Global industrial thread manufacturer Coats Group is launching Gotex StremX. According to Coats, it’s the first new product of its kind for the telecom cable industry in 20 years. For use as a strength member in fiber optic cables, it is the critical component that preserves the integrity and flexibility of cables to protect the wires and fibers they are carrying.
To date, telecom cables have traditionally been produced using glass or para-aramid fibers as the central strength members, but this new product by the Innovation Team at Coats has adapted a specific composition of a material substrate used predominantly in the aerospace and wind energy markets.
The new product is a premium quality yarn with a unique coating that enhances both the static and dynamic properties of the strength member. It provides a cost-effective alternative to aramid strength members and excellent mechanical properties with temperature, UV and corrosion resistance.
Coats has developed two variations of Gotex StremX to meet specific needs in telecommunication cable designs. Both are available in a range of sizes and also optional water-blocking coatings. Gotex StremX HM is a super-strong, heat-resistant yarn that improves cable tensile modulus by around 15 percent and tensile strength by 30 percent when compared to traditional fiber glass strength members.
Gotex StremX UHM is a premium product that can achieve even higher tensile strength and modulus of up to 35 percent in comparison to standard fiber glass strength members. The company says that these features make Gotex StremX one of the most disruptive products of its kind on the market today.