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New Insulation Material Yields Smaller, Lighter, Greener Cables. EcoWire™ Is Better Performing and Better for the Environment.

Alpha Wire’s new EcoWire is the latest innovation in hook-up wire. A true engineering breakthrough, EcoWire combines increased performance with a minimized environmental impact. EcoWire derives its advantage from patented Noryl insulation, a modified polyphenylene ether (mPPE) thermoplastic. Noryl is inherently lighter, tougher,
and more durable than PVC. The result is UL AWM wire that is smaller than PVCbased counterparts. The non-halogenated insulation contains no heavy metal pigments, allowing it to help manufacturers meet Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) requirements.

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mPPE Insulation: All the Advantages in Smaller, Lighter Wire

  • Environmentally friendly: EcoWire contains no halogens, phthalates, or heavy metals. It meets RoHS and WEEE requirements for the elimination of hazardous substances and recyclability.
  • Better dielectric strength: The superior dielectric properties of mPPE make possible a reduced wall thickness while maintaining the same electrical properties as PVC. EcoWire’s diameter is up to 45% smaller than equivalent wires.
  • Low specific gravity: The 1.03 specific gravity of mPPE is 25% to 40% lower than other insulation materials, such as PVC, polyethylene, and cross-linked polyethylene. Along with the reduced wall thickness, the low specific gravity yields significant weight savings of up to 40%.
  • Durability: Even with thinner walls, EcoWire’s insulation offers 10x better abrasion and pinch resistance to PVC-based
    wire. Although thinner, the insulation is tougher.
  • Good temperature range: Wire and cable with mPPE insulation meet UL 1581 requirements for operation up to 105°C end-use temperature rating. With a wide temperature range, mPPE does not require such secondary processing operations as is required with cross-linked polyethylene.
  • Recyclable: EcoWire’s mPPE thermoplastic insulation is more easily recycled as it does not contain hazardous materials.

    See also:
  • Alpha Wire's EcoWire Brochure (.pdf) for more product information, specifications, applications and ordering information.
  • Alpha Wire's EcoWire White Paper (.pdf)
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