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How to Keep Electronic Cables Neat and Organized

A lot of people have to deal with electronic cables on a daily basis – at home, in the office, almost everywhere we go. We live in a world that is entirely dependent on electronic devices that it is difficult to think of any room or place where these cables do not exist. Using multiple devices that need to be plugged in can make things look messy. In addition, not being able to organize these cables and wires appropriately can lead to electrical problems. It can also be deemed unsafe for other people staying in that area and may cause accidents.

This is the reason why we would have to make an effort to organize cables and wires and keep them neat and safe place. There are multiple ways to do this. First is through the use of storage boxes. Boxes would be helpful for chargers if electronic devices are not needed to be always plugged in. Instead of having these items cluttered in the desk, a storage box would help in keeping these items safely and neatly kept when not in use. It would also save us time because we would be able to know where to get these items by the time we need to use them.

For electronic devices that are always plugged in such as the television, DVD player or personal computer, we can keep shielded electronic cables tidy by using wire organizers or bundlers. Through the use of these organizers, we can have all wires tied together and conveniently hidden at a discreet location. Thus, we can keep the cables away from children or anyone that might accidentally trip on the wires. We would not want anyone to trip off and cut the power supply during an important ball game or an exciting scene in a movie, right? Add to that the potential damages the person might get because of tripping off.

Lastly, we could keep the cables around the house or in the office organized by using power cord extensions with multiple sockets. If our lives depended heavily on the electrical and electronic devices that we use, then we would be in a total mess if we have to look for an individual socket for each of the items. However, we can use the power cord adaptors to organize the devices we need to plug in. For instance, we can have one extension cord for all the devices we use for entertainment – the television, the DVD player and the home theater system. We can have another one for the devices that we use in the kitchen.

Whether we admit it or not, electronic cables play a big part in our lives. We can leave things the way they are and let all our electronic devices and their respective cables control our lives or we can take over and make an effort to keep the cables neat and organized. With the second option, we can get peace of mind that no matter how many electronic devices we have, we are safe and our home or workplace still looks neat. We can also enjoy all our electronic devices with more ease and comfort.

Using Adhesive Polyolefin Heat Shrink Tubing

Providing protection for your home entails the right choices that must be made on your end. Every miscalculation or mistake that you make can dangerously bounce off to your home appliances or worse, to your children. Which is why you should make sure that electrical wires in your home will always stay hidden, secure and unexposed.

One way for you to achieve this is by using adhesive shrink tubing. Sure there is lots of heat shrink tubing available in the market — some are in fact, more affordable too. But the advantages offered by adhesive tubing makes it worth every penny you pay.

Better Shrink Ratio. The better shrink ratio offered by adhesive tubing allows you to use it for a wider range of applications – some of which are not related to wiring at all. Say for example your favorite power tool that has a damaged or barely hanging handle – you can fix the handle or just replace it altogether with the help of an adhesive tubing.

Compatibility. Unlike other heat shrink tubings that fall off or do not attach itself to the slippery materials or metals that it has to protect, adhesive shrink tubing easily bonds to a wide range of rubbers, metals or plastics. In fact, after you place the adhesive tubing on your conduits, the only thing you have to worry about would be its removal. This is because adhesive tubing does not rely solely on friction to bond to any material. The better adhesion provided by the thermoplastic adhesive ensures that the tubing will easily fit snugly to any material underlying it once temperature is applied.

Permanent seal of protection. The adhesive’s wall composition gives it cutting edge resistance and mechanical strength. It can also resist UV lights, sunlight, moisture, oils and chemicals because of its special water and chemical proof seal. You never have to worry about water or oil penetrating through your conduits. You don’t have to worry about corrosion and abrasion either. You never have to worry about the wires being exposed to dust because the tubing will conform snugly to any material even if they have irregular shapes or joints.

Flexibility. The adhesive tubing’s excellent physical and chemical properties make it very flexible to use. In fact, this type of tubing has now been introduced to different industries such as automotive, aerospace, military, telecommunications, transit and more.

Insulation. You never have to worry about your kids even if they accidentally stumble or play with your wires. The adhesive ensures perfect insulation on the outside no matter how much electricity is running inside the wires. As long as the wires are protected by the adhesive tubing, your children are protected too.

