PVC / Polyvinyl Chloride

Galaxy is a leading supplier of custom and stock Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) wires or cables.

Polyvinyl Chloride, PVC Insulated/Jacketed Wire & Cable

Galaxy is a leading supplier of custom and stock Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) wires or cables. Galaxy can supply PVC wires and cables, both stock and custom, in various AWG sizes, voltage ratings, compounds, shielding constructions, and conductor counts.

What is Polyvinyl Chloride / PVC?

Polyvinyl Chloride, also referred to as PVC or vinyl, is a thermoplastic material. PVC is very versatile and is a widely known and used compound, likely the most commonly used wire/cable material.  PVC has a good combination of characteristics that explain why it is so commonly used for wire insulation and  cable jacketing.  PVC is durable, UV resistant and exhibits good resistance to chemicals and water.

Features of Polyvinyl Chloride / PVC Wire or Cable

There are many reasons to use PVC insulation or jacketing for wires and cables. These include:

  • PVC is often the least expensive jacket and insulation material that has good performance, so PVC is a good choice when cost is a big consideration, particularly for larger quantities.
  • PVC is also the most readily available wire/cable material. There is a strong supply of stock/off-the-shelf PVC wire/cable, including many Alpha wire equivalents and Belden equivalent cables
  • PVC is available in different temperature ratings, including up to 80°C, up to 90°C, and up to 105°C
  • PVC is easy to print on and stripe.
  • PVC is available in many different colors for both jackets and insultion.
  • PVC can also be used for many custom wire and cable applications.
  • PVC is used for hook-up wire in many UL styles; the most common are UL1007, UL1015, UL1060, and UL1061.
  • PVC is used for hook-up wire in many MIL-SPEC styles; the most common are M16878/1, M16878/2, and M16878/3.
  • PVC is used for multi-conductor cable in many UL styles; the most common are UL2464 and UL2586.

Common Applications and Industries for PVC Wire or Cable

Technical Specifications

PVC can be used as either an insulation or jacket material. Galaxy’s Sales Engineers can assist customers with the selection of jacket and insulation materials, and will recommend PVC when it is well suited for the application. The table below provides general guidelines for PVC in various environments.

Nominal Temperature RatingsFire ResistanceChemical ResistanceUV ResistanceDurabilityFlexibility
-20°C to 105°CGoodGoodExcellentGoodGood

Contact Galaxy Wire & Cable for PVC Insulated or Jacketed Wire/Cable

Contact Galaxy for further assistance with polyvinyl chloride insulated or jacketed wire or cable.