Environmentally friendly cables
EcoCable and EcoFlex by Alpha Wire are nonhalogenic and meet RoHS and WEEE requirements. They are designed to be lighter and smaller than traditional PVC cable and can be used in extreme temperatures.
Alpha Wire's EcoCable and EcoFlex are designed to be up to 65% lighter and 47% smaller, with up to 91% lower outgassing than traditional PVC cable. The two control cables are nonhalogenic and contain no heavy metal pigments, allowing them to meet RoHS and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) requirements.
EcoCable offers space savings of up to 47% compared to traditional PVC control cable. For example, a 22 AWG PVC insulated cable has a diameter of 0.502 inches (12.75mm). The equivalent EcoCable has a diameter of 0.219 inches (5.56mm). Its counterpart EcoFlex offers space savings of up to 32% versus PVC and is rated for up to 1 million flex cycles.
The initial EcoCable offering is a UL AWM 21510 and CSA Rated cable available in sizes ranging from 24 AWG (0.28 mm²) to 14 AWG (2.08 mm²) available in 100 ft and 1000 ft lengths. EcoCable is suitable for use in NFPA79 applications and is RoHS and REACH Compliant. Its temperature range of -50C to +105C exceeds that of standard PVC cable.
EcoFlex is a UL AWM 21819 and CSA Rated flexible control cable available in sizes ranging from 28 AWG (0.09 mm²) to 10 AWG (5.32 mm²). It’s offered in 100ft and 1000ft lengths, with bulk available for larger quantities. With up to an 8x flexing bend radius and rated for up to 1 million flex cycles, EcoFlex is suitable for use in NFPA 79 applications and is RoHS and REACH Compliant. Its temperature range is -40C to +105C static, and -5C to +105C while flexing.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey