NORTHBROOK, Ill., October 8, 2015 – UL Wire & Cable, a division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), today announces that it has issued its first Low Smoke Halogen Free (LSHF) certification to Hitachi Cable America Inc. for its NanoCore™ multiunit family of fiber optic cables. The polymeric components of these cables, such as insulation, overall jacket and color concentrate compounds, are evaluated as halogen-free materials, and the finished cables are evaluated to meet the standard of minimal low-level smoke generation under fire conditions.

This is the first LSHF certification offered to optical fiber cable, in accordance with the latest version of UL 2885 based onthe IEC 62821 -1, -2 & -3 standards. The latest standard consolidates all existing standards and tests for LSHF cables as well as additional requirements. The standard is valid not only for the cable but also for any compounds or materials used in the cable.

“We are pleased to see key manufacturers for fiber optics cable taking the lead with the release of products in the new LSHF listing category,” said Steven Galan, Director, UL Wire & Cable, “and our testing and certification procedure enables manufacturers, designers and other key stakeholders to substantiate claims through UL’s trusted third-party certification and offer cables compliant to the latest standard for the benefits of their customers.”

“The new listing will allow the cables to be installed in any riser environment as defined by the U.S. National Electrical Code while also providing the halogen-free characteristics that many owners desire in their cable infrastructure,” said Steven Kenney of Hitachi.   “Adding the UL LSHF surface mark on our cables help reinforce our industry leadership.”