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Aquaseal Cables: Direct Burial Vs. Inconduit

Posted by Samantha Bante on Jan 22, 2018 5:00:00 PM

At West Penn Wire we often get questions from our customers and end users about some of our most popular products. When it comes to Aquaseal, one of the most prevalent questions is about the differences between direct burial and in-conduit and how these cable will be applied to their particular installation. This article will discuss the differences between the two, so you may understand the best cable for your upcoming project.

 

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Topics: Aquaseal, Wet Location Cables, direct burial, inconduit

Top 3 Most-Read West Penn Wire Blogs of 2017

Posted by Samantha Bante on Dec 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This year is the first time West Penn Wire had a dedicated product knowledge blog displaying products, relative information and documents to help any customer understand West Penn Wire's popular products. 

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Topics: Category Cable, Category 6A Cable, Fiber Optic Cable, Copper Cable, Armored Fiber Optics

Fiber Optic Cable Basics- Cable Construction

Posted by Samantha Bante on Dec 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Fiber optic cable has the ability to provide any business with safe, fast installations with higher bandwidth frequencies. In order to understand what fiber optic cable can do for your business or home, it's important to understand the basic construction.

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Topics: Fiber Optic Cable, Fiber, Fiber Optic, cable construction

Field Terminated Vs. Pre-Terminated Fiber Optic Assemblies

Posted by Samantha Bante on Dec 6, 2017 2:08:40 PM

With the recent surge of fiber optics within the market in the past few years, it is imperative that any upcoming projects have the right fiber optic cables, assemblies and the best termination method. While there are many options with which fiber optic cables and connectors to choose from, there are really only two major termination solutions: field terminated and pre-terminated. This post is going to break down what the difference between these terminations styles, the advantages and disadvantages, so you can have the best solution for your business and technicians.

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Topics: Fiber Optics Assemblies, Fiber Optic Cable, Fiber Optic, Pre-Terminated Fiber Optic Assemblies

Steps to choosing the Access Control System for Your Business

Posted by Samantha Bante on Nov 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In previous posts we have discussed what an Access Control System is, how it works and the importance of having one for a business. Whether your business is growing, changing offices or in need for a greater amount of security, make sure you take the right steps in selecting the proper Access Control System for your business.

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Topics: Access Control, Access, Access Control Systems, Access Control Cable

What is an Access Control System?

Posted by Samantha Bante on Nov 7, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Access Control Systems can contain a variety of techniques and methods for controlling permission of certain areas within a facility. By installing an Access Control System, companies can monitor and restrict access points to buildings and rooms for added security.

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Topics: Access Control, Access, CCTV, Control Systems

What is Chroma Subsampling?

Posted by Samantha Bante on Oct 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In previous blog posts we have discussed 4K resolutions, what it does for images on a screen, as well HDMI Cables. But, one important component to understand is what defines the details of the image, Chroma Subsampling. Chroma Subsampling can definitely be a difficult topic to understand, but this post will explain what it is and how it could affect the images on your screen. 

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Topics: 4K Resolution, 4K, 4:4:4, 4:2:2, 4:2:0, Chroma Subsampling

Understanding 4K and HDMI Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on Oct 17, 2017 2:00:00 PM

4K technology is quickly and seamlessly taking over the digital landscape. It is not being used in TVs, television production, computer monitors, projectors, etc. With this rise in resolution, it's becoming important to understand what 4K is and all of its accompanying features to make sure you are enjoying your images to their fullest potential.

In this post we are going to explain a little bit about what 4K is, what HDMI cables are and which ones may be right for you. Let's begin:

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Topics: 4K Resolution, HDMI, 4K, HDMI Cable, HDMI Cables

Fiber Optic Connectors and Termination Videos

Posted by Samantha Bante on Sep 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Fiber Optic connectors are definitely distinctive compared to the traditional copper cable connectors. Instead of the metal-to-metal contact, fiber optic connectors need to align microscopic glass fibers in order for the communication data to carry efficiently. 

Each connector contains three key components: Ferrule, Connector Body and Coupling Mechanism.

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Topics: Fiber Optic Connector, Fiber Optic, Connector

Environmentally Friendly: Halogen-Free Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on Sep 12, 2017 3:30:00 PM

With so many companies taking the "green" initiative to improve the distribution of toxic chemicals being dispersed into the environment, organizations are finding new ways to improve consumer safety and environmental factors. Although the demand has risen in recent years, the awareness of cable alternatives is moving rapidly towards alternatives such as Low Smoke, Halogen-Free cables in communication and security applications.

What are Halogens? and why are they dangerous?

Pretty simple. Halogens are found in a variety of various components. For example: flame retardants, building insulations, polyurethane foam and cables. These compounds use chlorine or fluorine and are commonly found in jacketing materials including PVC and CSPE.

When these components are burned they emit toxic fumes into the environment and have the potential to create acid when combined with moisture to create problems for people and industrial environments who have exposure to these elements.

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, Halogen Free, Low smoke, Envionmentally Friendly

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