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How Wire and Cable is Made

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 General Cable Corporation is one of the largest wire and cable manufacturers in the world, having 170 years of experience in the wire and cable business.  Their history of accomplishments include:

  • 1844 - Supplied the insulated wire to Samuel Morse for his historic communication between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
  • 1882 - Manufactured a seven-conductor line to link the U.S. Capitol with the State, War and Navy Buildings.
  • 1886 - Supplied wire to light the Statue of Liberty twice—first in 1886 and again for the Centennial celebration in 1986.
  • 1893 - Produced 145 miles of cable for installation under New York City sidewalks and a 3,000 volt cable for the first Chicago World's Fair.
  • 1904 - NSW, a General Cable Company based in Nordenham, Germany, produced and installed a trans-Atlantic submarine telecommunications cable line connecting Borkum, Germany, via the Azores to New York ― 4,967 conductor miles.
  • 1922 - Invented Romex® Brand* non-metallic sheathed cable at the company's facility in Rome, New York, U.S.A
  • 1929 - Produced the first 75,000-volt submarine cable in the United States for the Delaware River Crossing. It was manufactured in 4,050-foot lengths — the longest ever without joints.
  • 1935 - Supplied 100% of the cable for the power transmission line from the Hoover Dam to Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.— 1,626 conductor miles.
  • 1943 - Manufactured 140 miles of hollow tube designed to transport 120 million gallons of diesel fuel between England and France for the D-Day invasion — Code name: "Operation Pluto." PLUTO stood for Pipe Line Under The Ocean.
  • 1944 - Produced 80% of the battlefield telephone wire used by the Allies and 50% of the Navy's power and communications cable.
  • 1971 - Supplied hundreds of miles of power and communications cable to link the control facilities with the launch platforms at Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S.A.
  • 2000 - Supplied on-board fiber optic cable for the ongoing requirements and maintenance of the International Space Station program.

This excellent video explains the operation and machinery used to manufacture wire and cable harnesses.


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