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Catalog Number 2016.001.006
Description Raychem XL Trace Cable for Pipe Freeze Protection, c. 1957-1999. Cable's exterior plastic coating is light blue. Cable is flat. Each end exposes interior. Interior is hard black polymer plastic with two nickel-plated copper wires at each end. One end of black plastic interior protrudes outside blue coating. Inscription printed in black in along outside of cable describes product and includes a warning.
Object Name Cable
Collection 3D - Multiple Use Tools & Equipment for Materials
Title Raychem XL Trace Cable for Pipe Freeze Protection, c. 1957-1999
Date c. 1957-1999
Creator Raychem Corporation, Menlo Park
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "RAYCHEM XL-TRACE R PARALLEL SELF-REGULATING HEATING CABLE 8XL -1 VAC 120 8 WATTS/Ft (26Wm) @50F (10C) MAX TEMP RATING 150F (65C) MAX CIRCUIT AMPS 32 SA UL LISTED 718K PIPE HEATING CABLE WARNING: PROPERLY INSTALLED AND LISTED WHEN INSTALLED PER RAYCHEM INSTRUCTIONS 3300893K 0206 m" (printed in black ink on the blue coating, running the length of the cable).
Notes "Raychem heat trace system provides pipe freeze protection for metal and plastic pipes as well as temperature maintenance of grease disposal and fuel lines. Commercial pipe freeze protection applications for Raychem XL-Trace include cooling towers, parking garages, coolers, freezers and fire sprinkler systems."
[http://www.pentairthermal.com/products/heating-cables/self-regulating/?id=tcm:432-27896&catid=tcm:432-17783-1024 1/13/2016]

"Raychem was founded on January 1, 1957. It grew rapidly by creating proprietary new products based on Radiation processing of polymers to meet critical and difficult industry needs for electrical circuit integrity in harsh environments. Included in these initial products were irradiated wire insulation and heat shrinkable tubing. Markets included Aerospace, Military, Automotive, Telecommunications and Electrical Power Generation markets.
"In 1968, Raychem acquired Chemelex leading Raychem to extend its radiation polymer processing technology to polymers filled with conductive carbon creating a family of "Self Limiting Heaters". This technology was further extended to produce resettable switches forming the enabling technology for the "Polyswitch" Division.
"As Raychem grew into a world class Material Science Company, additional technologies explored, developed and taken to market were Heat Recoverable Metals, Piezoelectric Materials (Elographics), Silicone Gels (Geltek) and Liquid Crystals (Taliq).
"Each year, Raychem devoted between 8 and 10 percent of sales into Research and Development resulting in thousands of new products based on the technologies listed above. Research and Product Development labaratories, in addition to Menlo Park and Redwood City were established in Swindon, UK, Kessel-Lo, Belgium, Ottobrunn, Germany, Pontois, France and Japan.
"Manning these laboratories were an extremely creative and talented group of scientists and engineers who found innovative ways to use technologies to create new products."
[http://blog.heatshrinksleeves.com/2015/09/raychem-history.html 12/31/2015]
Dimensions H-0.5 W-50 D-0.125 inches
Dimension Details .5 x 14 x .125 (coiled)
Search Terms Heater
Menlo Park
Pipes
Raychem
Science
Technology
Subjects Heat
Pipes
Science
Wire