Allied Wire & Cable Is Celebrating Its 30ish Anniversary

Allied Wire and Cable 30th Anniversary

We’re celebrating in 2018 at Allied Wire & Cable our 30ish anniversary! You might ask, “What the heck does ‘30ish anniversary’ mean?” Well, truth be told, we’ve been so busy growing as a company and serving you, our valued customers, that we’re a bit late in getting around to properly mark our 30th anniversary. Hence our adoption of the “30ish” name. We think it’s better to be late with this kind of thing and rather get your orders to you on time and with stellar accuracy.

Starting out in a Family Basement

A bunch of Allied Wire & Cable team members got around a large conference table in mid-February 2018 to tell some colorful stories about yesteryear and take a good look at where we were, where we are and where we’re going. Allied Wire & Cable launched in 1987 in the family basement of the Flynn family in Wayne, Pennsylvania, along Philadelphia’s Main Line and was incorporated the following year. At the time, the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Mario Brothers were booming in popularity, Michael Jordan was taking off sky high, Mike Tyson was the reigning heavyweight champion, Madonna was racking up four Top-10 hits and Dirty Dancing was the talked-about recent flick.

And the U.S. stock market crashed in October 1987. Just out of college, Tim Flynn left Wall Street and, before long, he and brothers Dan and Mike, all in their 20s, along with family friend Chris Burke started out by doing anything and everything—from ordering materials and making sales calls to spooling wire—to build their fledgling wire and cable business. The Flynn’s mother, Jean, helped type documents, and father, John, nicknamed JJ, helped with deliveries. Legend has it that Jean also prepared some incredible meals for the young men to help fuel them in their pursuit of making it.

Growth Propels Moves to Bridgeport, Phoenixville and Collegeville

Allied Wire and Cable moved to a warehouse and office facility in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, in 1992. Because money was tight and to ensure they could continue to receive bank loans, the owners had to prove the depth of their inventory, and this led to many deep-into-the-night workdays. When the team finally thought they had a day off because of a blizzard, longtime sales representative Pat Wilson arrived at work after trudging in by foot. “I guess we have to work,” recounted Tim Flynn, Allied Wire & Cable co-owner and co-president, with a chuckle.

Come 2002, Allied Wire & Cable moved to a state-of-the-art facility in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. By this time, the company was hitting its stride, maturing and refining its approaches. It was also growing by leaps and bounds. By 2008, the company outgrew this location and moved to its existing home in nearby Collegeville, Pennsylvania. It was a brand-new building, and still growth came quickly. A 2012 addition to the 80,000-square-foot facility brought Allied Wire & Cable’s headquarters to more than 101,000 square feet. Four years later, the company purchased a building across the street and completed an expansion project, creating an additional 22,000 square feet of production and warehouse space.

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Allied Wire & Cable Family: We Serve Our Customers with 250 Team Members

Today, Allied Wire and Cable employs about 250 employees nationwide and operates sales offices in Arizona, Florida, New Hampshire, New York and Wisconsin. The company also operates warehouses across the United States, enabling for the quickest delivery times in the industry. Allied Wire & Cable boasts a $50 million inventory of wire, cable, tubing, accessories and hard-to-find parts. The company serves a wide scope of markets and provides customized services. Allied Wire & Cable is dedicated to serving its many thousands of global customers, who simply are the company’s lifeblood.

Allied Wire & Cable owners have long recognized that their customers come first and that their customers are part of the Allied Wire & Cable Family. They’ve also known that their staff members, or team members, are the heart of the Allied Family. The owners are grateful for the commitment, dedication, vision, knowledge and hard work their team members bring to the company to provide customers with outstanding quality, service and pricing.

Allied Wire & Cable’s owners have been guided by the credo of “Common sense, not dollars and cents.” During and since the Great Recession of 2007–09, most companies cut staff, adjusting to slimmed-down employee rolls. Allied Wire & Cable owners, however, have always believed that their employees are nonexpendable. The company has not only provided job stability but continued to grow employment levels at all its warehouses and sales offices. This growth has and will continue to enable Allied Wire & Cable to improve its operations and customer service.

Giving Back As Part of AWCares

There’s something else that makes Allied Wire & Cable special, and it’s the owners’ commitment to philanthropy. Allied Wire & Cable mission as part of AWCares, its philanthropic branch, is to support local and national charities that advocate powerful causes. The company’s owners were joined by Pennsylvania State Senator Bob Mensch on March 2, 2018, in handing a $50,000 check to two National Breast Cancer Foundation representatives who flew in from outside Dallas, Texas. This milestone moment in Allied Wire & Cable’s history capped a record-breaking Charity Week in which customers helped the company raise $42,000—more than doubling previous fundraisers.

