Manufacturing the highest quality product possible—as Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable has been doing for more than 95 years—takes a great deal of effort.
The purest raw materials must be sourced, the most skilled employees must be recruited and trained, and advanced manufacturing technologies must be adopted. There are also a host of different certifications to achieve, ratings to strive for, and standards to meet. Among the standards that Consolidated’s cables and wire meet are the NEMA standards.
The National Electric Manufacturers Association (NEMA) is an association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers. It was founded in 1926 in order to set technical standards for electrical and electronic manufacturers for the improvement of those industries and their products, and the safety of users.
NEMA regularly publishes a wide and varied range of standards that apply to various products used in or manufactured by electroindustry. The standards are published to help manufacturers meet several goals:
- Meet minimum requirements regarding design, production, and distribution of products
- Ensure proper functioning and safety of consumer goods
- Improve communication and understanding between manufacturers and customers
- Help consumers select the correct, and highest quality products
NEMA standards cover a number of different product categories, ranging from building systems to electronic components, and from insulating materials to wire and cable, the last of which applies directly to Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable.
There are four subsets of products in the wire and cable category of the NEMA standards: cover power and control cable, flexible cords, building wire and cable, and high performance wire and cable. Consolidated makes wire and cable that fits into all of these categories. There are currently 29 active NEMA, American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and joint ANSI/NEMA standards geared toward the wire and cable manufacturing industry.
These standards include the following articles:
- [No Document Number] – User Guide to Product Specifications for Electrical Building Wire and Cable
- ANSI C 12.21-2006 – American National Standard for Protocol Specification for Telephone Modem Communication
- ANSI/NEMA HP 5-2013 – Electrical and Electronic Crosslinked, Modified Polyethylene (XPLE) INsulated 125°C Hook-Up Wire, Types L (600 V), LL (1,000 V), and LX (3,000 V)
- ANSI/NEMA HP 6-2013 – Electrical and Electronic Silicone and Silicone-Based Insulated Hook-Up Wire Types S (600 V), ZHS (600 V) SS (1,000 V) ZHSS (1,000 V) and SSB Braided (1,000 V)
- ANSI/NEMA WC 27500-2015 – American National Standard Aerospace and Industrial Electrical Cable
- ANSI/NEMA WC 51-2009/ICEA P-54-440 – Ampacities of Cables Installed in Cable Trays
- ANSI/NEMA WC 53-2008/ICEA T-27-581 – Standard Test Methods for Extruded Dielectric Power, Control, Instrumentation and Portable Cables for Test
- ANSI/NEMA WC 54/ICEA T-26-4652013 – Guide for Frequency of Stamping Extruded Dielectric Power, Control, Instrumentation and Portable Cables for Test
- ANSI/NEMA WC 57-2014/ICEA S-73-532-2014 – Standard for Control, Thermocouple Extension, and Instrumentation Cables
- ANSI/NEMA WC 61-2005 – Transfer Impedance Testing
- ANSI/NEMA WC 63.2-1996 (R2003) – Performance Standard for Coaxial Premise Data Communications Cables
- ANSI/NEMA WC 66/ICEA S-116-732-2013 – Standard for Category 6 and 6A, 100 Ohm, Individually Unshielded Twisted Pairs, Indoor Cables (With or Without An Overall Shield) For Use in LAN Communication Writing Systems
- ANSI/NEMA WC 67-2012 – Standard for Uninsulated Conductors Used in Electrical and Electronic Applications
- ANSI/NEMA WC 71-1999/ICEA S-96-659-1999 – Standard For Non-Shielded Cables Rated 2,001-5,000 V for Use in the Distribution of Electric Energy
- ANSI/NEMA WC 74/ICEA S-93-639-2012 – 5-46 kV Shielded Power Cable for Use in the Transmission and Distribution of Electric Energy
- NEMA CPSP 1-2015 – Supply Chain Best Practices
- NEMA F12-1992 (R1999, R2004) – Untreated Mica Paper Used for Electrical Insulation
- NEMA HP 100-1991 (R1999, R2005, R2010) Series (HP 100-100.4) – High-Temperature Instrumentation and Control Cables
- NEMA RV 1-2014 – Application and Installation Guidelines for Armored Cable and Metal-Clad Cable
- NEMA RV 2-2011 – Application and Installation Guidelines for Nonmetallic-Sheathed (NM-B) Cable and Underground Feeder and Branch Circuit (UF-B) Cable
- NEMA RV 3-2014 – Application and Installation Guidelines for Flexible and Liquidtight Flexible Metal and Nonmetallic Conduits
- NEMA RV 4-2012 – Application Guidelines for Service-Entrance Cable
- NEMA WC 26/EEMAC 201-2008 – Binational Wire and Cable Packaging Standard
- NEMA WC 52-2005 – High-Temperature and Electronic Insulated Wire, Impulse Dielectric Testing
- NEMA WC 62-1992 (R1999, R2004) – Repeated Spark/Impulse Dielectric Testing
- NEMA WC 63.1-2005 – Performance Standard for Twisted Pair Premise Voice and Data Communications Cables
- NEMA WC 65-1995 (R2003) – A Reasoned Approach to Solving Solderability Problems with Tin-Coated and Nickel-Coated Stranded Conductors in High-Performance Wire and Cable Applications
- NEMA WC 72-1999 (R2004) – continually of Coating Testing for Electrical Conductors
- NEMA WC 73-2000 (R2005, R2012) Wire Selection Guidelines for Wires Rated at 200° to 450°C
Our Commitment to NEMA Standards
Though wire and cable are not required to meet standards, as standards are more similar to “best practice” guidelines than they are to requirements—Consolidated does everything we can to ensure that our products meet all applicable NEMA standards. It makes our products better, which makes your products better.
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