New conducting wire may double transmission capacity

Highland Heights, KY, Aug. 5, 2002 — General Cable has added a new product to its line of BICC Brand bare overhead conductors — TransPowr TW.

This Aluminum Conductor Steel Supported / Trapezoidal Wire (ACSS/TW), a viable solution for reconductoring and/or new line construction, maximizes efficiencies in transmission line design by providing the capability of nearly doubling the current carrying capacity.

“BICC Brand TransPowr TW conductors marry two proven overhead technologies that have been available separately for over 25 years — ACSS/TW. This advance in conductor design combines the benefits of the high operating temperatures of ACSS with the reduced diameter of the TW resulting in significantly higher transmission capacity without increasing mechanical loads from larger conductors.” says John Guerrieri, Utility Product Manager for General Cable.

TransPowr TW Conductors are offered in a construction that is approximately 10% smaller in overall diameter than conventional conductors with an alternative conductor design of equal diameter which gains a 20-25% increase in the aluminum conductor area. Other options include AAC/TW, ACSR/TW, ACSS/TW and AAAC/TW conductor constructions.

With load demands increasing, environmental concerns growing and urban distribution systems aging, TransPowr TW ACSS/TW conductor products are becoming an overall lower life-cycle cost and environmentally friendly solution for recently’s utilities.

General Cable (NYSE: BGC), headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the communications, energy, industrial and specialty markets.

The Company offers competitive strengths in such areas as breadth of product line, brand recognition, distribution and logistics, sales and service and operating efficiency. Communications wire and cable products transmit low-voltage signals for voice, data, video and control applications. Energy cables include low-, medium- and high-voltage power distribution and power transmission products.

The Industrial and Specialty Segment is comprised of application-specific cables for uses such as electrical power generation (traditional fuels, alternative and renewable sources, and distributed generation), the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, mining, industrial automation, marine, military and aerospace applications, power applications in the telecommunications industry, and other key industrial segments. Visit our website at


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