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Electrical Connector

The Electrical Connector Section, part of the Utility Products Division, is heavily involved with domestic, regional and international technical activities, including ANSI C119, IEC TAG SC 23F, IEC TC99, and CANENA standards harmonization efforts. Manufacturers affiliated with this section address the technical and market issues of today as well as considering future technologies and demands to be made on this particular industry.

The product links to the left provide information for specific products.


The mission of the Electrical Connector Section is to develop connector standards and advocate technical and industry positions that are in the best interests of the industry, member companies, and the users of their products throughout North America and the world. The section accomplishes its mission through active, effective and organized marketing and technical programs, and related activities.

Section activities focus on these products:

  • Electric Power Connectors
  • Pressure Connectors
  • Overhead Lines Connectors
  • Underground Distribution Type Cable Connectors and Accessories
  • Ground Rods and Accessories

For more information on these products and to see samples products pictures, click here.

Click here to see detailed product scope information on types of products included in section activities.

Technical Activities

Standards play a vital part in the design, production, and distribution of products destined for both national and international com­merce. Sound technical standards benefit the user, as well as the manufacturer, by improving safety, bringing about economies in product, eliminating misunderstandings between manufacturer and purchaser, and assisting the pur­chaser in selecting and obtaining the proper product for his particular need.

NEMA devotes much of its time, effort, and resources to voluntary standardization activities. NEMA standards are offered and recommended to become American National Standards under the procedures of the American National Standards Institute, using either the committee or canvass method. The decision to seek ANSI approval for a standard rests with the particular subdivision or subdivisions concerned. NEMA standards are also often submitted for consideration as IEC standards components or references. It is the intent of the association to continue its support of these, and many more, activities as the best method to continue providing sound and safe electrical products for the use of all.

Key technical activities include working on:

  • ANSI C119.1, American National Standard for Sealed Insulated Underground Connector Systems Rated 600 Volts
  • ANSI C119.4, American National Standard for Use Between Aluminum-to-Aluminum or Aluminum-to-Copper Conductors
  • ANSI C119.5, Standard for Insulation Piercing and Insulation Displacement Connector Systems rated 600 Volts or Less
  • ANSI C119.6, Standard for Non-Sealed, Multiport Connector Systems Rated 600 Volts or Less For Aluminun and Copper Conductors
  • ANSI C119.7, Standard for Connectors for Use Between Aluminum-to Aluminum Conductors Operating at Temperatures Above 93C
  • NEMA CC 1, Electric Power Connection for Substations
  • NEMA GR 1, Grounding Rod Electrodes and Grounding Rode Electrode Couplings
  • CANENA Harmonization Projects
    • Trinational Wire Connector Standard
    • Trinational Splicing Wire Connector Standard
    • Trinational Sealed Wire Connector Systems Standard
    • Trinational Grounding and Bonding Equipment Standard
    • Trinational Luminaire Disconnect Standard
  • IEC TC20 delegates
  • Technical Committees
    • Technical Committee, Electrical Connector Section (8CC)
    • Primary Connector Committee
    • Accredited Standards Committee, C119
    • CANENA Technical Harmonization Committee 99
    • IEC SC23F TAG
    • IEC TC20 Technical Expert
    • Liaison with IEEE Insulated Cable Committee
    • Liaison with IEEE Tower, Pole and Conductor Working Group
  • Active Forums on the NEMA Website
    • 8CC Electrical Connector
    • ANSI C119
    • CANENA Connector THC

Government Affairs

Through NEMA, the section develops industry positions on legislative and regulatory initiatives that may affect member products, markets, and customers. NEMA's work has resulted in contributions to public policy development and in promoting competitiveness, technological progress, and public safety. On the Government Affairs homepage members can search for and e-mail federal representatives to convey opinions regarding energy policy or other issues related to the electroindustry.

NEMA Government Affairs provides specific services to its members and information in the areas of Environmental Stewardship; Energy; and International Trade & Commerce.

Market Economics

Through NEMA, member companies are able to develop and implement tailored, industry-specific market and statistical programs that benefit participating companies. Reports may include:

  • Product orders and sales
  • Market forecasting
  • Shipments by trading areas
  • Channels of distribution
  • Financial and operating ratios
  • Wages and benefits
  • Foreign trade

The association also conducts economic analyses on the impact of legislation and regulations on member products, and monitors and reports on key industry market indicators. All programs comply with NEMA statistical confidentiality policies. For more information, please see Business & Economy.

Among the many NEMA statistical reports available to members, the Electrical Connector Section participates in the following reports:

  • Quarterly Connectors for Residential and Medium Density Underground Application Report S-569
  • Quarterly Electrical Power Connectors Report S-571
  • Quarterly Overhead Lines Connectors Report S-587


Membership in NEMA is open to any firm actively engaged in the manufacture in North America of a product within the NEMA scope and for sale in the open market. Membership of foreign firms is subject to product section policies and NEMA Board of Governors approval.

NEMA operates on a fee-for-service basis. Each product section establishes its projects and activities and approves an annual operating budget.

For more information on joining NEMA or this section, please see the members and membership center.


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