Benefits of using pvc cables:
- Versatility Of Formulations: excellent flexibility, transparency, easy to colour and lightness
- Processability – easy to extrude; excellent productivity
- Co-Extrusion PVC – Can be co-extruded in multi-layer cables with excellent cost/performance ratio
- Resistance To Temperature – Very Wide Range, From -40° To 125°
- Resistance To Atmospheric Agents – including UV rays
- Resistance To Hydrocarbons – for example, oil and gasoline
- Insulation – PVC presents an inherently high value of the insulation coefficient
- Self-Extinguishing – PVC is by nature a flame retardant and does not generate flaming droplets
- Fire Resistance – PVC is difficult to ignite, has a moderate heat release and produces very little smoke
- Recyclability or Reuse – most of the PVC cables is reused and recycled.
International study of total cost of ownership and cost benefit analysis confirms competitiveness of PVC cables
- In a complex period like the one we are experiencing at a global level, the issue of cost control is crucial for any product at every stage of its life, from purchase to maintenance, up to disposal and recycling. Calculating a product’s Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a methodology that evaluates the economic performance of materials and is considered the most effective method to provide an analysis of the users’ monetary costs throughout the products’ lifetime. The TCO methodology is increasingly used in public procurement, and it is considered highly relevant, in perspective, also by primary companies operating in the cable sector. Recently, an international study was commissioned by PVC4Cables to analyse the competitiveness of vinyl cables by assessing the cost savings that are achieved as a result of using PVC instead of the main functional alternatives, along its entire lifetime. The study analysed the most common alternative cables (a 100 meters long cable suitable for Low Voltage connections) for residential buildings, industrial buildings, and telecommunication, in France, Germany and Italy.
- The TCO study was based on the following main assumptions:
- Cable prices and installation costs refer to the final users of investment. The buyers of electric cables (final users) for residential buildings are private house owners.
- The buyers of electric and data cables (final users) for industrial building and telecommunication are considered to be private industrial companies.
- The period of usage is considered to be 30 years for all cables, although the real life can clearly go beyond – depending on the conditions for laying the cable. In all investigated applications (residential building, industrial building, and telco data) and countries, cables made with multiple PVC parts (PVCx2) showed the lowest total cost of ownership. The higher is the PVC quantity contained in the cable, the lower is the TCO value. Cables, if correctly projected, sized and posed, do not need maintenance. The total substitution of cables is cheaper. The costs for use due to energy consumption (thermal heating of cables) are not significant if cables are manufactured and installed according to standard practices.