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/images/PowerCableUpdate.jpg/images/southwire_100x70.jpgAccelerated Pulling Projects with Parallel Runs on ReelsAcceleratedPullingProjectsWithParallelRunsOnReels.htmParallel conductors on a single cable reel can cut pulling setup time and save money. Southwire delivers parallel runs to your order.
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Accelerated Pulling Projects with Parallel Runs on Reels

Parallel conductors on a single cable reel can cut pulling setup time and save money. Southwire delivers parallel runs to your order.

If you’re pulling three single-conductor power cables for a circuit in conduit, cable trays or duct banks, you might be assuming that you have to set up three cable reels for the pull. That can be a lot of setup time – and Southwire can help you reduce it.

“There’s a simpler, less time-consuming solution to pulling multiple conductors,” says Doug Ramsey, Southwire director of industrial products. “Let Southwire service centers put all three conductors in parallel on a single reel. That can cut setup time and labor costs, and accelerate the installation.”

With only one reel to set up and monitor during payoff, parallel runs can save time whether you’re pulling into conduit, cable trays or duct banks. The savings are especially noticeable on smaller runs, where setup may account for a larger percentage of the job time.

Southwire Service Centers make parallel runs easy

Southwire Service Centers handle cutting to length and parallel reel winding on a routine basis. To order parallel runs, you just need to know the circuit length (length of run from one end to the other) and the cable you’re using. Ask for paralleling service when you place an order or request a quote. There is an additional charge for the cutting and paralleling service.

The most common use of parallel runs on reels is three single-conductor MV cables for a single circuit. The table below shows some typical parallel configurations. There are also other potential applications. The only requirement is that all the cables on a reel must be of the same diameter, to avoid differing pay-off rates as the reel turns.

Specifiers and installers should know about parallel runs

  “At Southwire, we’re always looking for ways to reduce the total cost of a cable installation,” Ramsey says. “Paralleling runs on a reel is a good tactic for both specifiers and contractors to know about.”

Southwire’s Industrial Power Cable In-Stock Products catalog has more detail on parallel runs. If you’d like a copy of the In-Stock catalog, email doug_ramsey@southwire.com.

Table:

Typical Parallel Configurations on a Single Reel

(Examples are CT-listed Medium Voltage, single-conductor cables with EPR insulation, copper tape shield and PVC jacket.)

 

 

Voltage and Size

Maximum recommended circuit length (feet)

Reel for maximum recommended length (inches)

 

Shipping weight (pounds)

5kV

 

 

 

1/0 AWG

2,000

54 x 78

1,971

350kcmil

1,250

42 x 78

4,719

500kcmil

1,000

54 x 78

6,363

15kV

 

 

 

1/0 AWG

2,000

54 x 78

2,523

350kcmil

1,000

54 x 78

5,490

500kcmil

750

54 x 78

7,155

35kV

 

 

 

1/0 AWG

1,500

54 x 64

3,951

350kcmil

1,250

54 x 96

5,682

500kcmil

700

54 x 96

9,447