For over 100 years, electrical contractor IB Abel has been designing and constructing electrical projects throughout Pennsylvania and New York. The electrical contractor has specialized in electrical services, communication projects, and utility services. Their customers include utility firms, solar farms, and government. Having established a history of top notch customer service dating back to when the organization first opened for business in 1913, IB Abel is continuously looking for new ways to deliver value and cost savings to their customers.
IB Abel was tasked with installing the wiring on a 100 acre solar farm project in Marathon, New York. Requiring over 1.3 million feet of PV wire, the project manager was looking for a solution that could expedite the installation process to help them save on costs, safely and efficiently.
Given the geographic size of a solar farm, the electrical contractor was looking for a value added solution that would speed up the installation. Because of the harsh weather in upstate New York, when it could be sunny one day and then blizzarding for the next three, it was imperative for IB Abel that their team get the project completed as quickly as possible.
After learning about bundled cable, IB Abel investigated the product. An electrical distributor that IB works with mentioned to them that One-Pull Wire and Cable manufactures custom lengths of bundled PV wire. The IB Abel project manager then spoke with Anthony Masotto, One-Pull national sales manager to learn whether OP could manufacture over 1.3 million feet of bundled PV wire within three weeks.
The One-Pull team, operating within a lean and flexible production system, made the necessary shifts for the customer so that they could produce and ship the staggered configuration to the job site on schedule.
Once the bundled cable reels arrived on the job site, IB Abel’s electricians quickly transported them onto the job site and pulled the runs off the reels. With the lengths combined, it was easier to pull them down the panels and drop them where they need to be dropped.
An additional value added benefit for IB Abel’s electricians in the field was physical. Pulling and tagging conductors can take its toll on their backs. Not only did the bundled cable help them get the job done faster but it also eased the back strain that typically occurs when pulling heavy single conductors on the job.
Through using bundled cable, IB Abel saved 50% of the time they have originally estimated on the pulling and tagging of the individual conductors.