Alpha Wire's EcoWire is an innovation in hook-up wire, combining increased performance with a minimized environmental impact. EcoWire derives its advantage from its unique insulation, a modified polyphenylene ether (mPPE) thermoplastic. It is inherently lighter, tougher, and more durable than PVC insulation. The result is UL AWM wire that is smaller than its PVC-based counterparts. The non-halogenated insulation contains no heavy metal pigments, allowing it to help manufacturers meet Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) requirements.
- Environmentally friendly
EcoWire contains no halogens, phthalates, or heavy metals. It meets RoHS and WEEE requirements for the elimination of hazardous substances and recyclability
Even with thinner walls, EcoWire's insulation offers 10 times better abrasion and pinch resistance to PVC-based wire. Although thinner, the insulation is tougher.
- 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%.
- 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.
- 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.
EcoWire's mPPE thermoplastic insulation is more easily recycled as it does not contain hazardous materials.