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Cable Technology Feature Article

November 11, 2008

UtilX Intros New Rejuvenation Fluid for Power and Telecom Cables

By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

UtilX Corporation, a developer of power and telecom cable life-extension technologies, has released a new cable rejuvenation fluid dubbed CableCURE DMDB (short for dimethyldibutoxysilane).
The company specializes in silicone-based injection fluids that have restored more than 80 million feet of cable till date. The new fluid was developed at the UtilX lab in Kent, Washington. The fluid has a low vapor pressure at elevated temperatures and a high boiling point and high flash point. It is best suited for use with larger, hotter-running cables such as feeder cables.
The fluid does not generate methanol on reaction with the water, and hence is specially designed for methanol-sensitive areas. It can be used in any location where the company’s mainstream product, CableCURE/CB (is a non-sticky insulating gel that can be reentered on cable or splice) is utilized.
UtilX Corporation claims that it has tested its CableCURE/CB treatment on various abandoned cables of varying conditions. Wet cables were tested for mutual capacitance, noise, attenuation, T1 transmission and insulation resistance.
Independent testing proved that CableCURE/CB treatment works. In one trial series, abandoned cables were tested by outside consultants to measure the effects of CableCURE/CB treatment on water-damaged copper aircore cables.
UtilX offers a warranty guaranteeing that telephone cables treated using the CableCURE/CB strand-filling process will not have water in the strands of the cable for the remaining life of the cable. At any time after proactive cable injection of a cable, if the performance of any injected cable segment is not in line with the agreed objectives, UtilX agrees to provide a cash refund for the full original payment received for the treated segment.

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Jyothi Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jyothi's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Mae Kowalke