Making the right choices by investing in good tools mean providing better and lasting protection for your home. With the adhesive shrink tubing, you are doing more than investing in a good tool. You are also providing a safer environment where your kids are always free to run around and play.

Getting to Know Shielded Fire Alarm Cable Wires

Nowadays, there are so many different types of cables that are made available to the public. Apart from the use of shielded fire alarm cable, there are other more complicated forms of cables that need to be understood. If you are planning on using any of these cables, it is best that you gain an understanding on what they are before you start buying one.

 Before anything else, it is best to understand what a cable is. In a nutshell, a cable wire is used to refer to two or more wires which have been bonded or twisted together. They are then covered with a sheath and used for different purposes; which also varies depending on the field where the cable will be used.                                                                                                                                                                          

If you are wondering how cable wires are used, they are usually different with every field. However, these cables have a general responsibility of transporting electrical currents to industries and homes. As such, there are many who use them in that manner. Typically, these wires are installed in industrial areas and buildings so they can transmit power to distant locations. Wires that are responsible for this are referred to as either high voltage cables or power cables.

With regards to the use of the shielded fire alarm cable, it generally works in the same sense; which is to transport electricity. However, they are being used to identify if there is an ongoing fire in the location. If there is, the fire alarm will sound and send a notification to its recipient. The result of this is that the alarm will go off and alert the residents and nearby people that there is a reason to be alarmed. As such, people get alerted that they have to do action so that the fire will not spread.

If planning to use the shielded cable, you need to know what they are made of. The conductor is made from a solid bare copper material and is insulated in a color coded PVC along with a red PVC jacket. Just like the unshielded cable, it is capable of temperatures of between -30C and +105C. The biggest difference between the two, however, is that the shielded cable still contains an additional layer of shielding created by a material of aluminum polyester with stranded tinned copper drain wire.

When planning to get these wires, be sure to transact only with a professional who can give you further information on these cables. This is because you will be using something that will transport electricity in your home or building. If you are not careful about this, you may end up setting your home on fire because you did not choose the right cable to help you in the first place.

Thankfully, there are a number of sources of shielded fire alarm cable wires on the internet. By searching for these cable providers, you stand a chance of meeting your cable requirements since you have gotten the advice of a well informed cable wire professional.

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Alpha ECO Wire: A Solution for the Future

With the high demand for using all things economical, it is only a matter of time before these are used for wires and cables. Thankfully, Alpha ECO Wire has been created to provide the economical and environmental friendly needs of those who are using cables and wires. With the introduction of this new innovation, it can only be expected that other companies will start coming out with their own eco wires too. But before that, here are some of the things that make this type of cable as one that stands on its own:

It is Environmentally Friendly

Specific to its name, the ECO wire is environmentally friendly. This is because the wire does not contain any heavy metals, phthalates, or halogens. In addition to this, it has adhered to the guidelines set by the WEEE and RoHS, with regards to recyclability and the eradication of hazardous materials.

It is Better than PVC

With regards to its performance, the ECO wire stands superior than the standard types of cable that makes use of PVC material. This is because ECO wire is up to 40% lighter than PVC cables. Moreover, ECO wire has a smaller diameter of up to 45%. Finally, it is resistance to abrasion and hazardous fluids like chemicals, oils, fuels, and solvents.

Better Strength

Compared to the typical cables and wires available, the Alpha ECO Wire has a better dielectric strength. It contains superior mPPE features that result to a reduced wall thickness to the cable. At the same time, its electrical properties are maintained and do not affect its performance. The diameter of these wires is up to 45% smaller than wires of its equivalent.

Recyclable

One of the most important features and benefits of using the ECO wire is that it is recyclable. The other cables are not capable of such feature because they do not contain material that allows them to do so. But since the ECO wire has an mPPE thermoplastic insulation, it does not contain any hazardous substances. This makes it highly recyclable.

The uses of the ECO wire range from a number of industries including the solar, transportation, wind power, industrial and medical needs of companies. Considering that it is recyclable and safe for the environment, it is no longer a surprise why many industries prefer to make use of it instead of the typical PVC wires and cables being sold in the market. If you demand a cable made of high quality but do not want the unnecessary fuss it comes along with, the ECO wire is the solution you need.

