Instrumentation Cable Solutions

Contents
Introduction - Oman Cables Industry (SAOG)........................................................................................... 3
Quality Standards................................................................................................................................. 3
Instrumentation Cables......................................................................................................................... 3
Mutipair Instrumentation Cables ............................................................................................................... 4
BS5308 Part 1 Polyethylene Insulated ................................................................................................. 4
Construction ..................................................................................................................................... 4
Electrical Characteristics .................................................................................................................. 5
BS5308 Part 1 – Collectively Screened, Unarmored Type-1 Cables................................................. 6
BS5308 Part 1 – Collectively Screened, Armored Type–2 Cables. ................................................... 7
BS5308 Part 1 – Individually & Collectively Screened, Unarmored Type – 1 Cables. ....................... 8
BS5308 Part 1 – Individually & Collectively Screened, Armored Type – 2 Cables. ........................... 9
Multicore Instrumentation Cables ........................................................................................................... 10
BS5308 Part 2 PVC Insulated (300/500V) .......................................................................................... 10
Construction ................................................................................................................................... 10
Electrical Characteristics ................................................................................................................ 10
BS5308 Part 2 – Collectively Screened, Unarmored Type –1 Cables ............................................. 11
BS5308 Part 2 – Collectively Screened, Armored Type–2 Cables .................................................. 12
BS5308 Part 2 – Individually & Collectively Screened, Unarmored Type – 1 Cables ...................... 13
BS5308 Part 1 – Individually & Collectively Screened, Armored Type – 2 Cables .......................... 14
BS5308 Part 2 – Collectively screened Unarmoured – Type 1 Cables............................................ 15
BS5308 Part 2 – Collectively screened Armoured – Type 2 Cables................................................ 16
Cable Construction and Characteristics.................................................................................................. 17
Insulation Materials ............................................................................................................................ 17
Core/Pair Identification ....................................................................................................................... 17
Multipair Cables.............................................................................................................................. 17
Cable Assembly ................................................................................................................................. 17
Communications Core or Pair............................................................................................................. 18
Electrical Screening............................................................................................................................ 18
Armouring/Mechanical Protection....................................................................................................... 18
Galvanised Steel Wire Armour........................................................................................................ 18
Non-Metallic Sheaths ......................................................................................................................... 18
Inner Sheath/Bedding..................................................................................................................... 18
Outer Sheath .................................................................................................................................. 18
Appendix 1 ............................................................................................................................................. 20
Colour Coding .................................................................................................................................... 20
As per BS 5308 Part 1.................................................................................................................... 20
Colour Coding .................................................................................................................................... 21
As per BS5308 Part 2..................................................................................................................... 21
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Instrumentation Cable Solutions

Introduction - Oman Cables Industry (SAOG)
OCI develops, manufactures and markets a totally integrated product line of instrumentation cables for a
diverse variety if technological applications. Oman Cables Industry (SAOG) was formed in 1984 by the
current Chairman, Mr. Mustafa bin Mukhtar, Vice Chairman and managing Director, Mr. Hussain bin
Salman.
Located in Rusayl, the Sultanates largest industrial complex, the company has grown by turnover into
one of the top ten industrial companies in Oman. Starting with a modest number of 10 employees,
Oman Cables has now over 300 dedicated personnel.
Oman Cables has won His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’s Trophy for best industry 4 times in 1991, 1992,1996
and 1997. The company is judged on many criteria including quality, Omanisation, exports, training,
safety, use of local materials, sales turnover, financial strength and other important factors.
In September 1997, Oman Cables attracted the attention of Draka Holding N.V. of the Netherlands and
became an affiliated member of the Draka Holding group following a 34% financial participation by
Draka. As an affiliate of the Draka Holding organization with operations in Europe, the United States and
the Far East, OCI is ideally positioned to service customers on both a national and a global scale. The
OCI offer combines unrivaled experience and a vast product range, developed organically at the leading
edge of technology, with the support, strength and the resources of one of the worlds most significant
cable companies.
OCI is driven by a central philosophy based upon three key issues - PARTNERSHIP, INNOVATION and
QUALITY. OCI aims at a maximum understanding of customer requirements for technical specifications
through to service and reliability.
Quality Standards
OCI holds several important international approvals and manufactures it's products in accordance with
the relevant IEC, CENELEC and British Standards specifications. The OCI quality system is approved by
TUV of Germany to ISO 9001.
Instrumentation Cables
The variety of Instrumentation cables is vast with very few countries having national Standards covering
this area. The uk is one exception where the British Standard BS5308 Parts 1 and 2 cover the
requirements for muliticore and multipair instrumentation cables with PVC or polyethylene insulation and
with various forms of mechanical protection. Even with the existence of a National Standard, our
experience is that customers still require variants from the use of different core identification schemes to
intermediate pair configurations to materials with enhanced characteristics for a particular environment.
In this brochure we give details of the more commonly used types.
OCI prides itself on its ability to offer products to each customer’s specific needs quickly, efficiently and
with an assurance of product quality. The standard range includes multicore and multipair copper
conductor instrumentation cables.

