April 3, 2007
Southwire Introduces NoLube(TM) SIMpull THHN(R) Building Wire
Electrical contractors will no longer have to lubricate feeder-sized THHN to pull it through conduit with the introduction of a revolutionary new No Lube SIMpull THHN building wire by Southwire. SIMpull THHN incorporates a breakthrough, patent-pending technology to reduce friction and with it the mess, labor and cost associated with lubrication. In addition, No Lube SIMpull THHN's unique design results in a cleaner appearance, easier to read print and reduced susceptibility to nylon tearing.
In 2004, Southwire introduced Romex™ SIMpull™, a non-metallic cable for residential construction that pulls easier and faster. As a result, Romex SIMpull is now the preferred wire for residential construction. SIMpull THHN uses similar technology to transform the installation process for commercial, industrial and institutional applications.
"SIMpull THHN is yet another example of our commitment to continuously develop innovative products that provide electrical contractors more efficient ways to install wire and cable," said Stuart Thorn, president and CEO, Southwire Company. "Southwire listens to contractors, and then we innovate to give them products that will make their processes safer and more efficient and their businesses more profitable."
"In nearly a year of trials on job sites all over the country, using millions of feet of No Lube SIMpull THHN, contractors have been amazed by how fast and simple it is to pull without any lubrication," said Jack Carlson, president of Southwire's Electrical Division. "Without exception, they've told us how much cleaner and easier it is to use SIMpull THHN and how they've been able to significantly reduce installation time and costs. Based on these experiences, we believe contractors everywhere will immediately recognize the benefits of a faster, easier and cleaner way to install feeder THHN."
Independent tests by R.S. Means confirm SIMpull THHN reduces total installation time by an average of 30 percent, as well as eliminates equipment needed to apply lubricant. By reducing friction and improving nylon toughness, the SIM TechnologyÃ® developed by Southwire also makes pulling more consistent, reducing the likelihood of nylon tearing.
By eliminating the need to lubricate wire, installing SIMpull THNN also requires less set-up and cleanup time. Additionally, there's no need to protect surfaces from lubricant spills or spend time wiping down wire for terminations. SIMpull THHN helps contractors accelerate job schedules.
SIMpull THHN will be Southwire's standard product and will be available in all standard industry colors in sizes 1/0 and larger. Reels are stretch-wrapped to protect the wire on job sites with descriptive identification that clearly identifies NoLube THHN. The new packaging and labeling will help reduce errors and simplify inventory management for contractors and distributors alike. Southwire's nine Master Service Centers will also cut and parallel SIMpull THHN to custom lengths, reducing waste for contractors, making the product readily available, in all colors and sizes, right where and when contractors need it.
Southwire will introduce No Lube SIMpull THHN beginning in April in the East, gradually extending west with completion expected by mid-summer.
Over the past year, Southwire has also introduced: MCAP™ and HCF MCAP cable, a next generation metal clad cable with a built-in armor ground; Titan™, a new liquidtight flexible metal conduit with improved flexibility and reduced memory; and has expanded its line of flexible cord products to include Viper™ rubber cord along with QuantumTPE™ cord products.
About Southwire Company
A technology leader, Southwire Company is a major wire and cable provider in North America, manufacturing building wire and cable, metal-clad (MC) cable, FlatWire ReadyÃ® products, cord products, utility cable products, industrial power cable, copper and aluminum rod and continuous casting technology. Visit Southwire's website at www.southwire.com.