The ECO Wire is truly the latest innovation in the industry of hook-up wires and cables. It is even considered as an engineering breakthrough. With the combination of increasing performance and a minimized impact on the environment, it truly gives itself a name specific to its nature. This is why Alpha ECO Wire has turned into a highly in demand option for those who require environmentally friendly cabling and wiring installations.

Polyolefin Heat Shrink Tubing Products 2 to 1 Shrinkable Ratio

Polyolefin heat shrink products are very common in the wire and cable industry because they cover up wire splices, terminations and loose connections so that the conductors aren’t exposed. Each type of shrinkable tubing has specifications that match the type of wire and cable insulation so that they resist they same things when used together.

Polyolefin 2 to 1 shrink tubing is the most basic type of shrinkable tubing on the market. It’s like the hook up wire of the tubing industry because it can be used on a wide variety of applications for the cheapest cost. The “2 to 1” means that it can shrink down to half of its size which means you should get 1″ tubing if you have a 0.60″ wire diameter. It will be able to shrink as far down as 0.50″ for a nice snug fit over the wire or cable.

If you need shrink tubing for a wire with a terminal on the end then you’ll be better off getting a 3 to 1 heat shrink tubing. This type of tubing will shrink down onto the terminal and also shrink down onto the wire so that it’s a nice attractive finished look without any connection or conductor exposed.

For a more permanent application you might want to look at the adhesive lined polyolefin tubing. It has an adhesive glue on the inside wall so that when heated it melts and adheres to the wire or cable permanently. The adhesive tubing comes in 2 to 1, 3 to 1 and 4 to 1 if you have an uneven application.

Heat shrink tubing has many uses besides covering up connections and making the harness or assembly look nice. There is high temperature tubing, pvc non shrinkable tubing, thin wall tubing and much more to cover most all environments that tubing can be used in. Please call if you have any questions about our shrinkable tubing products as we have much more in stock than we have online. We offer free shipping over $250 and cut small lengths to help minimize costs.

WesBell Electronics Inc
(800) 334-8400

Stage Lighting, Welding and Super Vu-Tron Cables

Stage lighting cable, welding cable and Super Vu-Tron Welding cable are all single conductor power cables with different costs and applications to consider. They all share a few characteristics such as rubber insulation and flexible copper strands, but each type has different specifications.

Stage lighting cable is also known as entertainment cable and Type SC cable. It’s commonly used indoors and outdoors to run power to portable lights for concerts, theaters, night clubs, mobile communication vans, spot lights, sound systems and motion pictures. It’s UL, CSA, MSHA and RoHS compliant along with water resistant, sunlight resistant and designed to withstand severe environmental conditions.

So the next time you go to a concert take a look at all of the cables that are used to run power to the lights up above. You’ll see a single conductor copper power cable such as Stage Lighting Cable. The tough insulation is meant to be dragged and stepped on throughout its life and flexible enough to be coiled back up and moved to the next event.

Welding cable comes very basic compared to other single conductor power cables. It’s still very flexible with 30 awg copper strands, but it doesn’t have the UL, CSA or MSHA approvals in order to keep costs down. Usually basic welding cable is used for personal welders and secondary voltage applications not exceeding 600 volts, so the cost remains lower without the added approvals.

Welding cable ampacities can range quite a bit based on the length of the cable and the awg size. You’ll have to speak to a certified electrician in order to get the exact gauge size you need for your specific application so that it meets the codes in the NEC (National Electric Code) book.

Super Vu-Tron ® welding cable is a brand name owned by General Cable. It only comes in the color orange for safety and has all of the approvals that standard welding cable doesn’t have such as UL, CSA, MSHA and RoHS.

The strands are 34 awg instead of 30 awg which will make the cable more flexible. The rubber insulation is also much more durable for industrial use and higher ampacities per gauge size. A 4 awg welding cable carries about 100 AMPS and the 4 awg Super Vu-Tron carries about 140 AMPS.

If you’re unsure about the type of single conductor rubber insulated cable you need then please call and explain your application to us. We’ll be able to make sure you cover all of the specifications and approvals without giving you more than you need, because saving you money is on our mind as well! We cut all 3 types of cables to exact lengths and offer free shipping when you spend over $250, so please give us a call to discuss your situation.

