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Importance of Specifying the Right Cable System for VFD Applications

The increased adoption of variable frequency drives (VFDs) over the past decade has increased the need for specifically engineered wire and cable solutions that ensure long-term performance. To avoid costly downtime, diagnosis, and repair of these critical operations, it is important to specify cable systems designed to address motor bearing failure, cable failure, stray current, and electromagnetic interference (EMI). Read More...
Steven Stanford Published March 2020 by:

Steven Stanford
National Sales Manager - Industrial

How Do Cold Temperatures Affect Cable?

Extreme cold temperatures can have adverse effects on your wire and cable, causing them to temporarily become brittle and inflexible. In these conditions, some cables will stiffen and even crack if they are installed below recommended temperatures. A video in this article shows THHN-2 snapping on the jobsite during a cold weather installation. Read More...
Bruce Kesler Published December 2019 by:

Bruce Kesler
Director of Sales at Service Wire Company

Utility Restoration: Are You Prepared for Storm-Related Damage?

Utility distributors and contractors are no strangers to storm-related damage. Whether it’s heavy snow, freezing rain, flash flooding, or natural disasters, unexpected storms can wreak havoc on critical equipment and services. Although every storm is different, it is important to have a response plan in place for a successful restoration effort. Read More...
Joe DeBellis Published November 2019 by:

Joe DeBellis
National Sales Manager - Utility at Service Wire Company

Why Use Tinned Copper Wire?

The sole purpose of electrical wire and cable is to conduct an electric current from one point to another, but if the cable starts to corrode, it can quickly become damaged and result in loss of performance. While bare copper is fairly resistant to corrosion, tinned copper conductors prevent accelerated corrosion against wet and contaminated environments. Read More...
Tony Holderby Published June 2019 by:

Tony Holderby
Regional Sales Manager at Service Wire Company

Why Choose Metal-Clad (MC) Cable Over Electrical Conduit?

Metal-clad (MC) cable constructions are a cost-effective alternative to traditional pipe and wire. These high-performing solutions offer significant cost savings by eliminating the need for electrical conduit and the labor required for installation. Contractors who use armored cable require limited pulling equipment, fewer reels, and less time setting up pulls. Read More...
Katy Martin Published April 2019 by:

Katy Martin
Content Marketing Associate at Service Wire Company

Understanding UL Dual Rated Tray Cable: What Are the Advantages?

UL 1277, the standard for electrical power and control tray cable, was recently updated, allowing manufacturers with UL approved tray cable to market their product as 600V/1kV rated. To be dual rated, products must use a recognized 1kV rated conductor and pass a higher voltage AC Hipot test on the completed cable. Read More...
Lee PerryPublished February 2019 by:

Lee Perry
Engineering Manager at Service Wire Company

What Are the Key Differences Between ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015?

All ISO standards are reviewed every five years; however, revisions are only made when the information isn’t relevant for the current marketplace. ISO 9001:2015 places a greater importance on risk and includes an updated structure compatible with other management system standards. Read More...
Katy Martin Published January 2019 by:

Katy Martin
Content Marketing Associate at Service Wire Company

THHN-2 vs. XHHW-2: What's the Difference?

Thermoplastic and thermoset are two common types of cable insulation, and it's important to understand their strengths and weaknesses when designing and building a new facility, machine, or appliance. Read More...
Lee PerryPublished November 2018 by:

Lee Perry
Engineering Manager at Service Wire Company

2018 NFPA 79 Requirements: Are Your VFD Cables Compliant?

The latest version of NFPA 79 establishes very specific wire and cable requirements for VFD applications in an effort to accumulate the decades of industry experience into a wire and cable design document. ServiceDrive® VFD Cable System designs have always met the new 2018 NFPA 79 cable requirements.  Read More...
Lee PerryPublished September 2018 by:

Lee Perry
Engineering Manager at Service Wire Company







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