MILWAUKEE - HellermannTyton’s PVDF Solar Tie delivers unprecedented, all-weather performance and longevity in an otherwise familiar-looking fastener design. The cable tie’s unique material is responsible for its extended lifespan, making it the industry’s first commercial-scale, plastic solar tie designed to last more than 25 years.
Manufactured from polyvinylidene fluoride, or PVDF, this outdoor tie exhibits some of the highest UV, chemical and thermal resistance of any plastic resin. With a maximum operating temperature of 284 degrees F, few materials come close. Metal ties may seem like a better option, but they are known to sometimes slice through electrified solar cables, which can result in catastrophic faults. Some metal ties require a hand tool to crimp them closed, a time-consuming inconvenience.
“Metal is expensive and hard to install,” said Nick Korth, product marketing manager – energies. “Some cable tie manufacturers are selling cheap plastics that don’t last long. HellermannTyton is completing its suite of wire management materials, enabling the introduction of a Solar Tie that combines the longevity of metal and the ease of installation and wire safety customers expect from a polymer-based cable tie.”
The gray color indicates PVDF, which provides inspectors visual confirmation a solar-specific wire management product was used on the installation and can speed site approval.
HellermannTyton has an industry reputation for engineered plastics that deliver extended-life performance outdoors and is a major supplier to the solar installation market.
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HellermannTyton is a global leader in cable management and protection products, identification systems and network connectivity solutions. Its systems and solutions are specified by major manufacturers and contractors in the OEM, data communications, automotive, heavy equipment, renewable energy and related industries. The company’s engineered solutions and innovative products are designed and constructed to meet the strictest quality standards while delivering reliable implementation at the lowest cost. HellermannTyton operates in 39 countries, with North American headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (www.hellermann.tyton.com).