Solder sleeves, or shield tubing, are types of heat-shrinkable wire protection components specifically designed to provide cable terminations with insulation and protect them from damages caused by moisture and strain. The solder sleeves use the shrinkable tubing element to attach wires to the shielding braid of a cable. Thus, these sleeves make product assembly easy, while at the same time providing the cable with a heat-shrinkable jacket.
How do solder sleeves and shield tubing work?
Solder sleeves feature a heater jacket, along with a solder ring and two thermoplastic rings. The solder ring, which is placed in the middle, melts to establish an electrical connection. The two thermoplastic rings, which are placed on the outside, protect from moisture by sealing the wire completely.
Why are solder sleeves and shield tubing used?
Solder sleeves and shield tubing are used in a multitude of applications for different purposes. These include:
To provide strain relief to the cable
To offer electrical insulation by covering joints in the cables
To bundle wires and cables together
To prevent environmental elements like dust and moisture from damaging the cable
To provide mechanical protection by allowing resistance from chemicals and abrasion