Reel of "Gold" Cable Commemorating the Production of the One Billionth Foot of Raychem Self-Regulating Heat Tracing Cable, c. 2007-2008. BTV self-regulating heat tracing cable with a gold colored outer jacket coils 19 times around a gold colored plastic reel. The end of the cable extends through a hole in the top of the reel and is cut off showing the different layers of its construction. The flat cable has a black conductive core flanked by nickel-coated copper wire on each side. The core is covered by a white insulating jacket, and overtop, a nickel-coated copper braid enables grounding if the cable is damaged. A gold colored jacket is the final exterior layer. The other end of the cable is held in place on the reel with transparent plastic tape. Blue text printed on the plastic tape reads, "Raychem factory seal."
This reel was used in the celebrations commemorating the production of the "Billionth Foot" of Raychem self-regulating heat tracing cable. Heat tracing cable was first developed and produced by the Raychem Corporation and later sold by Tyco International when it purchased the Raychem Corporation in 1999. An employee's event was held at the heat tracing production factory on Bay Road in Redwood City on March 14, 2008. Tyco announced the installation of the one billionth foot of Raychem self-regulating heat-tracing cable at the Bridgeport Ethanol Plant in Bridgeport, Nebraska on September 18, 2008. The event was celebrated by the executive teams of Tyco Thermal Controls and Bridgeport Ethanol LLC.
|Collection||3D - Tempurature Control Equipment|
|Title||Reel of "Gold" Cable Commemorating the Production of the One Billionth Foot of Raychem Self-Regulating Heat Tracing Cable, c. 2007-2008|
|Creator||Raychem Corporation, Menlo Park|
|Inscription Text||"Raychem factory seal" (printed in blue ink on clear plastic tape around reel); "ABS" printed underneath recycling symbol (molded into top of reel near wire opening)|
|Provenance||Brought to Museum by Raychemer Chet Sandburg from Pentair Thermal Management. In 2012, Pentair Inc. and Tyco International Ltd. combined to create Pentair Ltd.|
Exerpt from email sent by Jim Thompson to Debra Peterson on December 15, 2016:
"Here is some more context information for the Billion Foot reel of Heat Tracing that we reviewed yesterday.
The article below discusses the use of the Billionth foot of Raychem Heat Tracing being installed. This event occurred after Tyco acquired Raychem and the Chemelex business was in the Tyco Thermal Controls Division. Tracer Construction was the engineering
and construction group in Tyco Thermal Controls.
The employees event was held in at Heat Tracing factory on Bay Road in Redwood City on March 14, 2008."
|Dimensions||H-13 W-12 D-12 inches|
|Dimension Details||13" x 12" x 12"|
Business and Industry
Tyco International Ltd.