HEW-KABEL at the SPS IPC Drives exhibition

Ultra-thin core insulation and minimized microphonic effects

Among the variety of new products to be exhibited by specialty cable manufacturer HEW-KABEL of Wipperfürth, Germany, at the SPS IPC Drives (November 28-30 in Nuremberg) are a modified PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) for ultra-thin yet highly resistant insulations and the HEW-SILENT technology, also based on PTFE, for minimizing microphonic effects when transmitting low signals. Furthermore, the company will also show – on Stand 2-339 in Hall 2 – other special cables and wires for a variety of industrial market segments – from automotive, aerospace, medical technology, robotics, instrumentation & control, and sensor technology to the oil and gas industries.

Among the new products to be shown by HEW-KABEL at SPS IPC Drives 2017 are ultra-thin insulations (left) of modified PTFE for reduced cable diameters without compromise, as well as tapes based on the HEW-SILENT technology for minimizing microphonic effects when transmitting low electrical signals (right). © HEW-KABEL

For multi-core cables with the smallest of diameters

The new modified PTFE from HEW-KABEL combines for the first time outstanding performance properties with reliable processability even in the case of extremely small dimensions. Its mechanical strength and electrical insulating strength exceed those of conventional PTFE with the same wide service temperature range (+260 °C to –190 °C), the same high temperature and chemical resistance, and unchanged good high-frequency properties (permittivity and dielectric loss factor). This means that the new specialty PTFE is suitable for the production of insulations that can be made very much thinner than was previously possible, but without making any compromises on application properties.

The potential is shown by a pilot application in the form of a multi-core cable for the harsh oil production environment. By switching to the new modified PTFE, HEW-KABEL was able to reduce the thickness of the insulations from their original 0.16 mm to 0.10 mm, which thus permitted the specified 10% reduction in the cable diameter. Furthermore, the new cable offers almost double the flexural fatigue strength than the previous design – without any change in cross-section, dielectric strength, chemical resistance or tensile strength.

Optimized low signal integrity

The HEW-SILENT technology developed by HEW-KABEL makes a considerable contribution to avoiding microphonic effects in signal cables and thus to an optimized signal integrity, for example in medical and measurement technology. Such effects can occur with cables under mechanical load when a conductor or screen rub against a non-conductor. The resultant electrical charges can, despite their small size, be so troublesome that they overlay the equally small useful signals. The HEW-SILENT technology minimizes the occurrence of such electrical charges and is suitable for both coaxial cables and for paired and multi-core cable constructions.

The basis of this technology are conductive tapes based on PTFE with a particularly homogeneous surface resistance in the low Ohm range. To manufacture them, the company has developed a special production line that enables the stringent quality requirements to be continuously met. Apart from that, the in-house production allows a large amount of versatility with regard to the design and dimensions for a variety of different products, with which, because of the very good plasticity, even complex geometries like the surface of a cable shield can be replicated. Thanks to the in-house development of special technologies, HEW-KABEL can also apply very thin conductive layers with a high level of uniformity.

The effectiveness of the HEW-SILENT technology is shown, for example, in its use for a twisted-pair wire in which the microphonic effect was lowered from a critical 1.4 pC – with the same wire design – to an outstanding 0.2 pC (approximate figures). As a result, accompanying measures became superfluous.


As an international, owner-managed company based in Wipperfürth near Cologne, we have been developing and producing customized cable and wire solutions for all industrial market segments for more than 50 years. We are focused above all on satisfying our customers’ wishes regarding miniaturization, flexibility, temperature resistance and service life. Our customers and suppliers are our partners and have a decisive influence on our way of thinking and approach to work – and therefore on our success! Behind our innovative strength lies an experienced team. Training and further education concepts tailored specifically to our employees guarantee solutions at the highest level.

Hall 2, Stand 2-339



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