Alpha Wire - Alpha Wire designs and manufactures wire, cable, tubing, and accessories for a broad range of applications and markets to help customers solve critical production and manufacturing challenges. Combining the highest quality with legendary customer service, Alpha products mean peace of mind. Alpha Wire’s flagship line of Xtra-Guard® High-Performance cables offer superior performance in demanding environments, while the new EcoGen™ product line offers an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional PVC wire and cable. Alpha FIT® line of heat-shrink tubing and wire management offers reliable ways to seal and protect electrical and electronic wiring. With 12 product families encompassing more than 50,000 products available worldwide, Alpha is dedicated to providing the right product for every application.
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|EcoFlex® PUR Cable - Get the abrasion, UV, and oil resistance of a tough halogen-free polyurethane jacket in a flex cable that’s up to 40% smaller and 44% lighter than other 600 V flexible cables. Compared to other 600 V flex cables, Alpha Wire's EcoFlex PUR cables save you significant space while also offering increased durability. By combining space- and weight-saving mPPE insulation with a tough PUR jacket, EcoFlex PUR cables are not only up to 40% smaller and 44% lighter, they are also tough enough for demanding applications.
|Xtra-Guard® 4 Cables - Alpha Wire's Xtra-Guard® 4 cable brings performance and reliability to the biggest challenges in the toughest environments. Advanced, superior performance in outdoor and direct burial applications combat the effects of weathering, moisture, and UV aging without the costly use of conduit. Xtra-Guard® 4 means peace of mind. Available 100’ and 1000’ spools exclusive only to Digi-Key Electronics.
|Xtra-Guard® 2 Cable Line - Known for exceptional quality and performance, the extensive Alpha Wire Xtra-Guard 2 cable line is available to meet a wide-variety of application requirements. With a comprehensive range of conductor counts and shielding options, Xtra-Guard 2 is manufactured to give you the best match between cost, environmental, and mechanical performance.
|Irradiated PVC Hook-Up Wire - Irradiated PVC hook-up wire is made from extruded PVC insulation which has been exposed to controlled radiation. This exposure causes the insulation to become far superior to ordinary PVC in temperature, abrasion and cut-through resistance.
Understanding Shielded Cable
Xtra-Guard Performance Cable
Xtra-Guard® shielding options quick reference:
Unshielded cables provide the smallest cable diameter for use in low-noise controlled environments.
Foil shield cables use a sturdy aluminum/polyester shield for moderate EMI needs, especially at higher frequencies. A tinned copper drain wire makes grounding the cable easy. Foil shields allow lighter weights and smaller cables.
||Supra-Shield® - Alpha's premium Supra-Shield cables combine 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. The combination of foil and braid offers better shielding effectiveness than either approach alone against both low- and high-frequency noise.
||Supra-Shield® for Xtra-Guard® Flex - Our high-flex shielding options include a double-jacket configuration with 85% braid coverage to achieve high shielding effectiveness while maintaining the desired flexibility. For torsional flex applications, we offer spiral wound shielding with 90% coverage.
||Wind Power Products - Alpha Wire has created a portfolio of high-performance cable for applications in the Wind Power market, including power distribution, control, and monitoring within the wind turbine. Alpha Wire's industry-leading Wind Power offering gives designers a single source for the widest range of cabling for wind turbine nacelles.
See the Wind Power Brochure
||Low-Smoke, Zero-Halogen Cable - Alpha Wire expanded its Communication and Control product family with the introduction of Low-Smoke Zero-Halogen (LSZH) Cable. Alpha Wire's new high performance LSZH cable uses a specially formulated LSZH material to minimize smoke and harmful, corrosive gases under combustion.
See the LSZH Brochure , LSZH FAQs ,
FIT Flyer and FIT Catalog Page
||MTW-Rated Wire and Cable - Alpha Wire offers a wide range of MTW-rated wire and cable with robust, flexible construction for use in machine tools and similar applications. Abrasion-resistant PVC insulation provides tough protection against nicks and cuts that could expose conductors and present hazards. These products help increase reliability and safety in demanding environments.
See the MTW-Rated Wire and Cable Brochure
|More about Alpha WireMake Alpha Wire your first choice for reliable performance
No matter how demanding the environment, you want a cable with the performance and reliability to put your mind at ease. You want a cable that fits the application, no matter what extremes of temperature, oils and solvents, electrical noise, and other hazards it must withstand.
Alpha Wire has engineered wire and cables that excel in taming tough applications. From the harsh environment of a factory floor, to critical controls on an offshore oil rig, cables from Alpha Wire are working reliably day-in and day-out. We design and manufacture every cable to meet the critical demands of real-world applications. Using premium materials, advanced manufacturing, and world-class quality control, we manufacture every cable knowing its operation is critical to an application’s success.The Alpha Wire Advantage
- Well-earned reputation for high-quality-premium-grade products
- Industry’s widest range and largest inventory of wire, cable, and tubing products
- Superior logistics, including same-day shipping
- Fast-turn manufacturing of custom configurations
- Flexible ordering, including small and large put-ups
- Convenient availability through global reach of 1500 distributor locations worldwide
- Unrelenting dedication to making sure you find the right cable to fit your needs
- On-line Cable Design Center and extensive selection tools to find the right cable or spec a new one
Founded in New York City as a supplier of wire strengtheners to the millinery industry in 1922, Alpha Wire grew to become a valued supplier to the expanding radio industry through the 1930's by producing wire and insulators for antennas. Alpha used materials such as rubber and varnish-impregnatied textiles coat wire products. In the decades that followed, business was propelled by the defense industry's electronic needs during World War II and by the advent of television. Alpha’s product line grew proportionately, and Alpha began to explore new applications and introduced the use of plastics to insulate the wire and cables.
Alpha Wire moved our headquarters to our present location in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1964. In 1981, Alpha changed its marketing strategy from independent sales representatives to a dynamic direct field sales force. In addition, operations were expanded to include an international market and an international facility, Alpha Wire International, located just outside London. Alpha’s current sales facility in the UK serves all of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In 2010, Alpha Wire International expanded with the addition of its office in Shanghai, China to serve the Asia Pacific region.
Also in 1981, Alpha entered the booming computer market with its Xtra-Guard control cables. This proprietary line of cables can handle any type of environment: indoor, outdoor, extreme high and low temperatures, chemical exposure, and the like.
Alpha was proud to receive its first ISO 9000 certification in 1994 and ISO 9001 certification in 2000.
During the first decade of the 21st century, Manhattan Wire Products, Dearborn Wire and Cable, and Kerrigan Lewis joined the Alpha family, enhancing our already broad product line with industry-respected brands for the electrical industry, marine applications, and specialty needs such as litz wire.
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