Where you find blazing heat or ice-cold temperatures, where pure torsional forces or harsh chemicals prevail, the following rule applies: extreme conditions require extremely resistant cables, connectors and connection solutions. In other words: technology that can do its job reliably in the most uncomfortable circumstances, regardless of whether it is put to work in a power station or a furnace, a biogas plant or on the high seas.
Sometimes you might think that we have discovered it all already. We have explored every nook and cranny, powered our way to every summit. Until somebody comes along and opens up another chapter in the adventure story that is life. Because he scales a wall we didn’t think could be scaled or he dives to unknown depths by reaching the “bottom” and then finding a way to go deeper. In such extreme situations, man needs to surpass himself, and sometimes so does technology.
This is when the heaviest loads are moved or the lowest temperatures are braved. Or in cases of hardship when, for example, extreme heat and humidity, high levels of pressure, dirt or aggressive substances impact on technical applications, extraordinary conditions prevail which cannot be tackled with conventional materials or solutions. This also – or particularly – applies to cables, connectors and connection technology.
Extreme application in the Himalayas
The ÖLFLEX® HEAT cables have been tested to their limits on an adventure of their own: they spent four months in the Himalayas and the Karakorum mountain range with a team of Polish mountain climbers who were scaling the west face of the Annapurna (8091 m) and the Gasherbrum (8035 m) at temperatures of between minus 15 and plus 40 degrees.
Anything but normal
All of us at Lapp love these kinds of challenges because extraordinary applications require innovative solutions. For example, when ÖLFLEX® HEAT cables go on a major expedition to the Arctic Ocean off the coast of Russia or another ÖLFLEX® cable gets the chance to show what it is made of in deep-sea diving robots.
But on top of having to brave the wind and weather, withstand ozone and UV radiation, Lapp products sometimes have to handle extreme mechanical loads. Just like the cabling in a crane system for mobile container shipping. The challenge here is that the system is constantly being dismantled and put back together, which places demands on the robustness of the technology.
Be it a corrosive liquid or a sharp-edged tool, plus 150 degrees or minus 90 degrees – regardless of how the requirements may vary, they all have one thing in common. All cables, connectors and connections that have to function seamlessly in these extreme conditions need to be many things, but the one thing they cannot be is squeamish.