1000 MCM Wire – 5 Big Beastly Facts
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1000 MCM copper wire
1000 MCM Copper Wire is very big, and is typically used as a feeder wire in instances where smaller but more common 500 MCM or 750 MCM will not take the amperage needed for the job. Sure there are bigger 1500 MCM and 2000 MCM wires that 1X makes, but they are even rarer than the King Kong sized 1000 mcm copper wire.
Here are 5 BIG Beastly facts about 1000 MCM Copper Wire.
1000 MCM Copper wire Beastly Fact #1.) It can be CT Rated
With this in mind, you may be asking yourself what CT rated means, and why it is so important in your 1000 mcm copper wire. In the US, the National Electrical Code (NEC), NFPA 70 standard, recognizes various types of wire and cable products and also defines requirements for their uses and installations for intended applications. Article 340 of the NEC recognizes Type TC products and defines requirements for their uses and installations in cable trays, in raceways, or where supported by a messenger wire.
UL Standard 1277, Electrical Power and Control Tray Cables with Optional Optical Fiber Members, defines prescriptive and performance requirements for Type TC products. For their use in cable trays, the suitability of single conductor cables, which are recognized in Table 310-13, is evaluated in accordance with their respective product standards and applies to your 1000 mcm copper wire.
Why is this a BIG deal on my 1000 MCM Copper wire?
Notably, at 1X Wire and Cable – many types of the 1000 MCM Copper wire we manufacture will be able to be used in Cable Trays when they are CT rated. This will allow you to use single conductor wires in place of multi-conductor cables, which at 1000 MCM Copper Wire AWG size would make that cable VERY hard to find. Instead, you do as references on popular Electrical Construction Mike Holt web forum, and can pull multiple runs of 1000 MCM Copper Wire single conductor into your cable tray and accomplish your goal!
1000 MCM Copper Wire Beastly Fact #2.) It has a Higher Ampacity rating
Furthermore, In Electrical Construction ampacity is something that is always on the minds of the professionals who are engineering, designing, and building our commercial, industrial, and institutional projects.
They have to know the exact ampacity needed for each specific wire or cable install to be sure they are working to code and keeping all of us safe.
1000 MCM Copper Wire gives the electrical construction professional an Ace in hand when it comes to ampacity rating. 1000 mcm copper wire 600 Volt building wires typically being rated between 545 and 615 Amps as you can see in the building wire Ampacity chart below.
When BIG amperage is needed 1000 MCM Copper Wire does the job.
1X Wire Size and Amp Ratings
|60°C (140°F)||75°C (167°F)||90°C (194°F)||75°C (167°F)||90°C (194°F)|
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SE, USE, XHHW
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1000 MCM Copper Wire Beastly Fact #3.) IT HAS A COOL NICKNAME …”MILLION”
Why the heck do they call it Million? Does it cost a Million dollars to buy 1000 MCM Copper Wire?
In contrast, no, it does not cost a Million dollars to buy 1000 MCM Copper Wire. unless you are buying 50 x 1000 feet or more of it by the truckload!
The nickname “Million” is in reference to its Circular Mils, as it has ONE MILLION CIRCULAR MILS, hence the nickname “Million” for 1000 mcm copper wire.
A circular mil is a unit of area, equal to the area of a circle with a diameter of one mil (one thousandth of an inch). It corresponds to 5.067×10−4 mm². It is a unit intended for referring to the area of the 1000 mcm copper wire with a circular cross section. As the area in circular mils can be calculated without reference to π, the unit makes conversion between cross section and diameter of a wire considerably easier.
The area in circular mils, A, of a circle with a diameter of d mils, is given by the formula:
Electricians in Canada and the United States are familiar with the circular mil because the National Electrical Code (NEC) uses the circular mil to define wire sizes larger than 0000 AWG. In many NEC publications and uses, large wires like your 1000 mcm copper wire, may be expressed in thousands of circular mils, which is abbreviated in two different ways: MCM or kcmil. For example, one common wire size used in the NEC has a cross-section of 250,000 circular mils, written as 250 kcmil or 250 MCM, which is the first size larger than 0000 AWG used within the NEC.
1000 MCM Copper Wire Beastly Fact #4.) It comes in Colors!
In addition, in a world that is full of black wires and cables, you are often forced to make due with something that is not as pleasing to the eye. For this reason, You can make your 1000 mcm copper wire just how you want it at 1X.
A great plus when you are ordering your 1000 MCM copper wire a custom colored jacket can be applied to it to achieve the color coordination you need for your special purpose.
1X has even made 1000 MCM Copper Wire and cables with one colored jacket, and an additional colored stripe for even greater phase identification.
1000 MCM Copper Wire Beastly Fact #5.) It is readily available, you just have to know where to look!
Additionally, One problem we hear customers complain about is not being able to readily get their 1000 MCM Copper wire and cable quickly or are quoted with 10,000-foot minimum runs to make what they need. As we have learned along the way, 1000 MCM Copper wire is very valuable to many utilities, industrial facilities, and electrical construction professionals, and is an essential product for many of their projects.
Uniquely, One fact that is little known, but is the best-kept secret of many 1X customers is that they are able to buy short lengths of many types of 1000 MCM Copper wire from stock on our material or from many of the mainstream larger manufacturers like Belden, Alpha, AmerCable, General Cable, Southwire, Nexans, Prysmian, Okonite, and more. If your 1000 mcm copper wire is a non-stock item, 1X is able to make you a small quantity in just a few weeks from our manufacturing facility. We proudly make 1X specialty wire and cable products that will stand the test of time.
1000 MCM Copper wire and cable is readily available, you just have to know where to look!
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WIRES, CABLES, AND ASSEMBLIES TYPES that 1X provides 1000 MCM Copper Wire and larger:
Armored Cable, Alpha Wire Alternatives, Bare Copper & Building Wire, Belden Cable Alternatives, Bostrig, CIR® Cable, Copperweld – Copper Clad Steel, Exane, Fiber Optic Cable, Flexible & Portable Cords, Gexol, Industrial Ethernet Cable, Instrumentation Cable, Thermocouple Cable, Hook-Up Wire,Lead Wire, High Temperature Cable, Low Smoke Zero Halogen Cable, Marine Medium Voltage Power Cable, MIL Spec Wire, UL Style Wire & Cable, Outside Plant Communication Cable, Sound & Security Cable, Fire Alarm Cable, Tray Cables, Control Cable, Power Cable, Type P Cable, Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) Cable, Voice, Data & Premise Wire, Wire Rope & Hardware