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  • Fibre Optic Cables

    Fibre Optic Cables

    Sep 16, 2019

    As the cost of fibre optic cabling continues to fall it’s now a viable option for an increasing number of telecommunications and data networking applications, and as a result, fibre optics are now in widespread use...

  • Home Automation HD Media Composite Cables

    Home Automation HD Media Composite Cables

    Sep 09, 2019

    Developed with the future in mind, the FSC Tru series of home automation composite cables have been designed for HD media distribution around the home. By combining individual elements such as digital coax, HDBaseT Recommended Cat 5E & Cat 6, fibre...

  • Security Cabling - Putting You in the Picture

    Security Cabling - Putting You in the Picture

    Aug 08, 2019

    Some years ago the security world was inundated with ‘wireless’ radio frequency security products ranging from detectors to cameras. So why twenty years on are cables still so important? The short answer is that in the majority of cases cable is simply

  • DALI Lighting Control - See the Light!

    DALI Lighting Control - See the Light!

    Aug 02, 2019

    What is DALI? DALI stands for Digital Addressable Lighting Interface and is part of IEC 60929, an international standard for dimming and digital lighting control communication that’s been around since 2002. DALI is very easy to install, extremely...

  • Coaxial Cables - What you Need to Know

    Coaxial Cables - What you Need to Know

    Jul 25, 2019

    The first known patent granted for coaxial transmission line was a British patent in 1880 to Oliver Heaviside, a self-taught British electrical engineer. Heaviside’s coaxial cable was a copper tube, which formed the outer of the line...

  • LSF vs LSHF (LSZH) - There is a Difference!

    LSF vs LSHF (LSZH) - There is a Difference!

    Jul 08, 2019

    The main problem facing specifiers and contractors is the confusion over terminology and standards. Is LSHF (Low Smoke Halogen Free) the same as LSF (Low Smoke and Fume)? These terms are all widely used within the cable industry and we still encounter...

  • Cable Screening Options - Know What's What

    Cable Screening Options - Know What's What

    Jun 19, 2019

    Screened Ethernet cables were designed for use in environments where electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) are present. Examples include manufacturing, automation and Industrial control applications...

  • CCA, CCS, CCC vs. pure copper – know the difference?

    CCA, CCS, CCC vs. pure copper – know the difference?

    Jun 06, 2019

    Copper can be up to 80% of the cost of a cable so it’s no surprise then that alternatives to copper are constantly being sought. The practice of substituting solid copper with copper clad aluminium (CCA) or copper clad steel (CCS) to save money is still..

  • Smart homes are going to get smarter

    Smart homes are going to get smarter

    May 30, 2019

    Way back in 2003 the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) came up with the following definition for a smart home: "A dwelling incorporating a communications network that connects the key electrical appliances and services, and allows them to be...

  • MUD is mud, right?

    MUD is mud, right?

    May 13, 2019

    Well, no, not really. Certainly when it comes to the sort of MUD you find around oil and gas platforms at sea. Drilling mud or drilling fluid as it’s commonly called is a viscous fluid mixture that’s used in drilling operations performing a wide range...

  • External Grade Speaker Cables - Whatever the weather

    External Grade Speaker Cables - Whatever the weather

    Apr 02, 2019

    To complement the range of TruSound high-performance speaker cables, FS Cables have a CPR-compliant, weatherproof 16AWG speaker cable. Ideal for external applications, this cable has been designed to prevent water and moisture from damaging equipment.

  • Fibre Optic Solution for BP Sangachal Expansion Programme

    Jul 12, 2018

    As part of the BP Sangachal Expansion Programme, Sigma Technical Services were awarded a supply and installation contract for a communications fibre optic link around the terminal. Common with most oil & gas installations a special design cable was req