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Published on 5/2/2012

AWC eUpdate Newsletter May 2012

Spotlight On: Tray Cable

Tray Cable

Tray cable is an important part of any industrial cable installation - especially when that installation is in a hazardous location. Although tray cable seems pretty straightforward (it’s cable you can install in cable trays), there are actually many different types of tray cable, including Type TC, Type PLTC (power-limited tray cable), and even specialized options like wind turbine tray cable (WTTC cable).

With so many product choices, it can be hard to keep them all straight. That’s why our newest “Spotlight On” video series focuses on tray cable and some of the most popular types on the market. The first 3 videos of the series are available on Allied Wire & Cable’s YouTube channel now.

The first in the series goes over the basics of tray cable. As the name implies, tray cable is recognized for use in trays, wireways, troughs, ducts, conduits and channels, and in Class 1 & 2 and Division 2 hazardous locations. Designed to be easily accessible for maintenance, these cables can be exposed to sunlight, heat, and moisture, and must be resistant to such exposure.

The second video introduces Type TC, the most widely recognized type of tray cable. It is offered in many different constructions, but always features power or control cable with at least 2 insulated conductors under a non-metallic jacket. Type TC cable can have grounding conductors, and be paired or multi-conductor. It is also available in a wide range of insulation, jacketing, and shielding options.

The third video deals with power-limited tray cable, or PLTC cable. Unlike Type TC, which has a voltage rating of 600V, power-limited tray cable's insulation is rated to 300 volts. PLTC consists of at least 2 insulated copper conductors and a non-metallic jacket, and must be fire resistant. Like Type TC, PLTC cable can have a variety of constructions, including pairs or triads, and shielded or unshielded versions. It can also feature different types of insulation and jacketing.

Watch now, and check back soon for more videos in this series!


Charity Walks for Autism and Children's Cancer

Allied Wire & Cable at the Philadelphia CureSearch Walk 2012

Charity is an important part of life at Allied, with several events throughout the year culminating in our Annual Charity Week in December. This winter's Charity Week benefitted CureSearch for Children's Cancer, the charity nominated by Allied employee Stephanie Thomas, who lost her 2-year-old son Michael to the disease. Autism Speaks also benefitted from our Charity Week. It was nominated by Rebecca Mertens, whose son Christopher has been diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome.

On May 20th, CureSearch held the CureSearch Walk in Philadelphia's Franklin Square. Allied was there as a presenting sponsor after donating over $13,000 to the charity. CureSearch fundraises throughout the year and across the country through walks just like this one. Hundreds of people gathered in the square to celebrate the children bravely fighting the disease and to honor those who lost their battles.

Allied was also part of the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event in Milwaukee on April 28th. Rebecca formed Team Christopher with other Allied employees, Debby Lupo, Ian Wappenschmidt, and Mollie Konieczny. Each team raises money before the walk, and we're proud to say that Team Christopher raised $3585 for Autism Speaks! This made them the second largest individual fundraiser for the entire event.

Check out the CureSearch and Autism Speaks websites for more information on these wonderful organizations, and find out if there's a CureSearch Walk or Walk Now event coming to an area near you!


Tim & Dan Flynn Nominated for Prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Award

Tim & Dan Flynn from Allied Wire & Cable

We're always striving for excellence here at Allied Wire & Cable; we want to offer the best products at the best prices with the best customer service possible. This passion for hard work and success comes from the examples set by our Co-Presidents & Owners, Tim & Dan Flynn. Now, they have been recognized by Ernst & Young for the hard work they've put into making Allied one of the fastest growing wire & cable companies in the country.

Tim & Dan have been nominated for the 26th Annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Award. Earlier this month, we learned that they are finalists for the award.

The program seeks to recognize business leaders in the area who have driven their companies toward success, particularly in the areas of innovation, perseverance, leadership, and vision, among others.

"If we are to win this award, we will all celebrate," Tim Flynn said. "After all, it is a group effort that got Allied Wire & Cable to where it is today."

The winner of the award will be chosen by an independent panel of judges, and will be announced June 21st at the Philadelphia Regional Gala at the Philadelphia Convention Center. 


Manufacturer Price Increase

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Joke of the Month!


A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts: "Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?"

The man below says: "Yes, you're in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field."

"You must be an engineer" says the balloonist.

"I am" replies the man. "How did you know."

"Well," says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but it's no use to anyone."

The man below says "you must be in management."

"I am" replies the balloonist, "but how did you know?"

"Well," says the man, "you don't know where you are, or where you're going, but you expect me to be able to help. You're in the same position you were before we met, but now it's my fault."

Source: www.engineeringhumor.com