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.
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.
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.
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).
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.