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(800) 334-8400

Type W and Type G-GC Industrial Power Cables

If you need to carry a lot of current to a source and need added protection and durability for outdoor use then a Type W or Type G-GC cable might be the one for your application. Industrial power cables are enlarged SOOW cables with added protection, higher voltage and much higher ampacities that are portable for use on job sites that don’t currently have power available.

SOOW cable has sizes as large as 2 awg with 4 conductors and ampacities as high as 95 on the SOOW 2/3. SOOW and SJOOW are portable power cables for residential use such as portable generators and power tools. They come in 600 volts with a rubber EPDM jacket and flexible copper strands.

Type W is an industrial power cable as small as 8 awg and as large as 500 mcm 3 conductor. Type W comes in 2000 volts with the same rubber EPDM jacket and flexible copper strands. The type W power cable 8 awg 3 conductor carries 74 AMPS while the SOOW 8 awg 3 conductor only carries 40 AMPS. Industrial power cables have much thicker insulation for higher voltage and higher ampacities.

Type W comes with 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 conductors and one will be green to act as a same size ground wire. There are not any additional ground wires in Type W cable. Type G and G-GC cable come additional ground wires if you need them for your application.

Type G-GC is a 2000 volt power cable that comes in 3 conductors with 3 additional ground wires only. There will be 3 conductors in the same size with 1 yellow ground check and 2 green ground wires that get slightly larger as the cable gets higher in awg size.

Type G is the 4 conductor industrial power cable with 4 green ground wires. All of the Type W and Type G cables comes in 90°C and all of the ground wires are insulated with premium grade EPDM rubber insulation. They’re resistant to abrasion, oils, alkalies, heat, moisture and most chemicals. They’re UL, CSA, MSHA and RoHS compliant through an ISO 9001 compliant company, WesBell Electronics.

We’ve been analzing all of our online orders and phone calls in order to offer our customers the best service we can. We’ve found that offering Free Shipping over $250, cutting exact lengths and having quick turn around has not only gotten us more orders but made our customers greatful for doing business with us. It’s almost like they feel they’re taking advantage of us because there aren’t many distributors that offer such things.

If you have a unique situation then please let us know what we can do to help you make the most money on your particular job. We ship mostly from NH but if you’re on the west coast and need material the next day we’ll ship it from our manufacture location in CA for you at no extra charge. We’re here to assist our customers, not to tell them no, so please ask for exactly what you need and we’ll work with you as best we can. 

WesBell Electronics Inc
(800) 334-8400

Shielded and Unshielded Tray Cable Information

Tray cable has a different meaning to a lot of people and each person seems to think that phrase describes exactly what they need, but more information is actually needed. There are many applications that require different types of tray cable and each will have their own specifications that are needed to extend the cable life as long as possible.

The main difference is shielded or unshielded because paying for a shield when you don’t need one is a waste of money. However, not getting a shield when you need one will cause many problems. Imagine a force field, or ring of vibration, that hovers outside of a cable due to the electrical current running through it. That’s called EMI which is “electromagnetic interference” that could interfere with other cables EMI or other equipment.

The shield over the copper conductors of a tray cable minimizes the EMI that can get outside the cable and also blocks other cables EMI from interferring with it. An unshielded tray cable can be used when it can’t interfere with any other cables or equipment.

For applications with very high EMI there is also a multipair tray cable that has sets of two twisted wires and a optional individual shield over each pair in the cable. The twist limits the EMI and the added shield over each pair lowers the EMI quite a bit more than a standard aluminum overall shield.

Voltage is the next difference to discuss because there are 300 and 600 volt tray cables available. The 300 volt PLTC (Power Limited Tray Cable) is commonly used indoors, outdoors and in conduit. The 600 volt tray cable has a larger outer diameter and it’s used outdoors, in conduit and directly underground.

Please call if you’re looking for any type of tray cable or if you have any questions or comments about our website. We work hard on the website to not only offer products for sale, but to inform buyers and users of why they’re buying a particular product we have. By getting into conversation about the application we have the ability to help them save money because they may not have needed everything they thought they did.

WesBell Electronics Inc
(800) 334-8400