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Cutting and Stripping PVC Hook Up Wire

WesBell Electronics is an ISO 9001 certified distributor for wire and cable along with a value added services department of cutting, stripping and assembling lead wires. Being ISO certified means that we document all of our errors in house, analyze them and find ways to continuously improve our procedures.

Kenneth Bell started the company over 20 years ago selling bulk wire and cable. Anything from hook up wire to shielded and unshielded electronic cables. Just like many businesses that grow over the years we started getting inquiries to cut wire and cable to length which lead us into our value added services department.

Once we started cutting and stripping hook up wire we began making small wire harnesses and cable assemblies a short time later. It can be very hard to decline business so we accepted it and performed 100% quality checks to be sure the product matched what the customer was looking to receive.

Over 15 years later we’ve improved our process ten fold with a quality initiative of 0% defective product. While that can be very difficult to achieve with human error possibilities we strive to get closer and closer to that goal every day.

We’re currently located in Merrimack NH and perform kan ban systems in surrounding areas of Manchester, Nashua, Keene, Concord and Portsmouth New Hampshire. A kan ban system is an order for 1000 pieces that require 200 pieces to sit on the shelf ready for immediate delivery by our personnel or via UPS. Once the 200 pieces are delivered another 200 pieces go directly into production and move to the shelf when completed.

Even though we do perform value added services we stand by our niche of electrical wire and cable distribution throughout the USA. We purchase electrical wire, electronic cables, portable cord, hook up wire, PTFE wire and cable and heat shrink tubing from over 50 different manufacturers.

Please call for a quote if you’re looking for bulk wire or cable assemblies.

WesBell Electronics Inc
(800) 334-8400

Copper Strands in Electrical Wire

Copper is the best conductor of electricity and the most widely used commodity in electrical wire and cable. Different sizes of copper are twisted together to create varying flexibility in gauge sizes used across the industry.

Bare copper ground wire doesn’t have any insulation covering the copper and it’s normally one solid strand. A 30 awg copper strand is more flexible than a 2 awg copper strand because of the size. The bigger it is the less flexible it can be, similar to thin a metal rod being easier to bend than a think rod. Therefore, when discussing the flexibility of a wire or cable the size of the copper strands play a big part.

THHN electrical wire comes in the option of solid or stranded copper depending on the amount of flexibility you need for your application. One might need it to be flexible so that it can bend around corners while another might need it less flexible to push it through conduit easier. The PVC insulation and nylon coating also limit the amount of flexibilty of THHN building wire.

Welding cable is known to be much more flexible in the industry for two reasons. The first is the 30 awg copper strands compared to THHN’s 19 strands that get larger as the wire gets larger. The next is the rubber insulation which is much more flexible, and expensive, than PVC. With a rubber jacket there will be almost zero chances of it cracking or splitting during installation unlike THHN wire.

Talk to us about your needs so that we can help you find the correct product at the right price for you. You may think you need welding cable but after discussing your situation with us we might find that you can use something less expensive without compromising the application. We’re an ISO 9001 certified company that not only wants to, but needs to continuously improve in order to keep our certification.

WesBell Electronics Inc
(800) 334-8400

Single Conductor Power Cable Types

As a wire and cable distributor we offer many single conductor power cables for different applications. There’s a range in temperature, voltage, AMPS and stranding depending on the type of electrical cable you need.

Welding cable is rated for 600 volts and offers flexible 30 awg copper strands at a maximum temperature of 90°C. It’s commonly used as a flexible version of THHN building wire because THHN is manufactured to be less flexible for ease of installation.

Super Vu-Tron Welding cable is rated for 600 volts and offers more flexible 34 awg copper strands at a maximum temperature of 105°C. It also has a more rugged and durable jacket than standard welding cable.

DLO cable, also known as Diesel Locomotive Cable, is rated for 2000 volts at 90°C with less flexible strands made up of 24 awg copper. Locomotive cables are very durable and used outdoors, in conduit and in raceways with a long life span.

Stage Lighting Cable, also known as entertainment cable, is rated for 600 volts with a maximum temperature of 90°C. It’s commonly used in the lighting industry to bring power to the lights on a stage or in a theater.

Type W cable has rubber insulation over the copper strands along with a second rubber jacket for added protection in more of an industrial setting. Imagine a large cable bringing power to a job site that needs to run a generator or large power tools. It’s rated for 2000 volts and offers high AMP rating than the other single conductor power cables.

WesBell Electronics Inc
ISO 9001 Certified
(800) 334-8400

WesBell Now Offers Burndy Lugs for Welding Cable

We’re now offering Burndy® Lugs that compliment our welding cable and electrical wire lines. Burndy® is a well known name in the industry manufacturing connectors, terminals and lugs.

Since we offer “cut to length” services for larger one conductor and multi conductor cables our customers have been requesting that we apply the lugs as well. Upon research we found that Burndy® has provided a superior product with all approvals needed to pass inspections in the field.

We are now offering to cut, strip and terminate lugs to both ends of welding cable and other electrical wire products. This fits right into our ISO 9001 certified value added services area of cutting, stripping, tin dipping and assembling hook up wire and electronic cable harnesses.

The lugs will be offered along side each of the cables on our website so that you know the lug will fit the cable you’re buying. When you visit 6 awg welding cable for instance, you’ll also find 4 lug options that might be 1 hole, 2 hole, short barrel or long barrel with different stud sizes.

