Price Increase Alert – Alpha Wire

Price Increase AlertThe New Year brings a lot of changes. One of those changes is to the prices of product lines from Alpha Wire. Effective January 2, 2017, Alpha Wire will be adjusting prices to many of their product lines by 2-3%. These increases are due to the costs of labor, transportation and packaging that have affected Alpha Wire. However, there will be the lowering of prices on some select product lines.

Talk to your rep or submit an Alpha RFQ now to get your orders in before prices go up.

Price Increase Alert – General Cable

Price Increase AlertWith the changing of seasons comes the changing of weather and the changing of prices. General Cable, one of the largest wire and cable companies in North America, recently announced an increase in prices to a few of their Carol Brand products due to the rising costs of raw materials. Carol Electronics and Communications will see a 4-6% increase and Carol Cord and Cordsets will see a 6-10% increase. These changes have gone into effect starting November 14th, 2016.

To learn more about General Cable products, visit our General Cable section or submit an RFQ to get updated pricing.

SJTOW vs SJOOW | Product Knockout

Product_Knockout“Our Product Knock-out series is a match-up between two similar products. In boxing terms, think same weight class, same caliber, and same level of experience and amount of exposure. The purpose of these posts are for you to see a side-by-side view of two similar products, and to be able to understand which one will be crowned champ for your specific purposes. Take your seats and prepare for battle, because the gloves are coming out.”

SJTOW and SJOOW are both types of portable cord cables. This means that they both are used in portable tools and equipment applications. SJTOW and SJOOW also both have a temperature range of -40°C to +90°C. Another similarity between SJTOW and SJOOW is the “SJ” in their names. The SJ means these portable cords are both rated to 300 volts because they are junior service cables. While these cables have their similarities, they also have their differences. Let’s take a closer look.

What is SJTOW Cable?

SJTOW cable is a stranded bare copper cord. It is designed to be used in portable tools, motors, floor maintenance equipment, washing machines and portable lights. SJTOW cable is also ideal for hospital and sound equipment. The letters in SJTOW will tell you about specific characteristics to this cable.

S- Service Cord

J- Junior Service, rated to 300V

T- Thermoplastic

O- Oil Resistant Jacket

W- Weather Resistant

With the breakdown of the cable letters we can see that this cable is a weather resistant, junior service cord that has an oil resistant jacket and plastic insulation.

What is SJOOW Cable?

SJOOW cable is stranded bare copper portable cord. It is designed to be used with many portable tools and equipment, portable appliances, small motors and associated machinery. The letters in SJOOW will tell you about the specific characteristics of this cable.

S- Service Cord

J – Junior Service, rated to 300V

OO- Oil resistant insulation and oil resistant jacket

W- Weather Resistant

With the breakdown of the cable letters we can see that this cable is a weather resistant, junior service cord that has an oil resistant jacket and insulation.

SJTOW vs SJOOW

As you can see, there is a lot of overlap between SJTOW cable and SJOOW cable. Both of these portable cords are weather resistant junior service cords that are rated to 300V and have similar applications.

So, what is the difference? The biggest difference between SJTOW and SJOOW comes down to the makeup of the cable. The “T” in SJTOW indicates thermoplastic materials in both the jacket and insulation. This specific thermoplastic material used in our SJTOW is PVC. The one “O” means that just the jacket is oil resistant, not both the jacket and insulation. When it comes to SJOOW, the absence of the “T” indicates that instead of thermoplastic, rubber is used. The double “OO” means that the jacket and insulation is oil resistant. In this case, the rubber materials used in our SJOOW cable are EPDM for the insulation and Neoprene for the jacket.

While both are highly flexible and oil resistant, the SJOOW has both the insulation and jacket that are resistant, along with the rubber making it even more flexible than the SJTOW. However, the SJTOW with the thermoplastic instead of rubber, allows flexibility in your application with a tad more sturdiness than the rubber of SJOOW.

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SJTOW vs. SJOOW

Winner by unanimous vote? Instead, it seems as if the match has ended in a technical decision.
In this case it looks like our crowned champ depends on your specific application use.

If you’re unsure about what cable you’ll need in order to meet the needs of your application, consult with one of Allied’s knowledgeable sales reps by submitting an RFQ.
Visit our website to learn more about SJTOW Cable vs SJOOW Cable.