In recent years, Allied Wire & Cable has also raised money for American Diabetes Association, Autism Speaks, Make–A–Wish Foundation, Pets for Vets, Toy for Tots and the YMCA. More than $160,000 has been raised during all 12 annual Charity Weeks alone.

All of us at Allied Wire & Cable are grateful to have served you for 30ish years and look forward to being your leading source for wire and cable products for many, many more years.

Thank you!

The New Emirates A380: Take Virtual Tour Now

Emirates A380

Inside the New Emirates A380: Unparalleled Luxury at 39,000 Feet

The Emirates A380, providing a high-end experience that features private suites and shower spas in first class, flat-bed seats in business class and extra room and custom lighting in economy class along with in-flight wi-fi throughout the aircraft, is touted to be as close as it comes to flying in a private jet.

Latest models of the Emirates A380 have seen some notable enhancements. Each private suite is now a private room, offering floor-to-ceiling cabin walls for complete privacy. Safari binoculars are provided to passengers with window seats for zoomed-in bird’s-eye views. Noise-canceling headphones pair with 32-inch LED-backlighted HDTV screens. The newest Emirates A380 models have other luxurious touches.

Emirates planes, generally speaking, have enjoyed a reputation for offering an ambient environment, posh amenities and unrivaled experiences. Emirates planes are where jet-setters can mingle in sleek open areas, adorned with ivory palettes and bronze and wood-grain flourishes, and kick back in social seating arrangements. Travelers can relax with LED mood lighting and even catch live events on high-definition televisions with surround sound. Travelers can also pamper themselves in roomy bathrooms, decked out with rejuvenating shower spas.

The Emirates A380, many proclaim in dazzling reviews, is among the choicest airliners on the planet—or in the sky, as the case may be. The Emirates A380 is the first airplane to appear on Google Street View, surely piquing the curiosity of those who spell out in Internet searches—scores of them in recent years—“Emirates planes inside.”

Emirates was the first airline to order the Airbus A380 and is now the leading operator of this particular model, keeping 100 units in its fleet and having ordered an additional 42 units. In fact, the 100th Emirates A380 was delivered in November 2017, with Emirates now operating more than five times the number of double-decker airplanes than its closest competitor. The company has flown 80 million passengers on Emirates A380 aircraft, traveling 1.25 billion kilometers. The company will celebrate 10 years of flying Emirates A380 units in August 2018.

The world’s largest passenger airplane, the Emirates A380 is purely an engineering feat. The Emirates A380 boasts a wingspan of 261 feet, 8 inches; length of 238 feet, 6 inches; and height of 79 feet, 7 inches. The Emirates A380 passenger capacity ranges from 489 to 615.

Despite the immense size of the Emirates A380 aircraft, the airliner offers environmental savings in several key aspects. Because of the sheer size of the Emirates A380, for example, translates into fewer takeoffs and landings to carry the same number of passengers as smaller aircraft on the same routes. The design of the Emirates A380 utilizes a range of lightweight materials that account for 25 percent of its structure.

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Additionally, Emirates planes, including Emirates A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft, offers 14 percent better fuel efficiency compared with the International Air Transport Association global fleet average, based on 2013 measurements. Moreover, Emirates has invested in one of the best flight-planning systems, Flextracks, available to chart out flights and optimize routes based on weather. Usage of this program has led to daily time, fuel and emissions savings. Finally, when it comes to noise, the Emirates A380 is one of the quietest large aircraft, designed to meet the strictest airport noise requirements.

All these design and efficiency gold stars align with Emirates’ commitment to environmental stewardship. A company policy, after all, is to invest in the most modern, eco-efficient technology on the market in aircraft, engines and ground equipment. The company’s fleet averages 6 years in age, less than half the global average of 14 years.

The New Tesla Roadster: the New Face of American Muscle Cars

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The New Tesla Roadster: Redefining the American Muscle Car

The forthcoming automobile known as the Tesla Roadster is projected to hit the streets in 2020. It is said to be the quickest car in the world, boasting record-setting acceleration, range and performance. This souped-up, all-electric Tesla supercar can travel from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 1.9 seconds. In fact, the Tesla Roadster is the world’s first production car to climb all the way to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds. If these statistics aren’t head-spinning enough, consider that the Tesla Roadster top speed is a whopping 250 mph.

