Offshore Instrumentation Cable

  • According to IEC 60092-376 Standard
  • Twisted Shielded Pair Instrument Cable
  • Approved by ABS, CCS, DNV GL
  • Overall Screen or Individual Screen Cable
Offshore Instrumentation Cable

Offshore Instrumentation Cable Types
Flame Retardant, Overall Screen Offshore Instrumentation Cable
Flame Retardant, Individual Screen Offshore Instrumentation Cable
Flame Retardant, Individual & Overall Screen Instrumentation Cable
Fire Resistant, Overall Screen Offshore Instrumentation Cable
Fire Resistant, Individual Screen Offshore Instrumentation Cable
Fire Resistant, Individual & Overall Screen Instrumentation Cable

Honest Cable Owns A Complete Range of Type Approval Certificates

Your Premier Offshore Instrumentation Cable Manufacturer

Honest offshore instrumentation cable is produced according to NEK 606 and IEC 60092-376 standard.It is designed for telecommunication and instrumentation on offshore units and oil rig platform.

It requires low smoke (IEC 61034), halogen-free (IEC 60754), flame retardant (IEC 60332-3), fire resistant (IEC 60331) and mud resistant in special application.
When looking to buy offshore instrumentation cable at a great price, Honest cable will be your reliable instrumentation cable manufacturer and supplier based in China.

Honest offshore instrumentation cable includes RFOU(i), RFOU(c), RFOU(i&c), BFOU(i), BFOU(c) and BFOU(i&c). All overall screen cable and individual screen cable types are approved by ABS, CCS, and DNV GL classification society.

Honest: Your Leading Offshore Instrumentation Cable Supplier

Honest cable has 20 years offshore instrumentation cable manufacturing experience.

The cable testing center with complete testing equipment is founded to control offshore instrumentation cable’s quality, particularly the performances such as low smoke, halogen-free, flame retardant, fire resistant and mud resistant.

We insist on dealing with your offshore projects professionally and improving our sales team service to satisfy your requirements.

Honest offshore instrumentation cable can achieve and maintain high performance in harsh conditions of heat, oil, humidity, and vibration.

To ensure the safety and health of crew working on offshore units, we can provide you with low smoke cable, halogen free cable, flame retardant cable, fire resistant cable, and mud resistant cable.

We stock more than 100,000 meters communication cables in different sizes and specifications.We can deliver cables to you by sea, by air or by railway immediately as per your requirements.

Instrumentation Cable: The Ultimate FAQ Guide

What is Instrumentation Cable?

An instrumentation cable is a type of cable consisting of numerous conductors that assist in relaying signals of low energy signature.

The function of these signals is to monitor and control power and electrical systems.

Instrumentation cable

 Instrumentation cable

Instrumentation Cable should have which Certificates?

The following are the necessary certificates that instrumentation cable should have:

  • Fire resistance (IEC 60331)
  • Low smoke (IEC 61034)
  • Halogen-free (IEC 60754)
  • Flame retardant (IEC 60332-3)

What is Twisted Pair Instrument Cable?

A twisted pair instrument cable refers to a type of instrument cable that has two conductors of a single circuit twisted together.

The purpose of twisting is to improve electromagnetic compatibility and crosstalk.

What is Instrumentation Cable used for?

Instrumentation and control cable is used for transmission and receiving of control signals to and from equipment and sensors.

The signals can either be digital or analogue while the cables can carry up to 110 voltage.

Which Instrumentation Cables do Honest Cable offer?

Honest cable offers the following types of instrumentation cables

  • RFOU(c) instrumentation cables
  • RFOU (i) instrumentation cables
  • RFOU(i&c) instrumentation cables
  • BFOU(c) instrumentation cables
  • BFOU(i) instrumentation cables
  • BFOU(i&c) instrumentation cables

What are the Characteristics of Instrumentation Cables?

The following are the characteristics of instrumentation cables:

  • Flame retardant helps in reducing incidences of fire. The material you use should not be able to catch fire.
  • Fire resistance means that the instrumentation cable should be able to operate in high heat conditions without causing a malfunction.
  • Low smoke feature ensures that in case of fire outbreak, there is minimal production of smoke.
  • Halogen-free helps in ensuring that the instrumentation cable does not react with the harsh environmental condition that they operate in. halogen-free material does not contain elements under halogen group such as chlorine and fluorine.

How many cores should Instrumentation Cable have?

The number of cores for instrumentation offshore cables depends on the application area.

Instrumentation cables cores can be in pairs or triples): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8,10, 12, 14, 16,19, 24, 27, 30, 33, 37; Nominal Cross-section Areas: 0.75sqmm, 1sqmm, 1.5sqmm, 2.5sqmm

Instrumentation cable core

Instrumentation cable core

Which Industries use Instrumentation Cable?

The following industries use instrumentation cables

  • Oil and gas industry
  • Auto manufacturing
  • Machine building industries
  • Power generation and transmission industries
  • Manufacturing industries such as cement and steel
  • Food and beverage industry
  • Mining industry
  • Wind energy
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Transport and traffic system.

