Copperweld® HIDE™ is a copper-clad steel wire jacketed in a steel-grey colored PVC coating. It performs the same function as pure copper wire in electrical grounding, railroad signaling and many other applications highly exposed to theft, but it is primarily made of steel, and as such, of minimal scrap value to plunderers. Furthermore, the grey PVC makes it look from a distance like plain galvanized steel wire.
Currently, 95% of electric utilities have copper theft, resulting in a loss of over 60 million dollars in a year. Utilities experience 450,000 minutes of outage time a year. These issues result in an estimated 52 injuries and 35 deaths a year. In addition, copper price increases are not predictable. HIDE™ attempts to solve these problems by introducing a copper-clad steel wire coated in polyethylene, which allows for excellent UV resistance and a longer life. The easy-strip coating makes installation fast and simple, and the clean copper surface requires no wire brushing. In addition, it installs as easy as copper - dead soft annealed.
Installation: Easy-strip coating makes installation fast and simple
Clean copper surface requires no wire brushing
Installs as easy as copper - dead soft annealed
Spools: 25 lbs.
Coils: 50 lb. and 100 lb.
Custom lengths and packaging required.