If you have questions about the lugs we offer or want to buy them in bulk rather than having us manufacture them for you then you can call us for more support.

WesBell Electronics Inc
(800) 334-8400

Information About Foil Tape And Tinned Copper Shielding

Copper is commonly used for shielding purposes, usually as a foil tape or tinned copper shielding. Information about foil tape and tinned copper shielding is readily available online. Both foil tape and tinned copper shielding are used to shield cables, eliminate EMI/RFI interference, thermal and electrical purposes and others.

Foil tapes are available in two kinds: aluminum and copper. Both are conductive acrylic adhesive. Foil tapes are used for purposes that require reliable point-to-point contact like EMI/RFI shielding, static charge draining and grounding. These foil tapes have many uses in electronic design, prototyping for test laboratories and for design and troubleshooting purposes. Copper foil tapes in particular is a cost effective to shield against EMI/RFI interferences. It is very easy to apply and therefore, time saving. Copper foil tapes are conductive all throughout including the adhesive which makes it ideal for cable shielding, shielding electrical connections between surfaces of sheets and foils, die-cuts, temporary shielding during tests and as an antistatic.

Tinned copper shield is available in mesh and flat braid. Tinned copper shielding (flat braid) is rolled flat and braid at the time of manufacture. It is very flexible which makes it a great protective braid over hoses and tubings. It is also useful for shielding around cables, ground straps, battery grounding, and as bonding strap for vehicles, aircraft and marine equipment. It also eliminates ignition interference and can be used for any application that needs woven, tinned copper braid. Tinned copper shield has minimum shield coverage of 95%. Specifications QQ-W-343 type S and ASTM B-33 are met for woven tinned copper shields.

More information about foil tape and tinned copper shielding including the thickness, approximate awg, ampacity and others differ depending on the type of tinned copper shielding to be used as well as the shielding capacity of foil tapes which also differ with its size. Copper Foil tapes are available in typical industry standard metric cut sizes, example, 24mm for every 1 inch of nominal tape width ordered. Note that rolls are 5% narrower than the nominal size. In this case, the product’s actual size is 25.4mm wide.

The conductive adhesive of copper foil tapes is ideal for modifications of printed circuit boards, repairs of security alarm circuits and for layout and design of wiring board prototypes. It is very ideal for wrapping cables to shield EMI/RFI and to provide electrical continuity by seaming of EMI/RFI shielded rooms. It is also used for draining of static charge and surface contact to materials such as plastic or aluminum which is non-solderable. Its copper-bright color is non-tarnishing and annealed making it also great for arts and decorative projects.

For better shield coverage, tinned copper shield is recommended. Its woven, tinned copper construction provides a minimum coverage of 95%. It has a nominal thickness of .020” making it very flexible and ideal for use as bonding strap for marine equipment, aircraft and vehicles.

You can find other specific information about foil tape and tinned copper shielding at the manufacturer’s website or you may give them a call for more assistance needed.

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(800) 334-8400

A Thorough Look at Electronic Communication Cables

The use of electronic communication cables in everyday life is not only something practical, it is also a necessity. This is especially true for those who are living in the big city or the country’s urban jungles. City-life is never the same without electricity and various electronic devices that city-dwellers rely heavily on. Country folks also use electronic devices, but not as persistently or with a frantic need as those living in the city. Devices such as computers, television, phones, and even kitchen utensils all make use of some sort of electronic cable to connect them to power sources so that these household items could function properly.  Even the different modes of transportation also make use of electronic cable variations in order to run smoothly. Some of the more common electronic cables that you normally see in your home are extension cords, and the power cables that connect your laptop, hair dryer, and any other electronic device to the wall socket so it could start working.

There are shielded electronic cables, as well as unshielded ones. Shielded cables have the advantage of being safer than unshielded cables, and there is very little possibility of accidents due to malfunctioning electronic devices. Aside from that, shielded cables are also more durable, thereby giving you less need to change damaged cables due to wear and tear. And because these shielded cables already come with insulation, you would no longer need to purchase wood or pipes that normally serve as insulation for unshielded cables. The insulations for these cables have been manufactured for extreme durability and to make the cables last a really long time, thereby making shielded cables the more practical choice not just for home use but also for office and commercial electrical needs.

On the contrary, unshielded electronic cables have long been known to be more prone to dangerous accidents due the lack of insulation. This is why unshielded cables are less likely to be used for home or office appliances, although these are the more common types of electronic communication cables used in burglar alarms, public address systems, intercoms, and remote controls. You can purchase both shielded and unshielded electronic cables from the internet at really low prices, as well as free shipping when you purchase a minimum amount. Your company may also be able to take advantage of huge discounts for bulk wire purchases, both online and from your local electronics store.

Electronic communication cables can either single or multiple conductors depending on the manufacturer’s specifications. Multiconductors are often used in unshielded cables, whereas shielded cables have single conductors, although this is not strictly the case for each and every cable being made. Different forms of electronic cables are made to specifically fit the needs of the electrical device that it will be connected to, such as fiber optic cables for data communications, voice networks, as well as video networks. With fiber optic electronic cables, you have the option to choose between single or dual jackets, as well as single- or multimode fiber types.

WesBell Electronics Inc
(800) 334-8400