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PORTABLE CORD

Portable Cord
Portable cord is used for portable power distribution – any application requiring temporary or portable power. Cord is generally called Service Cord when it is intended to provide electrical service to an appliance or motor. The term "portable" indicates that it is intended for non-permanent use. Flexible may also be added and defines flexible cords and flexible cables used in applications specified by Article 400 of the National Electric Code. Depending on type, size, and
application, portable cord may have the following 3rd party designations: UL, CSA, MSHA, OSHA.
 
 
ABC’S OF PORTABLE CORD
Every letter in the designation of portable cord has a specific meaning relating to the cord’s construction and applications:
 

 

SEO VS SO (SEOPRENE® VS RUBBER)
Prior to 1981, two basic cord types existed: PVC and Rubber STOW&SOW). Coleman Cable pioneered SEOW and SJEOW constructions using TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) technology, to
give customers the “best of both worlds” - the chemical resistance characteristics of PVC and flexibility properties of Rubber with additional enhancements.
 
TPE has been adopted in many industries as an alternative to traditional rubber technology because of its durability, flexibility and abrasion resistance. The worldwide demand for TPE is now over 2 billion pounds/year and has surpassed the demand of rubber material. TPE is widely used in the automobile and shoe industries because it can handle a wide temperature range and remains flexible at the same time.
 
Everyday products you may be familiar with that employ TPE technology include automobile dashboards, steering wheels, air bag covers, and soles for footwear.
 
WHY SEOOW? BETTER CORD FOR THE SAME PRICE!
The inherent features and benefits of TPE compounds provide industrial, commercial, and construction users with a tough portable cord that is easy-to-strip, lighter in weight, and fully recyclable. And because TPE compounds are cost competitive, there is no premium on price for standard black Seoprene® over standard black Rubber cord.
 

 

CUSTOMER ACCEPTANCE OF SEOOW CORD
Seoprene® (SEOOW and SJEOOW) cord is widely accepted as “black cord” or “SO Cord”. In many cases, SEOOW is even preferred over SO cord. Several manufacturers of rubber cord recently recognized the market demand for SEOOW cord and have added it to their traditional
rubber cord product line.
 
Coleman Cable offers a complete line of portable cord to cover full range of applications:
Seoprene® 105 - Black
Suprene™ 105 - Yellow
Seoprene® 105 Ultra Flex
Seoprene® 105 Ultra Cold Weather
Seoprene® 105 Control Cable
Compact 600®
Portable Power Elastomer (PPE)
 
Seoprene® 105 Black
The flagship Seoprene® product that is used as an alternative to standard black “SO” cord. The industry recently standardized on double O” rating for all portable cord “OO”. Consistent with this change, Coleman Cable’s Seoprene® 105 Black standard product now SEOOW and SJEOOW rated.
 
Applications:
General indoor and outdoor temporary power applications such Heavy machine tools Compressors, Portable tools Motor controls, Industrial controls Robotic systems, Class 1 Division 1 (with appropriate connectors).
SEOOW for 600V applications; SJEOOW for 300V applications.
 
Features/Benefits:
Easy to Strip – even long lengths
Wide Temperature Rating: -50°C to 105°C
15% lighter in weight than SOOW
Non-Wicking Polypropylene Fillers
Less Porous means less absorbent, stays cleaner
Superior abrasion resistance and chemical resistance
Fully recyclable
Non-Marking
Higher Dielectric Strength, Higher Tensile Strength
Suited for custom coloring
 
Industry Approvals:
• UL Listed
• MSHA
• CSA Certified
• Federal Spec #JC580B – Cord, Electrical and Wire, Electrical
 
SOOW/Rubber Challenges:
The following are typical challenges from suppliers of rubber cord and
the Seoprene® Answer to the challenge.
 
Challenge 1: Seoprene® has a larger outside diameter than Rubber. If the user is attaching a connector, he/she will have to check the specifications on the outside dimension.
• Seoprene® Response: Seoprene® nominal OD is consistent with typical tolerances of standard rubber cord. If a user is attaching a connector, he should check the outside diameter of the cord, whether it is rubber or  Seoprene®.
 
Challenge 2: Seoprene® is plastic (a Thermoplastic Elastomer). If the user is molding connectors using thermoset technology, it will not adhere to the thermoplastic elastomer.
• Seoprene® Response: a Thermoset (rubber) connector cannot be molded onto a rubber cord either. Once SO has been cured, it cannot be remolded. However, a PVC plug can be connectorized (molded) to a Seoprene® (TPE) cord.
 
Challenge 3: Rubber is tested to more stringent burn/flame tests.
• Seoprene® Response: Seoprene® is UL listed and adheres to testing conducted under UL Standard 62. Thus, Seoprene® has met all necessary UL requirements.
 