Tesla Roadster: Price and Top Speed

The Tesla Roadster price? This head-turner is fetching $200,000, with Founders Series Roadsters, limited to the first 1,000 reservations, commanding $250,000.

The Roadster’s first-rate design maximizes the potential of aerodynamic engineering, offering stunning efficiency. The vehicle can travel an astounding 620 miles on just a single electric charge. Additionally, the Roadster is the first Tesla supercar—or any car, even—to set every performance record and still have enough room to seat four.

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The Tesla Roadster is the brainchild of Elon Musk, Tesla’s co-founder, chief executive officer and product architect. Musk oversees product development, engineering and design of the company’s electric vehicles, Powerwall home battery, Powerpack industrial battery and Solar Roof. Musk even has his sights set on creating a self-sustaining city on Mars as part of his Space Exploration Technologies, commonly called SpaceX, project. Musk’s SpaceX and Tesla Roadster projects converged on February 6, 2018, when the SpaceX rocket Falcon Heavy launched a Roadster into outer space.

Musk is the co-founder and chairman of OpenAI, a nonprofit research company building safe artificial intelligence. Musk’s The Boring Company has a vision to build an underground high-speed portal, enabling travel from New York City to Washington, D.C., in less than 30 minutes. Musk co-founded and sold PayPal, the leading global Internet payment system, as well as Zip2, a pioneering Internet maps and directions service.

With Tesla and The Boring Company, Musk has enjoyed tremendous creativity in dreaming up and delivering transformative, proof-of-concept designs that are creating waves in how we travel and how we look at our power needs.

Previous Tesla vehicle models include the original Roadster sports car, which debuted in 2008, followed by the Model S Sedan in 2012. The Model X SUV launched two years later. The Model 3—a $35,000 mass-market electric car offering 215 miles of range—hit streets in 2017. With the 2020 Tesla Roadster, which is the second incarnation of the automobile, Musk and Tesla are going pedal to the medal, pushing the boundaries of what an automobile can do and doing it in an all-electric body no less.

Tesla Supercar: Set for Production in 2019

For an automobile not expected to reach the market until 2020, the Tesla Roadster has enjoyed an immense amount of publicity from the news media and attention on social media. It’s clear the technology and business worlds have their eyes on Tesla, The Boring Company and its common factor, Musk, who’s considered to be a groundbreaking force and game-changing inventor.

When the 2020 Roadster peels away in a flash from a traffic light that’s just turned green like something out of a comic book or superhero movie, the magnate Musk will already have the wheels spinning in his head for the follow-up to this Tesla supercar dream machine.

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Drone Warfare: A Lethal Weapon with Incredible Striking Power

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Military Drone Warfare Reshaping Combat

It was in February 2002 when the CIA first used an unmanned drone in a targeted drone warfare mission, going after Osama bin Laden in an unsuccessful mission undertaken separately from military operations. The Central Intelligence Agency had begun flying drones—or unmanned aerial vehicles, surely containing mil-spec wires—over Afghanistan only at the turn of the century and armed drones in what would classify as drone warfare missions after the September 11 attacks. By 2010, the Pentagon’s inventory of drones increased an astounding 40-fold in the eight years after the failed bin Laden strike. An estimated 7,000 drone technology units are now in the Pentagon’s silo, according to Friends Committee on National Legislation. The 2017 fiscal budget earmarked about $2.4 billion in funding for the research, development and procurement of warfare drones, according to Defense Department documents.

Clearly, drone technology used in drone warfare and other military and intelligence applications such as surveillance represents a booming business.

Drone Technology: Recent Phenomenon with Century-Old Roots

Largely a result of drone warfare and controversy over drone strikes, with critics contending that a high percentage of casualties are civilians, drones and their remarkable capabilities have penetrated mainstream consciousness in the past 15 years. Even big-box electronic stores stock a range of drone models, equipped with tiny GoPro cameras. These drones offer consumers the possibility—with the obtainment of proper licensing from the Federal Aviation Administration, of course—of capturing positively stunning bird’s-eye views of lush green, autumn-hued, snow-capped, skyscraper and other landscapes.

The history of drones and drone warfare can be traced as far back as a century ago. In 1917, the U.S. military began researching unmanned aerial vehicles, but it would take until 1990 for the Federal Aviation Administration to approve the use of drone technology in national airspace. Drones come in a variety of sizes and shapes and, lately, are often being built in increasingly smaller, slimmer and sleeker packages as technology marches forward, ever faster, better and cheaper.

