• BIOMEDevice Boston

    Visit Alpha Wire This May in Boston & San Diego

    Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017 by Keith Morris

    Find out where you can see some of our latest products and meet our skilled cable experts next month. We're excited to showcase our advancements in wire & cable and discuss how we can help our customers increase performance.

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  • 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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  • plenum cable

    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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  • I love Lucy Chocolate

    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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  • Mechanical Requirements for Specifying Wire and Cable

    Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by Paige DiAntonio

    A list containing the common mechanical requirements for specifying wire and cable.

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  • 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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  • requirements

    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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  • electrical requirements

    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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  • jacket_blog

    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 roll

    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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  • 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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  • thermoset

    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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  • 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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