/images/buttons/TDU_thumbnail.GIF/images/southwire_100x70.jpgCopper-Clad Steel Gets Theft Deterrencecopper-clad-steel-gets-theft-deterrence.htmNew copper-clad steel grounding conductors save utilities money while providing Proof Positive® traceability against theft.
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Copper-Clad Steel Gets Theft Deterrence

New copper-clad steel grounding conductors save utilities money while providing Proof Positive® traceability against theft.

Utilities specify copper-clad steel conductors because it is a lower cost alternative with similar benefits to solid copper for applications including bare hook-ups, jumpers, and grounds. Using the same technology found in our patented Proof Positive® Copper, Southwire now offers the convenience of copper-clad steel combined with theft-deterrent technology in new Proof Positive® Copper-Clad Steel.

"We developed Proof Positive® Copper-Clad Steel in response to requests from utility customers," says Fernando Baldizon, product specialist for Southwire's Energy Division. Many utilities prefer to use this type of conductor because of the lower weight, current carrying capacity, and cost savings. However, traditional copper-clad steel conductors are still susceptible to theft, with no recourse by the utility.

Trace ID codes provide long-term theft deterrence

As with Proof Positive® Copper, one outer strand of Proof Positive® Copper-Clad Steel is tinned, along with a center strand which is also tinned and laser-etched with codes that remain visible for the life of the conductor. Every foot of cable is printed with a license code, a serial number, and the URL of the website where utilities, recyclers, and law enforcement agencies can access ownership data within seconds.

Choose from solid and stranded constructions

Southwire's Proof Positive® Copper-Clad Steel is available in both solid and stranded configurations primarily offered is low carbon (LC) steel which delivers a 40% conductivity, dead soft annealed. A 30% conductivity DSA option is also available.

Proof Positive® Copper-Clad Steel is suitable for direct burial. It meets or exceeds ASTM specifications B 452: Copper-Clad Steel Wire for Electronic Applications and B 910: Annealed Copper-Clad Steel Wire.

Southwire provides complete solutions

"Southwire customers get the benefits of one-stop shopping for complete power-delivery system wiring solutions," Baldizon concludes. "Some suppliers may provide parts of the delivery system, but Southwire is unique in providing all the needed conductors."