New EZ-240-NMH-RA-X Connector by Times Microwave

We are pleased to announce the newest product from Time Microwave Systems, the EZ-240-NMH-RA-X connector. The EZ-240-NMH-RA-X includes an N-Male (plug) crimp right angle (non-solder pin) hex/knurl nut, along with no braid trim. This new connector also features: a combination hex/knurl coupling nut, tri-metal plating instead of nickel, chamfered cable entry hole for ease of termination, ridged landing area on the aft end for better grip and sealing of the heat shrink boot, and optimized impedance matching for low VSWR. In addition, this connector can be used with the WSB-240 boot and LMR 240 Cable line, and striped using the standard CST-240A cable prep tool. Contact your Allied Wire sales rep or request a quote to purchase the newest exciting product from Time Microwave Systems.

Clarkson University’s Zero-Emission Snowmobile SAE Team Update

 Last month you read how Allied Wire & Cable helped the Clarkson University Zero Emission Snowmobile SAE Team prepare for the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. The challenge took place at Michigan Technical Institute in Houghton, MI.

Allied’s contribution has greatly helped the Clarkson Electric Knights reach their goal of placing in the top three at the 2017 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. We are happy to report that The Electric Knights placed 2nd overall.  This ranking has been their personal best since 2010.

The Zero Emission category at the Clean Snowmobile Challenge consisted of twelve events that took place from March 6th – 11th 2017. The events were listed as follows: Design Paper, Static Display, MSRP Report, Subjective Handling, Range, Oral Presentation, Noise, Draw Bar Pull, Cold Start, Vehicle Weight, Objective Handling, and Acceleration Under Load. At this year’s competition the Electric Knights took 1st place in both the cold start event and draw bar pull. They had a max pull of 627 lbs and a vehicle weight of 858 lbs. The team also finished with the fastest time (55.16 seconds) in the objective handling event. The acceleration under load event requires one snowmobile to pull another snowmobile 400 feet as quick as possible.  The Electric Knight’s sled finished in 1.29 seconds right after the 21.27 seconds of the winner.

Unfortunately, The Electric Knights ran into some complications with their battery pack leaving them unable to finish the noise and range events. However, this was the first year The Electric – Knight competed in all events since 2011.

Allied could not be more proud of the accomplishment from Clarkson’s Electric Knights. Job well done to everyone involved!

 

Allied Donates to Clarkson University’s Zero-Emission Snowmobile SAE Team

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This March, Allied Wire & Cable will play a part in the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge at Michigan Technical Institute. Allied made a donation to help the Clarkson University Zero-Emission Snowmobile SAE Team located in Potsdam, NY. The competition is conducted through the Society of Automotive Engineers. SAE encourages those involved to be innovative, including using time for networking and learning to be a sound engineer through the design and build process.

 

The Clarkson University Zero-Emission Snowmobile SAE team is a group of dedicated, undergraduate engineering students participating in an international collegiate design competition that challenges students to develop and build an electric snowmobile. The teams says this will be done by replacing an internal combustion engine with an electric motor on a stock snowmobile chassis. During the academic year, the team will be applying the principles that they have learned in the classroom and putting them towards a real world application to build a competitive snowmobile in Michigan.

 

Allied Wire & Cable donated hundreds of feet of wire to the Clarkson team for their snowmobile. Some of the wires donated  to the Clarkson team were UL 1007 Hook Up Wire of 07-22-7T, 07-16-26T and 1569-12-65T. The wire will be used throughout the entire snowmobile in every electrical aspect. For example, the areas of focus will be the controls and operation of the tractive system, the safety circuits and other components that are incorporated to ensure the vehicle is operating under safe and normal conditions. The systems also include the isolation monitoring device, battery management system, accelerator lever position sensor and brake pedal plausibility check systems. Allied’s wire products will also play a role from the low voltage control circuit to the high voltage battery pack monitoring and cell balancing.

Check back with us in March to see how the Clarkson team did in their competition!

New Kits for LMR-195 EZ and LMR-200 EZ X Connectors

New Kits for LMR-195 EZ and LMR-200 EZ X ConnectorsWe are excited to announce the newest addition to the Times Microwave LMR product line – The WSB-195-200 kit. The WSB-195-200 kit is compatible with the LMR-200 EZ X and LMR-195 EZ series crimp connectors. Each kit includes: ten pieces, a WSB flexible silicone boot strain relief/weatherproofing kit to replace older methods, easy hand assembly to save time in the field, no heat requirement and is RoHS, REACH and I967 compliant. Contact your sales rep to request a quote for the WSB-195-200 kit for your LMR-200 EZ X and LMR-195 EZ series crimp connectors today!

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.

