Belden Releases DataTuff TC Cat 5e Cord Sets, First Industrial Ethernet Cable for 600V Cable Trays

Ethernet cord sets offer easy deployment, improved reliability and safety for heavy industry

ST. LOUIS--( EON: Enhanced Online News)--Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, announces DataTuff TC Cat 5e cord sets with TC Listed industrial Ethernet cable. These 600V TC 1277 rated Cat 5e cord sets, with RJ45 connectors, are the first to address a long-standing challenge—the ability to easily route industrial Ethernet cables in the most demanding heavy-industry environments using existing 600V cable trays. These cord sets reduce the cost of installation and reduce the risk of field failure, with the attendant costs of operational downtime and potential safety issues.

As heavy equipment migrates to Ethernet controls, it is important to make sure that communications signals travel with a minimum of interference, physical or electrical, through the plant or field installation. The new DataTuff cord sets fit the bill. Standard commercial cabling is not robust enough for the demanding, mission-critical environments of the industrial world. Standard industrial-grade Ethernet cable is designed to address the needs of industrial applications but is unable to be routed in cable trays. The latter has caused plant engineers to develop creative, but not always acceptable or reliable, ways of routing cable through a plant.

Breakthrough Design

The DataTuff TC Cat 5e shielded cable can be easily deployed in pre-existing 600V cable trays for cost-effective installation. This cabling solution also offers a family of 600V AWM connectivity solutions that provide the easy transition from the cable tray to the applications within NEC-rated enclosures. IP20 shielded Cat 5e and Cat 6 cord set extensions, IP20 Din Rail mounted couplers, and IP20 shielded Cat 5e and Cat 6 cord sets are all available for convenient direct connection with equipment and devices.

“DataTuff TC is a breakthrough in cable technology that addresses a very real need. It can be the solution that bridges the gap between ‘if only’ and ‘let’s do it’ for Ethernet deployment in a number of heavy industrial applications,” said Frank Koditek, Belden Industrial Cables Product Line Manager.

To create the new DataTuff TC cord sets, Belden brought its resources to bear to engineer a cable that is fully compliant with Category 5e requirements of TIA 568-C.2. It uses 18 AWG conductors to provide the 600V TC 1277 rating required for routing through 600V cable trays. This cable is created to the same exacting standards as other DataTuff products, using Belden’s patented Bonded-Pair technology for the most robust electrical performance.

Due to the unique design characteristics, this TC-rated solution is also applicable for heavy industrial mobile equipment, machinery and vehicle deployment. The expansion of Ethernet control systems in mobile applications in harsh and extreme environments requires a cable system that will not fail in the worst conditions.


Targeted at both OEMs and end users, the Cat 5e 600V UL 1277 TC cable meets NEC requirements for deploying in standard cable trays. The TPE jackets are sunlight- and oil-resistant (Oil Res II), have an IEEE 1202 & FT4 flame rating, and are MSHA mining approved. They have a UL 1581 -40°C cold bend rating and can withstand temperatures of up to 105°C. Cat 5eTC cord sets have RJ45 connectors, and are RoHS approved.

Patented Bonded-Pair Technology

The Cat 5e cord set uses Belden’s Bonded-Pair Technology, a patented design that bonds the individual insulated conductors of each pair along the full length of the cable to ensure that no performance-robbing gaps develop between the conductor pairs. Bonded-Pair cables perform even when subjected to the bending, pulling and twisting that is inherent in the installation process and the stresses of the plant floor.


These Cat 5e TC cord sets are now available for order globally. For more information on Belden’s DataTuff Cat 5e cord sets, request Product Bulletin 372, visit or call 1-800-BELDEN-1 (1-800-235-3361).

About Belden

Belden Inc., a global leader in high quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions, delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today's applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit us at; follow us on Twitter @BeldenInc 



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