What Is Tray Cable & When Should It Be Used?

Efficient cabling system design can take many forms with today’s wide variety of solutions.  Tray cable can be one of the simplest and most effective solutions in your facility today.

You may hear the term “tray cable,” but do you know what it is and when you should use it? The National Electric Code (NEC) defines tray cables as, “a factory assembly of two or more insulated conductors under a nonmetallic sheath, for installation in cable trays, in raceways, or where supported by a messenger wire.”

Tray cable is a versatile cable that is approved for installation in raceways or cable tray.  Cables come in multiconductor and multipair styles, which means that they can be used for instrumentation/signal, control, power and lighting. Cable tray is used as an alternative to open wiring or electrical conduit systems.  It is a great option for cable management in commercial and industrial construction. Cable tray offers many benefits over conduit because cables are easier to access for installation, repair, removal and future development, as well as organization and clean, secure cable routing.

General Cable's tray cable offering

Tray Cable is the Ultimate All-around Cable

There are types that can be used in both wet and dry environments, in direct burial applications and sunlight resistant to be used outdoors.  Powerful enough to support structure of all sizes, tray cable is used in a wide range of manufacturing, industrial and commercial facilities.  Tray cable comes in a variety of multi-conductor and multi-pair styles that can be used for control, instrumentation/signal, power and lighting.  Insulation types are varied ranging from VNTC (Vinyl Nylon Tray Cable – least expensive), CVTC (Continuous Vulcanization Tray Cable) and ultimately to FREP (Flame-Retardant Ethylene Propylene Rubber – highest quality).  The insulation required depends on the environment and is usually dictated by the end user or engineer.

General Cable - Tray Cable

At French Gerleman, we stock many variations of General Cable Tray Cable in full reels or cut to custom lengths. General Cable’s FREP® and VNTC® offers the broadest line of industrial tray cable available in the market.

To complement our tray cable offering, we stock fittings and connectors specified for tray cable applications.

French Gerleman offers tray cable from General Cable

French Gerleman’s in-stock tray cable offering:

  • Jacket materials: PVC, XLP, FREP, CPE, LSZH and more
  • Shielded or Non-shielded options
  • Voltages: 300V or 600V
  • Colors: standard and special color codes available
  • Lengths: standard lengths or custom cuts
  • Fittings and connectors in stock

Do you have an interest in learning more or want to start using tray cable? Give your Account Manager a call today!

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