Charity Week 2015 Introductions: American Diabetes Association

Charity-Week-2015-squareIn honor of our 10th annual Charity Week, we’ve decided to give back to local charities that support causes close to our hearts. Since several of our employees are involved with different local charities, the four charities that we’ve selected as 2015 Charity Week recipients all have a member of the Allied family who is closely connected with each. The following blog post is the fourth and final blog post introducing the Allied employee who plays a role in the charity we’re donating to, as well as an overview of the charity in general.

The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against diabetes by helping those affected by the disease. The association spreads awareness and funds research to prevent and help cure diabetes. With a strong internet presence, the association is a key tool for those who are managing diabetes.

The manager of our branch in Florida, Chris Linton, has been living with Type 1 Diabetes for over twenty years. When he was younger, his family became concerned when he displayed frequent thirst and they reached out to his doctor. Chris was then diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at eight years old.

Because Chris was diagnosed at a young age, he’s adapted to his lifestyle with diabetes. While his diabetes isn’t a big concern in his daily life, organizations like the ADA do provide a plethora of information to those trying to manage the disease as well as those who are learning about their new diagnosis. The ADA’s website offers many recipes for cooking at home and how to manage going out to eat. They also include tips on how to incorporate fitness ADAinto your lifestyle.

Every year through new research, the ADA develops new products to help those diagnosed with diabetes live a healthy lifestyle, which Chris says he follows closely to keep up to date. The organization has events throughout the country in different communities by holding diabetes EXPOs, diabetes camps and fundraising events. The steps they take to fund research and provide knowledge to those with diabetes is something worth supporting.

We are pleased to give to an association that funds research of a deadly disease and helps find a cure. Consider helping this deserving charity and place an order during the week of December 14-18, and not only will a percentage of your order go to the American Diabetes Association, but it will also benefit three other worthy recipients as well. Read more about our 10th Annual Charity Week and help give back to those in our local community this holiday season.

Charity Week 2015 Introductions: Pets for Vets

Charity Week 2015In honor of our 10th annual Charity Week, we’ve decided to give back to local charities that support causes close to our hearts. Since several of our employees are involved with different local charities, the four charities that we’ve selected as 2015 Charity Week recipients all have a member of the Allied family who is closely connected with each. The following blog post is the third out of four blog posts introducing the Allied employee who plays a role in the charity we’re donating to, as well as an overview of the charity in general.

Pets for Vets is an organization dedicated to pairing returning war veterans with shelter dogs, as well as providing these shelter dogs with a second chance to be cared for by a loving owner. The organization is aware of the emotional wounds that soldiers return home with, and their mission is to provide these vets with a companion to help ease the process of returning home and getting acclimated to everyday life again. Likewise, Pets for Vets sees this partnership as a way for dogs who are living in shelters to be cared for again and given a second chancea reciprocal exchange for both the veteran and the dog that the organization calls a “win-win” situation.

Pets for Vets has branches located throughout the country, and they’re now in the final stages of opening their chapter in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Debbie Piergrossi, a warehouse supervisor at our Pennsylvania headquarters has recently been appointed as Pottstown’s chapter director, and she holds the charity very close to her heart for several reasons.

Debbie started working with Pets for Vets after stumbling upon an article about the organization. She wanted to get involved because she felt as if she could closely connect with their mission. Debbie is a certified dog trainer with a strong passion for animals, however the main reason for her involvement actually stems from the work that Pets for Vets does for the returning war veterans.

Pets for VetsDebbie’s son served in the U.S. Army, where he did a tour in Afghanistan. Like many soldiers, he returned home with PTSD, and Debbie explained how she first handedly experienced the ways in which PTSD can take a toll on an entire family. Pets for Vets has allowed for her to help veterans who are going through struggles similar to that of her son’s, and it has also given her the opportunity to care for the animals that she’s most passionate about.

As chapter director, Debbie’s duties include everything from interviewing the dog trainers that help train the dogs and get them acclimated to the life of a returning war vet, to holding meetings for volunteers and establishing relationships with local animal shelters. She explains that every part of the organization is important to her. From helping to give forgotten animals a second chance, to giving back to the men and women that served our country, she comments on the power of the human-animal bond and its extraordinary ability to “help to heal emotional wounds.”

Pets for Vets is a worthy organization that many people can connect to, whether because of a passion for animals, or the ability to relate to the struggles that returning veterans must endure, or maybe it’s a combination of both. Whatever it may be, we could not be more excited about the opportunity we have to give back to such an amazing organization during our 2015 Charity Week. We are beyond proud and thankful for all the work Debbie does for the charity, and we look forward to establishing a long-lasting relationship with Pets for Vets. To help support this deserving charity, place an order during the week of December 14-18, and not only will a percentage of your order go to Pets for Vets, but it will also benefit three other worthy recipients as well. Read more about our 10th Annual Charity Week and help give back to those in our local community this holiday season.

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