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Instrumentation Cable Solutions

Mutipair Instrumentation Cables
BS5308 Part 1 Polyethylene Insulated
300/500V
Construction
Constructors

Plain annealed copper conductors complying with BS6360

Insulation

Polyethylene type 03 to BS 6234

Pairing

Two insulated conductors uniformly twisted together with a lay length not
exceeding 100mm

Pair identification

COLLECTIVELY SCREENED CABLES

- Colour coded in accordance with Appendix 1

or by numbered tape.
Individual Pair Screened
Cables

One blue core and one black core in each pair. Pairs are identified by a
numbered pair screen isolation tape or colour coded as per appendix-1.

Pair Screens

An aluminum / polyester tape applied with a metallic side down in continuous
electrical conduct with a 0.5mm2 tinned copper drain wire. An isolation tape is
applied over the screen tape.

Cable Assembly

Pairs are assembled in concentric layers using the reciprocating lay technique

Binder

A non-hygroscopic binder tape is applied over the final lair of pairs.

Collective Screen

An aluminum / polyester tape is applied with the metallic side down in
continuous electrical conduct with a 0.5mm2 tinned copper drain wire over the
binder tape.

Outer Protection

TYPE 1

Extruded PVC sheath of type TM1

TYPE 2

Extruded polyethylene bedding of type 2C or type 03 black
Galvanized steel wire Armour
Extruded PVC sheath type TM1
Standard sheath colour Black

IMPORTANT NOTICE. THESE CABLES ARE NOT FOR DIRECT CONNECTION TO THE PUBLIC MAINS
ELECTRICAL SUPPLY

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Instrumentation Cable Solutions
Electrical Characteristics
Unit of
measure
ment

0.5mm
1/0.8mm

0.5mm
16/0.2mm

1.00mm
1/1.13mm

1.5mm
7/0.53mm

a. Cables with only collective
screen (excl. one pair and two
pair [quad])

pF/m

75

75

75

85

b. One pair and two pair cables
with collective screened and
all cables with individually
screened pairs

pF/m

115

115

115

115

mH/ohm

25

25

25

40

Ohms

36.8

39.7

18.4

12.3

Insulation resistance (min)
a. Core to Core / Screen / Armour
o
for 1km at 20 C

G.Ω

5

5

5

5

b. Screen to Screen for 1km at
o
20 C

M.Ω

1

1

1

1

Conductor Size

L/R ratio (max)
Max. Conductor Resistance (D.
o
C.) at 20 C

2

2

2

2

Rated voltage 300/500 volt Test voltage 1000 volt.

