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Frequently Asked Questions

In this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, you can expect to learn the answers to common questions about our quoting process, product specifications and how to find more information about Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive compliance.

These are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding our products and services at Consolidated Electrical Wire & Cable. If you don’t see the answer to your question, please contact our team for a more thorough analysis!

Pricing Questions

Are there price breaks for bulk purchasing?

Many of our products are available on bulk reels once they reach a minimum order quantity. We also offer discounted prices for bulk purchasing. Our cost-effective logistics and smart-enabled stocking prices allow us to offer popular bulk purchases at a lower rate.

What should one expect when receiving a quote from a custom wire and cable manufacturer?

Quotes for custom wire and cable products offer additional insight into the considerations and specifications of our products and how they will fit specific application needs. We will also recommend products that provide the best fit for your unique needs or requirements. These recommendations will be based on factors such as:

  • Application
  • Environment
  • Impedance
  • Required voltage and power ratings

Quotes may also include pricing information, delivery timelines, and other details that allow you to adjust your project expectations.

Are there seasonal pricing options?

Currently, Conwire does not have seasonal pricing options. However, different seasons do have different periods of demand that allow some orders to be fulfilled faster than others.

Product Specification Questions

Can I send a sample if I don't have the specifications for a cable I need?

It can be difficult to know which cables your facility has if the equipment is unmarked or worn. In the event you have a sample of the wire or cable configuration you need, contact our team about the possibility of shipping the product so we can identify it. You can also upload images or any known information about the equipment it provided power to in our Request for Quote form.

Can THHN wire handle 2,000V?

Thermoplastic High Heat Nylon (THHN) wire is a popular building wire. It can safely transport power through residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. We regularly carry THHN wiring with voltage capabilities up to 600V.

What are the inside bend radii of 38 BNC, 4405, 4462, wire from Unified?

The inside bend radius of a wire determines how much the cross-section can bend without kinking, tearing, or other forms of damage. Wires and cables with smaller radii can bend further without incurring potential damage, whereas thicker wires and cables have a smaller range of safe motion. Contact your cable’s original manufacturer to learn the specific bend radius or talk to our team to determine the recommended specifics for your existing equipment.

Why does a single wire have different voltage ratings from UL and MIL-SPEC?

MIL-SPEC and UL voltage rating systems use different schema to determine the safety ratings and voltage recommendations for different types of wiring. Many facilities may be able to create or recreate wires and cables according to the MIL-SPEC specifications, but may not be certified by UL to use a particular style of wire or wire labeling system. In those circumstances, manufacturers may label the cable to be “same as” a specific UL number.

Are wire voltage ratings AC, DC, or both?

Manufacturers create wires intended for use with either AC power sources or DC power sources. Manufacturers or installers will typically label the material’s voltage according to the intended power source for the wire.

Regulatory bodies also require wire color codes that allow operators and technicians to identify the voltage and power source of wiring easily. Depending on the country or application, the wires may have colors according to U.S. National Electrical Code (NEC) or International Electric Code (IEC) AC wiring color codes.

What is the ampacity of the various wires you carry?

Ampacity is the maximum current that conductors can continuously carry without exceeding maximum temperature recommendations. Ampacity is measured in amperes.

Browse our product catalog to find the specific wire or cable you need and its ampacity. Also, our customer service team can help answer any questions about the specific ampacity or other particulars of our products.

Are 4580-CL and 4582-CL cables sunlight resistant?

By themselves, wires do not typically have adequate protection from sunlight or other environmental dangers. That’s why it’s important to look for sunlight-resistant cable covers made from hardened polyethylene or materials with tin or silver coatings.

These broadcast cables have a polyvinyl chloride jacket for protection from exterior elements, foam polyethylene insulation, and 100% aluminum foil coverage. Contact our team to learn more about specific protective coatings and cable covers that best suit your exterior wiring.

Does 4026-0 contain phthalates?

Phthalates are softener compounds that make plastic and vinyl materials more pliable. Manufacturers commonly use phthalates in wire and cable insulation to increase their safe bend radius. Wires and cables with PVC insulation and jackets may have phthalates. However, these compounds bind with the material, so there is little risk of product migration or evaporation.

Do you have mechanical data for 28 BNC and 30 BNC? Tensile strength? Hard drawn?

Our 28 BNC and 30 BNC products are soft drawn and annealed and feature a tensile strength of 100-120 KSI.

If you’re looking for detailed characteristics or specifications for your next wiring project, please contact our team or browse our catalog to find the attributes of different wires. Our engineers and technicians are happy to help you find the answers to mechanical questions and recommend the right products for your next project.

What is the purity percentage of the copper in your wires?

Our company is ISO 9001 certified and uses an unrivaled Total Quality Management system to monitor our wiring products for quality. We have an established network of reliable suppliers to ensure that we source high-quality copper and other materials that meet your product’s specifications. All copper and other raw metals are also sourced according to ANSI and NEMA standards.

What is the breaking strength of MX06-63545A?

If you’re looking for particular characteristics or specifications for your next wiring project, please contact our team or browse our catalog to find the particular attributes of different wires. Our team of engineers and technicians is happy to help you find the answers to mechanical questions and recommend the right products for your next project.

What is the maximum pull tension for MX14-071445?

If you’re looking for particular characteristics or specifications for your next wiring project, please contact our team or browse our catalog to find the particular attributes of different wires. Our team of engineers and technicians is happy to help you find the answers to mechanical questions and recommend the right products for your next project.

Compliance Questions

Are products RoHS 3 compliant?

The RoHS restricts the use of hazardous materials. While this directive comes from the European Union, it impacts the production of wiring and electronics around the world.

All of our cable products comply with RoHS, UL, and CSA requirements to keep our users safe from hazardous materials. Contact us to learn the materials used in a specific wire or cable assembly.

 

Contact Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable With Specific Questions

Before choosing wiring for your next project, it’s important to know how to handle and safely install the material. Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable is here to provide the best wiring and best practices for electrical work in different residential, commercial, and industrial environments. Contact our team today to learn more about our products and services.