For 30 years, a major manufacturer of electrical cable and related products, supplied the nuclear power industry with the only insulating tape and jacketing tape “qualified” for use in safety-related applications in harsh environments within nuclear power plants. UCI distributed these tape products to many of our clients in the nuclear power industry.
In 1996, that company abandoned the manufacture of their nuclear power qualified tapes to focus on their larger core markets. Their withdrawal left the $2 million nuclear power market to complex and expensive heat shrink systems – systems that technicians find difficult to use and which require large inventory of parts and tools.
UCI’s experience in the industry with insulating and jacketing tapes, and our analysis of the competitive products, suggested that a qualified tape that offered advantages over the heat-shrink systems would meet with robust demand. UCI engineers evaluated a number of potential alternatives to the heat-shrink products, seeking a tape that would out-perform and out-sell the competition. The criteria was demanding - It had to be tough, versatile, go on easy, and come off clean.
• It survived the grueling qualification testing set by the nuclear power industry.
• It adheres to itself and requires nothing more than a pocket knife for installation.
• It goes on clean, comes off fast, and leaves no residue coming off.
Nuketape® is capable of insulating any terminal or splice without special jacketing. It is oil and soil resistant and can be applied completely immersed underwater without absorbing water.
NukeTape® offers all of the above at a price below the heat-shrink product.
UCI engineers set out to develop a tape that met all the above criteria. They produced a formulation and configuration that looked promising. In February 1997, UCI commissioned Wyle Laboratories to undertake the exhaustive series of tests that would qualify UCI splicing tape for safety-related nuclear/harsh applications.
In September 1997, testing was completed and found the UCI tape exceeded our most optimistic expectations. Once more, the tape proved to be the answer to a technician’s prayer – very versatile and remarkably easy to use. In December 1999, the UCI tape was trademark-registered as NukeTape® and is now the purebred of the market!