Conductor Nominal Area
(mm²)
0.5 (1/0.8)

Nom. Insulation Thickness
(mm)
0.50

Maximum Core Diameter
(mm)
1.90

0.5 (16/0.2)

0.50

2.35

1.0 (1/1.13)

0.60

2.45

1.5 (7/0.53)

0.60

3.00

Combiline machine

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Instrumentation Cable Solutions
BS5308 Part 1 – Collectively Screened, Unarmored Type-1 Cables
Multipair Polyethylene insulated without Individual pair screens but collectively screened.

TABLE-1

mm

Nominal Overall
Diameter
mm

1
2 (Quad)
5
10
15
20
30
50

0.8
0.8
1.1
1.2
1.2
1.3
1.3
1.5

6.3
7.1
11.6
15.0
17.1
19.4
23.0
28.9

0.50
( 16/ 0.2)

1
2 (Quad)
5
10
15
20
30
50

0.8
0.8
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.3
1.5
1.7

7.0
7.9
13.1
17.2
19.8
22.3
26.9
33.9

1.0
(1/1.13)

1
2 (Quad)
5
10
15
20
30
50

0.8
0.8
1.2
1.2
1.3
1.5
1.5
2.0

7.4
8.4
14.2
18.4
21.3
24.4
29.0
37.3

1.5
(7/0.53)

1
2 (Quad)
5
10
15
20
30
50

0.8
0.9
1.2
1.3
1.5
1.5
1.7
2.0

8.3
9.7
16.4
21.6
25.2
28.5
34.3
43.6

Conductor size

Number of Pairs

mm²
0.50
( 1/ 0.8)

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Thickness of Sheath

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Instrumentation Cable Solutions
BS5308 Part 1 – Collectively Screened, Armored Type–2 Cables.
Multipair Polyethylene insulated without Individual pair screens but collectively screened

TABLE-2
Conductor
size
mm²
0.50
( 1/ 0.8)

0.50
( 16/ 0.2)

1.0
(1/1.13)

1.5
(7/0.53)

Number of
Pairs

Thickness of
Bedding

Size of Armour
wire

Thickness of
Sheath

Nominal Overall
Diameter

mm

mm

mm

mm

1

0.8

0.9

1.3

10.7

2 (Quad)
5

0.8
1.1

0.9
0.9

1.3
1.4

11.5
16.2

10
15

1.2
1.2

1.25
1.25

1.6
1.6

20.7
22.8

20
30

1.3
1.3

1.6
1.6

1.7
1.8

26.0
29.8

50

1.5

1.6

2.0

36.1

1
2 (Quad)

0.8
0.8

0.9
0.9

1.3
1.3

11.4
12.3

5

1.1

0.9

1.5

17.9

10
15

1.2
1.3

1.25
1.6

1.6
1.7

22.9
26.4

20
30

1.3
1.5

1.6
1.6

1.8
1.9

29.1
33.9

50

1.7

2.0

2.1

42.1

1

0.8

0.9

1.3

11.8

2 (Quad)

0.8

0.9

1.4

13.0

5
10

1.2
1.2

1.25
1.25

1.5
1.7

19.7
24.3

15

1.3

1.6

1.8

28.1

20
30

1.5
1.5

1.6
1.6

1.8
2.0

30.2
36.2

50

2.0

2.0

2.2

45.7

1

0.8

0.9

1.4

12.9

2 (Quad)

0.9

0.9

1.4

14.3

5
10

1.2
1.3

1.25
1.6

1.6
1.8

22.1
28.4

15
20

1.5
1.5

1.6
1.6

1.9
2.0

32.2
35.7

30

1.7

2.0

2.1

42.5

50

2.0

2.5

2.4

53.4

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Instrumentation Cable Solutions
BS5308 Part 1 – Individually & Collectively Screened, Unarmored Type – 1 Cables.
Multipair Polyethylene insulated cables with Individual pair screens and collectively screened

TABLE-3
Conductor size

Number of Pairs

mm²
0.50
( 1/ 0.8)

0.50
( 16/ 0.2)

1.0
(1/1.13)

1.5
(7/0.53)

