Improved performance and optimized fire protection: New Draka UC900 FLEX Cat.7 S/FTP patch cable

Prysmian Group’s BU Multimedia Solutions (MMS) is consolidating its Draka Cat.7 patch cable portfolio and thus intensifying the further development of its high-quality UC copper data cable range for structured building cabling. The product range is specifically suited for use in high-speed data transmission environments in standardised and multi-vendor networks. The new Draka UC900 FLEX Cat.7 S/FTP 4P LSHF patch cable replaces all types of UC900 SS27 Cat.7 S/FTP. Draka will discontinue these after a transition period until 31.12.2023.

The new Draka UC900 FLEX Cat.7 S/FTP 4P LSHF is a patch cable, so it does not fall under the mandatory EU Construction Products Regulation (CPR), but it is still equipped with fire protection class Dca. It thus provides more fire safety than its predecessor model UC900 SS27 Cat.7 S/FTP in CPR class Eca. The UC900 FLEX Cat.7 S/FTP 4P LSHF meets the criteria of the demanding CPR class with regard to smoke development, drop formation and acid content. The halogen-free and flame-retardant protective sheath (LSHF) also ensures the highest CPR fire protection. 

Stronger positioning and clearer portfolio

The Draka UC900 FLEX Cat.7 S/FTP 4P patch cable will replace all variants of the previous product UC900 SS27 Cat.7 S/FTP by the end of 2023. With the consolidation of the Cat.7 patch cable portfolio, Draka is focusing on a stronger positioning in higher fire protection classes and reducing the number of variants. 

Future-oriented network technology with maximum PoE efficiency

The optimised patch cable also offers users further investment benefits: with an AWG26 conductor diameter instead of AWG27 of the predecessor product, it has an improved conductor quality. This larger conductor diameter reduces the DC loop resistance (DC-LR) and thus improves the Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) range. 

Draka is constantly introducing new type series and optimising specific product features to
meet the increasing demands for higher bandwidth and additional applications.

"The strategic decision to relaunch the Draka Cat.7 patch cable portfolio underlines our commitment to continuous improvement and providing innovative solutions," emphasises Zoran Borcic, Product Manager Copper Data Cables at Prysmian Group's BU Multimedia Solutions. "Our goal is to drive forward future-oriented technologies that meet the demands of the market."