AFC Cable Color Codes MC Cables for Speed and Ease of Identification and Inspection

Atkore International’s AFC Cable uses color coding to save contractors 
and building owners time, money and maintenance costs when wiring new or
 retrofit locations. <br><br>The company’s Type MC cables including MC 
TUFF, MC Lite and other MC cables in a variety of specialty 
configurations do this using AFC’s ColorSpec ID System. Atkore / AFC Cable

James R. Dukart

Atkore International’s AFC Cable uses color coding to save contractors and building owners time, money and maintenance costs when wiring new or retrofit locations.

The company’s Type MC cables including MC TUFF, MC Lite and other MC cables in a variety of specialty configurations do this using AFC’s ColorSpec ID System.

The ColorSpec system sheaths various types of cable with unique identifiable colors to allow for the quick and easy identification of cables without the need to open panels. In addition to stand-ard hospital green and fire alarm red, AFC uses both blue and purple armoring over specific cables. In addition to armoring color, AFC indicates phases within each cable with phase id coloring on the armoring.

In addition to standard MC cables, AFC also offers MCI-A type cables which feature the armor plus a full sized aluminum ground wire as the equipment grounding means. The MC-Stat cable is a hospital grade cable with two ground fault paths to meet NEC 517 requirements for health care applications. These redundant ground fault paths provide added safety for hospital and patient care areas.

Both the MC stat and MC-Quik MCI-A products come without an overall assembly tape, instead each conductor is individually insulated for quicker terminations and installation times.

MC cables come in a variety of configurations including isolated grounds, neutral per phase, super neutral and home run cable. AFC also offers Parking Deck/Lot cable (PVC Jacketed MC Cable) which is MC Cable with galvanized steel armor with a PVC jacket. Intended for signal circuits in wet, dirty or oily locations, it can be buried directly in earth or concrete, surface mounted or trenched for use in parking deck or parking lot applications, at golf courses, on and around docks and for swimming pool motors.

AFC also offers a Fire Alarm Control Cable in a galvanized interlocking steel armor color coded red as well as an MC Luminary Cable Type MC-PCS or LED and fluorescent dimming as well as in SMART buildings, that combines power and control circuits under one armor.

Finally, its MC Luminary MultiZone can contain up to three traditional luminary or three power and three control cables under one armor.


Photo courtesy of Atkore / AFC Cable