• Industrial Robotic Systems

    Robots and Cable: More relatable than you think

    Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 by Paige DiAntonio

    You might not realize, but wire and cable are the lifelines to the functionality of robotic systems.

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  • Internet of Things

    Exploring the Internet of Things

    Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2016 by Paige DiAntonio

    IoT: The intersection where the physical and digital world meet.

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  • Silicone Cable in Medical

    Silicone: The Super Hero of All Things Medical

    Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by Paige DiAntonio

    Silicone comes in many different shapes and sizes. It is also one of the most biocompatible materials used in the wire and cable industry!

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    What is Plenum Cable Anyway?

    Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 by Paige DiAntonio

    Are your cables being used in a plenum space? If so, plenum cables may be the best choice for you.

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  • UL Listed

    The Difference Between UL Listed and UL Recognized

    Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by Paige DiAntonio

    Do you know the difference between UL Listed and UL Recognized Approvals?


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    A VFD got the best of Lucy and Ethel

    Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 by Kimberly Versaw

    Variable Frequency Drives and servo motors have similar applications, but what makes them different?

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  • Reel diameter

    The Importance of Reel Size and Material

    Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 by Paige DiAntonio

    Ever receive a reel of wire or cable and the cable is bulging out past the reel circumference?  That happens due to the improper sizing of the reel during the spool-down process.


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  • HiPot Test

    HiPot Testing

    Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 by Kimberly Versaw

    HiPot, short for high potential test, checks insulation quality.

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  • Damaged cable reel

    Not Always Common Sense: What to do when receiving, handling, and storing cable

    Posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by Paige DiAntonio

    Receiving, handling, and storing cable reels isn't always as easy as you think. Here are some basics steps you can take to ensure your cable doesn't get damaged.

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  • tray, tray cable, alpha essentials

    Basics of Tray Cable

    Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 by Kimberly Versaw

    Tray Cable is designed for installation in cable trays, as specified in the National Electric Code, for industrial control systems, factories, wind turbines, and more.

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  • Coaxial Cable

    Anatomy of Coaxial Cable

    Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 by Paige DiAntonio

    This blog explores the anatomy of coaxial cable and the various types that are used.

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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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  • shield example

    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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  • FEP

    Fluorocarbons and Insulation

    Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 by Kimberly Versaw

    Now that we’ve discussed the different types of thermoplastic insulation compounds, let’s talk about Fluorocarbon insulation.  These compounds contain fluorine in the molecular structure, thus having less hydrogen atoms.  Below are some examples of materials used in wire and cable insulation construction.

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  • polyethylene

    PE is for Polyethylene

    Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 by Paige DiAntonio

    Polyethylene is an insulation material within the thermoplastic family.  Learn more about the compound and the forms of the compound used in wire and cable insulation.

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  • thermoplastic

    Thermo=Heat, Plastic=Formable

    Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 by Paige DiAntonio

    Thermoplastics make a great insulation material because they can be repeatedly heated, softened, and formed into any shape when hot, due to their chain of molecules that separate when heat is applied.  This blog defines the most popular thermoplastic insulation materials.

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  • cabling

    The Perfect Insulation Material, Does it Exist?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 by Paige DiAntonio

    What is insulation and how does it relate to wire and cable?

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  • wire awg

    The Size of Conductors

    Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by Kimberly Versaw

    The gauge or AWG size of a conductor is crucial when specifying a wire or cable project.  This blog will cover the different gauge sizing systems and some tools for gauge sizing success.

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  • unilay stranding

    Back to Basics: Conductor Stranding

    Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 by Paige DiAntonio

    There are various stranding formations used in the wire and cable industry, and similar to conductor materials, it is crucial to understand the properties of each conductor stranding arrangement before choosing which accommodates your application best.

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  • conductor materials

    Back to Basics: Conductor Materials

    Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Paige DiAntonio

    A good place to start with cable basics is to go over conductor materials, because wire and cable would be nonexistent without them.

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