Advantages

Lower Costs

Penn Rigid Aluminum Conduit and EMT can lower costs and increase profits compared to using steel conduit:

  • The lower cost of aluminum alloy, along with the aluminum extrusion process, results in significant product cost savings over galvanized steel conduit while meeting all UL standards.
  • The lighter weight makes aluminum conduit easier to transport and work with, requiring fewer people and resulting in lower installation costs.
  • Unlike steel, all scrap aluminum has immediate resale value, offering another way to reduce costs.

Reduced Labor

At 1/3 the weight of galvanized steel conduit, Penn aluminum conduit makes installation faster and easier, reducing labor requirements and costs:

  • Easier to carry – often requiring just one person rather than two or more with steel.
  • Aluminum makes onsite fabrication faster and easier, including cutting, bending and threading.
  • Projects get done faster – and more jobs get done – with the same or fewer people.

Safer

Aluminum conduit is much safer for installers due to its significantly lighter weight than the same size of steel conduit:

  • Fewer injuries resulting from lifting and carrying heavy weight
  • Reduced risk of drop-related injuries
  • Less effort means less fatigue, one of the most common causes of job site injuries (and a key drain on productivity).
  • In outdoor work locations, including rooftops, the heat dissipating property of aluminum provides a safer product handling environment.

100% Recyclable

Penn aluminum conduit is a truly “green” building product with proven environmental benefits:

  • Manufactured from recycled aluminum.
  • Aluminum conduit is 100% recyclable at its end of life, offering 360˚ sustainability.
  • All job site aluminum scrap can be recycled (and has monetary value).

Non-Corrosive

Because aluminum is a naturally non-corrosive metal, Penn aluminum conduit offers outstanding wiring protection in most applications where water or other corrosive elements are present:

  • Through the oxidation process, aluminum forms a thin layer of protective coating that stops corrosion.
  • Oxidation causes steel conduit to rust, which can expose and endanger wiring.

(Note: aluminum cannot be used in direct burial applications and in contact with chlorine.)


Non-Sparking & Non-Magnetic

Unlike steel, aluminum is a non-sparking, non-ferrous metal, which offers many advantages:

  • Eliminates the risk of explosion when combustible vapors or dust may be present.
  • Allows improved current flow and provides a superior grounding path.
  • Provides inherent EMI shielding and dissipates heat much more than steel, further protecting wiring and current flow.