Allied Encyclopedia: M16878 Type B,C,D

alliedencyclopedia-ogWhat is M16878?

The military specification wire Mil-W-16878, commonly referred to as M16878 wire is available in various options. But today we are going to focus on the first three slant sheets of the M16878 specification: M16878/1 Type B, M16878/2 Type C, and M16878/3 Type D.

Type B, C and D have many similarities. All three are single conductor wires, available in solid or stranded constructions, with conductor material options of tinned copper, high-strength copper alloy (HSCA) or Copper Clad Steel. Tinned copper is the most common of the material options. All three types feature Extruded PVC insulation, and have the same temperature range of -55°C to 105°C.

There are a few differences that all three types bring to the table. What are they?

 

What is M16878/1 Type B?

Type B wire has an insulation wall of 0.10” and is rated to 600 volts. Type B is available from 14 AWG to 32 AWG. View full M16878/1 specs here.

 

What is M16878/2 Type C?

The nominal wall thickness of Type C wire is .016”.  Due to the thicker wall, M16878/2 wire is rated up to 1000 volts. Type C is available from 12 AWG to 26 AWG.  View full M16878/2 specs here.

 

What is M16878/3 Type D?

Of the three types, D has the thickest wall at .031”, meaning it has the highest voltage rating at 3000 volts.Type D wire comes in AWG sizes starting at 14 AWG up to 32 AWG. View full M16878/3 specs here.

 

If you would like to learn more about the Mil-Spec M16878 series, check out the Mil-W-16878 wire catalog. To request a quote on M16878 visit our Quick RFQ form or call one of our experienced sales reps today at 1-800-472-4655!

 

TXL Wire vs GXL Wire | Product Knockout

Product_KnockoutOur Product Knock-out series is a match-up between two similar products. In boxing terms, think same weight class, same caliber, same level of experience, and the amount of exposure. The purpose of these posts is for you to see a side-by-side view of two similar products, and to be able to understand how only one will be crowned the Champ for your specific purposes.  Take your seats and prepare for battle, because the gloves are coming out.

TXL and GXL are both Automotive Primary Wire used and designed for a variety of different automotive environments.  Both wires meet SAE J-1128, Ford and Chrysler standards. TXL and GXL also have a 125°C temperature rating. While these wires have their similarities, they also have their differences. Let’s take a closer look!

What is TXL Wire?

TXL wire is an extra-thin wall, stranded, single-conductor automotive primary wire. It is used primarily in automotive applications where small diameter and minimal weight are desirable. It is rated to SAE J-1128, Ford (M1L-123A) and Chrysler (MS-8288) specifications.  

What is GXL Wire?

GXL wire is a thin wall, stranded, single-conductor automotive primary wire. It is used primarily in engine compartments where high heat resistance is required in accordance with SAE. It is rated to SAE J-1128, Ford (M1L-85B) and Chrysler (MS-8900) specifications.

Comparison Table

TXL GXL
Conductor Bare Copper Bare Copper
Insulation Cross Linked Polyethylene (XLPE) Cross Linked Polyethylene (XLPE)
Temperature Rating -51°C to +125°C -51°C to +125°C
Voltage 50 volts 50 volts
Wall Thickness Extra Thin Wall Thin Wall
Specifications SAE, Ford, Chrysler SAE, Ford, Chrysler
Insulation Thickness of 18AWG 0.016 in. 0.023 in.
Weight of 18 AWG 6.9 lbs/MFT 8.0 lbs/MFT

TXL Wire vs GXL Wire

As you can see, there is a lot of overlap between TXL and GXL wire. Both of these Automotive Primary Wires have a bare copper conductor, XLPE insulation, the same temperature rating and are rated to SAE, Ford and Chrysler standards. The major differences between TXL wire and GXL wire are the application, wall thickness and weight. TXL, as stated earlier, is used for applications where small diameter and minimal weight are desired. The extra thin wall makes the wire more lightweight than GXL. GXL, however, is used primarily in engine compartments where high heat resistance is required. GXL is slightly heavier in weight compared to TXL due to a slightly thicker wall.

Winner by unanimous vote? Instead, it seems as if the match has ended in a technical decision. In this case it looks like our crowned champ depends on your specific application use.

