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Polymer Raceway Products

The Polymer Raceway Products Section develops technical standards and guidelines for its products.

Scope (Excerpt)

Polymer raceway products. Polymer raceways, fittings and accessories systems intended for electrical and selected communication and signaling applications. For purposes of this scope, polymer raceway systems are enclosed channels designed expressly for holding wires, cables, or busbars as covered by the following categories:

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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. In 2015, NEMA TC 14 was updated to a new 2015 edition separating the standard into three separate publications for aboveground, belowground and extra-heavy wall RTRC. A new edition of NEMA TC 3 was published, as were new guidance documents NEMA PRP 1 for conduit-in-casing construction, NEMA PRP 2 for solvent-cementing joints for PVC Rigid Nonmetallic Conduit and fittings, and NEMA PRP 5 installation guidelines for surface nonmetallic raceway.

In 2016, the Section will publish a new NEMA TC 20 standard for "Low Hazard-High Temperature" RTRC and new NEMA TCB 4 guidelines for HDPE conduit, and amendment work on NEMA TCB 2 guidelines for underground nonmetallic duct is expected. The Section will also participate in amendment work within CANENA with the binational standards for polymer raceway systems having been transitioned to trinational status to include ANCE in Mexico.

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 Environment, Health & Safety; 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.


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.

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