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New Low-Drift Thermocouple Cable Technology Reduces Drift by Over 80%! [News Release]

Posted by Pat Durkin

Oct 4, 2016 9:37:22 AM

TE Wire Signs Licensing Agreement with Cambridge Enterprise for Low-Drift Mineral Insulated Thermocouple Cable Technology

Supports higher accuracy temperature measurements, longer life, improved drift characteristics 

SADDLE BROOK, NJ, October 4, 2016 — TE Wire & Cable LLC, a leading thermocouple and specialty wire and cable manufacturer, today announced the completion of a licensing agreement with Cambridge Enterprise for a ground-breaking thermocouple cable technology developed by researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge. This dual wall, low-drift type K and type N mineral insulated (MI) thermocouple cable design was developed to improve temperature measurement accuracy, extend thermocouple life and significantly enhance drift characteristics.




The new low-drift thermocouple cable design was developed for high temperature thermocouple applications and thermocouple installations that require longer use at higher temperatures. The technology will be of particular interest to those involved in aerospace/aircraft manufacturing for measuring jet engine temperatures and for metallurgy applications like heat treatment.


Robert Canny, President of TE Wire & Cable, notes, “Even though this is a completely new technology for us, TE Wire is well positioned to promote it to our customers and corresponding applications. Our depth of application knowledge and industry ties in heat treatment and the aerospace world will allow us to refine this technology in cooperation with forward-thinking customers.”


The processes underlying this new technology are outlined in a paper titled “Development of a Low Drift Type K Thermocouple Cable for Aerospace Applications.” The paper is co-authored by Dr. Michele Scervini, a research scientist at The University of Cambridge in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, and Trevor D. Ford, chief metrologist and technical director at CCPI Europe Limited, the company that performed independent testing in its calibration laboratory on the new low-drift mineral insulated thermocouple.


Dr. Scervini will present the paper on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at 9:30 am as part of the SAE International’s Aerospace Electrical Interconnect Systems Symposium (AEISS), to be held in Fort Worth, Texas.


To request copies of the application note and white paper, complete a simple request form at http://Info.tewire.com/low-drift-cable-brief or call TE Wire at 1-888-349-3662. Interested participants may also request to qualify for free samples and to participate in a special beta test program.


Learn About the All New Low Drift Thermocouple Cable


About TE Wire & Cable LLC

TE Wire & Cable LLC, a Marmon Wire & Cable/Berkshire Hathaway Company, is a premier thermocouple and specialty wire and cable manufacturer that was formed from the Wire and Cable Division of the Thermo Electric Corporation. Since 1941, the company has been manufacturing high-quality wire and cable solutions for the thermo-sensing and temperature measurement markets. TE Wire & Cable LLC manufactures a full line of thermocouple wire and cable—from iron and nickel-based alloys to copper instrument and control cable. The company maintains an in-house laboratory directly certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), allowing it to calibrate its own wire. This results in a higher quality product at a lower cost and with improved efficiency. TE Wire & Cable is highly regarded as the industry leader and has maintained a reputation for providing high-quality temperature measurement wire and cable products with short lead times and competitive prices. For more information, visit the TE Wire website at www.TEWire.com


About Cambridge Enterprise

A wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge Enterprise Limited is responsible for the commercialisation of University intellectual property. It provides access to early stage capital through the Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds, University of Cambridge Enterprise Funds and Cambridge Enterprise Venture Partners, and offers business planning, mentoring and related programmes. Activities include management and licensing of intellectual property and patents, proof of concept funding and support for University staff and research groups wishing to provide expert advice or facilities to public and private sector organisations. For more information, please visit www.enterprise.cam.ac.uk


Topics: wire design, metallurgy, low-drift cable, aerospace, mineral insulated thermocouple