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Applications Overview

Due to the mechanical strength provided by their galvanised steel wire braid (GSWB), SY cables are widely used in industrial applications as interconnecting cables in control equipment or machines where they are subjected to medium mechanical stresses. They can be used in flexible installations, where free movement is required without tensile stresses and without forced guidance systems.

SY cables, also known as armoured flexible control cable or simply armoured flex, are strong and durable cables suitable for internal dry, damp or wet environments (including oil-water mixtures), however they are not suitable for outdoor applications.

SY control cables are not suitable for fixed wiring applications requiring compliance with the requirements set out in BS7671.

The voltage rating of these shielded flexible multi-core control cables is 300/500V.

SY cable construction and standards

(UL & CSA approved)
Copper Conductor Class 5 flexible Class 5 flexible Class 5 flexible
Insulation Halogen free Type TI6 PVC Type TI2 PVC Type TI3 to UL 1581
Bedding LSZH type TI6 PVC Type TM2 PVC Type TM3 to UL 1581
Braiding Galvanised steel wire braid (GSWB) GSWB GSWB
Sheath LSZH Type TM7 (black) PVC Type TM2 (clear / transparent) PVC Type TM3 to UL 1581 (grey)

The grey oversheath SY cable with UL and CSA approval tends to be used on equipment intended for export to the North American market.

The clear oversheath of the SY PVC cable allows the visual detection of any signs of deterioration, damage or corrosion.

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SY cable selection

As a leading SY cable supplier we have vast experience of advising on SY cable properties and sizes. Our technical team is available to discuss the most suitable option for your application.

Range of Cables

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Cable Standards and Approvals

SY PVC Control Flexible Cable
VDE0250, BS EN/IEC 60332-1

SY LSZH Control Flexible Cable
Generally to VDE0250, BS EN/IEC 60332-3, BS EN/IEC 60754-1 and 2, BS EN 50267-2-1 and 2, BS EN/IEC 61034-1

SY PVC UL2587 CSA FT1 Control Cable

DIN VDE 0472 Part 804, BS EN/IEC 60332-1 and CSA FT1, UL 2587, VDE 7097

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About Eland Cables

About Eland Cables

Established in 1975, Eland Cables is a supplier of power, data, instrumentation and control cables and cable accessories to the world's most demanding industries and to some of its most prestigious projects. Our reputation is built on an unswerving focus on quality, technical expertise and customer service.


Our focus on quality has resulted in our in-house specialist cable testing facility securing the ISO 17025 accreditation. This certifies the competence, impartiality and performance capability of our laboratory and its evaluations. In turn, it means peace of mind for our customers with regard to the quality of the cables they source from us.

Expert tecHnical support

Our highly-qualified technical team is on hand to provide technical support with all aspects of cable selection, technical specification, regulatory requirements, and bespoke cable design and manufacture.

Complete Cable Solutions

We are a key contributor to projects in over 100 countries every year, adding value through comprehensive technical support, reliable logistics, innovative solutions, and a customer-centric approach.


The Cable Lab®

UKAS-accredited specialist cable testing laboratory

About Eland Cables

The Cable Lab® our in-house cable testing facility, is UKAS-accredited to ISO 17025, which is the single most important standard for calibration and testing laboratories around the world. Accreditation to this international standard demonstrates our laboratory's technical competence and the accuracy of its results.

For our customers, it means peace of mind. They can have full confidence in the quality of our products and can demonstrate due diligence in selecting their cable supplier.

Our customers can also rely on the Cable Lab's services for an independent, objective and comprehensive quality assessment of cables procured from third parties.