Available Plastics for Coated Cable

Steel cable and rope can be coated and jacketed with a number of plastics, and a variety of wall thicknesses.

Miniature cable available on request (smaller than 1/32”).

There are many plastics available for extrusion onto steel cable. We have used numerous grades and brands when specified by a customer or for a particular purpose. Please call our sales department at 1-800-229-5131 to discuss your needs or send an inquiry using our form.


Coatings description for Cables and Wire Rope

At Continental Cable, are please to provide our customers with several different types of plastics to choose from for all coating and jacketing needs. We have also engineered our own coating mixes that offer you superior quality colors.

Learn more about the plastics we offer below.


Polyvinyl Chloride:

“Vinyl or PVC” : Vinyl is soft, flexible, and economical. It is the most common plastic extruded over steel cable. It offers good weathering resistance and outstanding resistance to ultra violet rays of the sun which degrades many plastics over time. Vinyl has good resistance to water and some resistance to acids and alkalies. Since it is softer than other plastics, vinyl is not always the best choice when abrasion is a factor, such as over pulleys.

Vinyl grades are defined by the durometer which is a measure of hardness. For cable extrusion an 80 to 90 durometer vinyl is commonly used. The higher the durometer the harder the PVC. Under normal conditions, vinyl has a general operating temperature range of ‑30°F (‑35°C) to +180°F (+80°C). Color can be easily added to vinyl to achieve almost any shade desired. From fluorescent pink to olive green, we can match a color to suit your needs. Natural vinyl is very clear in color. Vinyl complies with Military Specification 631, Type F, Form U, Grade A, Class 2.

 

Nylon Type 6:

We like to think of Type 6 grade nylon as our “general purpose” nylon. This type is suitable for most applications and is very cost efficient. We work closely with our nylon suppliers to offer our customers a nylon that is hard and durable but also one that is easy to strip for assembling cable fittings. In most cases, a plasticizer has been added to these two types to reduce the stiffness in the nylon. Type 6 nylon offers good resistance to abrasion and most chemicals. This nylon has a general operating temperature range of ‑40°F (‑40°C) to +200°F (+95°C). U.V. inhibitors can be added to nylon to aid in the resistance of sunlight degradation. Natural Type 6 nylon is clear to milky white transparent in color. Color concentrates can be added.

Nylon Type 11 :

We provide a Type 11 nylon which meets the requirements of MIL‑DTL‑83420. This durable, high quality nylon offers good abrasion resistance when operated over pulleys. It provides good resistance to chemicals. This nylon has a wider operating temperature range of ‑65°F (‑54°C) to +230°F (+110°C) and reacts well in severe cold temperatures. Natural Type 11 nylon is clear transparent in color. Color concentrates can be added. Other Plastics

Polyether Block Amide (Pebax):

This high quality plastic is flexible yet very durable and runs easily over pulleys with good abrasion resistance. This plastic can withstand extremely cold temperatures and still remain flexible. It has a general operating temperature range of ‑66°F to +150°F. In addition to extrusion over steel cable, Pebax plastic is also used to produce such products as golf balls and ski boots. Pebax is offered in natural or black color. Color concentrates can be added.

Polypropylene:

A lightweight, reasonably priced plastic sometimes used in place of vinyl. It has good water and abrasion resistance and is very flexible. Its operating temperature range is narrower than vinyl and it is not recommended for application in cold temperatures below 0°F. Ultraviolet rays of the sun will degrade polypropylene faster than other plastics.

Polyethylene:

Available in high and low density. Polyethylene offers good resistance to a wide range of chemicals and is unaffected by water. We offer a low density polyethylene with excellent environmental stress cracking resistance, outdoor weatherability, and toughness. Offered mainly in natural or black color. There are many plastics available for extrusion onto steel cable. We have used numerous grades and brands when specified by a customer or for a particular purpose. Please call our sales department to discuss your needs.