Allied Encyclopedia – Standards Organizations: UL, CSA, NEMA and more

Allied EncyclopediaAt Allied, we want to know that the wire and cable we supply is safe and high quality. As consumers, you want to know that you are choosing the right wire and cable products– ones that are safe, well-made, and appropriate for your needs. So how do we make sure that everyone has the same idea of which specifications wire and cable should meet?

That’s where standards organizations come in.

Standards organizations across the United States, Canada, and Europe develop guidelines that demand safety, innovation, and excellence in different wire and cable products. They say what should be expected of various wire and cable so that suppliers, manufacturers, and users all know what to look for.

Some of the main standards organizations are:

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) – UL is a non-profit organization. It verifies that wire and cable products meet national safety, performance, and quality standards. If the product passes their tests and meets their requirements, it is referred to as “UL Certified,” “UL Listed,” or “UL Recognized.”  UL certifies a variety of wire and cable products, including hook up wire, building wire (THHN), appliance wire (AWM) and more.

Canadian Standards Organization (CSA) – This is the Canadian version of UL. If a product is “CSA Certified,” it meets all of the CSA’s public health and safety requirements.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) – NEMA sets standards and shapes public policy for the electrical industry. NEMA’s High Performance Wire and Cable section develops technical standards for aerospace cables, electronic data communication cable, premise wire, as well as marine wire and shipboard cable.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) – SAE works on standards for the aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicle industries, which can include automotive primary wire, brake cable, battery cable, airframe wire and more. This organization not only develops product guidelines, but also reports on recommended engineering processes and practices for the industry.

All of these organizations work to keep suppliers, manufacturers, and users on the same page. They encourage manufacturers to make better, safer products, and they help users make informed decisions on wire and cable.

The standards organizations listed here are just a small sampling of the groups that work on these issues. To read more about these standards organizations and others, visit

About awcwire
Allied Wire & Cable is a value-added manufacturer and distributor of electrical wire and cable, tubing, and more. We are a family owned and operated company, serving a wide range of industries, including the military, automotive, aerospace, and telecommunications markets. Allied is headquartered in Collegeville, PA. Additional locations can be found across the US, in Merrimack, NH, Tampa, FL, Pewaukee, WI, and Las Vegas, NV. For more information on Allied, visit our main website at

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