Allied Encyclopedia: What is QPL Approved Wire and Cable?

Allied EncyclopediaWhen you’re searching for wire and cable, you’ll probably come across QPL Approved products. But what does this approval tell you about the wire you’re purchasing? The QPL, or Qualified Products List, identifies products that have been pre-tested and proven to follow required specifications before procurement.

Before obtaining QPL Approval, a supplier must submit a sample product for testing. Because QPL materials are most often used in demanding applications where performance is critical, these cables must meet stringent requirements before they are approved. With the QPL approval, buyers can be confident in the quality of the cable and its suitability for use in their applications. The approval also eliminates the need for any additional testing or documentation after the wire is purchased.

So what’s the real difference between QPL and non-QPL wire and cable? Well, non-QPL material tends to be cheaper in price, but QPL wire usually offers better quality and a longer lifespan.

Qualified Products Lists are generally used by the military, local governments, state departments, and federal agencies. If you work for an organization that uses Qualified Products Lists, and buys QPL wire and cable, you will find high quality cable that meets the appropriate standards without the hassle of further testing, saving you and your organization time and money.

Allied Wire is now QPL approved for manufacturing M27500 cable in accordance with WC27500-2012. Build your own M27500 cable with Allied’s NEMA WC 27500 Part Number Builder, or browse our online catalog of MIL-C-27500 Cables.

About awcwire
Allied Wire & Cable is a value-added manufacturer and distributor of electrical wire and cable, tubing, and more. We are a family owned and operated company, serving a wide range of industries, including the military, automotive, aerospace, and telecommunications markets. Allied is headquartered in Collegeville, PA. Additional locations can be found across the US, in Phoenix, AZ; Bedford, NH; Pewaukee, WI; Rochester, NY, Tampa, FL; and Mt. Juliet, TN. For more information on Allied, visit our main website at

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