The usages for bimetallic wire are almost endless. Because the connection points of our wire are clad in copper, you can use our bimetallic products almost anywhere you can use copper. New applications for bimetallic wire are being developed constantly. Bimetallic wire is being used in computers, speakers, coils, springs, cables, even nails (for copper building trim). Applications are as broad as our customers’ imaginations.
Copper-clad aluminum (CCA) wire has been approved for use as electrical wiring in residential and commercial buildings by major building codes. CCA is pliable for easy connections, strong, and cost effective. And unlike bare aluminum, it doesn’t form an oxide that creates resistance and heat buildup.
Because of its superior flexibility and light weight, CCA is used in the hoses of canister vacuum cleaners to carry current in addition to physically keeping the hose structure.
In submarine power cables, copper-clad steel (CCS) wire provides armoring in addition to grounding stray currents. Likewise, CCA has been approved for use as drain wire in some power cables to carry away stray currents.
RF ANTENNAS AND SHIELDING
CCA is a natural for antennas in a variety of applications such as large ground-based arrays or even ham radios or mobile phones. CCA is applicable to most localized RF transmitters and is being used near radio towers to shield other structures from creating interference.
CCA is being used in heart catheters and other devices where the light weight and a non-corrosive copper surface are key.