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Thickness of Sheath

Nominal Overall Diameter

mm

mm

2

0.9

10.3

5

1.2

13.5

10

1.2

18.3

15

1.3

21.1

20

1.3

23.5

30

1.5

27.9

50

2.0

36.1

2

1.1

12.0

5

1.2

15.2

10

1.3

21.1

15

1.5

24.5

20

1.5

27.3

30

1.7

32.3

50

2.2

41.7

2

1.1

12.8

5

1.2

15.2

10

1.3

22.6

15

1.5

26.2

20

1.7

29.8

30

2.0

35.4

50

2.2

44.9

2

1.2

14.7

5

1.3

18.8

10

1.5

26.5

15

1.7

30.8

20

1.7

34.4

30

2.0

41.0

50

2.2

52.2

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Instrumentation Cable Solutions
BS5308 Part 1 – Individually & Collectively Screened, Armored Type – 2 Cables.
Multipair Polyethylene insulated cables with Individual pair screens and collectively screened

TABLE-4
Conductor
size
mm²
0.50
( 1/ 0.8)

0.50
( 16/ 0.2)

1.0
(1/1.13)

1.5
(7/0.53)

Number of
Pairs

Thickness of
Bedding

Size of
Armour wire

Thickness of
Sheath

Nominal Overall
Diameter

mm

mm

mm

mm

2

0.8

0.9

1.3

11.5

5
10

1.1
1.2

0.9
1.25

1.4
1.6

16.2
20.7

15

1.2

1.25

1.6

22.8

20
30

1.3
1.3

1.6
1.6

1.7
1.8

26.0
29.8

50

1.5

1.6

2.0

36.1

2

1.1

0.9

1.5

16.8

5

1.2

1.25

1.6

20.9

10
15

1.3
1.5

1.6
1.6

1.8
1.8

27.9
31.3

20
30

1.5
1.7

1.6
2.0

1.9
2.1

34.3
40.5

50

2.2

2.5

2.4

51.5

2

1.1

0.9

1.5

17.6

5

1.2

1.25

1.6

21.9

10
15

1.3
1.5

1.6
1.6

1.8
1.9

29.4
33.2

20

1.7

2.0

2.0

37.8

30
50

2.0
2.2

2.0
2.5

2.2
2.5

43.8
54.9

2
5

1.2
1.3

1.25
1.6

1.6
1.7

20.4
25.4

10

1.5

1.6

1.9

33.5

15
20

1.7
1.7

2.0
2.0

2.0
2.1

38.8
42.6

30
50

2.0
2.2

2.5
2.5

2.4
2.7

50.8
62.6

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Instrumentation Cable Solutions

Multicore Instrumentation Cables
BS5308 Part 2 PVC Insulated (300/500V)
Construction
Conductors

Plain annealed copper conductors complying with BS6360

Insulation

PVC type TI1 to BS7655

Pairing

Two insulated conductors uniformly twisted together with a lay length not
exceeding 100 mm.

Pair identification
COLLECTIVELY
SCREENED CABLES

Colour coded in accordance with appendix 2 or by number of tapes

Cable Assembly

Pairs are assembled in concentric layers using the reciprocating lay
technique.

Binder

A non-hygroscopic binder tape is applied over the final layer of pairs.

Collective Screen

An aluminum / polyester tape is applied with the metallic side down in
continuous contact with a 0.5mm2 tinned copper drain wire over the
binder tape.

Outer Protection

TYPE 1

Extruded PVC sheath type TM1 or type 6

TYPE 2

Extruded PVC bedding of type TM1
Galvanized steel wire armour
Extruded PVC sheath of type TM1
Standard sheath colour – Black.

