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Published on 9/3/2008

AWC eUpdate Newsletter September 2008

When to Use Cross-Linked Cables Instead of PVC

Irradiated Cable in Transit Applications

Extremely high temperatures, continuous flexing, and plenty of stress and abrasion -cables used in harsh environments, such as commuter railways and military applications, will endure some of the most severe conditions anywhere! Relying on regular PVC cabling, which cannot tolerate excessive heat, can be dangerous. There is an alternative: Cross-Linked Cables. Cross-linked cables have greater stability at high temperatures than PVC cables.

Scientific Content Alert: All plastic materials, including PVC, are made of complex molecular chains called polymers. In their natural form, these molecular chains are not chemically bonded to one another. This means that if heat is introduced to the substance, those chains will be weakened and allow flow.

Creating cross-linked bonds between these molecular chains substantially increases stability at higher temperatures. Other benefits of cross-linked cables include:

  • Excellent Flame Resistance
  • Improved Durability and Toughness
  • Higher Ampacities
  • Greater Chemical Resistance
  • Easier Installations (Small Diameters, Flexible Stranding)

Cross-linking can be accomplished either chemically or by radiation, the preferred method. The radiation process uses a strong, direct electron beam (see illustration) instead of potentially damaging pressure or high temperatures. The radiation method can even be done on small conductor sizes.

Radiation Process


Image courtesy of General Cable.

Benefits of Radiation versus Chemical Cross-Linking:

  • Greater Cable Flexibility
  • Wider Range of Economical Insulation Thicknesses
  • Better Electrical Properties - No Chemical Catalyst Residue
  • No Separator Tapes - Less Pressure
  • Free Stripping
  • No Color Change or Fade
  • No Water Used

When selecting cables for transit or other applications that endure harsh environments, the important benefits associated with irradiated cross-linked cables make them a great choice. For a quote on irradiated cross-linked cables, please speak with your sales representative.



Play Allied Wire & Cable Trivia: The Baby Edition

Allied Wire Quiz Logo

It's Trivia time again! Spring of 2007 brought wedding fever; the summer of 2008 met Allied Wire and Cable with a Baby Boom. Five AWC families welcomed new members recently, including a set of twins! The first 5 people to correctly match these babies with the proud Allied parent will receive an Allied Prize Pack overflowing with goodies.

Answers should be emailed to trivia@awcwire.com or faxed to 484-928-6700. Please include your full name, company name, and shipping address along with your answers. Good luck!



Parent A
Parent A:
Mark Berry
PA Sales
Parent B
Parent B:
Kristen Casey
Parent C
Parent C:
Mike Reardon
NH Sales Manager
Parent D
Parent D:
Natalie Beers
Marketing Manager
Parent E
Parent E:
Jess Houck
PA Sales Assistant
Baby 1
Baby 1: Mason
February 5, 2008
Baby 2
Baby 2: Wyatt
February 18, 2008
Baby 3
Baby 3: Haylie
April 28, 2008
Baby 4
Baby 4: Conner
July 22, 2008
Babies 5 and 6
Babies 5 & 6:
Sean and Aiden
August 29, 2008

And we'd like to send out congratulations to the expectant parents: Stefanie Mascherino (PA Reception) and Jim Thivierge (NH Warehouse Manager) who are both awaiting December babies, and Emily Johnson (PA Sales), who's expecting in February.

Look for the answers in next month's newsletter!



REMINDER: Play AWC's Pro Football Pick 'Em Challenge

AWC's Pro Football Pick 'Em Challenge

Football season's really getting into gear, so remember to play AWC's Pro Football Pick 'Em Challenge. Weekly winners receive Prize Packs and the season-wide Grand Prize winner will get a brand-new HDTV!

To play, visit Football, register your picks, and we'll take care of the rest. Wouldn't next season look better in HD?




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