Blackburn® Copper-Clad Aluminum Lugs and Splices First to be UL® Listed

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  Aug 17, 2012 — New Thomas & Betts Product Compresses CCA Cable with Hex-Flex Die System

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Blackburn® Copper-Clad Aluminum Lugs and Splices from Thomas & Betts, which are designed exclusively for termination on copper-clad aluminum (CCA) cable, are the first to be UL® Listed for this application. Made of aluminum, the lugs and splices are compatible with Thomas & Betts’ HEX-FLEX® Die System, an indent-style crimping system that enables die identification on the crimp for traceability, and feature the Color-Keyed® Compression System, which ensures proper connections.

CCA cable is lighter and more flexible than copper, and only slightly heavier than bare aluminum, making termination with conventional terminals and crimping methods challenging. Blackburn® Copper-Clad Aluminum Lugs and Splices, however, properly compress CCA cable for maximum pull-out force and longevity. They also are designed with an oxide inhibitor pre-applied in their barrels.

“Once again, the Blackburn® brand demonstrates its leadership position with the introduction of these CCA lugs and splices,” said Brian Burke, product manager at Thomas & Betts. “We’re providing not only a cost-saving solution in terminating CCA cable effectively, but also a product that is UL® Listed. Because they’re compatible with our HEX-FLEX® Die System, they also offer 20 percent more pull-out force than competitor die sets, as well as fewer crimps per barrel, which reduces installation time and labor costs.”

Blackburn® Copper-Clad Aluminum Lugs and Splices are currently available for 750 and 800 kcmil wire ranges, with additional sizes to be released in response to demand. Additional features include slotted holes to ease installation and narrow tongues for side-by-side mounting on standard NEMA spades.

For more information about Blackburn® Copper-Clad Aluminum Lugs and Splices from Thomas & Betts, please visit and look for Blackburn® on the "Brands" tab, or call (800) 238-5000.

Thomas & Betts Corporation is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of essential components used to manage the connection, distribution, transmission and reliability of electrical power in utility, industrial, commercial, and residential applications. With a portfolio of more than 200,000 products marketed under more than 45 premium brand names, Thomas & Betts products are found wherever electricity is used. Thomas & Betts’ headquarters are in Memphis, Tenn. For more information, please visit

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