10 Jul 2019

Fixture Whip Wiring Methods for Class 2 LED Drivers – Frequently Asked Questions

Are LED Driver output circuits Class 1 or Class 2 systems? Lighting systems operating at 30‐volts or less shall be listed as a complete system per National Electric Code (NEC) section 411. Read more »

20 Mar 2019

Important Factors to Consider When Selecting Flexible Conduit Solutions for Rail Applications

Why are Rail standards important? The rail industry has very high standards on products used to power their infrastructure from under the carriages to in-car lighting and entertainment. Read more »

6 Sep 2018

NFPA 72 Updated to Include Type MC Cable Wiring Methods

The 2019 edition of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code NFPA 72 was recently approved. The approved code contains revisions to sections relating to use of metallic cable wiring methods. NFPA 72 Section 12.4. Read more »

27 Apr 2018

North Carolina State Construction Office Now Allows Type MC Cable

Decades ago, when Type MC Cable first became approved for use by the National Electric Code (NEC), some states and municipalities were hesitant to accept the new wiring method preferring to maintain using traditional methods. Read more »

19 Dec 2017

How Can Prefabrication Speed Up Electrical Installations?

Let’s focus for a bit on how prefabrication can speed up electrical installations. Contractors working on large scale, repetitive jobs such as hotels, condos, dorms, etc. often look for ways to speed up the electrical wiring installation. Read more »

26 Sep 2017

NOTICE: Cables Exposed to Flood Waters

Armored and metal-clad cables from AFC Cable Systems® are intended for dry location use and should be replaced when exposed to extensive moisture and contamination resulting from flood waters. Electrical cable can be extremely dangerous when exposed to water. Read more »

5 Sep 2017

Three Ways to Cut Type MC Cable

There are a few ways to cut and install Type MC Cable, but you should be aware that some are quicker and more efficient. Depending on the style of cable and insulation, different factors need to be taken into account to prevent damaging the conductors within. Read more »

26 Jul 2017

Can I Paint My MC Cable or Liquidtight Conduit?

Painting of AC/MC and Liquidtight cable is rooted in a history of necessity. For many years, electricians painted cables that power fire alarm systems red to differentiate them for easy identification. In the 1980’s, Fire Alarm Cable manufacturers began to pre-paint the cable red to save time on the job-site. Read more »

6 Jul 2017

What Conduit Should be Used in Extreme Temperatures?

Summer is finally starting to heat up here in the northeast. Now seems like a good time to review products that are designed for extreme temperature applications. Read more »

10 Apr 2017

What Cables Should be Used in Wet Locations?

Questions are often raised about when armored or metal-clad cable can be used in wet versus dry locations What are wet, dry and damp location? The definition of a dry location according to the National Electric Code (NEC) is: A location not normally subject to dampness or wetness. Read more »

21 Feb 2017

Challenges of Installing Cable Tray in Ceilings

Over the years, electrical contractors are finding it more difficult to install wire in ceilings. Spaces are becoming tighter, with more industries attempting to occupy the same ceiling space while configurations are already tight. Read more »

8 Feb 2017

Use of Flexible Conduits in Structural Joints – AFC in a NEMA Podcast

Flexible conduit for electrical wiring installation continues to gain market acceptance. We attribute this to the ease of installation compared to traditional methods because they require less physical labor to install. Many of these installations are standard commercial and industrial applications. Read more »

19 Jan 2017

What Cables Can Be Used in Patient Care Areas?

We often get asked what types of cables can be used in healthcare settings. It’s important to use the right cable in patient care areas because the National Electrical Code (NEC) has strict requirements to ensure the safety of patients. Read more »

15 Nov 2016

2 Ways to Speed-up Handling and Installing Wire and Cable on a Jobsite

Over the past few years an aging electrical contractor population and an overall labor shortage has uncovered the need to reduce labor and speed up cable installation, ultimately reducing the total installed cost. The industry has been innovating around tools, cable types and accessories to meet this growing need. Read more »

6 Oct 2016

NEW Daylight Harvesting Wiring Methods

What is Daylight Harvesting? Daylight harvesting reduces energy consumption by using daylight in place of, or to augment, artificial lighting to illuminate a space. Lighting control systems are used to dim or switch electric lighting in response to changing daylight availability. Read more »

6 Oct 2016

MCI-A Cables: The Perfect Marriage of AC and MC Style Cables

What’s the Difference Between AC and MC Cables? The current construction of Armored Cables (Type AC) that is approved by UL 4, has an aluminum bonding wire in contact with the metal armor that provides a low-impedance ground path that is required for the proper operation of overcurrent protection devices. Read more »