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. These flexible instrumentation cables can be used in installations where free movement is required without tensile stresses and without forced guidance systems.
SY cables, also known as armoured flexible control cable, shielded flex, or simply armoured flex, are strong and durable cables suitable for internal dry, damp or wet environments (including oil-water mixtures), and can be used outdoors when protected against direct sunlight.
SY control cables are not suitable for fixed wiring applications requiring compliance with the requirements set out in BS7671.
The voltage rating for these shielded flexible multi-core control cables is 300/500V.
SY cable specifications for construction
|SY LSZH||SY PVC||SY PVC
(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 flex 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.
SY cable standards
SY control cables are manufactured to VDE0250, the German national standard that has become internationally recognised as the benchmark for cables, wires and flexible cords for power installations for process and automation equipment and applications in manufacturing plants. Our technical team in The Cable Lab conduct extensive tests on our SY cable portfolio to ensure that our stockholding meets the designated standards and performance requirements.
SY cable selection
As a leading SY control 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 as well as offering a range of SY cable glands, terminations and other accessories.
SY cable dimensions (PVC sheath)
|Part Number||Number of Cores||Nominal Cross-Sectional Area||Max. Diameter Wires in Conductor mm||Nominal Overall Diameter mm||Nominal Weight kg/km||Suggested SY Cable Gland (CXT)|
Additional sizes ranging from 5 cores up to 25 cores are listed on the technical specification sheet with larger cores sizes available upon request.
Dimensions and Part Numbers for SY LSZH Cable and SY Cable with UL/CSA Approval may be different. Please refer to the datasheets for full information.
Also available area wide range of other industrial automation cables including unscreened YY cable for use where there is light mechanical stress and CY cable screened with copper wire braid for EMC protection.
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Cable Standards and Approvals
DIN VDE 0472 Part 804, BS EN/IEC 60332-1 and CSA FT1, UL 2587, VDE 7097
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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.
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.
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
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.