Alpha Wire Expands Coaxial Cable offering sizes down to 50 AWG

New Micro Coax cable offered in smaller sizes to meet the growing need

for signal transmission in confined spaces.

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April 6, 2015 — Alpha Wire recently expanded its Coaxial Cable product line under the Alpha Essentials product family to include Micro Coax sizes from 32 AWG to 50 AWG.  With the addition of Micro Coax, Alpha Wire now offers Coaxial cable products ranging from 10 AWG to 50 AWG.

The new Micro Coax cable line will be offered as standard constructions and are ideal for customers looking for signal transmission options, especially when designs offer limited space for cable routing.  “Alpha’s new 50 Ω Micro Coax line will provide customers with the ability to ensure signal integrity within the increasingly small confines that many designers are working with,” says Hillary Riden, Product Specialist at Alpha Wire. “With an operating temperature range of -70°C up to 200°C, the new micro coax line is ideal for everything from medical endoscopes to industrial inspection applications.” 

Alpha’s Micro Coax cables (32 AWG to 50 AWG) will be in-stock in 100 meter put-ups and available for immediate shipping. We can also offer our Micro Coax cables in composite and bundled configurations using our Coast Custom capabilities. Create a custom probe, catheter, and ultrasound cable for your custom medical or industrial application. Our custom hybrid bundled cables can combine multiple size coax cables along with other types of conductors or even lumens to carry gas or liquid!

Part Numbers 9432 to 9450

• 50 Ω characteristic impedance
• Exceedingly small and light weight
• 50 AWG to 32 AWG conductor range
• Stranded conductors for increased flexibility

• 30 Vrms voltage rating
• 90% shield coverage for excellent EMI protection and electrical characteristics
• Up to +200°C temperature range

Xtra-Guard® 1 Cables Now Offer Improved Oil and UV Resistance

Alpha Wire adds approvals and expands temperature range on Xtra-Guard 1 high-performance cables

Elizabeth, NJ, August 25, 2015 — Alpha Wire recently updated the Xtra-Guard 1 High-Performance PVC cable family to include additional UL approvals and a wider operating temperature range.

“Xtra-Guard 1 is known throughout the cable industry as the standard in high-quality PVC cable, so our engineers continually work to identify additional improvements to maintain that well-earned position in the eyes of our customers,” says Justin Dubow, Director of Marketing at Alpha Wire.  “The UL SUN RES and 60C OIL RES/ UL OIL RES 1 approvals now allow Xtra-Guard 1 cables in all ten jacket colors to be used in an even more diverse range of applications than before.”  In addition to the expanded ratings, Alpha Wire has also achieved a lower temperature range that now spans from -35°C to +105°C (SR-PVC) and -30°C to +105°C (PVC). Since materials have not changed, Xtra-Guard 1 also still maintains its RoHS and REACH-compliant status.

Xtra-Guard 1 is available in over 544 standard constructions covering both multiconductor and multipair configurations, with 300 V and 600 V options. Many of these constructions are available off-the-shelf with next day shipping, in put-ups as small as 100 feet. With its premium-grade PVC insulation and jacket, Xtra-Guard 1 cable strips cleanly and routes easily. Alpha’s popular Supra-Shield® system combines a triple-layer aluminum/polyester/aluminum foil with a tinned copper braid shield with tight 70% coverage. Supra-Shield offers exceptional EMI performance and flexibility to protect against noise and maintain overall system integrity. Order a free sample today!

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Alpha Wire – New EcoGen Family Member!

 In May, EcoFlex PUR made it's way to the market with over 8M flex life cycles and a zero halogen jacket and insulation.

EcoFlex PUR is a 600V cable that is up to 40% lighter, 44% smaller than traditional PUR cables.  The mPPE insulation and PUR jacket allow this product to be a zero halogen, reduced diameter, and oil-resistant cable.  This flexing cable has 8M flex life cycles and counting with an operating temperature of -50C to +90C (static) and -40C to +80C (dynamic).

