Smaller, Lighter, and More Robust Than PVC
Alpha Wire’s hook-up wire, EcoWire, achieves expanded functionality over standard PVC-based hook-up wire, with insulation that is fully recyclable. Using a modified polyphenylene ether (mPPE) thermoplastic that is inherently lighter, tougher, and more durable than PVC, EcoWire is non-halogenic and contains no heavy metal pigments. The result is UL AWM wire that helps manufacturers meet Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) requirements.
EcoWire also gives designers a remarkable alternative in hook-up wire, according to Alpha Wire’s Product Manager, yielding significant space and weight savings over PVC counterparts, while offering ten times better abrasion and pinch resistance. Because mPPE contains no halogens, phthalates, or heavy metals, it meets RoHS and WEEE requirements for the elimination of hazardous substances and recyclability.
A 20 AWG PVC-insulated wire, for instance, has a diameter of 0.101 inch (2.57 mm). The equivalent EcoWire has a diameter nearly 50% smaller—at 0.055 inch (1.40 mm).
The initial EcoWire offering is a UL AWM 11028 wire available in sizes from 28 AWG (0.07 mm2) to 10 AWG (5.37 mm2) with solid or stranded tinned copper conductors. Rated for operating temperatures to 105°C, the wires meet UL VW-1 flammability requirements.
Better Performance, Better for the Environment
EcoWire derives its advantage from its unique insulation, a modified polyphenylene ether (mPPE) thermoplastic. mPPE-based insulation is non-halogenated and contains no heavy metal pigments, allowing it to help manufacturers meet Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) requirements.
In addition to its ecological benefits, Alpha Wire’s EcoWire brings many performance advantages, including:
Minimized environmental impact – mPPE contains no halogens, phthalates, or heavy metals and meets RoHS and WEEE requirements.
Better dielectric strength – the superior dielectric properties of mPPE enables reduced wall thickness while maintaining the same electrical properties as PVC. The diameter of equivalent wires with mPPE insulation is up to 25% smaller than PVC-based wires. Figure 1 compares a 20AWG hook-up wire of PVC to the same wire with mPPE.
Alpha Wire’s new EcoWire™ is the latest innovation in hook-up wire. A true engineering breakthrough, EcoWire achieves increased performance in a wire that is fully recyclable.