New from Prysmian Group: Fully CPR Compliant Draka Cat.6 U/UTP B2ca D65 Cable

Cologne, December 5, 2019 – Following extensive research and development, Prysmian Group, the world’s largest cable manufacturer, has launched its new Draka UC400 23 Category 6 U/UTP LSHF D65 B2ca data cable that is fully compliant with the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).

The new Draka SMPTE 311M Hybrid High Flex cables for Live Production is even more resistant to bending, very robust and durable. Photo credits: BU Multimedia Solutions, Prysmian Group
The new Draka SMPTE 311M Hybrid High Flex cables for Live Production is even more resistant to bending, very robust and durable. Photo credits: BU Multimedia Solutions, Prysmian Group

The new UK manufactured Draka cable has a genuine Euroclass B2ca s1a d1 a1 fire performance rating for full CPR compliance without compromising data transmission levels; it delivers full Category 6 / Class E compliant electrical performance.  This has been a key challenge faced by manufacturers, including Prysmian, frequently resulting in compromise or failure of one of three aspects; Data transmission performance, installation usability (high density diameter & low weight) and fire safety rating. However, with CPR for cable products that are permanently installed in buildings in force, compromise is simply not an option. CPR requires third party testing of cables with a Notified Body for heat-energy content, plus spread of fire, smoke, acidity, heat emission and droplet formation (burning drops of plastic that spread fire), to ensure they meet fire performance requirements laid out in the harmonised European standard for cables in construction works subject to reaction to fire requirements under the CPR (EN 50575)   


Prysmian has therefore invested considerable resources in developing the new cable, with success achieved through a range of material engineering developments, optimisation of the cable construction design (including a fine balancing of the volume of air spaces within the cable) and fine tuning of the manufacturing processes.  At the same time, the new cable remains compact, with a high degree of flexibility for easy installation, with Draka claiming there is no difference in handling performance, to its existing high density Dca rated cables. 


The Draka UC400 23 Category 6 U/UTP LSHF D65 B2ca data cable has been introduced following the recently launched the D64 Cca rated version, which is CPR compliant even when deployed from a 305m Reelex® box.  While working on the new Category 6 U/UTP cable design, Prysmian discovered that cable which runs off the production line straight onto a reel retains its ‘as manufactured’ structure and integrity, but the treatment of the cable to load it into a box without a reel (by processes such as Reelex™) can have a significant negative impact on the resulting CPR Euroclass classification. As a result the new D65 product is only available in reel format, to ensure that the B2ca Euroclass rating is maintained. A new whitepaper ‘A Safe Step Forward – The Challenges of Determining the Reaction to Fire Characteristics for Data Communication Cables’ has been released by Prysmian which cover this subject in more detail as well as the results of market surveillance testing of Cca & B2ca category 6 UTP cables which fail to meet the Euroclass rating stated on the supplied Declaration of Performance.


For information on the new Draka Cat.6 U/UTP B2ca D65 Cable and to download a copy of the white paper, please go to https://uk.prysmiangroup.com/U-UTP-D65-cable

Prysmian Group

Prysmian Group is the world market leader in power and telecommunications cables and systems. With more than 140 years of experience, sales of over 11 billion euros (pro forma as of December 31, 2017) and around 30,000 employees in 50 countries and 112 plants, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and supplies a highly comprehensive range of products, services, technology and know-how. In the energy sector, Prysmian Group is active in underground cables and deep sea cabling and systems, special cables for applications in many different industrial sectors and medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure industry. For the telecommunications sector, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for the voice, video and data transmission industry and offers a complete range of optical fibers, fiber optic and copper cables as well as connection systems. Prysmian is a Milan listed company listed in the FTSE MIB Index.

More information: http://www.prysmiangroup.com

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