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Interpower International Power Cable Explained

Hello, I'm Ralph, Bright Vice President of Marketing here at Interpower. Here at Interpower, we have real people answering the phones each day, which means we receive a number of product design questions. And if a question has been asked by more than one person, it usually means others may have the same question. One commonly asked question is, "what is international cable?" And to answer this, we have Jana Brown-Watts, the Quality Assurance Coordinator. Welcome, Jana. Thank you, Ralph. So what is international cable? International cable needs to be manufactured according to the cable standard EN 50-525. These are European standards accepted by member countries of CENELEC. And what is CENELEC? CENELEC stands for European committee for European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization. It's an organization which has agreed upon formalized standards for manufacturing cable. Is it possible for manufacturers outside of the CENELEC group to make international cable? Yes, manufacturers outside of this CENELEC group can manufacture cable as long as it's tested by European agency to the EN 50-525 Standard. For example, the marking on the cable would have h05vvfnh means that it was manufactured to that cable standard. So what is the HAR mark? The HAR mark is something that is put on the cable depending on where the manufacturer is located. For example in North America, you could not have the HAR marking. It's only in those European countries that you would be able to put the HAR mark on the cable. Does the international cable need to be manufactured in accordance with any other standards? Yes, it needs to be manufactured in accordance with IEC cable standards, such as IEC 60-227. So can international cable be used anywhere in the world? No. It can be used in European countries and other countries throughout the world but not in North America. Thank you, Jana for joining us today. If you need more information about international cable, you can visit our website at