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Published on 5/5/2010

AWC eUpdate Newsletter May 2010

Introducing New How-to Video Series from Allied Wire

Allied Wire & Cable is proud to introduce a new series of videos we will be producing throughout the year. In these videos, we will show you the proper way to handle many common situations you can come across when dealing with wire and cable. For instance, in this first video, we show you the proper techniques for measuring your cables before ordering heat shrink tubing to ensure a proper fit.

Heat Shrink Tubing is a versatile material that can be used for patching, strengthening, sealing and more. The best part about it is the ease of installation: when heat is applied, it shrinks. As straight forward as the name is, however, it can be confusing when it comes to ordering your tubing. Understanding the product is essential to getting the right measurements before you choose your tubing size.

Most of the well-known brand name manufacturers of heat-shrink will list the dimensions from the video in their catalogs. Allied Wire & Cable is an authorized distributor of major brands such as Alpha Wire and Sumitomo, as well as other cost-effective alternatives.

Click here to watch the video on Heat Shrink Tubing!

Is there a topic you would like to see explained in our How-To Video Series? Click here to email us!



Manufacturer Price Increase Alert

price increase on Alpha Wire and Belden Cable for May 2010

There will be two manufacturer price increases in the coming weeks:

HellermannTyton – Effective 6/14/10 for the following products:

  • “Bundling and Securing” and “Clamping” Products – 8%
    Exempt: Mechanical, Pneumatic and Automatic Cable Tie Tools
  • Wiring Duct, Grommet, Spiral Wrap & Convoluted Tubing – 5%
  • “Identifying” Products – 5%
    Exempt: SwiftMark System, Labels and Supplies, Thermal Transfer Printers (including Spirit printer)
  • “Sealect Seals” Products – 5%

Superior Essex– Effective 6/16/10 on the following Magnet Wire products:

  • Round, Square & Rectangular sizes for standard products & packages.


Tyco Electronics Adds Safety Labels to Catalog


Safety is the most important aspect of the work environment. Proper labeling of any machinery is essential to keeping all personnel safe. Sometimes generic labels aren't enough to describe the safety precautions necessary and certain labels cannot withstand the harsh environments where they're most needed.

Tyco Electronics has added a new line of safety labels to their catalog. These labels are available in blank triangles for customized applications, as well as in pre-printed symbols for quick applications.

The Blank Safety Triangles were developed specifically for thermal label printers, and can be applied to curved and uneven surfaces. The labels are made of PVC and are resistant to oil, mild detergents, water and weathering. Their operating temperatures range from -30°C to 80°C, which allows for use in hot or cold environments.

There are 4 pre-printed symbols to choose from, including 3 ESSW Triangle Safety Labels. These labels are available in various sizes and have an operating temperature range of -30°C to 120°C. Also available are Electrical Symbols, where you have a choice of 16 different symbols. Each symbol corresponds to a specific use, and has varying colors, text and temperature ranges to ensure the sticker will be able to withstand the rigors of their specific application.

For more information on any Tyco Electronics product, including Safety Labels, please contact your sale rep or click here to send an RFQ online.



Joke of the Month!


A young man asked an old rich man how he made his money.

The old guy fingered his worsted wool vest and said, "Well, son, it was 1932. The depth of the Great Depression. I was down to my last nickel.

"I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent the entire day polishing the apple and, at the end of the day, I sold the apple for ten cents.

"The next morning, I invested those ten cents in two apples. I spent the entire day polishing them and sold them at 5:00 pm for 20 cents. I continued this system for a month, by the end of which I'd accumulated a fortune of $1.37."

"And that's how you built an empire?" the boy asked.

"Heavens, no!" the man replied. "Then my wife's father died and left us two million dollars."

source: www.ahajokes.com/bus155.html



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