High performance wires and cables, which are produced to domestic and international Standards and specifications, are used primarily with devices which produce, transmit, receive, detect, distribute, control, record, or modify electrical signals and power.
Products consist of insulated signal and communications wire and cable, including voice and data types used for internal premises wiring, and such products as airframe, appliance wiring material, automotive, cable TV, drop and trunk lines, coaxial cable, flat cable, high performance conductors, hookup wire, microphone cable, multiconductor electronic cable, motor lead wire, power-limited circuit cable, premise wiring, shipboard wire and cable, thermocouple wire, transit wire and cable, and uninsulated electrical conductors.
NEMA Members develop and maintain voluntary NEMA Standards that evolved from military specs or were developed at military request. They are now widely used in marine and aerospace industries for both commercial and military applications.
- Maintains 18 aerospace NEMA Standards, the majority of which are submitted for ANSI approval through the NEMA administered ASC C8 Committee; the committee provides technical input to several MIL STDs with a goal of transferring them to voluntary NEMA Standards
- Works with the Naval Sea Systems Command to update documents that eventually will be transferred to NEMA as voluntary Standards; maintains two shipboard NEMA Standards
- Coordinates with industry groups, including American National Standards Institute (ANSI), American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM), Building Industry Consulting Services Inc. (BICSI), Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards of the Nations of the Americas (CANENA),CSA Group, Defense Industry Supply Center, Naval Air Warfare Center (NAVAIR), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Society Aeronautical Engineers, Telecommunications Industry Association, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and National Recognized Testing Laboratories (e.g., Intertek)
- Develops and publishes ANSI Standards in the wire and cable space through an agreement with the Insulated Cable Engineers Association (ICEA)