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Published on 4/29/2014

AWC eUpdate Newsletter April 2014

Allied Wire – Cable that is Out of this World
Performing Groundbreaking Research in Antarctica

Wire Out of This World

Allied Wire is used to power a huge range of applications around the world, even in the furthest reaches of the globe –the South Pole!

Researchers are currently running a neutrino observatory in Antarctica, where a specialized telescope monitors and records the interactions of neutrinos, high-energy sub-atomic particles that result from extreme galactic events such as supernovas (exploding stars), and even events related to black holes. With the help of this particle detector, researchers hope to learn more about the mysterious neutrinos and the physical processes that produce them.

The project is in a league of its own – while most tools of this kind are developed to monitor photons, another elementary particle, this one focuses on the much less understood neutrino. According to the neutrino observatory’s official website, the way the majority of optical telescopes look at the universe can be compared to taking a photo. With their special neutrino detector, it is more closely compared to taking an x-ray of the universe.

Not only is the telescope performing impressive research, but its set-up is also pretty amazing. The telescope is the largest of its kind anywhere in the world and takes up a full cubic kilometer of ice. And the extremes of its location aren’t limited to its positioning in Antarctica – the neutrino telescope is actually buried one to one and a half miles beneath the surface of the ice! This location offers a lot of benefits to the research, allowing the digital optical modules (DOMs) to monitor the neutrinos and even detect which direction they came from in the universe, all based on the light created when one of the particles interacts with the ice.

Collaborators on the research project include 43 institutions from 12 different countries, making it a truly global research initiative. Amidst all of the international contributions to the project, Allied Wire, including XHHW wire, RG cables, and NEMA Type E wire (also known as M16878/4 cable) were featured in a control cabinet used in the South Pole research. In the end, a single enclosure included more than 1,200 feet of wire!

AWC is proud to play a role in such an important research development – in 2013, it was even named the #1 Physics Breakthrough of the Year – pretty amazing. Where will Allied Wire appear next?


Alan Wire Inventory Mission: Complete

Alan Wire Mil Spec and Aerospace Cable

After 9 trailers of inventory made their way from Alan Wire’s former headquarters in Irwindale, CA to our Headquarters in Collegeville, PA, we are happy to announce that all products have been officially added into inventory and are ready for sale!

Like Allied, Alan Wire was known as one of the major sources for hard-to-find mil spec and aerospace wire and cable. After 27 years, they decided to close their doors. Now Allied is proud to offer those same rare cable constructions to our customers. Learn more about the Alan Wire assets acquisition here.

Our inventory now includes more M27500, M22759, and NEMA Type E, and Judd wire products than ever, and our value-added services have also grown. We now offer in-house laser printing services and have increased our production capabilities for other customization services already offered.

If you’re having trouble tracking down a tricky mil-spec or aerospace construction, be sure to make Allied your first call. With one of the largest mil spec inventories in the world, continually expanding thanks to acquisitions like this, along with our QPL approval to manufacture M27500 cables, and our extensive value-added manufacturing capabilities, we’re you’re one-stop-shop for all-things mil spec cable.

View a sampling of all the mil spec wire and cable we have to offer in our online catalog.




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Joke of the Month!


While at a convention, Bill, Jim, and Scott shared a hotel suite on the 75th floor. After a long day of meetings, they were shocked to find that the hotel elevators were broken and that they’d have to climb all the way up to their room.

“I have a way to break the monotony,” said Bill. “I’ll tell jokes for 25 flights, Jim can sing songs for the next 25, and Scott can tell sad stories the rest of the way.”

As they started walking up, Bill told his first joke. At the 26th floor, Jim began to sing. At the 51st floor, it was Scott’s turn.

“I will tell my saddest story first,” he said. “Once there was a man who left the room key in the car.”

Source: rd.com


Blog Corner


Here are the newest additions to our blog!

Introducing the Cable Chronicles Series – Curious to know how a new cable standard came about or why a certain cable is built with that particular material? Our new “Cable Chronicles” series on the AWC blog aims to answer those burning questions. We’ll give you a peek into the history of your wire and cable and how it made its way to modern day. Learn more about the info to come in our new blog series...

Price Increase Alert – HellermannTyton – As warmer weather approaches, so does a HellermannTyton price increase. Effective April 28th, 2014, most of HellermannTyton’s prices will be increased by 5%. Other items are either exempt or will be increased by a lower percentage. Read more about the reasons for the HellermannTyton price increase…

Make-A-Wish Update – Wishes Granted Thanks to Our 8th Annual Charity Week – Making dreams come true with the Make-A-Wish Foundation is one of the greatest rewards of Charity Week. With your help, we raised more than $18,000 for Make-A-Wish and the Humane Society this year, enough to grant two full wishes! Learn more about how the donation went to work this year – sending a family on a highly-anticipated Disney vacation and bringing a dream room makeover to life...

COMEX vs. Camden Copper Pricing – Copper is a staple in the wire and cable industry. Its outstanding electrical conductivity and relatively affordable price make it one of the most common conductors in wire and cable construction. At the center of so many cables, its pricing understandably affects the industry on a grand scale. Learn about the differences between the two major sources of copper pricing info, the COMEX Copper Index and Omega-Camden Copper Index…

Team Nemesis Takes 1st in Robotics Qualifier – Congratulations to Robbinsville High School’s Team Nemesis on their win at the Hatboro-Horsham FIRST Robotics District Qualifier! Allied was a proud supporter of the team, donating 300 feet of GPT wire in the three sizes used most often in its robots. Learn more about their robot and the competition...