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
Type MCAP Cable - "Multi-Circuit" has a constructed of soft-drawn, copper Type THHN/THWN
conductors rated 90°C dry/75°C wet, available in sizes 12 AWG and 10 AWG, an d full-sized aluminum equipment
grounding/bonding 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. Refer to color chart for conductor color sequence.
Type MCAP Cable - known as "Multi-Circuit"
• Multiple circuits for 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.
• As aerial cable on a messanger.
• 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.
Type MCAP Cable - "Multi-Circuit" meets or exceeds the requirements of UL Standard 83, UL Standard
1569 for Type MC, UL Standard 1685, Federal Specification A-A59544 (formerly J-C-30B), Jacketed & Non Jacketed will both
pass " UL Test" & "FT4/IEEE 1202" (70,000 Btu/hr) Vertical Cable Tray Flame Test, and the National Electrical Code.
Armorlite ® Type MC Cable - Standard PVC Jacket will not meet "Limited Smoke or LS Rating". Optional
SOLONON Jacket can be provided for "LS" Rating. Armorlite ® Type MC Cable - "Multi-Circuit" is listed for use in
UL 1, 2, and 3 Hour Through-Penetration Firestop Systems.
Armorlite Type MCAP Multi-Circuit Wire
This is a multi-circuiting wire which is designed to perform in dry locations at temperatures not exceeding 900C, and 750C in wet areas. It has an interlocking aluminum armor which is protective from mechanical damages like abrasion, creeping and any other deformations. Amorlite Type MCAP Wire cable is made of type THHN/THWN conductors. A binder tape is applied over the conductors to hold them in positions to prevent overlapping hence improving the electrical conductivity of the cable.
The cable measures 10 AWG through 12 AWG. It is made of copper conductors which are soft drawn to improve the flexibility aspect of Type MCAP Wire Cable. Copper is one of the best electrical conductors in the world, thanks to its good sagging effect and high carrying capacity over long distances. Flexible MCAP Wire cable is easier to handle as compared to rigid and stiff cables.
Approvals and Certification
• National Electrical Code (NEC) Acceptance
• Federal Specification A-A59544
• Underwriters Laboratory (UL) 1569 and 1685
• Flame Test FT4
• IEEE 1202 for jacketed & non-jacketed cable
Insulation and Jacketing
Type THHN/THWN copper conductors and the grounding wire are individually insulated with the polyvinyl chloride. PVC is non-conducting and thus creates a barrier between the conductors and the grounding wire, which eliminates any contacts that may arise to cause power blows and faults. It also protects the user form electric shocks. The cable is jacketed with the PVC that is black color coded for identification.
• Alarm systems
• Lighting lamps
• Controlling power systems
Frequently Asked Questions - Armorlite Type MCAP Multi-Circuit Wire
What are the advantages of using Armorlite Type MCAP Multi-Circuit Wire?
When compared to pipe and wire, the Armorlite Type MCAP Multi-Circuit Wire will reduce installation cost by 50%. It is also 45% lighter than MC cable made of steel, as the armor of this cable is made of lightweight aluminum. It is easy to install provided that you pull the coils from the inside as the reel is reverse wound.
How is the Armorlite Type MCAP Multi-Circuit Wire constructed?
The main feature of this cable is that it comes with an interlocked aluminum armor and has a full sized grounding/bonding conductor of aluminum. It has copper conductors of Type THHN/THWN which are available in two sizes – 10AWG and 12AWG. The conductors are bound together with a binder tape, over which comes the interlocked aluminum armor.
What is the temperature specifications of the Armorlite Multi-Circuit Wire?
The conductors are designed to work well, even at 90°C in dry locations and at 75°C in wet locations.
What are the industrial specifications that the cable meets?
The armored cable is built to meet and exceed the following specifications –
However, the typical Armolite Type MC cable does not meet LS rating as it has a standard PVC jacket. If you want one with LS rating, then you will have to go in for a SOLONON Jacket (optional).
What are the applications where I can use the Armorlite Type MCAP Multi-Circuit Wire?
The MCAP or the “Multi-Circuit” cable is used in a lot of applications wherever there is need for service power distribution and as branch or feeder for power, signal and control circuits. You can use it for lighting circuits also. It is used in commercial and industrial buildings for its robust build. However, many residential buildings are also favoring this type of cable. It can be used in plaster embedded or fished installations and you can conceal it or expose it.
What is the difference between interlocked armor MC cable and MCAP cable?
MC cables come with a green copper ground and an interlocked metal armor. However, in a Type MCAP, you will find that the two ground paths are in contact with each other along the entire length of the cable, and thus the interlocked metal armor is able to serve as ground. Thus the MCAP cable can be used for grounding on its own, while the MC cable is not for grounding by itself.