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Published on 10/7/2009

AWC eUpdate Newsletter October 2009

Allied Wire & Cable Now Authorized Distributor of Sumitomo Products


Allied Wire & Cable is proud to announce that we are now an authorized distributor of Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products (IP). These products include various heat-shrink tubing and solder sleeve products.

Sumitomo Electric IP has been a leading manufacturer of heat-shrinkable products since its foundation in 1985. While its namesake has been around since 1897, Sumitomo Electric IP is an independently owned US subsidiary of Sumitomo Electric Fine Polymer. In addition to their heat-shrink tubing and solder sleeve products, Sumitomo also has their SumiMark® system and tubing that prints onto the tubing as well as their Poreflon® expanded PTFE insulation material.

Manufactured in a wide range of materials, sizes, colors and shrink ratios, Sumitomo's Sumitube® heat-shrink products meet AMS-DTL-23053 (formerly M23053 Mil-spec standard) or UL/CSA standards, and also are available in commercial grade versions. Sumitube® products are available in varying flexibility, from very flexible to semi-rigid.

Sumitomo's STS, Solder Termination Sleeve, products are manufactured to the same high quality as their heat-shrink products. Because they are engineered to deliver a uniform and consistent seal, STS products can save you time and money. Equipped with an outer heat-shrink jacket, pre-fluxed solder and several with thermoplastic sealing rings, these quality solder sleeves ensure a perfect seal every time.

For more information about Sumitube®, submit an online RFQ.



You Choose the Charity for AWC’s Charity Week 2009!

charity week vote

The Holiday season is fast approaching, and that means Charity Week is almost here! For the past three years, Allied has set aside one week in December to donate a portion of sales to a specific charity. In the past, we’ve donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation as well as an employee stricken with cancer. This time around, we’re changing things up a bit. Because YOUR orders supply the donation, we want YOU to choose the charity this year!

We’ve put together a list of seven charities for you to vote for, ranging from organizations that support medical research, to those that work to preserve our natural resources.



Voting will be active from Thursday October 29th to Friday November 13th. Only one vote per person, please.

This year's Charity Week will run from December 14th through December 18th. Look for the winning charity in next month's newsletter.

Here’s a quick description of each charity, including a link to their websites for more information:


  • American Farmland Trust: American Farmland Trust is committed to protecting the nation's best farm and ranch land and improving the economic viability of agriculture. AFT works with federal, state and local leaders and communities to develop legislation, implement policies and execute programs that keep farmers on their land and protect our environment.
  • The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): The ASPCA works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide.
  • Autism Speaks: Autism Speaks is the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
  • Coalition to Salute America's Heroes: Created to provide a way for individuals, corporations and others to help our severely wounded and disabled Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and their families rebuild their lives.
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation: Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors, and entire communities.
  • Meals On Wheels Association of America: The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) works toward the social, physical, nutritional, and economic betterment of vulnerable Americans. MOWAA focuses on those issues that can best assist its Member programs in achieving their individual missions of providing quality meals and nutrition services to as many vulnerable people as possible in the most efficient and effective manner, all so no senior goes hungry®.
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure: Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cure.


Allied Wire & Cable’s Tim Flynn & Tony Spina Visit SAB in Germany


Gaining a deep and complete understanding of all the products a vendor has to offer is a serious aspect of any business. Knowing exactly what products our vendors have available and what they're capable of allows us to better service you, our customers, and your needs. So when SAB invited Allied Wire to tour their international headquarters in Germany, Tim Flynn and Tony Spina jumped at the chance to learn first hand about their capabilities.

SAB is a global leader in cable manufacturing, headquartered in Viersen, Germany. Founded over 60 years ago, SAB specializes in Flexible Cables, providing extensive insulation, jacketing, and shielding options, conductor counts and more. In addition to their cable products, SAB worldwide also offers complete engineering services as well as harnessing solutions and temperature measurement products.

On this visit, Tim and Tony learned why SAB is an ever-growing presence in the wire and cable industry. Need a custom cable with special stranding, fast? Not a problem for SAB, because they draw their own copper to strand for conductors on-site at their at their 1.1 million sq ft manufacturing facility. There’s no need to special order the copper strands and wait for shipment, and that means faster turnaround times. That’s one of the many reasons SAB produces over 1500 special order cables each year!

All testing and certification is done in-house, as well. Equipped with a full UL laboratory, SAB can run Flame tests, Torsion tests, Crush tests and more, all on-site. This also cuts down lead times, since no cable has to leave the facility to be tested or certified. SAB carries all major approvals for international markets including the US, Canada and Europe.

Allied was truly impressed by SAB's capabilities, even more so by their dedicated employees and their commitment to producing quality products. We here at Allied are always looking to provide our customers with the best products at affordable prices. We look forward to working closely with SAB to provide our customers with quality flexible cable at a great price.

For more information about SAB's products, click here to browse the flexible cable portion of our online catalog.



Health Alert: What to Look for with H1N1 Influenza


With all the news surrounding Seasonal and H1N1 Influenza, it’s important to correctly identify the symptoms and seek treatment if necessary. Here’s some helpful information from the CDC’s website on both the differences between the common cold and the flu, and the emergency signs to look for when dealing with H1N1.

Because H1N1 is a strain of the flu, the symptoms are similar to the regular flu. While it is difficult and sometimes impossible to tell the difference between a cold and the flu, here are some general differences(1):

Symptom Cold Flu
General Severity Mild Severe
Fever Less Common More Common
Body Aches Less Common /Severe More Common /Severe
Fatigue Less Common /Severe More Common /Severe
Cough Productive Dry
Runny Nose More Common Less Common
Resulting Health Problems Less Common Pneumonia, Bacterial
Infections, Hospitalization


If you have reason to believe that you or a loved one has been exposed to the H1N1 virus, here are some emergency warning signs to watch for, as listed by the CDC:

In children:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

In adults:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting

If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/ for more information.



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