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Wire and Cable


The NEMA Wire and Cable Section is comprised of 4 separate Dues Centers:

  • Building Wire and Cable Group and Dues Center (WC-1)
  • Power and Control Cable Group and Dues Center (WC-2)
  • Flexible Cords Cable Group and Dues Center (WC-4)
  • High Performance Wire and Cable Dues Center

The Product Scope for each Dues Center is listed below.

1. Building Wire and Cable Group and Dues Center (WC1)

The following products shall be within the jurisdiction of this Group:

1.1 All types of building wires and cables as identified in the National Electrical Code (NEC), Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standards, Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards, Mexican Electrical Code (MEC), and Asociacion Nacional de Normalizacion y Certificacion del Sector Electrico (ANCE) standards.

1.1.1 UL, CSA and ANCE categories of building wire as follows:

UL/CSA/ANCE Standard, Category UL 4/CSA C22.2.2 No. 51, Armored Cables UL 44/CSA C22.2 No. 38/NMXJ-451, Thermoset-Insulated Wires and Cables, UL 83/CSA C22.2 No. 75/NMXJ-010, Thermoplastic Insulated Wires and Cables UL 493, Thermoplastic Insulated Underground Feeder and Branch Circuit Cables UL 719/CSA C22.2 No. 48, Nonmetallic Sheathed Cables UL 854/CSA C22.2 No. 52, Service Entrance Cables including single, paralleled, or cabled conductors, with XLP insulation, with or without an overall covering, which are NRTL Listed as Type SE, Type USE or USE-2 combined with another NRTL Type on the same wire or cable. Excluded are similar constructions with rubber insulation which are reported in the scope of the Power and Control Cable Section. UL 1063/CSA C22.2 No. 127, Machine Tool Wires and Cables / Equipment Wires UL 1569, Metal Clad Cables - 600V Type MC cables containing 4 conductors or less, in sizes 14 - 10 AWG, sold in standard packages and utilized as a building wire.

1.1.2 Product construction and wire and cable types within the categories identified in 1.1.1 are described in the NEC CEC, MEC and the NEMA Guide for Classification of all Types of Insulated Wire and Cable, and in the standards referenced herein.

1.1.3 Specifically excluded are wire and cable products used primarily in utility stations or industrial power wiring systems.

1.2 All types of flexible metal conduit as identified in Article 348 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) and in compliance with UL 1/CSA C22.2 No. 56. All types of liquidtight flexible metal conduit as identified in Article 350 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) and in compliance with UL 360/CSA C22.2 No. 56.

2. Power and Control Cable Group and Dues Center (WC2)

2.1 All types of solid dielectric insulated wires and cables including thermosetting (XLPE and rubber) and thermoplastic, single and multiconductor, jacketed, sheathed, or armored for power and control applications.

2.2 Specifically included are the following cables as may be defined in the NEC and the NEMA Classification of All Types of Insulated Wire and Cable Products.

2.2.1 0 to 2000 Volt Power and Control Cable

  • Airport Lighting Cable
  • Bus Drop Cable
  • Cables multiplexed or paralleled, with or without concentric neutrals
  • Cathodic Protection Cable
  • Control Cable
  • Fire Alarm Cable
  • Fire-Protective Signaling Cable, non-power limited
  • Type FCC Flat Conductor Cable
  • Gas Tube Sign and Ignition Cable
  • Type ITC Instrumentation Tray Cable
  • Irrigation Cable
  • Locomotive Cable
  • Type MC Metal Clad Cable
  • Network Cable
  • Oil Well Cable
  • Pole and Bracket Cable
  • Power Cable
  • Secondary Underground Distribution Cable
  • Series Lighting Cable
  • Service Drop and Secondary Cable

Service Entrance Cable including single, paralleled, or cabled conductors, with rubber insulation, with or without an overall covering, which are NRTL Listed as Type USE or USE-2 combined with another NRTL Type on the same wire or cable. Excluded are similar constructions with XLP insulation which are reported in the scope of the Building Wire and Cable Section.

Spacer Cable & Primary Aerial Cable
Submarine Cable
Type TC Power & Control Tray Cable
Traffic Control & Signal Cable
Water Well Pump Cable, Armored and Unarmored

2.2.2 2001 to 15kV

Airport Lighting Cable
Oil Well Cable
Type MV Power Cable
Type MV/MC Metal Clad Cable
Pole and Bracket Cable
Power Cable
Primary Underground Distribution Cable
Street Lighting Cable
Submarine Power Cable

2.2.3 15.1kV and Over

Type MV Power Cable
Type MV/MC Metal Clad Cable
Power Cable
Primary Underground Distribution Cables
Submarine Power Cable
Transmission Cable

2.2.4 Welding Cable (All Types)

2.2.5 Paper Power Cable

Paper insulated cable of the types used for the transmission and distribution of electrical energy, except dry paper apparatus leads, and excluding pipe, oil, accessories and supervision.

2.2.6 Thermoset, and other types of low energy circuit control cable, except cable insulation with asbestos.

2.3 Specifically excluded are:

2.3.1 Wires and Cables suitable for applications of 135C and over reported in the scope of the High Performance Wire and Cable Section.

