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Casico™ fire retardancy is the perfect solution for internal cable applications where, in the case of fire, ignition, propagation, smoke density, heat release, corrosivity, irritancy and toxicity are of significant concern.
Casico™ is totally free from halogens, heavy metals and plasticisers. Compared with halogenated flame retardant systems much less smoke, toxic and no corrosive gases are formed.
Important factors, as most injuries in case of fire are due to difficulties to escape because of disorientation caused by heavy smoke and irritants (HBr, HF etc) followed by poisoning by asphyxiants like CO, HCN etc. The lack of corrosive gases decreases the secondary effect of a fire as the risk for damaging electrical equipment, machines etc. is reduced. As described above halogen-free polyolefins enjoy major advantages compared to PVC and other halogenated flame retardant systems in case of fire but suffer one disadvantage - higher heat release.
The good electical properties of polyolefins make, however, downsizing a possibility which will compensate for it's inherently higher calorific value. Downsizing will be incorporated more and more in performance based cable design codes. Casico™ is a low smoke zero halogen flame retardant (LSZH) polyolefin for wire and cable insulation and jacketing.
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