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Kopex-Ex™ SWA/SWB Cable Glands Reduce Explosion Risk

New Thomas & Betts Product Applicable in Oil and Gas, Marine Environments

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 28, 2014 – The new Kopex-Ex™ SWA/SWB Cable Glands from Thomas & Betts (T&B) are designed to terminate steel wire armored (SWA) and steel wire braid (SWB) cable for control, instrumentation, power and telecommunications. Designed to meet European ATEX directives for protecting employees, the public and the environment from accidents due to explosions, making Kopex-Ex™ SWA/SWB Cable Glands applicable in oil and gas processing and marine environments.

“Oil and gas processing and marine environments often require armored cable for wire protection with a degree of flexibility,” said Chad Smith, vice president, product management and engineering, at Thomas & Betts. “Given the explosion risks found in these environments, meeting the ATEX directive from the EU ensures that the Kopex-Ex™ SWA/SWB Cable Glands are ideal for these applications.”

In addition to global certification for use in explosive environments, Kopex-Ex™ SWA/SWB Cable Glands are suited for low-smoke, halogen-free and flame-retardant applications, and can operate in temperatures up to 194 degrees Fahrenheit (90 degrees Celsius).

For more information about the new Kopex-Ex™ SWA/SWB Cable Glands from Thomas & Betts, please visit and look for “Kopex-Ex™” on the "Brands" tab, or call (800) 238-5000.

Thomas & Betts Corporation, a member of the ABB Group, is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of essential components used to manage the connection, distribution, transmission and reliability of electrical power in utility, industrial, commercial, and residential applications. With a portfolio of more than 200,000 products marketed under more than 45 premium brand names, Thomas & Betts products are found wherever electricity is used. Thomas & Betts’ headquarters are in Memphis, Tenn. For more information, please visit