Since 1968, General Cable's Technology Center has housed the Technology Development & Quality Assurance Groups. We employ fourteen engineers and eight expert technicians at our ISO 9001 standardized facility, which is fully accredited by CSA International as a Prototype Verification/Design facility under their Option 9000 test program.
See below to learn more about General Cable's technology center.
- Compound Development
General Cable has the capability to develop, blend, analyze, and test new cable insulation materials. Stringent approval testing is conducted on formulas that are optimized for both performance and cost.
- Quality Approval
The Technology Center engineers and technicians perform extensive raw material testing to ensure quality in the cables produced. General Cable’s testing protocols meet or exceed industry norms.
- Overhead Conductor Testing
Full capabilities exist to perform stress/strain, creep, and vibration testing of overhead conductors. Senior engineers translate the values into sag/tension characteristics based on customer needs.
- Electrical Testing
General Cable performs long-term insulation resistance testing of all new insulation systems. Cable is maintained at 75 or 90°C in water, with applied voltage for up to a year to acquire approval for use.
- Thermal & Chemical Analysis
The Technology Center is fully equipped to analyze insulation for resistance to chemical and thermal extremes. Thermal analysis tools are used to characterize insulation and to predict long-term performance in service.
The Technology Center is outfitted to analyze insulation for resistance to chemical and thermal extremes. Thermal analysis tools are used to characterize insulation and to predict long-term performance in service.
- Mechanical Testing
General Cable performs many types of metallurgical analysis from aluminum alloy development to investigation of field samples. General Cable's internal audio and video information systems allow its R&D staff to view and discuss real-time tests.
- Compound Extrusion
The Technology Center performs tensile, compression, abrasion, crush, impact, and flexibility testing down to minus 40°C. This capability supports customers in all geographic areas of North America.
- Senior Engineers
Senior Engineers provide technical support with product applications, installation, and design. They also support the industry through participation in Codes and Standards development.