Types of Sleeving

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.

Braided Monofilament

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.

Flexo PET - Networking
The wide expandability of braided monofilament sleeving makes it ideal for managing large bundles of wires.
Non-Skid Sleeving
By combining varoius types of polymers in the braiding process, particular characteristics can be achieved, such as slip resistance.
Nylon Monofilament Expandable Sleeving
Braided monofilament sleeving is routinely chosen for use in automotive wire harnesses for its flexibility, light weight and ease of installation.
Stainless Steel Hose Sleeving
Metal wires can be braided into expandable sleeving, producing strong and abrasion resistant coverings for hoses and cables.
Super Duty Braided Expandable Sleeving
Thicker filaments produce an extraordinarily strong and abrasion resistant sleeving without sacrificing flexibility or expandability.

Braided Multifilament

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.

Kevlar Braided Sleeving
Braided multifilament sleeving provides full coverage and protection without sacrificing flexibility or ease of Installation.
Insultherm Braided Fiberglass Sleeving
Braided fiberglass sleeving provides thermal protection in even the most aggressive high temperature environments.
Nylon Multifilament Braided Sleeving
Braided multifilament sleeving is often selected for use in wiring harnesses and custom cable snakes for its soft, fabric like look and feel.

Woven Sleeving

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.

The thick construction and complete coverage provided by woven sleeving makes it perfect in harsh environments.

Laminated Sleeving

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.

Laminating a mettalized film over dense giberglass provides insulation and protection for wires and hoses.

Wraparound Sleeving

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.

Dura Wrap Woven Wraparound Sleeving
Wraparound Dura-Wrap sleeving in use on hydraulic pistons to protect them from abrasion and damage.
Grip Wrap Wraparound Sleeving
Some wraparound sleeving can be attached directly to surfaces as a versatile and economical wire duct solution.
Flexo F6 Reflex Wraparound Braided Sleeving
When dissassembly of existing components is impractical or impossible, wraparound sleeving provides a simple and time saving solution.
Volcano Wrap Header Wrapping Tape
Sometimes, wraparound is the only workable solution, such as in auto or motorcycle customization and renovation.
Flexo F6 Workstation Management
Workstation cables and wires can be managed easily with wrparound sleeving, resulting in a neat appearance and a safer work environment.

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