This cable is ideal for industrial environments such as mining, industrial machinery, and outdoor applications due to the sunlight and oil resistance in turn with the abrasion resistant PUR jacket.  The reduced diameter and weight are great benefits for making more room in a populated cable track or smaller machines being used in industrial applications.

Interested in our new EcoFlex PUR?

Request a free sample.




Alpha Wire Offers New Product Search Tool

In June we launched our new Cable Finder tool which helps guides customers to find which Alpha Wire product fits their application needs.  In this blog we will discuss some new ways to search for the cable you need.

We provided the “special applications” filter in order to further distinguish the type of cable you are looking for.  We split this filter into several categories including: medical (meaning the cable withstands sterilization), VFDBus CableCoaxial CableEthernet Cable, and Flat/Ribbon cable.  Knowing that you have a special application can easily narrow down the product results for you.

We also feature an “environmental factors” filter that allows you to choose different types of attributes that can make or break your application such as: zero halogen, abrasion resistant, chemical resistant, direct burial, extreme temperature, flame retardant, low outgassing, low smoke, oil resistant, and UV resistant.  These factors can go hand in hand with the type of rating needed for your particular application.

Once you find the cable you are looking for, you can download the specification, request a sample, and more.  We have indicated some of our products with identifiers for products that are zero halogen, made with premium materials, or items that are standard and in-stock.  If you can’t find exactly what you need, you will be directed to our custom cable form which will automatically fill out your desired specs.  Once you submit the form, you will be contacted by an Alpha Wire representative.

Need to find a cable for a new or existing application, try our Cable Finder today!



Alpha Wire Introduces Alpha Essentials

Alpha Wire has re-categorized its products to include a new product family named Alpha Essentials.  Alpha Essentials™replaces the previous “Communication, Control, and Industrial Cable” and “Manhattan Electrical Cable” product families while preserving the majority of those products.  Product crosses are automatically provided through our website search function and discontinued items are still available via special order upon request.  In addition to the product line changes, minimums have been decreased for certain product lines.

“We wanted to make sure our product lines made sense and were well-organized for our customers based on their application needs,” stated Justin Dubow, Senior Product Manager at Alpha Wire.  “Alpha Essentials provides customers with industry-standard cables at Alpha’s industry-leading minimum order quantities. As a result of this new product family, the highest minimum order quantity on any standard Alpha Wire product will now be 1000 ft, with most items having only a 100 ft minimum order quantity.”

All items under the Dearborn Marine, Manhattan Thermocouple, and Manhattan Security & Data product families will be discontinued as standard products and made only available via special order. In addition, the Manhattan Electrical Cable and Dearborn Marine brands will no longer be utilized.

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Selecting the Right Motor Supply Cable

Selecting any cable involves getting the right performance without overspecifying—and overpaying—for what you don’t need. For powering motors, the choice ranges from PVC/nylon-insulated wires in a conduit to precision VFD cables. The most obvious requirement is a cable that meets the power-handling requirements of the motor over the distances between drive and motor. For short distances and modest powers, a PVC cable may work fine. As distances and power levels increase, so do the electrical stresses on the cable’s insulation and jacket; a cable designed specifically as a motor supply cable is then advisable.   Read more…

How to Properly Inspect Heat-Shrink Tubing Size

Dave Watson, Director of Engineering at Alpha Wire, instructs and demonstrates how to properly inspect the size of heat- shrink tubing.

New FIT 2:1 Heat-Shrink Tubing – New Low Smoke Zero Halogen products are on their way!

As our world is becoming more environmentally conscious, Alpha Wire is continuously looking for ways to help improve the environmental impact of our products.  Low smoke zero halogen components are extremely important for our growing environment and Alpha Wire will be introducing an extension of our current FIT heat shrink tubing which will be flame retardant, halogen free, and will have a shrink ratio of 2:1.  Keep an eye out for this new product coming your way in May 2014!