasion of delicate wires. Even when installed over large bundles or cables, flexibility is virtually unaffected.
Multifilament sleeving expands slightly for quick installation, but for a tight custom fit, is best installed before any large plugs or connectors are attached to the wires.
When protection from the most extreme environments is the most important consideration, woven sleeving is the product to choose. Tighly constructed to cover completely, woven sleeving is a heavier construction than most braided products, with thick walls to protect hoses, cables, and wires from constant exposure to harsh conditions.
Woven sleeving is generally used to protect equipment in mines and on construction sites from abrasion and constant exposure to weather and debris.
By laminating two materials together, we can take advantage of the characteristics of each material and produce a product that satisfies a wide variety of application needs.
No matter what the construction type (monofilament, multifilament, laminated, etc.) wraparound type sleeving is the most versatile when installation over existing assemblies is necessary. When components cannot be taken apart for management, wraparound sleeving just opens up along the entire length and simply wraps over and around the wires or cable bundle.
Depending on the product and the requirements for repeated access, the split edge can be sealed with either a hook and loop system, an adhesive edge or, in the case of Flexo F6, the edge overlap eliminates the need for any type of closure at all.
Network bundles, workstation cabling, complex harnesses, automotive and marine engine retrofits and robotic welders and assemblers are just a few applications where wraparound sleeving is the economical and servicable choice for a wire, hose or cable management solution.
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