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Helpful Tips from our Master Catalog

Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015 by Kimberly Versaw

In the wire and cable industry, agency standards and approvals are quite common and needed for a variety of applications.  The Alpha Wire master catalog offers a lot of great information regarding agency approvals amongst other technical material.  Here is quick look at some of the information you have access to:

  • AWG/Metric conductor table
  • AWG/Metric comparison
  • Conductor color coding
  • Properties of common insulation and jacket materials
  • Current ratings of Alpha Wire cables
  • Signal interference and shielding
  • Common flexing applications
  • Agency approvals
  • Military specifications
  • Competitive cross reference
  • Temperature conversions
  • Glossary

You can find this information in the technical information section of the master catalog.  Below is some agency approval definitions that you can find in our master catalog:

UL (Underwriters Laboratories Inc): Develops standards and test procedures for products, materials, components, assemblies, tool, and equipment.  It mainly deals with product safety in the United States.

NEC (National Electrical Code): A United States standard for the safe installation of electrical wiring equipment.

AWM (Appliance Wiring Material): Intended for the internal wiring of factory-assembled products.

CSA (Canadian Standards Association International): Tests products for compliant to national and international standards and issues certification marks for qualified products.

CE (Conformité Européenne):  A European Economic Community approval indicating that the product complies with LVD/73/23.

FT1 Vertical Flame Test:  Per CSA C22.2 No. 3 specifies that a finished cable shall not propagate a flame or continue to burn for more than one minute after five 15-second applications of the test flame.  There is an interval of 15 seconds between flame applications.

To view more technical information, download or order our master catalog or view it in our digital literature app.

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