Price (Per FT.)
• Reduces installation costs up to 50% over pipe and wire.
• Lightweight aluminum armor--as much as 45% lighter than steel MC Cable.
• UL Classified 1, 2, and 3 hour Through Penetration Firestop Systems: W-J-3037, W-L-3110, W-L-3113, W-L-3117,
W-L-3120, W-L-3121, W-L-3160, C-AJ-3115, C-AJ-3140, C-AJ-3142, C-AJ-3145, C-AJ-3173, C-AJ-3202, C-AJ-4065,
• Cable reverse wound on reel for ease of pulling and installation. When pulling from coils, pull from inside to ensure ease
• Anti-short bushings are not required for use with MC cable per the NEC and UL
Armorlite Type MC Cable is constructed with soft-drawn copper, Type THHN/THWN conductors rated 90°C dry
available in sizes 14 AWG through 2 AWG, and a green insulated grounding conductor. The conductors are cabled together
and a binder tape bearing the print legend is wrapped around the assembly. Aluminum interlocking armor is applied over the assembly.
• Branch, feeder and service power distribution in commercial, industrial, institutional, and multi-residential buildings.
• Power, lighting, control, and signal circuits.
• Fished or embedded in plaster.
• Concealed or exposed installations.
• Environmental air-handling spaces per NEC 300.22 (C).
• Places of Assembly per NEC 518.4 and theaters per NEC 520.5.
• Installation in cable tray and approved raceways.
• Under raised floors for information technology equipment conductors and cables per NEC 645.5(D) & 645.5(D)(2).
• Class I Div. 2, Class II Div 2, & Class III Div. 1 Hazardous Locations.
STANDARDS & REFERENCES:
• UL 83
• UL 1569
• UL 1685
• Federal Specification A-A59544 (formerly J-C-30B)
• FT4/IEEE 1202 (70,000 Btu/hr) Vertical Cable Tray Flame Test
• Listed for use in UL 1, 2 and 3 Hour Through Penetration Firestop Systems
Type MC Armorlite Lightweight Aluminum 600V
Type MC refers to metal clad cable. It has a grounding wire which green color coded and covered with the metal clad and armored with an aluminum interlocking strip. The cable is designed to help in power distributions of up to 600 volts. It is cost effective as it reduces the installation costs by 50% through pipe and wire. It has a binder tape bearing a print legend for easy identification.
This cable measures 14 AWG through 2 AWG. Armorlite Type MC Cable is made of soft drawn copper conductors. Soft drawn copper is flexible and easy to handle as compared to stiff and rigid copper wires. Flexible conductors require less effort to twist and wound into drums for shipment.
Insulation and Jacketing
Insulation of Type MC Cable ensures the safety of the cable and the user. The cable is insulated and jacketed with the polyvinyl chloride. PVC is a tough compound which is non-conducting and non-biodegradable. It can withstand fungal attacks thus ensuring a long service life of this cable. Polyvinyl chloride is also flame retardant and moisture resistant.
Approvals and Certifications
• Underwriters Laboratory (UL) 83
• UL 1569
• National Electric Code (NEC) Acceptance
• Flame Test (FT) 4
• IEEE 1202 Vertical Cable Tray
• UL 1685
This cable is used as branch feeders and service drop power distribution for commercial, multi-residential and industrial properties.
• Power control units
• Lighting interconnection
• Signal transmission circuits
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Frequently Asked Questions - Type MC Armorlite Lightweight Aluminum PVC 600V
What is the difference between aluminum armor and steel armor?
Nowadays, aluminum metal clad cables like the Type MC Armorlite Lightweight Aluminum PVC are preferred over cables with steel armor. Steel armored cables are more susceptible to environmental damage and it can easily breakdown. It is also heavy, has a short life and is expensive to install. The aluminum lightweight armor, on the other hand, is lighter and sturdier than steel armor. It is also cheaper to install and has a longer service life. The way the aluminum armor is built, ensures that the cable withstands tremendous pressure and is resistant to impact damage.
Is the Type MC Armorlite Lightweight Aluminum resistant to fire?
The aluminum armor cable is highly resistant to fire and it protects the conductors from the fire. Moreover, the cable comes with a black PVC jacket which is flame retardant.
What are the differences between Type AC and Type MC?
Type AC means ‘armored cable’ and Type MC means ‘metal clad’ cable. There is not much of a difference between the two, but the Type MC has more demand in the market these days. Usually AC cables have a thin bonding wire while the MC cables come with a true ground wire. Also AC cables are not permitted for use in theatres, movie studios or in hazardous locations. However, MC cables are suitable for use almost anywhere, especially in hazardous locations.
How can I differentiate between a Type AC cable and a Type MC cable as they both look alike?
Both the cables look alike on the exterior but they are extremely different in the way they are built on the inside. AC cables will have an aluminum bond wire under the armor while the MC cable does not have it. Moreover, the AC cable will have the individual conductors insulated with a kraft wrap paper while it is not so in MC cables.
What are the common applications that theType MC Armorlite Lightweight Aluminum can be used in?
The cable has a broad range of uses and it can be used for feeder and branch circuits. It is also used for service power distribution in various industries, residential, institutional and commercial buildings. The usage is flexible and it can be used as an aerial cable on a messenger or in cable trays or raceways. The armor is specially suited for use in hazardous locations as it is corrosion and impact resistant. You can even use it for computer equipment under raised floors.