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NEMA Revises Standard Test Methods for Riser (U-type) Guards for Protecting Cables on Utility Poles

05/23/2017 1:00PMSign-up to receive press releases.

ROSSLYN, Va.Today, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published NEMA TC 19-2017 Nonmetallic Riser U-Type Guards. These products protect riser cables on utility poles. NEMA TC 19 specifies dimensions, sets forth properties, outlines performance requirements and test methods, and assists in selecting and obtaining the proper polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyethylene (PE) material.

“NEMA TC 19 establishes the critical properties for riser U-type guards and helps the installer select the proper product for their specific needs,” said Andrew Nause, IPEX Group, Chair of the Polymer Raceway and Accessories Section Technical Committee. “Updating our standard gives the user confidence that the requirements reflect today’s performance needs in the field.”

Revisions include important clarifications made to the low temperature impact test within the standard.

NEMA TC 19-2017 is available for $93 in hard copy or as an electronic download on the NEMA website.


The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents nearly 325 electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers that make safe, reliable, and efficient products and systems. Our combined industries account for 370,000 American jobs in more than 6,100 facilities covering every state. These industries produce $124 billion in shipments and $42 billion in exports of electrical equipment and medical imaging technologies per year.

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