Electrical Characteristics
Conductor Size

Unit of
Measurement

Mutual capacitance core to core (max)
pF/m
L/R ratio (max)
mH/ohm
o
Conductor Resistance Resistance at 20 C
Ohms
Insulation resistance
Core –core/ Screen/Armour for 1 hr at 20ºC
M.ohms
Screen to screen for 1 hr at 20ºC
M.ohms
Rated voltage 300/500 volt test voltage 1000 volt for 1 min.
Conductor Nominal Area
(mm²)
0.50 (16/0.2)
0.75 (24/0.2)
1.50 (7/0.53)

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Nom. Insulation Thickness
(mm)
0.50
0.60
0.60

2

1.00 mm

(16/0.2)
250
25
39.7

(24/0.2)
250
25
26.5

(7/0.53)
250
40
12.3

25
1

25
1

25
1

0.5 mm

2

1.5 mm

2

Maximum Core Diameter
(mm)
2.35
2.55
3.00

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Instrumentation Cable Solutions
BS5308 Part 2 – Collectively Screened, Unarmored Type –1 Cables
Multipair PVC insulated without Individual pair screens but collectively screened.

TABLE-5
Conductor size
mm²
0.50
( 16/ 0.2)

0.75
(24/0.2)

1.5
(7/0.53)

Number of Pairs

Thickness of Sheath
mm

Nominal Overall Diameter
mm

1

0.8

7.0

2 (Quad)
5

0.8
1.1

7.9
13.1

10
15

1.2
1.3

17.2
19.8

20

1.3

22.3

30
50

1.5
1.7

26.9
33.9

1

0.8

7.3

2 (Quad)
5

0.8
1.2

8.3
14.3

10
15

1.3
1.3

18.7
21.4

20
30

1.5
1.7

24.5
29.5

50

2.0

37.4

1
2 (Quad)

0.8
0.9

8.3
9.7

5

1.2

16.4

10
15

1.3
1.5

21.6
25.2

20
30

1.5
1.7

28.5
34.3

50

2.0

43.6

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Instrumentation Cable Solutions
BS5308 Part 2 – Collectively Screened, Armored Type–2 Cables
Multipair PVC insulated without Individual pair screens but collectively screened

TABLE-6
Conductor size
mm²
0.50
( 16/ 0.2)

0.75
(24/0.2)

1.5
(7/0.53)

Number of
Pairs

Thickness of
Bedding

Size of Armour
wire

Thickness of
Sheath

Nominal Overall
Diameter

mm

Mm

mm

mm

1
2 (Quad)

0.8
0.8

0.9
0.9

1.3
1.3

11.4
12.3

5

1.1

0.9

1.5

17.9

10
15

1.2
1.3

1.25
1.6

1.6
1.7

22.9
26.4

20
30

1.3
1.5

1.6
1.6

1.8
1.9

29.1
33.9

50

1.7

2.0

2.1

42.1

1

0.8

0.9

1.3

11.7

2 (Quad)

0.8

0.9

1.4

12.9

5
10

1.2
1.3

1.25
1.6

1.5
1.7

19.8
25.3

15

1.3

1.6

1.8

28.2

20
30

1.5
1.7

1.6
2.0

1.8
2.0

31.3
37.5

50

2.0

2.0

2.2

45.8

1

0.8

0.9

1.4

12.9

2 (Quad)

0.9

0.9

1.4

14.3

5
10

1.2
1.3

1.25
1.6

1.6
1.8

22.1
28.4

15
20

1.5
1.5

1.6
1.6

1.9
2.0

32.2
35.7

30

1.7

2.0

2.1

42.5

50

2.0

2.5

2.4

53.4

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Instrumentation Cable Solutions
BS5308 Part 2 – Individually & Collectively Screened, Unarmored Type – 1 Cables
Multipair PVC insulated cables with Individual pair screens and collectively screened

TABLE-7
Conductor size
mm²
0.50
( 16/ 0.2)

Number of Pairs

Thickness of Sheath
mm

Nominal Overall Diameter
mm

2

1.1

12.0

5
10

1.2
1.3

15.2
21.1

15
20

1.5
1.5

24.5
27.3

30

1.7

32.3

50

2.2

41.7

2

1.1

12.8

5

1.2

16.3

10
15

1.3
1.5

22.7
26.4

20
30

1.7
2.0

28.8
35.5

50

2.2

45.0

2

1.2

14.7

0.75
(24/0.2)

