Going green: The Wire and Cable Way

Allied's Wire NewsReelEverything and everyone these days seems to be moving towards “going green.”

Whether it’s toting your reusable bags to the grocery store or filling your cup from the water cooler instead of bringing plastic water bottles to work, everyone is doing their part.

The wire and cable industry is no different, recently moving towards using eco-friendly cables in many different applications.  According to Dave Watson, the Director of Engineering at Alpha wire, one of the leaders in eco-cables, the buzz has been driven largely by Europe, which is moving towards halogen free or low halogen cables.

One of the main attributes that makes these cables different is the insulation and jacket material called Modified Polyphenylene ether or mPPE, which is also used in Alpha’s own EcoGen product line.  “mPPE is a relatively new material with good dielectric properties, a wide temperature range, and good recyclability,” Watson said.Alpha Eco-Wire

“The halogen free nature of mPPE means that if it burns, harmful acid gases are not released into the atmosphere,” Watson continued.

PVC, the predecessor to mPPE, is not like that.  PVC may have additives like mercury, dioxin, and phthalate which can be extremely harmful when emitted into the air.

However, the benefits of mPPE are not just environmental.  The reduced overall diameter of the eco-cables helps the devices they are used in to be smaller and more portable. While an increase in cost might deter eco-cables from becoming too popular too quickly, the positives that they bring to the table are plenty.

mPPE is also stronger than PVC and has more abrasion resistance.  It has been used in many different applications such as internal wiring of military grade field radio transmitters, medical device manufacturers, and robotic applications for a supplier of parts for jet airliners, Watson said.

Options for eco-cables, like other wire and cable products, come in many sizes and constructions so that their use can be wide-reaching.

Watson believes eco-cables are here to stay.

“To some degree European Union regulations like REACH and RoHS are fueling the trend,” he said.

“But there is generally a broader trend of being good stewards of the environment to which we’ve been entrusted.”

For more information on eco-cables or to place an order please call us anytime at 800-472-4655.

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 Merrimack, NH, Tampa, FL, Pewaukee, WI, and Las Vegas, NV. For more information on Allied, visit our main website at www.awcwire.com.

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