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Researchers’ Carbon-Based Wires Could Enhance Warfare Drones

Rochester Institute of Technology engineering researchers are working on a “wire revolution” that could make waves in the military in the construction of drone technology for drone warfare and, perhaps, for consumers in just a few years. Buoyed by a $1 million study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, these researchers are developing more efficient, durable and cost-effective carbon nanotube technology that could replace traditional copper wiring used in electronic components and systems.

Carbon-based wires boast extreme flexure tolerance so as to withstand being bent hundreds of thousands of times. They’re also corrosion resistant, helping them stand up against salt water and other environmental factors that may damage copper wires.

Carbon-based wire’s flexibility and heat resistance could have a major impact on the longevity of electrical devices such as cell phones and tablets and might one day be used in electric vehicles. But the first usage of these advanced wires likely would be in military vehicles such as aircraft and warfare drones. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is a partner in this Rochester Institute of Technology study.


Improving Carbon Wire’s Conductivity Is Key to Advancement

The challenge researchers face is discovering how to create affordable, carbon-based wiring that offers the same potential to conduct electricity as metal wiring such as copper. The Rochester Institute of Technology research time has developed carbon-based wires boasting some of the highest levels of conductivity yet, but strides need to be made for this kind of wire to match copper in conductivity capacity.

Even though it’s larger in diameter than metallic wiring, carbon wiring weighs less. Because of this, carbon wiring would translate into fuel and cost savings over time. At the moment, however, carbon technology can’t compete with metal wiring in cost, with so few manufacturers producing carbon-based wires.

Drone technology used in warfare drones and other applications is primed to see continued advancements as technological breakthroughs are achieved.

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Coax Cable vs. Twinax Cable | Product Knockout

Product Knockout: Coax Cable vs. Twinax Cable

“Our 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 amount of exposure. The purpose of the Product Knock-Out posts are for you to see a side-by-side view of two similar products. These posts will also enable you to understand which one will be crowned champ for your specific purpose. Take your seats and prepare for battle, because the gloves are coming out.”

Coaxial and Twinaxial cable are similar in their applications but differ in terms of their construction. Both cables are used in data processing and information systems applications; specifically, cable TV and computer networks. This post will analyze the similarities and differences with both products as well as breaking down their construction and features.

What is Coaxial Cable?

Coaxial cable is used in the transmission of video, communications, and audio. These cables are designed to transmit high frequency signals and data with low loss due to environmental factors and interference. Allied has a wide variety of coaxial cable in stock that can vary in terms of its impedance, environmental temperature, working voltage, signal loss at specific frequencies, power rating, and cost. Coaxial cable’s construction may vary depending on the application that it is used for. Many conventional coax cables feature a copper wire and copper mesh shield to remain flexible while preventing any leakage of the signal.

Coax cable is available in military grade. These cables are referred to as RGs and are used in applications where military specifications are needed, as well as direct burial applications. Coaxial cables also meet M17 military specifications. Learn more about RG and M17 coaxial cable.

What is Twinaxial Cable?

Twinaxial cable is commonly used in data transmission and information systems applications. This cable uses two twisted conductors surrounded by a common shield. The two conductors offer more protection from environmental factors and lower cable loss. Twinax cable loses its effectiveness in long-range situations over 15 MHz. It is primarily used in short-range, high-speed signaling applications including those in the computer industry. Twinax cables also meet military M17 specifications.

Coaxial Cable vs. Twinaxial Cable

There are a lot of similarities between coaxial and twinaxial cable. Both are used in data transmission and information system applications, along with protection of the signal from interference. Coax and Twinax also both have military specs, which allows them to be used in applications requiring military standards. These cables are identified by RG or M17. The biggest difference between these two types of cables is their construction. Twinaxial cable features two conductors instead of one. This allows twinaxial cables to provide a more protected and clearer signal, but only in very short range and high speed applications. Coaxial cable is more versatile in its usage and it is able to carry low frequency signals such as audio. This makes it an ideal cable to use for radio frequency and cable transmission applications.

And the winner is….

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, let Allied help you out! Check out Allied Wire & Cable for more information on Coax and Twinax Cables or give your sales rep a call at 800-472-5655 with any questions.

Allied Encyclopedia: Alpha ThermoThin Wire

What is Alpha ThermoThin?

Alpha ThermoThin is a new line of hook-up wire. This line offers reliable performance in applications where extreme heat is needed due to the high temperature range. The high temperature range makes ThermoThin ideal for military, energy generation and production, semiconductor, oil and gas, and other mission-critical applications. These wires are also designed to save space and weight and are great for usage where space is limited.

