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Nicki Setterfield works at the centre of Aerco's operation supporting customer's requirements for cable, wire and accessories.
With access to products from world-class suppliers such as Alpha Wire, Habia Cable, Belden, Thermax CDT, Helukabel, TE Connectivity, Carlisle and Hellermann Tyton they can advise you on the best products to meet your requirements whether environmental such as LSZH and specifications such as Mil Spec, Def Stan, UL/CSA or any other standards.
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In June 2015 Aerco, the Horsham based electrical component distributor, acquired 100% of Electro Cables, the specialist distributor of wire and cable interconnection products. The purchase was due to the planned retirement of the previous owners of the business. Read more.....



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RoHS Examined
admin 23/12/2016 13:21:31 NewsCable News

RoHS Compliant SymbolThe Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive 2002/95/EC, (RoHS), short for Directive on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment, was adopted in February 2003 by the European Union. 

China RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances), officially known as Administrative Measure on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products is a Chinese Government regulation to control the same materials as RoHS 2. Unlike EU RoHS 2 Directive, however, this does not allow any technology exemptions. This article will be concerned with EU RoHS.

This RoHS 1 directive took effect on 1 July 2006, and was required to be enforced and become law in each member state. This directive restricts (with exceptions) the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment. It is closely linked with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) 2002/96/EC which sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods and is part of a legislative initiative to solve the problem of huge amounts of toxic electronic waste.

The RoHS 2 directive (2011/65/EU) was an evolution of the original directive and became law on 21 July 2011 and took effect 2 January 2013. It addresses the same substances as the original directive while improving regulatory conditions and legal clarity. The CE logo indicated compliance and RoHS 2 declaration of conformity was now detailed.

The RoHS 3 directive (2015/863) adds four additional substances. Slated for adoption and publishing by EU governments internally by the end of 2016, the additional four substances shall be applied by 22 July 2019 except where exemptions permit.
The restricted substances are;

1.    Lead (Pb)
2.    Mercury (Hg)
3.    Cadmium (Cd)
4.    Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+)
5.    Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
6.    Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)
7.    Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) RoHS 3 directive (2015/863)
8.    Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) RoHS 3 directive (2015/863)
9.    Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) RoHS 3 directive (2015/863)
10.  Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) RoHS 3 directive (2015/863)

All well and good. But in everyday speak, we always talk of RoHS compliance, and rarely consider which Directive to which it complies. At my previous company, if we were asked if a product, stocked upon our shelves was RoHS compliant, the answer was “Yes, at the time of manufacture” When requesting RoHS compliance, because the directive is rarely, if ever, stated, we must always consider, and be aware of, the date of manufacture of the product before we implement its use. This is not usually a problem at Aerco Ltd, as we are proud to offer Full Traceability on the majority of the items that we hold in stock, and can inform you if the product we offer does not. So ask when you request a quote. 

Also, new substance restrictions being considered for introduction in the next few years include phthalates, Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs), Chlorinated Flame Retardants (CFRs), and PVC. Yes, PVC. This means that all PVC insulated wires will no longer be RoHS compliant. However, Alpha Wire’s EcoGen™ Wire and Cable products are free of all of these, so, if you are involved in designing new products, call us at Aerco Ltd and we shall insure that your products are future proof. 

To learn more cable and wire services and products at Aerco, please message us  or call us on 01403 260206.

Defense de Fumer
admin 04/01/2017 14:13:55 NewsCable News

ecogen from AlphaWire logo in various green letteringOn the 4th May 1982, HMS Sheffield, a Type 42 Guided Missile Destroyer being deployed in The Falklands Conflict, was attacked by two Argentinian Super Etendard aircraft armed with Exocet Anti-Ship Missiles. The missiles scored a direct hit, but whether or not they exploded is open to conjecture and debate. However, what is beyond debate is that damage caused by the missile impact severed the high-pressure fire main on board, and the resultant fire, caused by burning rocket propellant, ignited diesel oil from the ready-use tanks in the engine room, and other inflammable materials used in the ship's construction. Twenty crew lost their lives, and the fires continued to burn unchecked for a number of days after the ship was abandoned. The ship finally floundered on the 10th May.

On the 18th November 1987, a lit match dropped on an escalator at Kings Cross Tube Station resulted in a fire. Thirty-one people, including London Fire Brigade officers, died and 100 people were taken to hospital, 19 with serious injuries.

Although there were other major contributing factors in both cases, the use of PVC insulated cable is both situations did not help, and probably made bad things worse.

When PVC burns, contained within the smoke is Hydrogen Chloride gas. When this condenses with water vapour, or onto a wet surface, Hydrochloric Acid is formed. On the Sheffield, this acid burnt through the printed circuits on the Fire Fighting equipment, allowing the fire to get out of control, and at Kings Cross, people in poorly ventilated areas, trying to escape, choking and suffocating in the dense acrid smoke, were unable to safely evacuate.

We learn by our mistakes, and new materials were sought that could replace PVC, but without the harmful effects of acidic smoke. Hence the introduction of Zero Halogen cable, which is produced without using any of the Halogen group of elements, Florine, Bromine, Iodine and Astatine, as well as the Chlorine found in PVC. Materials within the Polyethylene family have always been favourite, as well as Silicone, but recently a new weapon has been added to the arsenal.

Alpha Wire Inc, for whom Aerco Ltd are Premier Distributors in the UK, have recently introduced the EcoGen range of cables. EcoGen products contain no halogens, phthalates, or heavy metals. The mPPE thermoplastic insulation and jacketing can also be easily recycled. They meet RoHS and WEEE requirements for the elimination of hazardous substances and recyclability.

If you have a need or desire to move away from using PVC insulation, contact us at Aerco Ltd, and we shall be happy to guide you to the right product for your requirements.

To learn more cable and wire services and products at Aerco, please message us  or call us on 01403 260206.

Breaking Old Habits
admin 04/01/2017 14:15:41 Cable NewsNewsAlphaWire News

Close up of cable split into 4 various coloured wiresWe all do it. We stick with the familiar, the ol’ faithful, the trusted recipe and the lucky pants. It’s worked before, so we know that it will work again. But if that’s the case, why isn’t everything made of wood, bone, leather and stone?

Because every now and again, something new comes along, a new material, a better way, one that will, in time, become the new standard, and that is what is happening today.

Alpha 3070 is a 24awg, 600V  and 105°C rated, UL1015 PVC insulated hook-up wire, and as standard as you can get. A 1000ft reel weighs 2.46kg, and it has an overall diameter of 2.23mm. This is what a colleague of mine called electric string, it was the base level in any design requiring 600V and 105°C

But, Alpha 6712 is also a 24awg, 600V and 105° rated cable, part of the EcoGen™ range. Approved to UL AWM 11028 it contains no halogens, phthalates, or heavy metals. The mPPE thermoplastic insulation is also easily recycled. It meets RoHS and WEEE requirements for the elimination of hazardous substances and recyclability. But, that’s not all. The overall diameter of this product 1.09mm a reduction of over 50%, and a 1000ft reel weighs 1.03kg, a reduction of 58%!

If it wasn’t for the other approvals that apply, this would bring it close to the requirements of cables used in avionics, and the savings in so called lifetime cost are not to be ignored either. With lighter, reduced diameter looms, the payload or the cost of transportation can be greatly reduced, decreasing the Carbon Footprint of your products.

So, if you are working in a design capacity, and you are about to go with the ol’ faithful, stop a moment, and contact us at Aerco Ltd, and we shall be pleased to help you break a habit of a lifetime

To learn more about the cable and wire services and products at Aerco, please message us  or call us on 01403 260206.