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The Informatic category of Allied University is a great way to find the answers to specific questions. In this category, we take a deep dive into various products, specifications, standards, and more. These deep dives explain exactly what something is and how it is used in the wire and cable industry.

Sometimes we all need to go back to the basics. Whether you are an industry veteran or are just getting started, our Informatic Articles are helpful for all experience levels. If you need a refresher on the classifications of different cables, the differences in shielding type, or which wires are best for high temperatures, we got you covered.

If you are looking for information on a specific topic, be sure to use the tags on the navigation menu. Otherwise, flip through the articles below to learn more about a variety of topics.

What Do the Letters on Portable Cord Mean?
We define the letters found on portable cord packaging....
Polyrad Cable
Polyrad cables are specialty rapid transit cables....
SIS Wire

SIS wire is a versatile Hook-Up Wire used in many di...

High Temperature Wire SF 2 SFF 2 SRML Silicone
SF-2, SFF-2, and SRML High-Temperature Wires have varying co...
The 4 Main Classifications Of Coaxial Cable

We cover the four main types of coax cable classification...

What Do RG Numbers Mean?
We cover what the different numbers for RG specifications me...
Alpha ThermoThin Wire
The Alpha ThermoThin hook-up wire offers reliable performanc...
M23053 Heat Shrink Tubing
M23053 heat shrink tubing is rated to military standards and...
Cat 8 Cable
Category 8 cable is a communications cable used primarily fo...
M17 176-00002
We explain the M17 military standard for coaxial cables....
MTW and TEW Wire
MTW and TEW wire are hook-up wires with slight differences....
CampusLink Dry Loose Tube
The CampusLink Single Jacket Dry Riser Fiber Optic Cable is ...
UL 3257 Wire
We cover the construction and application uses of UL 3527 Wi...
MIL-W-16878: Type B, C, and D
We are cover the first three slant sheets of the M16878 spec...
Alpha Xtra-Guard 4
We cover the details of Alpha Wire's Xtra Guard 4 Cable....
M81044 Wire
We discuss the construction and properties of M81044 mil-spe...
UL3239 and UL10475
We discuss the UL3239 and UL 10475 hook-up wires....
Festoon Cable
Festoon cables are flat portable cords typically used i...
Alpha Xtra Guard 1 HP
Xtra-Guard Performance Cable, manufactured by Alpha Wire, is...
Low Loss Coaxial Cables
We discuss low-loss cables and what sets them apart from oth...
M22759 Wire
M22759 wire is a popular mil-spec hook-up wire use...
Type G-GC and Type G Cables
In this informatic article, we discuss Type G cable and Type...
Type W Cable
The Type W Cable has various constructions which can be bene...
M55021 Cable
M55021 cable is a mil-spec electrical cable intended for use...
VNTC Tray Cable
VNTC stands for Vinyl Nylon Tray Cable. In this article, we&...
H07V-K and H05V-K Cables
H07V-K cable and H05V-K cable are both examples of harmonize...
Water-Blocked Cable
We discuss what water-blocking is and how it may be benefici...
M16878 /11 /12 and /13
We take a closer look at the /11, /12, and /13 slants of the...
All About MIL-DTL-24640
We look at the specifics of the construction and properties ...
All About M27072
M27072 cable is a special purpose mil-spec wire for use in p...
Nuclear SIS Cable
Nuclear Rated SIS Wire can be the solution for your next app...
M25038 Aerospace Cable
Learn about the construction, properties, and application us...
Cable Sleeving 101
We discuss the construction of sleeving and how it's use...
All About M5086
M5086 cable is a mil-spec wire commonly used in aerospa...
All About Type P Cable

We discuss Type P cable, its construction, its properties...

All About GXL Wire

GXL automotive primary wire is the most common type of cr...

ANSI NEMA HP 8 2013
We discuss the revisions of ANSI/NEMA HP 8-2013....
The Cat7 Cable Debate
Learn more about what Cat7 Cable is and what it supposedly c...
All About MIL-W-16878
M16878 cable is often used by the military and aerospace ind...
Dual Rated Cable
We discuss what makes a product dual-rated....
Medium Voltage Cable
Medium Voltage Cable is power cable most often used in ...
The Scoop on Welding Wire
Welding Wire can be put to various uses, and it may be the p...
All About M27500
We discuss the popular low-voltage M27500 cable....
What is QPL Approved Wire and Cable?
We discuss what exactly QPL Approval means....
All About M3432 CO

The M3432 CO Cable specification covers a flexi...

What Are NSN Numbers?
We discuss what NSN numbers mean....
All About Dielectrics
We discuss dielectrics, its uses, and how it works....
Why Can’t You Cut or Re-Spool Category Cables?
We explain why you cannot easily cut or re-spool category ca...
The Benefits of Striped Cable
We explain why cable striping helps and how you can use it....
Insulation Shrinkback
Insulation shrinkback can increase the risk of a wire or cab...
“Cheap M17” vs. QPL Approved M17 Cable
Sometimes you can find M17 cable at a reduced price, but it&...
Comparing M16878 /4 /5 and /6
We take a closer look at the /4, /5, and /6 slants of the M1...
All About M24643

We cover the M24643 Shipboard Cable.

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All About AA59569
We go over the AA59569 specification and what products it ap...
3 Common Flex Cable Installation Mistakes
In this article, we explain the three common mistakes in the...
CIC Cable
Learn more about CIC cable, its construction, and its uses....
All About Currents
We explain what a Current is and how it's used in the wi...
Shipboard Cable
We cover the different kinds of shipboard cable and how they...
The 3 Types of Insulation
We cover the three main categories of insulation....
Instrumentation Tray Cables
We discuss the ITC cable, its construction, properties, and ...
How to Identify Tray Cables and Power Limited Tray Cables

We explain how to identify the different types of tray ca...

All About Heat Shrink Tubing: Part 2
We look closely at Heat Shrink Tubing materials and their ch...
All About Heat Shrink Tubing: Part 1
We discuss what Heat Shrink Tubing is and how it's made....
Cable Marking and Printing Methods
We discuss different printing methods and how they can be us...
Temperature Ratings 101
We discuss the different temperature ratings and why they...
Flame Tests
We cover the different flame tests in the wire and cable ind...
UL AWM Styles
We discuss what the UL AWM types are and what products they ...
VFD Cables
In this informatic article, we're discussing what VFD ca...
The 4 Types of Flex
We cover the four different types of flex cable....
RHW and RHH Dual Ratings
In this informatic article, you can learn more about RHW and...
The ER Rating: Exposed Run Tray Cable
We discuss the ER Rating specifications....
Solar Power Cables: PV Wire, Use-2, and THHN

We cover the USE-2 ratings of THHN and PV Wire.

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Capacitance Explained

We cover capacitance and ho...

Ampacity Explained

We take a look at a cable's ampacity and what ca...

Cable Testing: Flame Test, UV Test, and ER Tests

We explain the three main types of testing a cable goes t...

Cable Construction Basics: Insulation

We cover the basics of cable and wire insulation.

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Cable Construction Basics: Conductors

We cover the basics of wire and cable conductor construct...

What Does Harmonized Mean?

We cover what harmonized cables are and how they can affe...

How Wind Turbines Work

We explain how wind turbines work and how our wind power ...

What is Wire Braid?

In this article, we cover the basics of what wire braid i...

Underwater Cable: The Wave of the Future
In this article, we discuss underwater cable systems and the...