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    The METAL CLAD CABLE (ALUMINUM ARMOR) is composed of solid-stranded or 19-stranded multiple bunched thermoplastic high-heat, nylon coated copper wires (also available with nylon water-resistant coating for outdoor use) and a green color-coded insulated copper conductor ground wire, all encased in a sturdy Al(aluminum) intermeshed jacket device.

    Available in gauge sizes of 2,4,6,8,10, 12 and 14 AWG, and well-suited to configure 2, 3, or 4 conductors, the Metal Clad Cable can be customized and configured to a variety of specialized hidden and exposed overground indoor and outdoor applications, including plaster embedding, lighting and power distribution to industrial, residential and commercial buildings, as well as management of traffic signalling units. Additionally, this Metal Clad cable type can be used in installations to vertical cable trays and raceway control circuits. The Metal Clad Cable boasts a voltage rating of 600 V and a temperature range of 60, 75 and 90 degrees Celsius of ampacity.  The lightweight industrial aluminum alloy insulated jacket of this cable type also works to a strong capacity as a reliable conduit agent.

    For direct underground indoor or outdoor uses and installations, additional weatherproofing with a PVC jacket shielding the copper wires remains professionally and strongly recommended, and is available upon customization request.

    Product Highlights:

    • The Metal Clad Cable(Aluminum Armor) ranges between 2-14 AWG and holds well to meet configurations of 2, 3 or 4 conductors.
    • Available in 60, 75 or 90 degree Celsius ampacities, the Metal Clad Cable(Aluminum Armor) has a wide range of electrical current carrying capacities easily adaptable to meet the standards of numerous project applications.
    • Solid and 19 stranding is available for optimal choice and versatility
    • The aluminum armor makes this particular configuration ~45-50% lighter than comparable stainless-steel-jacketed Metal Clad cables
    • In addition being lightweight, the Metal Clad Aluminum Armor configuration is a preferred and cost-effective client choice over existing or prospective pipe and wire installations

    Technical Standards

    UL 44 Thermoset-Insulated Wires and Cables: requirements for single-conductor and multiple-conductor thermoset-insulated wires and cables rated 600 V, 1000 V, 2000 V, and 5000 V. Only soft-annealed copper, copper-clad aluminum, or an aluminum alloy shall be used for the conductor or conductors in a wire or cable, with 7 to 19 strands.

    UL 83  Thermoplastic-Insulated Wires and Cables: requirements for 600V, single conductor thermoplastic-insulated wire and cables

    UL 1479  Standard for Fire Tests of Penetration Firestops: requirements for penetration firestops of various materials and construction that are intended for use in openings in fire resistive wall, floor or floor-ceiling assemblies, and membrane type penetration firestops of various materials and construction that are intended for use in openings in fire resistive wall assemblies.

    UL 1569  Standard for Metal-Clad Cables: round or flat metal-clad cables that contain 18 AWG - 2000 kcmil insulated circuit conductors with or without one or more optical-fiber members, all enclosed in armor consisting of interlocked metal strip or a smooth or corrugated metal tube.

    UL 1581 VW-1 Reference Standard for Electrical Wires, Cables, and Flexible Cords/Vertical Wire Test

    CSA FT4   Vertical Flame Test :a vertical-tray fire test for determining values of cable damage height and smoke release from electrical and optical-fiber cables when the cables are subjected to a flaming ignition source.

    UL 1685  Standard for Vertical-Tray Fire-Propagation and Smoke-Release Test for Electrical and Optical-Fiber Cable: a vertical-tray fire test for determining values of cable damage height and smoke release from electrical and optical-fiber cables when the cables are subjected to a flaming ignition source.

    Federal Specifications Standards and Test Methods  A-A-59544     Cable and Wire, Electrical (Power, Fixed Installation)

    IEEE 1202-2006/Cor 1-2012 Standard for Flame-Propagation Testing of Wire and Cable - Corrigendum 1

    Size
    (AWG or KCMIL)
    Ground Wire Size (AWG) Ground Wire No. Strands Size AWG Stranding Diameter Steel Core (Inches) Weight Per 1000ft Total (Lbs.) Allowable Ampacity
    60C (Amps) 75C (Amps) 90C (Amps)
    MC 12 Gauge 12 Solid 12/3 Solid .505 129 20 20 20
    MC 14 Gauge 12 Solid 14/2 Solid .439 77 15 15 15
    MC 14 Gauge 14 Solid 14/3 Solid .464 94 15 15 15
    MC 14 Gauge 14 Solid 14/4 Solid .494 112 15 15 15
    MC 12 Gauge 14 Solid 12/2 Solid .475 104 20 20 20
    MC 12 Gauge 12 Solid 12/2 19 .494 110 20 20 20
    MC 12 Gauge 12 19 12/4 19 .564 164 20 20 20
    MC 12 Gauge 12 19 12/4 Solid .539 155 20 20 20
    MC 10 Gauge 12 Solid 10/2 19 .566 158 30 30 30
    MC 10 Gauge 10 19 10/2 Solid .542 150 30 30 30
    MC 10 Gauge 10 Solid 10/3 Solid .580 189 30 30 30
    MC 10 Gauge 10 Solid 10/3 19 .607 200 30 30 30
    MC 10 Gauge 10 19 10/4 19 .653 243 30 30 30
    MC 10 Gauge 10 19 10/4 Solid .623 229 30 30 30
    MC 8 Gauge 10 Solid 8/2 19 .678 235 40 50 55
    MC 8 Gauge 10 19 8/3 19 .732 307 40 50 55
    MC 8 Gauge 10 19 8/4 19 .793 378 40 50 55
    MC 6 Gauge 10 19 6/2 19 .716 333 55 65 75
    MC 6 Gauge 8 19 6/3 19 .819 441 55 65 75
    MC 6 Gauge 8 19 6/4 19 .890 545 55 65 75
    MC 4 Gauge 8 19 4/3 19 .986 635 70 85 95
    MC 4 Gauge 8 19 4/4 19 1.077 800 70 85 95
    MC 3 Gauge 6 19 3/3 19 1.053 786 85 100 110
    MC 3 Gauge 6 19 3/4 19 1.152 988 85 100 110
    MC 2 Gauge 6 19 2/3 19 1.13 934 95 115 130
    MC 2 Gauge 6 19 2/4 19 1.239 1183 95 115 130

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