When dealing with requests for custom manufactured custom assemblies, the question that frequently comes up is - why should a jacketed cable be used in an assembly? The answer to that question can be determined by looking at two areas, safety and cosmetics.
Manufacturing cable assemblies used in precise medical device applications requires rigorous demands just to meet the industry standard. When dealing with these specific applications, failure is not an option. Envision applications used in a medical environment. You must limit the possibility of failure for users in the field. Even something as mundane as cable sterilization can potentially cause the cable to fail and/or cause issues for the user(s).
We’ve received cable requests on a hand-drawn dinner napkin, 8x11 pieces of paper, and even old pictures. Regardless of the format, once the request is received it is drawn into a basic design which is sent to our Engineering team. We need to have the requested cable assembly design in a particular format in order to be able to manufacture the request appropriately. Otherwise our facility would not be able to understand dimensions (etc.) correctly. An official manufacturing ready design drawing would then be returned to you.
Navigating throughout the complex cable industry can be both difficult and time consuming. This is especially true if for whatever reason you have to change your cable supplier. This blog post is intended to give you a perspective of what to expect if you find yourself in the need of switching an existing cable assembly design to a new supplier.
Cable Assemblies can be used in almost any environment, but some environments pose specific challenges that need to be individually addressed. One such environment is when a cable assembly is installed in areas where there is a high rodent presence. These installations can include any outdoor application, indoor industrial installations, residential applications, food/grain storage areas, or any area that offers shelter and food for rodents.
When developing an overmold tool for a custom cable assembly, consideration needs to be given to the cosmetic appearance desired of the finished part. There are several areas that constitute these considerations, the desired finish of the end part, and the preciseness of the molding tool itself.
This blog post is meant to be a guide to ribbon cable assemblies. Ribbon cable assemblies, which can also be called flat ribbon cable assemblies or planar cable assemblies, are assemblies that utilize a ribbon cable and typically use IDC (insulation displacement connector) terminations. The cable used in this type of assembly consists of conducting wires laid flat and parallel to each other. This construction produces a cable that is wide and flat like a ribbon and this resemblance is the origin of the cable’s name.
Substituting cable assembly connectors can be a double edged sword. Substitution may be able to provide a less expensive cable assembly. However, it may also create problems with the interface if the substitution is not done correctly or is done with a connector of inferior quality.
Applications where cable assemblies are utilized can be electrically noisy environments. For an example these applications could be industrial where the cable assembly is installed on a factory floor. Understanding the environment in which your assembly will be used in may determine whether or not your application will require shielded cables.