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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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.

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.

Price Increase Alert – Alpha Wire Up 5%

Price Increase AlertAlpha Wire has announced a price increase to take effect on Monday, November 5th. All Alpha product lines except for Xtra-Guard® 1 cable will see an average price increase of 5%.

Although Alpha has avoided price increases for over a year, they site the rising cost of raw materials such as oil, natural gas, and fluoropolymers as the reason for the pricing change.

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

Alpha Industrial Cables, Now with CSA Tray Cable Rating

Alpha Wire announced that their Series F, Series P, and Series SF cables will now carry the c(UL) TC/CIC rating. The Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) requires this rating for cabling installed in cable trays.

The three types of Alpha cables that will now feature the c(UL) TC/CIC rating are designed for use where superior flexing and flexibility are required. Each can be defined by the benefits it provides to industrial applications.

Alpha Industrial Series F cables are continuous flex cables known for their toughness and ability to withstand more than 20 million rolling flex cycles. Series P consists of stationary control cables, which feature thermoplastic elastomer jackets for great flexibility, along with excellent chemical and oil resistance. Series SF cables are servo cables, constructed for continuous movement in servo applications.

Why is the new Canadian tray cable rating important for these three series of cables? Well, they are now approved to be installed in trays, rather than conduit or pipe, which are more expensive and require more labor-intensive installations.

Allied is an authorized distributor of Alpha Wire. For more information on these cables, or their ratings, call 800-472-4655, or leave us a comment.

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