1.5
(7/0.53)

5

1.3

18.8

10
15

1.5
1.7

26.5
30.8

20

1.7

34.4

30
50

2.0
2.2

41.0
52.2

84 Bobbin Armouring machine
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Instrumentation Cable Solutions
BS5308 Part 1 – Individually & Collectively Screened, Armored Type – 2 Cables
Multipair PVC insulated cables with Individual pair screens and collectively screened

TABLE-8
Conductor size
mm²
0.50
( 16/ 0.2)

0.75
(24/0.2)

1.5
(7/0.53)

Thickness of
Bedding

Size of Armour
wire

Thickness of
Sheath

Nominal Overall
Diameter

mm

mm

mm

mm

2

1.1

0.9

1.5

16.8

5
10

1.2
1.3

1.25
1.6

1.6
1.8

20.9
27.9

15
20

1.5
1.5

1.6
1.6

1.8
1.9

31.3
34.3

30

1.7

2.0

2.1

40.5

50

2.2

2.5

2.4

51.5

2

1.1

0.9

1.5

17.6

5
10

1.2
1.3

1.25
1.6

1.6
1.8

22.0
29.5

15

1.5

1.6

1.9

33.4

20
30

1.7
2.0

2.0
2.0

2.0
2.2

37.8
43.9

50

2.2

2.5

2.5

55.0

2

1.2

1.25

1.6

20.4

5

1.3

1.6

1.7

25.4

10
15

1.5
1.7

1.6
2.0

1.9
2.0

33.5
38.8

20
30

1.7
2.0

2.0
2.5

2.1
2.4

42.6
50.8

50

2.2

2.5

2.7

62.6

Number of Pairs

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Instrumentation Cable Solutions
BS5308 Part 2 – Collectively screened Unarmoured – Type 1 Cables
Multicore PVC insulated cables Collectively screened

TABLE-9
Conductor size
mm²
0.50
( 16/ 0.2)

0.75
(24/0.2)

1.5
(7/0.53)

Number of Cores

Thickness of Sheath

Nominal Overall Diameter

mm

mm

2

0.8

7.0

3

0.8

7.3

4

0.8

7.9

6

0.9

9.3

10

1.1

11.9

20

1.2

14.9

40

1.3

20.1

80

1.5

26.3

2

0.8

7.3

3

0.8

7.7

4

0.8

8.3

6

0.9

9.9

10

1.1

12.7

20

1.2

16.0

40

1.3

21.7

80

1.5

28.5

2

0.8

8.3

3

0.9

8.9

4

0.9

9.7

6

1.1

11.7

10

1.2

14.7

20

1.3

18.7

40

1.5

24.6

80

1.7

33.6

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BS5308 Part 2 – Collectively screened Armoured – Type 2 Cables
Multicore PVC insulated cables with Collectively screened

TABLE-10
Conductor size
mm²
0.50
( 16/ 0.2)

0.75
(24/0.2)

1.5
(7/0.53)

