Underground cable: General Cable and Dow Inside Alliance introduce EmPowr Link+ medium voltage cables

General Cable and Dow Electrical & Telecommunications have introduced BICC® Brand EmPowr® Link+, an enhanced tree-retardant cross-linked polyethylene (TRXLPE) insulated medium-voltage cable for reliability and asset management.

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Highland Heights, KY — Power transmission cables: General Cable (NYSE: BGC) and Dow Electrical & Telecommunications (Dow E&T), a business of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: Dow), are pleased to introduce BICC® Brand EmPowr® Link+, an enhanced tree-retardant cross-linked polyethylene (TRXLPE) insulated medium-voltage cable that sets the new standard for reliability and asset management.

This powerful General Cable―Dow Inside alliance brings together two long-standing innovators with more than two centuries of combined technical expertise. General Cable and Dow are committed to providing valued solutions to customers by combining advanced materials with advanced manufacturing. EmPowr Link+ underground medium-voltage cable offers longer service life and the potential for a lower total system cost, offering peace of mind now and for decades to come for consumers and utilities alike.

EmPowr Link+ utilizes DOW ENDURANCE HFDC-4202 EC next-generation insulation compound, which offers enhanced dielectric performance with improved water tree-retardant technology, and is coupled with advanced conductor and insulation shield technologies that help reduce electrical stress and enables easier accessory installation over a broader temperature range. These components, combined with exceptional material processing and state-of-the-art cable manufacturing capabilities, deliver a medium-voltage cable proven to provide extended cable life over existing TRXLPE cables.

“Backed by the General Cable―Dow Inside alliance, EmPowr Link+ delivers reliable power that allows our utility customers to lower operating costs and ensure an expected system lifespan in excess of 40 years,” said Jay Lahman, Vice President and General Manager of General Cable’s Electrical Utility Business.

Through Class 10,000 clean room material handling and 100 percent new-generation optical pellet inspection, EmPowr Link+ compounds avoid contamination that can adversely impact performance and service life. General Cable’s true triple extrusion dry cure technology and state-of-the-art computerized process controls further prevent exposure to contamination and moisture ingress while ensuring consistent quality and reliability.

EmPowr Link+ medium-voltage TRXLPE insulated cables meet or exceed industry standards and specifications while offering proven extended cable life as demonstrated by extensive wet aging comparisons and time-to-failure ACLT testing.

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