Technical Guide

Wire & Cable Construction

Anatomy of a Wire

Discover the definition of a wire, how it's made and in what applications it is used.

What is a Wire?

Hook Up Wire and Lead Wire Complete Guide

UL 1015 Hook-Up Wire Guide

CSA & UL Styles Comparison Guide

GPT Wire

Anatomy of a Cable

Discover the different types of cable, how they're made and what applications they are used in.

What is a Cable?

Flat Cable

Tape Cable

Twisted Component Cable Constructions

Ribbon Cable

Trailer Cable

Communication Cable

Tray Cable

Wire & Cable Selection

Choosing the right wire or cable for your application is the first step to a successful project.

How to Choose the Right Wire or Cable

SJOOW vs. SOOW Cable


Even in the design of a simple single insulated wire, many factors must be considered when choosing a conductor.

Selecting a Conductor

Stranding Classes

Types of Strand Construction

UL, Metric & SAE Strand Charts

Metric Conversion Table

Insulation & Jacket

One of the most important components of a wire is its insulation. Learn how to select a product which best meets the requirements of your application.

Jacket Selection

Tape Types

Wire Insulation Guide: Types & Applications

Popular Jacket Types

Low Smoke Zero Halogen Compounds

Color Codes

Properties of Common Thermoplastic and Thermoset Compounds

Extruded Compounds and their Resistance to Industrial Chemicals

Shield & Armor

Learn about the wide variety of shielding and armor available to protect your wire and cable from damage.



Popular Shielding Types

Popular Armor Types

Wire & Cable Properties


Browse test procedures for flame retardancy, insulation durometer hardness and more.

Test Procedures for Flame Retardancy

Insulation Durometer Hardness

Temperature Conversion Table

Installation & Applications


Browse standard product options for a wide variety of typical applications.

Application & Selection Guide for Standard Product


Cable installation guidelines, pulling tensions and de-reeling procedures.

Cable Installation Guidelines

DeReeling Procedures

Pulling Tensions

Industry Standards & Specifications

Industry Organizations

Listing of the wire and cable industry's most mentioned organizations and ratings.

Industry Organizations & Standards

Automotive Industry Wiring Standards

Automotive Wire Management


Who makes that? Browse a collection of the industry's most recognized trademarks.

Registered Trademarks