What Types of Conductors are best for Instrumentation Cables?

The best type of conductors for instrumentation cables include:

  • Copper

The properties of copper that make it the best conductor for instrumentation cable include high conductivity and high malleability.

Copper is also a relatively cheaper, material when you compare to silver.

However, copper is highly subjective to corrosion which makes it unsuitable for use.

Also, it is relatively expensive when you compare to fiber optic cable.

  • Fiber

Fiber is an alternative option for conductor material.

It does not corrode hence lasts longer.

Also, they are relatively thinner and flexible which gives them an edge as conductors for instrumentational cables.

However, they are relatively expensive to purchase and install.

What is the Recommended Color Coding for Instrumentation Cable?

The recommended color coding for instrumentation cable is Red, Yellow, Blue, Grey or Green.

How do you Choose Instrumentation Cable?

When selecting instrumentation cables, you need to consider the following:

  • Voltage drop is a measure of the drop in voltage in the electric circuit between the load and the source. It is affected by cable length, rated cable current, and the cable resistance.
  • Derailing factors. These are factors that affect the current transmission of the instrumentation cables. These factors include ambient temperature, environmental conditions and ground temperature.
  • Cable current ratings. This is the ability of the instrumentation cable to handle the given current.

Is there a difference between VFD Cable and Instrumentation Cable?

The main difference between VFD cable and instrumentation cable is that VFD cable is for control systems.

Instrumentation cable is for relaying signals in control cables or power systems.

Can Power Cable work as Instrumentation Cable?


Power cables cannot function as instrumentation cables.

This is because the design of power cables allows for the transmission of only the energy from the source to the equipment.

What Types of Instrumentation Cables are there?

The different types of instrumentation cables available include:

  • ARCNET instrumentation cables which are of use in token-based high-speed networks which offers LAN (Local Area Network) communications amongst industrial computers.
  • AS-I cables which function as binary actuators and sensors
  • CANbus instrumentation cables for serial high-speed data networks for a tough electrical environment such as in the automotive industry.
  • CANopen instrumentation cables that are common in industrial communications.
  • DeviceNet cables which are used in limit switches, valve manifolds, motor starters, and photoelectric cells.
  • Fieldbus instrumentation cables for connecting industrial equipment such as sensors, actuators, and transducers

What is Instrumentation Cable Glanding and Termination?

Cable glanding and termination

 Cable glanding and termination

Instrumentation cable termination refers to the connection of instrumentation cable to an electrical device.

This allows for further connection of the instrumentation cable to other devices.

Instrumentation cable glands are devices whose design allows for attaching and securing the ends of an instrumentation cable.

The cable gland offers strain relief to the instrumentation cable.

How does Looping Affect Instrumentation Cable?

Looping on instrumentation cable has the effect of producing noise which affects the quality of signal transmission.

This may result in poor signal or change of signal transmission.

How does High Electromagnetic Interference affect Instrumentation Cable?

High Electromagnetic interference has the effect of degrading the performance of the instrumentation cable.

It may also have the effect of making the instrumentation cable to stop functioning completely.

Are Instrumentation Cables Standardized?


There are no standard instrumentation cables, the choice of which instrumentation cable to use will depend on the type of application you are using.

There is also a customized instrumentation cable.

Is Control Cable and Instrumentation Cables the same?


Control cable is a type of instrumentation cable.

What is the Temperature and Voltage Range for Instrumentation Cable?

The temperature range for the instrumentation cable is between -60°C to 180°C. this depends on the type of cable material and the insulation material.

The voltage range for instrumentation cable is between 300 V to 500 V depending on the type of instrumentation cable you are using.

How do you Specify Instrumentation Cable?

Before selecting an instrumentation cable, you need to ensure that:

  • It has all the necessary certification which gives you a guarantee of the quality of the instrumentation cable
  • It is of the correct voltage and operating temperature to avoid malfunctioning during operations.
  • It is from a reputable manufacturer for the safety of your electrical equipment.
  • The insulation material will handle operational conditions such as heat and chemical resistance.

What is Screened Instrumentation Cable?

Screened instrumentation cables refer to encasing of instrumentation cables to minimize the effects of electrical noise or electromagnetic interference.

This results in a clear transmission of signals.

What is the Best Insulation Material for Instrumentation Cable?

The best insulation material for instrumentation cable include:

  • Ethylene Propylene (EPR) offers a flexible insulation material than XLPE and PE. Its operating temperature is between 90C and 100C. however, it has a high dielectric loss than most insulation materials.
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is a cheaper and readily available material for marine power cable insulation. However, the presence of chlorine makes it unsuitable due to production of smoke in case of fire outbreak.
  • Cross-linked polyethene (XLPE) consists of different linked polyethene. This prevents melting of the polymer as an insulation material. XLPE is ideal for use in high-temperature marine applications.

What is Instrumentation Cable Shielding?

Instrumentation cable shielding is the process of enclosing more than one insulated conductor with a unique conductive layer.

Instrumentation cable shielding helps in reducing electrical noise which can affect the quality of the signals as well as reducing electromagnetic interference.

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