Our MIL-W-16878 wire features excellent temperature and voltage ratings. This Mil-spec wire is available in a wide variety of constructions. Conductors range from tinned copper (Type C) to silver-plated copper (Type E). There are also many different insulation materials available, including PVC, XLPO, and PTFE. This wire is also available in many different stranding counts and AWG sizes. All of our M16878 wires meet a NEMA HP style, including the NEMA HP3 type.

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What are the advantages of PTFE insulation?

PTFE is especially useful in hook-up wires. In addition to its reliability and superb flex-life, PTFE exhibits exceptional resistance to ultra-violet radiation, stress, chemicals, and mold growth. It is also non-toxic, biocompatible, and suitable for a wide frequency range. No compound provides better insulation on cables than PTFE. It offers extraordinary thermal stability and chemical protection. This ensures that our M16878 hook-up wires are ideal for high-temperature use.

What type of slants does MIL-W-16878 wire come in?

The MIL-W-16878 wire comes in many slants, but the most common are Type B, Type C, Type D, Type E, Type EE, and Type ET. These hook-up wires are dual-rated for NEMA HP and UL styles. Type B, Type C, and Type D all feature PVC insulation and a stranded tinned copper conductor. These PVC Wires meet NEMA HP 7 specifications. Type E, Type EE, and Type ET lead wire feature PTFE insulation and a silver-plated copper conductor. PTFE M16878 hook-up wires have a higher temperature rating of +200°C. These slants of the M16878 wire meet NEMA HP 3 Type specifications.

Different types of wires have varying voltage ratings and application uses, so be sure to check individual slant specifications. The M16878/4 Type E Wire is suitable for use as military harnessing, power supply lead wire, appliance wiring, and medical electronics wiring. M16878/5 Type EE Wire is applicable for electronic use in protected applications where high temperatures are a concern. It is a highly reliable OEM product. M16878/6 Type ET wire is ideal for use in aerospace, industrial, military, and many other commercial markets.

What is the MIL-W-16878 military specification?

MIL-W-16878 is a military specification that defines the construction, materials, and performance characteristics of the wire so it can be used in military and aerospace applications. Because of the high-performance and reliability standards of militaries, MIL-W-16878 are able to perform well and reliably in extreme environments.

What is the NEMA HP3 standard?

The NEMA HP3 classification is the standard for PTFE insulated hook-up wire. The harsh conditions that NEMA HP3 wire is built for makes it suitable for immersion in chemicals such as gasoline and oil. This wire also has resistance to weathering, ozone, and corrosive environments. Another benefit of NEMA HP3 wire is that it has a low coefficient of friction that promotes easy handling; making it suitable for use as internal wiring in electronic equipment and appliances.

What are the differences between tinned copper conductors and silver-plated conductors?

Tinned copper conductors offer superior corrosion resistance when compared to silver-plated conductors. Tinned copper conductors are also less expensive and easier to solder. Silver-plated conductors offer higher electrical conductivity which makes them superior to tinned copper in high-frequency applications, but are more expensive and harder to solder than tinned-copper.

You can learn more about Type E, Type EE, and Type ET wires here. You can also read more about the M16878 specification and its dual ratings. If you still have questions, please contact us.