Copperweld

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About the company

Copperweld®’s story is one of American innovation and determination. Throughout their 100 plus years, the one constant has been their workforce- dedicated and determined, they are the heartbeat of Copperweld®.

Since ancient times, mankind has been trying to combine the strength of steel with the non-corrosive properties of copper. In 1915, that idea became a reality.  Copperweld® engineers discovered a molten-weld process for permanently bonding copper to steel.  Ever since, their company has been considered the leader in innovation in the bimetallic industry. The original process was replaced by a solid cladding process in 1979.

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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. 


Why choose copperweld?

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Advantages of choosing copper clad steel over pure copper wire:

- Theft deterrent
- Greater fatigue life – lasts longer
- Excellent current carrying capability (skin effect)
- Lower cost than copper
- Lighter weight than copper
- Installs the same as copper
- Improves safety management

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Copperweld® wire is 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.


copperweld® camo™

Copperweld® CCS is also available in camo colours, providing additional features for deterring theft:

 

  • Looks like steel
  • Utilizes same connectors as copper, no stripping required
  • Lowest cost grounding conductor (copper)
  • No galvanic corrosion
  • Ample fault current capacity
  • Is magnetic, deterring scrap dealers
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Copperweld® hide™

Replace solid copper with Copperweld® Hide™, Copper Clad Steel (CCS) ground wire to reduce theft.

- 95% of electric utilities have copper theft costing over 60 million dollars in a year
- Utilities experience 450,000 minutes of outage time a year
- These issues result in an estimated 52 injuries and 35 deaths a year
- Copper price increases are not predictable

Copperweld® Hide™ is coated with a lead free, flame retardant poly jacket providing excellent ultraviolet resistance and long life.

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  • Easy-strip coating makes installation fast and simple
  • Clean copper surface requires no wire brushing
  • Installs as easy as copper- dead soft annealed

CCS- PHYSICALLY STRONGER THAN COPPER

Copper clad steel actually performs better on the fatigue tests than pure copper wire.

  • ASTM B-193, ASTM B-452, ASTM B-227, ASTM B-228 and ASTM B-910 certified
  • RUS (Rural Utilities Service) listed
  • All bimetallic products are processed at the Copperweld®’s ISO9001 and ISO14001 certified facility in Fayetteville, TN
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PROPER PRODUCT SIZING FOR COPPER CLAD STEEL GROUNDING APPLICATIONS

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PHYSICAL AND ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES

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