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Beginner's Guide: Audio Cables 101

Posted by Samantha Bante on May 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM

When it comes to audio cables recording the right types of sound depends on what cables are chosen during the installation process. In order to recognize the right cables to use, it's important to understand the makeup and design of audio cables. Let's begin...

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, Audio cables, speaker cables, line level audio

Different Types of Coax Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on Apr 23, 2018 9:00:00 AM

If you are familiar with low voltage cables in anyway, you have heard of coaxial cable before and the cable's impedance. Two of the most commonly used that we will discuss more in this article are 50 ohm and 75 ohm and the shielding that is most commonly seen within them.

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, bulk cable, coax cable, impendance, pre-terminated 50 ohm assemblies, 50 ohm assemblies, coaxial cables

Revamping Your Companies Data Center

Posted by Samantha Bante on Apr 3, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Increasing demands for updating data centers are emerging and it's likely it will continue to change rapidly as technology grows leaps and bounds each year.

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, Low smoke, Data center, IT, IT Systems, cooling

Different Types of Category Cable Shielding

Posted by Samantha Bante on Mar 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM

As technology advances each year, shielded category cables are becoming more commonly used for a variety of small to large scale projects. Although these are not always required, they are highly spec'd and suggested.

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, Category 7 Cable, Category Cable, Category 6A Cable, shielded cable, bulk cable

Let's Compare: Plenum and Non-Plenum Rated Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on Mar 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Every day new products are being introduced into the world of cabling. With newer infrastructures, better technology and business expansions happening on a larger scale, cable products are needed more than ever. One constant that seems to be always taken into consideration when purchasing cable for any major product is if a cable needs to be plenum or non-plenum. In this article, we will be viewing the difference between a plenum and non-plenum rated cable and how to determine which one you will need for an upcoming project. 

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, plenum cable, non plenum cable, PVC

Conventional Vs. Addressable Fire Alarm Systems

Posted by Samantha Bante on Feb 9, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Fire Alarm systems can generally be put into two main system designs:  Conventional (Analog) and Addressable (Digital). In order to understand what system may be right for your company's building or office, it is important to understand the differences between each system. So let's begin...

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, fire alarm cables, analog, addressable, fire alarm, conventional

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

Let's Compare: Category 6A Vs. Category 7 Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on Jul 18, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Last week our blog post discussed the release of Category 7 Cable. This week we are looking to discuss what factors need to be taken into consideration when choosing Category 7 Cable, and how it compares to the popular Category 6A Cables. 

Understanding what connections you are looking for can help determine which cables will provide your project with the right connection and bandwidth.

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, Category 7 Cable, Category 6A Cable

Category 7- Greater connection for great bandwidth

Posted by Samantha Bante on Jul 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

You requested. We've delivered. 

West Penn Wire has recently expanded our already extensive Category Cable breadth to now include Category 7 S/FTP Twisted Pair cables.

Category 7 cables help to meet the demand for the growing presence of IP access points and networking security applications exceeding speeds of 10 Gigabits networking (10G) bandwidths of up to 600 MHz.

 

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, Category 7 Cable, Category Cable, Cat7, New product

Aquaseal- the Industry's Original Water Resistant Cable

Posted by Samantha Bante on May 19, 2017 5:00:00 PM

With the communication industry consistently  growing, it is best to be prepared for any environmental factors. From direct sunlight factors to wet locations, a reliable connection cannot afford to be overlooked.

For those locations; the industry’s original water resistant, water blocking low-voltage cable- Aquaseal cable, has become the recognized name for indoor/outdoor applications.

What is considered a Wet Location?

Wet locations occur in areas where direct burial in the ground, in conduit that is located below grade or any time the cable is passing through the concrete slab. These are areas where water, humidity or liquid saturation is possible- regions that are regularly exposed to the elements.

So how does it work?

Aquaseal low-voltage cable consists of a 2-ply tape on the inner shielded pairs which is virtually impenetrable. As well as a .025 inch sunlight resistant and moisture resistant jacket. Aquaseal contains this material, so when the water penetrates the cable, the 2-ply tape expands to protect the cables and connections.

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Topics: In-Conduit, Aquaseal, Wet Location, Low Voltage Cables, Wet Location Cables

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