Challenge 4: Competitors often subject Seoprene® to an open flame in an attempt to scare users with the product “melting”.
• Seoprene® Response: The reality is that the NEC code for portable cord installation specifically prohibits exposure to an open flame; nullifying any validity of the “open-flame test”. However, if the product should come into contact with an open flame, the Seoprene® visibly shows signs of damage, giving the users an opportunity to inspect and replace. Rubber cord may not show these same signs of damage, leaving the potential for unrealized faulty cord.
 
SupreneTM 105 Yellow
Coleman Cable’s newest member of its portable cord family. Suprene™ 105 Yellow is built for the toughest environments, outperforms other “premium Yellow” SO cord; yet costs less. The superior construction of Suprene™ has a higher grade jacket compound, 25% more abrasion resistance, and a better temperature
rating; -60°C. Suprene™ also carries with it all the benefits of the Seoprene® Family of portable cord.
 
Applications:
• Any customer currently buying “Super SO” cord and paying a premium. Suprene™ is a better cord for a lower cost.
• Heavy industrial indoor and outdoor temporary power applications
• High abrasion areas or chemical exposure
• Applications requiring high visibility for Safety
• Class 1 Division 1 (with appropriate connectors) SEOOW for 600V applications; SJEOOW for 300V applications.
 
Features/Benefits:
• Higher Grade Jacket Compound
• 25% more abrasion resistant
• Broader temperature rating (-60°C to 105°C)
• High Visibility/Safety Yellow
 
PLUS (Seoprene® Features/Benefits)
• Easy to Strip – even long lengths
• 15% lighter in weight than SOOW
• Non-Wicking Polypropylene Fillers
• Less Porous means less absorbent; stays cleaner
• Fully recyclable
• Higher Dielectric Strength
• Higher Tensile Strength
• Suited for custom coloring
 
Industry Approvals:
• UL Listed
• MSHA
• CSA Certified
• Federal Spec #JC580B – Cord, Electrical and Wire, Electrical
 
SOOW/Rubber Challenges:
The following are typical challenges from suppliers of “Super SO” rubber cord and the Suprene™ Answer to the challenge.
 
Challenge 1: Suprene™ does not have the inner cloth to provide strength, flexibility and strip-ability.
• Suprene™ Response: Suprene™ does not need the inner cloth to provide better tensile strength, greater flexibility and easier strip-ability than the premium rubber product.
 
Challenge 2: Super SO is currently specified in many facilities.
• Suprene™ Response: True – all the more opportunity for a better alternative that saves customers money.
 
Seoprene® 105 Ultra Flex
For those who demand the ultimate in flexibility, Coleman Cable introduces Seoprene® 105 Ultra Flex…the most flexible cord on the market today. Seoprene® Ultra Flex offers all of the benefits of Seoprene® PLUS the increased flexibility created by the use of 34-gauge bare copper stranding and the T*Prene 128/Seoprene® 148
compounds.
 
Applications:
• Wherever cable requires frequent handling and/or coiling
• OEM applications where used as power supply cord with attached or molded ends
• Indoor or outdoor portable cord applications
• Class 1 Division 1 (with appropriate connectors)
 
Features/Benefits:
• Class M, 34 gauge bare copper stranding offering ultimate flexibility
• T*Prene 128 and Seoprene® 148 compounds provide tough, flexible jacket.
• Easy to Strip, Easy to Coil
• Chemical and Abrasion Resistant
• Broad Temperature Rating: -50° to 105°C
• Fully Recyclable
• Plus other Seoprene® Features/Benefits
 
Industry Approvals:
• UL Listed
• MSHA
• CSA Certified
• Federal Spec #JC580B – Cord, Electrical and Wire, Electrical
 
Seoprene® 105 Ultra Cold Weather
For those who need a portable cord with the ability to flex at extremely low temperatures, Coleman Cable offers NEW Seoprene® 105 Ultra Cold Weather portable cord. This new portable cord consists of a TPE compound that allows it to pass the UL cold bend test at –70°C. Yet this cord can still be used in environments that reach
temperatures up to 105°C. Seoprene® Ultra Cold Weather offers all the benefits of Seoprene® 105 cord plus additional enhancements. Seoprene® 105 Ultra Cold Weather is the lightest cord (per 1000’) of any portable cord. Its compounds are also lead-free, meeting the environmental requirements of Proposition 65 in California as well as the RoHS directive and, as are all Coleman Cable portable cords, is 100% recyclable.
 
