Hook-up wire is environmentally friendly, meets ROHS, WEEE requirements

Belden PPO-insulated Hook-up Wire also merits use of Belden’s GreenChoice product rating. PPO Wire does not release the type of environmental pollutants that are characteristic of traditional PVC-insulated wire. This fully recyclable product also outperforms PVC- and XLPE-insulated hook-up wire.


Belden Inc. introduced its PPO UL AWM Hook-up Wire as an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional PVC-insulated and XLPE-insulated hook-up wire. PPO Wire also meets or exceeds the electrical and thermal characteristics of traditional products, while being smaller in diameter, lighter in weight, stronger and more durable, the company said.

Hook-up wire is used by a broad range of OEM manufacturers and markets, including: electrical panel builders; building construction and maintenance operations; manufacturers of electrical and electronic products; computer manufacturers; and the production and assembly of appliances, furniture, automobiles, and automotive components and systems.

Belden PPO UL AWM Hook-up Wire fully meets RoHS (Restriction on Hazardous Substances) and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) requirements because it is constructed of stranded tinned copper conductors and a Zero Halogen Polyphenylene Oxide (PPO) insulation that contains no halogens, phthalates or heavy metals. The absence of toxic materials means the product can be burned or disposed of safely without harm to people, animals or the environment. And unlike another zero halogen insulation, cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE), PPO is a fully recyclable compound.

Additional features of Belden PPO UL AWM Hook-up Wire include:

  • Superior dielectric strength enables a thinner wall thickness and an OD which is up to 45 percent smaller than equivalent wires
  • Electrical performance that meets or exceeds that of traditional PVC-insulated 600 V wire
  • Increased flexibility and durability, with ten times better abrasion and pinch resistance than PVC-insulated wires
  • Excellent thermal properties over a wide operating temperature range (-40 degrees C to +105 degrees C)
  • Meets VW-1 UL 1581 flame rating requirements
  • Reduced weight by up to 40 percent, due to PPO’s lower specific gravity/density as compared with PVC, polyethylene (PE) and XLPE insulations
  • Meets Belden’s GreenChoice requirements

Belden’s PPO UL AWM Hook-up Wire is available from stock in gauge sizes ranging from 28 to 10 AWG. Put-ups are 100 ft (30.5 m), 1000 ft (304.8 m) and 5000 ft (1524 m). For easy identification, the wires are color-coded in Brown, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Violet, Gray, White, Black, Blue, and Green/Yellow.

Belden Inc. describes itself as a global provider in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications.


Belden Inc.


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