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TXL vs. GXL

If you’re unsure about what cable you’ll need in order to meet the needs of your application, consult with one of Allied’s knowledgeable sales reps by submitting an RFQ. Visit our website to learn more about TXL automotive wire vs GXL automotive wire.

Alpha Wire Introduces Alpha Connect

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Alpha wire has recently launched a new product line called Alpha Connect which offers high performance solutions for industrial connectivity. This new line provides end-to-end solutions for actuators and connecting sensors on the factory floor. Included in the Alpha Connect line are: M8, M12, M23, MINI and RJ45 cordsets, M8 and M12 distribution boxes, splitters, and M8, M12 and MINI field attachables and receptacles. All Alpha Connect products comply with IP65, IP67, IP68/NEMA 6P, and IP69K standards.

Easy To Use

Alpha Connect products are easy to use. LEDs in distribution boxes are an option to speed up repairs and simplify troubleshooting if there are any malfunctions. In addition, they save space and simplify wiring from sensors to the controller. These also can eliminate the need for more enclosures and some support two I/O channels. This results in an 8 port box having 16 signals.

Flexible Cordsets

Within Alpha Connect’s Flexible Cordsets there are many connector options that are used in factory floor applications, have flex life cycles or are industry standard mid-power connectors. Alpha Connect also has the option of flexible cordsets for ethernet. These cables have a two pair construction, meet Cat 5e applications to support data rates, and have the option to choose between unshielded small diameter or foil/braid shield for signal integrity.

Distribution Boxes

Distribution boxes are another component of Alpha Connect. These distribution boxes feature different components for different needs. M12 boxes feature three different housings: thermoplastic for industrial use, stainless steel housings for food/beverage and medical applications, and die-cast housings for increased ruggedness. The M8 distribution boxes also have thermoplastic housings for industrial use. The thermoplastic distribution boxes for M8 and M12 both have a flame-retardant insert.

In addition, the Alpha Connect line also features field attachable connectors, receptacle connectors, and splitters.

For more information on Alpha Wire or Alpha Connect, submit an RFQ through our website.

Allied Encylopedia: Alpha Xtra-Guard 4

What is Alpha’s Xtra Guard Cable Series?

These cables offer reliable performance in many applications, and are known for ultimate performance in extreme environments. The Xtra-Guard Cable series features six installments, each offering a customized solution for different applications.

The Xtra-Guard 4 cable is the advanced temperature and chemical performance cable in the Alpha High Performance cable series. This cable get its notoriety from its performance in extreme hot and cold temperatures, making it a preferable outdoor cable.

Construction

Alpha Xtra-Guard 4 is constructed of a stranded, tinned copper conductor, thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) insulation and jacket, and has a nylon ripcord for easy stripping of the insulation and jacket. The TPE insulation and jacket offers three times the low temperature flexibility of just ordinary PVC. The jacket has an outstanding ultraviolet stability in all colors, though the standard color is black.

Typically found in sizes 14-24 AWG, this cable is available in both multi-pair and multi-conductor constructions.  Xtra-Guard 4 Cable can be unshielded, foil-shielded, and can feature Alpha’s Supra-Shield, a combination foil and braid shield that provides exceptional protection against EMI interference.

Alpha Xtra-Guard 4 Cable

Alpha Xtra-Guard 4 Cable

Applications

Xtra-Guard 4 is known for its extended temperatures, ranging from -50°C to +125°C, meaning it can handle hot, cold, and spill applications. This cable offers very good resistance to oils, solvents, chemicals and fuels, and is also water resistant.

Typical applications for this cable include use in plant operations, minimizing instruments and controls, mass transit systems, military electronic applications, food and beverages plants, petrochemical process controls, arctic pipeline controls, and even use with wood, paper, and pulp.

Xtra-Guard 4 is approved by MSHA and the Pennsylvania Bureau Deep Mining Safety for mine-wide monitoring systems, except for size 14 AWG. It is also suitable for use in Class 1 Division 2 Locations per the NEC.

If you need Xtra-Guard wire that meets certain approvals, Xtra-Guard 4 is UL and CSA dual-rated. You can find Xtra-Guard adhering to UL TC (600V), PLTC (300 V), and WTTC standards, as well as CSA AWM 1 A/B, II A/B, and FT1 approved.

For more information and full Xtra-Guard 4 Specs, visit our Alpha Wire Xtra-Guard 4 Performance Cable page.

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