Applications:
• Developed for cold weather applications, but can still be used in other environments
• Winter Sports Facilities
• Freezers
• Where extreme winter weather exists
• Class 1 Division 1 (with appropriate connectors)
 
Features/Benefits:
• Flexible at extremely cold temperatures (-70°C)
• Lighest in weight of any portable cord
• Lead Free compounds meet requirements of Proposition 65 in California
• Fully Recyclable
• Easy to Strip
• Abrasion & Chemical Resistant
• Non-Marking
• Plus Other Seoprene® Features/Benefits
 
Industry Approvals:
• UL Listed
• MSHA
• CSA Certified
• Federal Spec #JC580B – Cord, Electrical and Wire, Electrical
 
Seoprene® 105 Control Cable
Control cable ranges from 18-10 AWG and has 5 or more conductors. Seoprene® 105 Control Cable is jacketed with the Seoprene® compound, offering exceptional abrasion resistance, a broad temperature rating, and resistance to oil, chemical, water, ozone and solvents. With all of these features, Seoprene® 105 Control Cable
from Coleman Cable offers lightweight flexibility and mechanical toughness in a multi-conductor construction.
 
Applications:
• General 600V Control and Instrumentation Systems
• Industrial Plants, Processing Facilities
• Push Button Line Controls
• Temperature Control Systems
• Motor Controls
• Robotic Systems Controls
• Portable Control Systems
• Class 1 Division 1 (with appropriate connectors)
 
Features/Benefits:
• Maintains electrical integrity in harshest environments
• All weather protection from -50°C to 105°C
• Excellent conductor coloring for easy identification
• Flame retardant
• Resistant to oil, chemical, water, ozone, and solvents
• Lighter in weight, easy to strip, fully recyclable and other benefits inherent in the Seoprene® family of portable cord
 
Industry Approvals:
• UL Listed
• MSHA
• CSA Certified
• Federal Spec #JC580B
• NEC Article 400 – Flexible Cords and Cables Listed
 
Compact 600®
Coleman Cable’s Compact 600® is similar to other lines of reduced diameter control cable. Compact 600® has a specially engineered small diameter, making it ideal for tight, restricted areas requiring higher strength, greater flexibility and higher amperage.
 
Applications:
• Light and Heavy Industrial Facilities
• Steel, paper, chemical, textile, petroleum industries
• Cranes, Hoists and Mechanical arms
• For use in Pendants, Conduit, Raceways and Festoon Systems
• Control and Signal Circuits
• NEC Article 336 Applications
 
Features/Benefits:
• Maintains electrical and mechanical integrity in flexing applications. -- More than 1 million flex cycles without degradation.
• TFFN/THHN Class K conductors combined with Nylon armored insulation allow higher amperage in smaller diameter cable.
• Nylon armored insulation reduces friction, stress and fatigue during continuous flexing.
• Reinforced polyester core wrap provides high dielectric and mechanical strength; and easy jacket removal.
• Seoprene® jacket protects against oil, gas, ozone, chemicals and abrasion.
• Fully recyclable.
 
Industry Approvals:
• UL Listed
• NEC Article 336 – Power and Control Cables: Type TC
 
Portable Power Elastomer (PPE)
Coleman Cable is the innovator of PPE. After rigorous testing, Coleman Cable first got this added to the 1996 National Electric Code. We developed this product to meet the applications of Type W, G, and G-GC, but with a construction that is lighter in weight and has superior abrasion resistance.
 
Similar to:
W: Heavy duty portable power cord, one to six conductors, 600 Volts without grounds
G: Heavy duty portable power cord with two to five 8 AWG or larger conductors with ground wires.
G-GC: Heavy duty portable power cord with three 8 AWG or larger conductors with two grounds and one ground check wire
 
Applications:
• Portable Power Generators
• Large Motors
• Oil Refineries
• Conveyors
• Wet environments—including submersion
 
Features/Benefits:
• Class K Stranding provides Superior Flexibility
• Lighter in weight than other W, G or G-GC cables
• Resistant to oil, chemicals, ozone and water
• Non-Wicking Polypropylene Fillers
• Temperature rated -40°C to 90°C
• Fully Recyclable
 
Industry Approvals:
• UL Listed
• MSHA approved
• NEC Article 400 – Flexible Cords and Cables
 
PPE/Type W Challenges:
Many customers have been using Type W, G, and G-GC for years and are reluctant to try a new cable.
PPE/Type W Challenge 1: We’ve always used Type W and it has always worked. Why should we switch?
• PPE Response: Switching from a rubber construction to the TPE construction offers several advantages; lighter in weight, easier to strip, and with the Class K copper, a more flexible cable.
PPE/Type W Challenge 2: PPE is not listed in the National Electric Code.
• PPE Response: PPE is listed in Article 400 of the NEC and has been
since Coleman Cable first got it listed in 1996. Ampacities for PPE
and Type W, G, G-GC are listed in the same chart, 400.5(B), and
are identical.