• Military Standards for Wire and Cable

    Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 by Kimberly Versaw

    What are military standards in wire and cable?  This blog defines the role Mil-Spec plays with electronic components in military applications.

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    Environmental Requirements for Specifying Cable

    Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Paige DiAntonio

    It is important to remember when specifying wire or cable for your next application what extreme conditions the product may face and what requirements are designated by law.  Let's review the most common environmental requirements in this entry.

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    CONSIDER THIS: Electrical Requirements

    Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 by Kimberly Versaw

    Choosing a wire or cable for your various applications can be tough.  Remember that when evaluating the type of cable needed, please make sure to consider the electrical requirements needed.

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    Jackets aren't just for cold weather

    Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 by Paige DiAntonio

    This blog explores the common cable jacket compounds and their characteristics.

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  • Armor for Cables

    Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Kimberly Versaw

    Understand the difference between cable shielding and cable armor.

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    Foil Shield Anatomy

    Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Kimberly Versaw

    Foil shield sounds like a simple term, but what does it involve when paired with cable?

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    Types of Cable Shielding

    Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 by Kimberly Versaw

    What is a shield and why are they used?

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    Strong like Thermosets

    Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Kimberly Versaw

    Last, but not least of the insulation material groups is Thermosets.  Learn what makes thermosets different from thermoplastics.

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    Copper and Its Alloys: The Superhero of Metal

    Posted on Monday, September 21, 2015 by Paige DiAntonio

    Germs are everywhere.  No matter how many times we may wash our hands, every day we have the potential to come in contact with harmful bacteria and a whole slew of other unwelcoming microbes.  Copper and its alloys are great materials for direct touch surfaces where germs can easily form.

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    How to Obtain Eco-Friendly Status with Custom Cables

    Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2015 by Kimberly Versaw

    When it comes to making a device smaller and lighter, you necessarily may not need all of the extreme size and weight savings an all mPPE insulated and jacketed cable has.  In this blog we explore custom cable options that provide environmentally friendly products.

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    Jacketing for Industrial Ethernet

    Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2015 by Kimberly Versaw

    The most critical design for Industrial Ethernet cables is the jacket compound.  This blog explores the importance of having the correct jacket for industrial Ethernet applications.

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    Why Use Ethernet Cable in Industrial Applications

    Posted on Monday, August 3, 2015 by Kimberly Versaw

    As the demands for reliable, real-time automation and process control in industrial environments increase, an Industrial Ethernet cabling system quickly becomes the most attractive solution.  Cables used in industrial environments must be designed to work in harsh environments of temperature extremes, humidity, and vibration.

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  • REACH: Now 163 Reasons to Lose your Mind

    Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 by Dave Watson

    The ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) has released an updated list of SVHC's (Substances of High Concern), increasing the number of substances from 161 to 163.

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  • Armored for Battle

    Posted on Monday, June 8, 2015 by Kimberly Versaw

    In previous blog entries we discussed noise and signal interference, the types of noise, and the importance of shielding cables.  Now that we know why we use cable shielding, let’s discuss what shielding Alpha Wire can offer for our hazard-matched product line.

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    Shield the Noise

    Posted on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 by Kimberly Versaw

    The shielding of electronic interconnect cables can play a critical role in overall system performance.  This blog will discuss shielding coverage.

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  • Crosstalk and Noise Levels

    Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Kimberly Versaw

    As we continue the journey through noise, we’ll end with crosstalk.  Crosstalk is usually caused by undesired capacitive, inductive, or conductive coupling from one circuit to another.

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    Magnetic and Common Mode Noise

    Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015 by Kimberly Versaw

    In last week’s blog we talked about static noise and how signal interference can affect cables.  In today’s blog we will take a look at magnetic noise and common mode noise.

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    Two Minute Penalty for Signal Interference

    Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by Kimberly Versaw

    Signal interference is when unwanted signals are trying to get in the way of a useful signal.  The absence of interference is critical when working with cable applications.  When a particular installation is prone to EMI/RFI/ESI interference from either internal or external sources, some form of cable shielding will be required.  Let's explore this in more detail!

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    Xtra-Guard 5 and the Death Star - A Perfect Match, We Think So!

    Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 by Kimberly Versaw

    It’s May 4, 2015, and what better way to pay homage to a cinema classic or two than telling you about a tough cable that could most certainly hold up to the extreme environment of the Death Star and even MegaMaid. 

     

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    Need maximum temperature and chemical resistance? Xtra-Guard 5 is what you need!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Justin Dubow

    There are many different factors to consider when selecting the right type of wire or cable for your application.  Two of the most important factors in cable selection are the temperature and chemical resistance of the environment where your cable will be operating.

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