Allied Encyclopedia – Pay Attention to Your Standards Marks

Allied EncyclopediaWe’ve explained what standards organizations are, and which ones exist in the wire and cable industry, but how can you be sure the mark on your cable is real?  Read on to find out why it’s important that you ask for proof of certification when necessary.

The wire and cable industry consists of thousands upon thousands of products, all manufactured by different companies all over the world.  For the consumer, this can mean a lot of confusion over which product is the safest option for their application.  This is where a standards organization comes in.

(Read our post about standards organizations here)

Standards organizations in the cabling industry issue their mark (the UL or CSA mark, for example) to products that have passed strict standardization processes.  These processes are in place to keep the consumer safe when buying cable products, because the companies manufacturing them have to adhere to the set of rules given to a specific product.

However, this past summer, Underwriters Laboratory announced that companies were printing their UL mark on cable that had not passed their tests.   There are several issues involving counterfeit marks on cables:

  • fire safety
  • toxicity
  • cable performance
  • and more

While not all applications need a cable with superior performance in these areas, if you’re looking for a certified product to use in a sensitive environment or for an extreme application, you should ask for certification of the cable you’re purchasing.  UL and CSA marks are not the only certifications you can ask for.  RoHS, REACH and other environmental initiatives also have certifications that you can ask to see.

Allied Wire & Cable will provide any certifications or manufacturer test results that you require, including:

  • UL/CSA Marking Permissions
  • Mil-Spec and Government Compliance Test Results
  • RoHS & REACH Compliance Certification

Click here to view more information on the standards organizations in the wire & cable industry.

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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