Formed Wire

AFL has introduced an extensive line of Formed Wire Products. Depending on the application, these products provide protection from bending, compression, and abrasion; guying of poles in the construction of power and communication lines; or an aerial support for transmission and distribution lines where taping or strapping is not required during installation.

Formed Wire Catalog


The armor rod design protects the conductor by reducing bending, compression and abrasion at the support point as well as protects against flashover damage. Armor rods are recommended as protection for spans greater than 300 ft. (91 m). Manufactured from either aluminum alloy, Alumoweld® or galvanized steel and are used with ACSR, AAC, AAAC, ACSS, SSAC, TW Types and ACAR conductors as well as Alumoweld and steel ground wire. All rod sets manufactured with right-hand lay (standard).
Distribution Grip Dead Ends are recommended as a replacement for Bare Looped Dead Ends because of their stronger loops and higher holding strengths on ACSR cable. Aluminum covered steel Grips are used on bare aluminum based conductors and galvanized steel Grips are used for plastic jacketed conductors. Distribution Grip Dead Ends are specifically designed for single pole distribution construction.
Distribution Ties are recommended as an improvement over Armor Rods secured with hand tie wire and clamp top insulators. When installed with a pad on bare conductor, they provide superior protection against abrasion and all types of conductor motion. Distribution Ties without pads are intended for plastic jacketed conductor but may be used to replace hand tie wire in areas where abrasion damage has not been experienced.
Double Side Ties are recommended as an improvement over Armor Rods secured with hand tie wire and clamp top insulators. When installed with a pad on bare conductor, they provide superior protection against abrasion and all types of conductor motion. The pad is a resilient cushion at the point of contact between conductor and insulator. Double Side Ties are designed for double cross arm conductor support.
Double Support Ties are recommended as an improvement over Armor Rods secured with hand tie wire. For areas subject to both wind sway and vibration. Double Support Ties provide superior abrasion protection, to a well made hand tie - Armor Rod combination in regard to conductor fatigue.
Guy Dead Ends are designed for guying of poles in the construction of power and communication lines. Guy dead ends are designed for use with standard guy strands of 1" diameter or less. Manufactured from similar wire, the dead ends can be applied to galvanized steel or Alumoweld® guy wire.
Line guards are designed to protect the conductor by reducing bending, compression,and abrasion at the support point, particularly where hand-ties are used. Line guards are recommended as protection for spans of less than 300 ft. (91 m). Manufactured from aluminum alloy, they are designed for use with ACSR, AAC, AAAC, ACSS, SSAC, TW Types and ACAR conductors. All guard sets are manufactured with right-hand lay as standard.
ongspan Ties are recommended as an improvement over Armor Rods secured with hand tie wire. For areas subject to both wind sway and vibration, Longspan Ties provide superior abrasion protection and are superior to a well made hand tie - Armor Rod combination in regard to conductor fatigue.
Spool Ties not only replace hand ties over armor rods, but Spool Ties with pads provide superior protection against abrasion and all types of conductor motion from high frequency aeolian vibration to low frequency galloping. The pad, which surrounds the conductor is a resilient cushion where the conductor is in contact with the insulator.
Service Dead Ends are used to make service drops on bare neutral messengers of self supporting cable. They are designed for minimum length, maximum economy and neatness of appearance. Service Dead Ends should not be reused after original installation. They are designed to be applied to spool insulators or wire holders having a smooth contour with diameters no less than 1 inch and no greater than 3 inches.
Side Ties are recommended as an improvement over Armor Rods secured with hand tie wire, and clamp top insulators. When installed with a pad on bare conductor, they provide superior protection against abrasion and all types of conductor motion. The pad is a resilient cushion at the point of contact between conductor and insulator. Side Ties without pads are intended for plastic jacketed conductor but may be used to replace hand tie wire in areas where abrasion damage has not been experienced.
Spool Ties not only replace hand ties over armor rods, but Spool Ties with pads provide superior protection against abrasion and all types of conductor motion from high frequency aeolian vibration to low frequency galloping. The pad, which surrounds the conductor is a resilient cushion where the conductor is in contact with the insulator. Spool Ties without pads are used for jacketed conductor.