Allied Wire and Cable recently purchased all inventory and machinery from California-based distributor Alan Wire, in an deal that Allied says will expand its “hard-to-find mil-spec and aerospace cable stock,” as well as its value-added capabilities. The purchase was finalized on February 14.
“Alan Wire, based in Irwindale, California, recently closed its doors after 27 years serving the military and aerospace markets,” Allied explained when announcing the purchase. “Known by many as the go-to source for rare mil-spec cable constructions, Alan Wire was a perfect match for Allied and its ongoing efforts to expand its mil-spec inventory and meet customer demand for these parts.”
Allied mentioned specifically its M27500, M22759 and MEMA Type E wire products as components whose inventory has been increased by the Alan purchase. “Allied has also expanded its in-house value-added service capabilities with the addition of two laser printers from Alan Wire,” Allied added. “Laser printing offers a permanent printing solution that won’t wear in tough environments, such as those encountered in many military and aerospace applications. Laser printing is an alternative to hot stamping, which is also used to permanently mark mil-spec cables, but that impacts the surface of the cable, potentially degrading its dielectric properties. With laser printing, radiation is absorbed into the material causing a reaction between pigments and producing a high-contrast, permanent marking without affecting the physical integrity or performance of the cable.”
Additionally, Allied acquired a twister, tape wrapper, braider, striper and extruder in the purchase.