Thickness of
Bedding

Size of Armour
wire

Thickness of
Sheath

Nominal Overall
Diameter

mm

mm

mm

mm

2

0.8

0.9

1.3

11.4

3

0.8

0.9

1.3

11.7

4

0.8

0.9

1.3

12.3

6

0.9

0.9

1.4

13.9

10

1.1

0.9

1.5

16.7

20

1.2

1.3

1.6

19.6

40

1.3

1.6

1.7

26.7

80

1.5

1.6

1.9

33.3

2

0.8

0.9

1.3

11.7

3

0.8

0.9

1.3

12.1

4

0.8

0.9

1.4

12.9

6

0.9

0.9

1.4

14.5

10

1.1

0.9

1.5

17.5

20

1.2

1.25

1.6

21.7

40

1.3

1.6

1.8

28.5

80

1.5

1.6

2.0

35.7

2

0.8

0.9

1.4

12.9

3

0.9

0.9

1.4

13.5

4

0.9

0.9

1.4

14.3

6

1.1

0.9

1.4

16.3

10

1.2

1.25

1.6

20.4

20

1.3

1.6

1.7

25.3

40

1.5

1.6

1.9

31.6

80

1.7

2.0

2.1

41.8

Number of Cores

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Cable Construction and Characteristics
Insulation Materials
Two types of insulating materials are used in the manufacture of Instrumentation cables PVC or
polyethylene.
These materials comply with International (IEC) or British Standards.
The choice of insulation material to be used for any application is dependant on:



Conductor temperature
Electrical characteristics required
Flexibility
Compatibility

These are the most common types of extruded material used in the manufacture of Instrumentation
cables.
Specification
PVC
BS 7655 section 3.1
BS 7655 section 3.1
BS 7655 section 3.1
BS 7655 section 3.1
BS 7655 section 3.1

Designation

Max Operating Temp General Application

TI 1
TI 2
TI 3
TI 4
TI 5

70 °C
70 °C
90 °C
70 °C
70 °C

General purpose
Flexible (incl. Transparent)
Heat Resistant
Low temperature installations
Flexible for low temperature installations

03

65 °C

Telecommunications and data cables

Polyethylene
BS 6234

Core/Pair Identification
Multipair Cables

The cores within a pair are identified by one of the following methods:
A. By printing a reference code on one insulated conductor, or both of them, that indicates the number
of that single pair.
B. By a numbered non - hygroscopic tape applied over the pair.
C. By using different colour combinations to uniquely identify the pair.
Cable Assembly
Elements from the cable (cores or pairs) are assembled to form the cable. A non-hygroscopic binder tape
is usually applied over the final layer.

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Communications Core or Pair
A communication core or pair for telephone communication can be applied in the outer layer of the
assembly. The most common configuration of the communication wire(s) is 7/0.3 mm (0.5mm2) of plain
annealed copper insulated with the same material as the main conductors. The colour of the
communication wire(s) can be easily identified from that of the main cores.

Electrical Screening
In addition to using twisted pairs to reduce crosstalk, the screening of the cables or an element of the
cable, is often required to protect signals from outside electromagnetic, electrostatic and radio frequency
interference. Further consideration could be the protection of electronic equipment in the locality from
emission from the cable itself, or the prevention of an antennae effect from the cable into electronic
equipment.
Armouring/Mechanical Protection
Galvanised Steel Wire Armour

Galvanised steel wires applied spirally over an inner sheath or bedding, giving a full coverage offering
mechanical protection of the cable assembly. The diameter of the armour wire varies with the diameter of
the cable assembly. The armour can be used as the pulling medium when installing cables.
This type of armouring is very common in the Middle East. Steel wire armoured cables are suitable for
direct burial. One or more copper wires can be incorporated in the armour to increase the conductivity of
the armour where it is being used as an earth return.

Non-Metallic Sheaths
Inner Sheath/Bedding

An inner sheath or bedding is normally applied between the screened cable assembly and the metallic
sheath or armour. Materials commonly used by Oman Cables are PVC or Polyethylene compounds.
Where the inner sheath is primarily for mechanical purposes the materials may have no specific
requirements.
Outer Sheath

Most of the commonly used sheathing materials comply with International (IEC), or British Standards.
The choice of sheathing materials to be used for any application is dependent on :
o
o
o
o
o
o
o

Temperature
Flexibility
Electrical characteristics
Smoke and acid gas emission limitations
Resistance to chemicals
Water resistance
Exposure to UV

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The following are the most common types of extruded material used for sheathing of Instrumentation
cables
Specifications

