Two years ago, Alpha Wire began soliciting a worldwide market leading manufacturer and distributor of high tech medical devices that enable or enhance diagnostic and therapeutic medical procedures for computed tomography, magnetic resonance, and cardiovascular applications.
Eventually, the manufacturer placed an order for an obsolete Alpha part number. The Alpha District Manager was quickly notified of the situation and contacted one of our Product Engineers for help. This was not going to be an easy task because this specific Alpha part number was discontinued due to an industry change which required a more compliant compound that did not contain lead and/or other harmful chemicals. In order to gain RoHS status, our Product Engineer worked diligently with the manufacturer’s engineers to design the perfect cable for their application that also met compliance standards. Once this cable was created, Alpha submitted completed samples to the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) to ensure compliance.
The compound limitations that Alpha had to overcome caused an increase in the wall (jacket) thickness of the cable, which in turn increased the overall diameter. Nevertheless, Alpha’s engineering and sales teams worked overtime to figure out a way to fit the newly designed cable into the existing application.