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Cable Technology Feature Article

June 16, 2010

Southwire Introduces New Industrial Cable Tray Rated Medium Voltage Power Cable

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Southwire, one of the largest cable and wire manufacturers in America, has just revealed its latest addition to its family of easy-to-pull wire and cable products. The SIMpull power cable is a new industrial cable tray rated medium-voltage power cable that has been developed using Southwire's patented SIM Technology and requires no lubrication upon installation. The SIMpull power cable is tailor-made for industrial and commercial applications, such as for power generation and in petrochemical, waste-management, data-management and institutional facilities. SIMpull power cable is now available to industrial clients upon their request.
According to Brian Sides, director of Southwire's industrial division, the company has always paid very close attention to the marketplace to discover what contractors are faced with, and has leveraged what it learned to craft wire solutions that actually exceed the requirements of its customers. After the successful release of older SIM Technology cables, the company is proud to introduce a second industry first by debuting a product that uses no lead EPR insulation, and which thus gives SIMpull installation and environmental advantages versus traditional Type MV cable.
This new industrial cable can be purchased in voltages from 2.4 kV to 35 kV to suit differing requirements. All variants maintain electrical and physical characteristics, from cable tray listing that follows UL 1685 requirements to the IEEE (News - Alert) 1202 flame rating. Its sunlight-resistant jacket uses Southwire's EFC Envirotect lead-free EPR insulation-thus making it a true environmentally friendly medium-voltage cable. SIMpull power cable can also come equipped with factory-installed SIMpull Head pulling grips to increase the safety and reliability of pulls and reduce installation time.
Southwire's advanced SIM (Slikqwik Infused Membrane) Technology was first launched in residential- and commercial-building wire products several years ago, and has received numerous industry awards and accolades for its performance. Romex SIMpull cable, SIMpull THHN cable and SIMpull XHHW-2 cable were the first products. Because SIM Technology reduces pulling force and improves toughness, wire pulling using products featuring it can make pulling more consistent. Using the SIMpull power cable in manholes without lubrication can result in a safer work environment. Installers can pull short lengths by hand and also stop in the middle of a pull if need be.

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha's article, please visit her columnist page.