Transportation

Railway Systems • Automotive

In automotive applications, the switch to bimetallics is relatively easy and represents a great value.  Products of interest to the automotive industry are Copperlite™ Copper Clad Aluminum (10% by volume CCA) in accordance with ASTM B566 and genuine Copperweld® Copper-Clad Steel wire (CCS) in accordance with ASTM B227 and B910.


From applications in power cables carrying current, including battery cables and power leads to components such as lights, Copperlite™ CCA is the engineered solution to replace Copper. Hard-drawn Copperlite™ CCA strands can have mechanical and physical properties that are similar to copper wire.


For cables that have both mechanical and electrical functions, or are exposed to extreme vibration or hazards of mechanical damage, genuine 40% IACS hard-drawn Copperweld® wire is the product recommended for most automotive applications. Copperweld® cables can replace copper cables in all applications where cables are sized on strength rather than ampacity, particularly low current and signal leads.

When it comes to railroads, timeliness and safety are the primary concerns. Copperweld® line wires provide railway communication and signal lines with the safety and dependability essential in all phases of rail operation.  With high-strength steel at their core, Copperweld’s line wires are stronger than copper or bronze, but with the copper layer carrying both the power and the signal, the conductivity remains quite high.


Genuine Copperweld® line wire is available in two conductivity grades, 30% and 40% of the conductance of a copper wire of the same size, the choice depending on the application.  The wire’s strength and conductance are maintained throughout its long life of the wire thanks to the thick, corrosion-resistant covering of copper inseparably welded to the steel core. Copperweld® wires are available bare or with any of the standard coverings or insulations.


Copperweld® is a great benefit to the electrified railway.  Along with other qualities, the wire is theft-resistant, and ideal for deployment in isolated, unguarded areas. 

To learn more about our products, click here. For technical information, including specifications and engineering data, visit our Resource Center. Properties noted on our web site represent minimum values for typical products. If your application requires performance values beyond those noted, please contact Copperweld's Engineering Support Center via email or +1.931.433.7177.

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Construction

Building Wire • Tracer Wire • Detonation Wire

Copper-Clad Aluminum (CCA) wire has been approved for use as electrical wiring in residential and commercial buildings by major building codes.  CCA is pliable for easy connections, strong, and cost effective.  And unlike bare aluminum, it doesn’t form an oxide that creates resistance and heat buildup.

Detonation wire can be an expensive proposition. With the high cost of copper, it seems quite a waste to blow up this pricey commodity on every blast.  Using Copperweld® CCS as detonation signal wire is an excellent value. Copperweld® is the right choice to provide plenty of current carrying capacity at a significantly lower cost.

Moreover, Copperweld® brings strength that copper cannot match. Copperweld® provides the uniformity of the copper layer that is needed to precisely control the blast sequence within fractions of a second, coupled with the strength needed to survive the installation and make the detonation event possible. 

Because the connection points of our wire are clad in copper, you can use our bimetallic products almost anywhere you can use copper. New applications for bimetallic wire are being developed constantly;  from building wire where Copper-Clad Aluminum (CCA) wire has been approved and used for electrical wiring in residential and commercial building to, RF Antennas and shielding.  CCA is the engineered solution to copper.
 

To learn more about our products, click here. For technical information, including specifications and engineering data, visit our Resource Center. Properties noted on our web site represent minimum values for typical products. If your application requires performance values beyond those noted, please contact Copperweld's Engineering Support Center via email or +1.931.433.7177.

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Telecom

Coaxial Cables for CATV • RF Signal Cables • Telephone Cables

The benefits of both Copper-Clad Aluminum wire and Copper-Clad Steel for Coaxial Cables and Telephone Drop Wire have become the industry standard.

Copper-Clad Aluminum wire is the standard material for trunk or distribution cables in the cable television industry.  In the home, Copperweld® CCS forms the center conductor of the majority of coaxial cables being used in CATV. Some of the benefits are lighter weight and more pliable cable than copper, while providing a significant cost savings.

Copperweld® conductors are specified for telephone aerial drop wire by leading telephone systems throughout the world, because of their high strength, good conductivity, mechanical ruggedness, economy, and long life.


To learn more about our products, click here. For technical information, including specifications and engineering data, visit our Resource Center. Properties noted on our web site represent minimum values for typical products. If your application requires performance values beyond those noted, please contact Copperweld's Engineering Support Center via email or +1.931.433.7177.

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Electrical Utility

Transmission, Distribution, and Grounding • Renewable Energy

Genuine Copperweld® Copper-Clad Steel (CCS) wire and strand have been utilized and relied upon for over 90 years as strong, non-corrosive, efficient grounding conductors. Combining the strength of steel with the conductivity and corrosion resistance of copper, Copperweld® provides a long-lasting, low impedance path to earth.

Copperweld® delivers outstanding reliability and performance in a variety of applications at every step in the power utility process: generation, transmission, and distribution of current.  

Copperweld® wire is also less susceptible to theft than solid copper because it is a bimetallic product and does not have the high scrap value of pure copper.  The copper layer in our Copperweld® CCS cannot be removed, and so it is practically worthless to would-be black marketers.

Climate change concerns, coupled with high oil prices and increasing governmental support around the world, are driving increasing renewable energy legislation, incentives and commercialization.  Renewable energy in its many forms- wind, solar, tidal, geothermal, biomass is expected to be one of the fastest-growing industries of the 21st century.

 
Renewable energy generation plants still face the same challenges as traditional utilities.  As such, Copperweld® is an engineered solution to copper for grounding purposes in these installations.

 


To learn more about our products, click here. For technical information, including specifications and engineering data, visit our Resource Center. Properties noted on our web site represent minimum values for typical products. If your application requires performance values beyond those noted, please contact Copperweld's Engineering Support Center via email or +1.931.433.7177.

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Other

Power Cords • Electronic Wiring • Motor Winding • Wand & Hose Wiring for Vacuums

The usages for bimetallic wire are almost endless. Because the connection points of our wire are clad in copper, you can use our bimetallic products almost anywhere you can use copper. New applications for bimetallic wire are being developed constantly;  from building wire where Copper-Clad Aluminum (CCA) wire has been approved and used for electrical wiring in residential and commercial building to, RF Antennas and shielding.  CCA is the engineered solution to copper.


In submarine power cables, Copperweld® Copper-Clad steel (CCS) wire provides armoring in addition to grounding stray currents.  Likewise, CCA has been approved for use as drain wire in some power cables to carry away stray currents.


To learn more about our products, click here. For technical information, including specifications and engineering data, visit our Resource Center. Properties noted on our web site represent minimum values for typical products. If your application requires performance values beyond those noted, please contact Copperweld's Engineering Support Center via email or +1.931.433.7177.

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