Features and Construction

Alpha’s ThermoThin line features small and lightweight wires. The wires have a nickel-plated copper conductor and ECA fluoropolymer insulation. ThermoThin is available in conductor sizes 36 AWG to 16 AWG with 600V performance. The feature that sets ThermoThin wire apart is the broad temperature range and the ability of these wires to save space and weight.  ThermoThin wires have a temperature range of -150˚C to +300˚C which allows it to be used for many strenuous applications. These wires are RoHS2 and REACH compliant. Sizes 30 AWG and larger are UL AWM 11540 compliant and pass UL horizontal flame qualifications. ThermoThin hook-up wire also comes in a variety of colors.


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Alpha ThermoThin

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Heat Shrink Tubing vs Electrical Tape | Product Knockout

“Our 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 amount of exposure. The purpose of the Product Knock-Out posts are for you to see a side-by-side view of two similar products. These posts will also enable you to understand which one will be crowned champ for your specific purpose. Take your seats and prepare for battle, because the gloves are coming out.”

Heat Shrink Tubing and Electrical Tape are both options used to insulate and protect electrical wires. They both can be used in a variety of applications and come in a variety of colors. As alike as these products may seem, they do have their differences. Let’s take a closer look and see who comes out on top.

What is Heat Shrink Tubing?

Heat shrink tubing is exactly what its name suggests. It is a type of tubing that when heated, shrinks to fit a specific application. The tube starts out larger in size to fit on or around a wire or set of wires. It is then heated to a smaller size which is a pre-determined shrink ratio. Heat Shrink Tubing comes in a range of shrink ratios for a multitude of applications.

In addition to shrink ratio, Heat Shrink Tubing also comes in a plethora of materials. These materials include FEP, Neoprene, Polyolefin, PTFE, PVC, Kynar, and many more. The application determines what material is best used. Different materials boast different qualities. Some materials have higher flexibility properties than others, but others may have better abrasion resistance.

Heat shrink tubing is used in an assortment of applications. These include strain relief, wire bundling, electrical insulation, environmental protection, and identification. Heat shrink can also be used for temporary repairs and preventative maintenance.

M23053 is a specific kind of heat shrink tubing that is most commonly used when military standard is required. This tubing can be used to increase the overall durability of wires, and in protection of outdoor elements such as chemicals, corrosion, water, and surface abrasion. To learn more about this specific type of heat shrink tubing, check out our Allied Encyclopedia article on M23053.

What is Electrical Tape?

Electrical Tape is a type of pressure sensitive tape that is used to insulate and protect electrical wires. It can be made of different plastics such as vinyl, rubber, mastic, and varnished cambric. Vinyl is the most popular and widely used material. Electrical tape has high flexibility and the ability to stretch which allows it to be used in many applications.

Electrical Tape comes in different materials and colors. The most common electrical tape color is black. Electricians use only the black tape, and not colored tape, for insulation. Unlike colored electrical tape, black tape is used for more than one purpose. It can be used for insulation, bundling, repair, and identification. Colored electrical tape is used to indicate voltage and the phase of the wire. This is its primary use. Each color represents either high, low or neutral voltage. When used in wire phasing, the colors tell electricians about the properties of the wires it is being used with.

Heat Shrink Tubing vs. Electrical Tape

Heat Shrink Tubing and Electrical Tape have their similarities, but their differences are what stand out the most. Both materials are used for electrical insulation, come in different colors, and are fairly easy to apply. That is where the similarities stop. Heat Shrink Tubing comes in predetermined shrink ratios. This allows for a more precise fit when applying. It also has more variety of materials that are specific to applications. Electrical Tape has a few different materials, but the most commonly used is vinyl. Heat Shrink Tubing is also more reliable. It will not come off with time or use, where electrical tape will eventually lose its adhesiveness. Electrical Tape will also not perform as well in applications that have a high risk of being affected by outside influences such as chemicals and abrasion. When compared to Heat Shrink Tubing, Electrical Tape is easier to apply and remove. Although both are fairly simple to apply, once heat shrink tubing is shrunk to fit, it will be secure and not as easy to remove as peeling off electrical tape. Electrical Tape also offers a quick way to identify voltage by its many colors and phasing. There is also a standard with Electrical Tape that specifies voltage for each color used in phasing and black tape is known to be the only color used for insulation. These products may seem similar at first, but when they are closely examined, their differences outweigh their similarities.

“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 or use.”

Whether your application calls for something heavy duty like Heat Shrink Tubing, or you need Electrical Tape for simply phasing wires, Allied Wire & Cable is the place to go. Visit our website to submit an RFQ or call us for more information – 800-472-4655.

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