Designation

Max. operating
temperature

Application

PVC

BS 7655 Section 4.1
BS 7655 Section 4.1
BS 7655 Section 4.1

TM1
TM2
TM4

70ºC
70ºC
70ºC

General Purpose
General Purpose – flexible
Low Temperature

BS 7655 Section 4.2
BS 7655 Section 4.2

Type 5
Type 6

85ºC
70ºC

BS 7655 Section 4.2

Type 9

-

High Temperature – hard
General purpose
Use over cables operating at a max.
conductor temperature of 90oC

Wire Drawing

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Appendix 1
Colour Coding
As per BS 5308 Part 1

Two-pair unscreened cables are cabled in quad formation and colour coded in clockwise order of
rotation, Black, Blue, Green, Brown.
All other cables up to 50 pairs conform to the following coding:
Pair Number

A wire

B wire

Pair Number

A Wire

B Wire

1
2
3
4
5

Black
Black
Blue
Black
Blue

Blue
Green
Green
Brown
Brown

26
27
28
29
30

White
Red
Orange
Black
Blue

Yellow
Yellow
Yellow
Grey
Grey

6
7
8
9
10

Green
Black
Blue
Green
Brown

Brown
White
White
White
White

31
32
33
34
35

Green
Brown
White
Red
Orange

Grey
Grey
Grey
Grey
Grey

11
12
13
14
15

Black
Blue
Green
Brown
White

Red
Red
Red
Red
Red

36
37
38
39
40

Yellow
Black
Blue
Green
Brown

Grey
Violet
Violet
Violet
Violet

16
17
18
19
20

Black
Blue
Green
Brown
White

Orange
Orange
Orange
Orange
Orange

41
42
43
44
45

White
Red
Orange
Yellow
Grey

Violet
Violet
Violet
Violet
Violet

21
22
23
24
25

Red
Black
Blue
Green
Brown

Orange
Yellow
Yellow
Yellow
Yellow

46
47
48
49
50

Black
Blue
Green
Brown
White

Turquoise
Turquoise
Turquoise
Turquoise
Turquoise

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Colour Coding
As per BS5308 Part 2
Identification of pairs

Two-pair unscreened or collectively screened cables are quad formation and colour coded in clockwise
order of rotation, Blue, Green, Orange, Brown.
All other cables up to 50 pairs conform to the following coding.

Pair Number

A wire

B wire

Pair Number

A Wire

B Wire

1
2
3
4
5

White
White
White
White
White

Blue
Orange
Green
Brown
Grey

26
27
28
29
30

RED-Blue
RED-Blue
RED-Blue
RED-Blue
RED-Blue

Blue
Orange
Green
Brown
Grey

6
7
8
9
10

Red
Red
Red
Red
Red

Blue
Orange
Green
Brown
Grey

31
32
33
34
35

BLUE-Black
BLUE-Black
BLUE-Black
BLUE-Black
BLUE-Black

Blue
Orange
Green
Brown
Grey

11
12
13
14
15

Black
Black
Black
Black
Black

Blue
Orange
Green
Brown
Grey

36
37
38
39
40

YELLOW-Blue
YELLOW-Blue
YELLOW-Blue
YELLOW-Blue
YELLOW-Blue

Blue
Orange
Green
Brown
Grey

16
17
18
19
20

Yellow
Yellow
Yellow
Yellow
Yellow

Blue
Orange
Green
Brown
Grey

41
42
43
44
45

WHITE-Orange
WHITE-Orange
WHITE-Orange
WHITE-Orange
WHITE-Orange

Blue
Orange
Green
Brown
Grey

21
22
23
24
25

WHITE-Blue
WHITE-Blue
WHITE-Blue
WHITE-Blue
WHITE-Blue

Blue
Orange
Green
Brown
Grey

46
47
48
49
50

ORANGE-Red
ORANGE-Red
ORANGE-Red
ORANGE-Red
ORANGE-Red

Blue
Orange
Green
Brown
Grey

NOTE
Except in the case of bi-colour extrusion the colour indicated in block letters is known as the base colour & is
a) the extruded colour and
b) the colour with the greater area if exposure on the finished wire.

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