2.3.2 Rubber sheathed portable cords and cables reported in the scopes of the Portable Power Cable Group and Dues Center and the Flexible Cords Section.

2.3.3 Such types of shipboard cable as IEEE-45 and MIL-C-915.

2.3.4 Types of cable reported in the scope of the Building Wire and Cable Section.

2.3.5 600V Type MC cable in sizes 10 AWG or smaller, 4 conductors or less, sold in standard packages and utilized as a building wire, shall be within the scope of the Building Wire and Cable Section.

3. Flexible Cords Group and Dues Center (WC4)

4.1 Fixture Wires, Appliance Wires and Flexible Cords - All fixture wires, appliance wires and flexible cords as so classified by the National Electrical Code, by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL 62 and UL 817), or by Canadian Standards Association excluding those types specifically covered in the Building Wire and Cable/Power and Control Cable Section, High Performance Wire and Cable Section, and Wiring Device Section. It includes but is not limited to the following: (27 rows 2 columns)

C HPD E SPT-3
CL751 HPN EO SRD
CL752 HSJ ETP SRDE
CL901 HSJO ETT SRDT
CL902 HSJOO FFH-2 ST
CL903 PD GTFC SP-1
CL904 POT-64 GTFPD SP-2
CL906 POT Tinsel GTFPO SP-3
CL907 PXT STO TEWN
CL908 PXWT STOO TF
CL909 RFH-2 STW TFF
CL1051 S SV TFFN
CL1052 SE SVE TFN
CL5053 SEO SVEO TPT
CL1054 SEOO SVEOO TS
CL1055 SJ SVO TST
CL1151 SJE SVOO TVC
CL1152 SJEO SVT TX
CL1251 SJEOO SVTO TXF
CL1252 SJO SVTOO TXFW
CL1253 SJOO SJTO XTW
CL1254 SJT SJTOO XF
CL1255 SPE-1 SJOW
CXTW SPE-2 SJTW
CXWT SPE-3 SO
DR SPT-1 SOO
DRT SPT-2 SOW

4.1.1 Variation in the above cordage types designate special characteristics such as oil resistant, outdoor (W types), and additional items of a specific construction nature are also covered.

4.1.2 Excluded are the following types having ratings above 135C, which are covered in the scope of High Performance Wire and Cable Section:

  • CL-1501 PTF
  • CL-1502 PTFF
  • CL-2001 SF-1
  • PF SF-2
  • PFF SFF-1
  • PGF SFF-2
  • PGFF XFF

4.2. Power Supply Cord and Cord Sets Cord sets, power-supply cords, seasonal-use cord sets and marine shore power cable sets as covered in standard UL 817, consisting of flexible cable and applicable wire of the types included in Fixture and Appliance Wire Voting Classification and Dues Center, cut to length, with any trimming operation thereon, and with or without a molded-on fitting or an attached wiring device.

4.3. Industrial Portable Power Cable Portable power cables and electric vehicle cables including the following types: Portable power cable type PPE, Flexible stage and lighting power cable types SC, SCE, SCT Electric vehicle charging cable types EV, EVE, EVT.

4.4. Plug Blades Blades, pins, and female contacts for 125 and 250-volt power cords including pre-assembled male and female inserts for automated and semi-automated production.

Section Officers and Current Members:

NEMA Staff for membership information or any questions please contact John Marcario at joh_marcario@nema.org or 1-703-841-3266.

Building Wire and Cable Dues Center (WC1)

  • AFC Cable Systems
  • Alan Wire Company
  • Alcan Cable
  • Amercable
  • Anamet Electrical, Inc.*
  • Atkore AFC Cable Systems
  • Cerro Wire Inc.
  • Conductores Monterrey S.A.de C.V. (Mexico headquarters)
  • Electri-Flex Company *
  • Encore Wire Corporation
  • General Cable
  • International Metal Hose Company *
  • Southwire Company
  • Nexans North America
  • Prysmian Cables & Systems
  • Service Wire Company
  • The Okonite Company
  • United Copper Industries

* Flexible Metal Conduit only

Power and Control Cable Dues Center (WC2)

Culloden, West Virginia

  • Atkore AFC Cable Systems
  • Amercable
  • Conductores Monterrey S.A.de C.V. (Mexico headquarters)
  • General Cable
  • Marmon Innovation & Technology Group
  • Nexans North America
  • Prysmian Cables & Systems
  • RSCC Wire & Cable Group
  • Rubadue Wire Co,. Inc.
  • Service Wire Company
  • Southwire Company
  • The Okonite Company

The next meeting of the Power and Control Cable Group will be held via teleconference on July 22, 2011 beginning at 10:30 AM EDT.

Flexible Cords Dues Center (WC4)

Gary Yetman
Waukegan, Illinois
Coleman Cable Inc.

  • Atkore AFC Cable Systems
  • Coleman Cable Inc.
  • Electri-Cord Manufacturing Company
  • General Cable
  • Hubbell Incorporated
  • Interpower Corporation
  • Southwire Company
  • Technology Research Corporation

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Wire and Cable Committee Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) website.

Provides detailed information on all Wire and Cable Section EHS activities.

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