How Can You Protect Your Business and Your Reputation?
While much is being done to limit the influx of non-compliant and counterfeit cable into the marketplace, there are many ways you can take action to protect yourself. Very low prices and unknown brands are often an indication of suspicious cable. Cable with CCA conductors can be easily identified by scraping the thin copper surface away to reveal the aluminum. Boxes of CCA cable also weigh substantially less than solid copper cables.
One of the best protections is to only purchase well- known brands of cable from reputable manufacturers. If you are considering an unknown brand, do your due diligence before purchasing. Look for and validate authentic marks and labels. Poorly done printing or typographical errors could indicate a counterfeit cable. And, as an added layer of protection, look for the UL mark and holographic label.
Although non-compliant and intrusion of counterfeit cables affects all independent testing agencies, UL in particular has initiated significant action and public awareness to assure quality and protect its brand. UL file numbers can be verified via the UL Online Certification Directory, and UL posts public notices on unauthorized numbers.
Effective October 1, 2010, UL introduced a unique holographic label that features color-shifting ink and a distinct pattern. Most hologram labels are “standard” labels, and the issue or serial numbers are variable numbers assigned during the label ordering process. Also available from their Web Site at www.ul.com/marks, UL offers a credit-card sized Hologram Authenticator to identify legitimate holograms.