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Understanding Your Custom Cable Assembly Testing Requirements

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on November 20, 2019 at 9:57 AM

Custom cable assemblies are used everywhere in a variety of applications, supporting a diverse customer base. These custom cable assemblies may transmit power, data, or other high-fidelity signals during their operation, and in some applications may be used for life-saving or mission critical equipment. These cables must be reliable enough to continuously transmit signals without failure, and be strong enough to withstand certain mechanical stresses, and durable enough to withstand the environment they will operate within.

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Five Tips When Substituting Cable Assembly Connectors

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on November 12, 2019 at 8:47 AM

There are several considerations a purchasing manager must review before selecting a cable assembly supplier. As corporations move toward a matrix organization structure, buyers can be unfamiliar with the various programmatic details required to make critical sourcing decisions fast.

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Cable Assembly Conductor Options 101

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on November 1, 2019 at 8:59 AM

Cable assembly conductors may seem like a complicated topic, but many of the properties that govern these cables are quite straightforward. Making sense of the differences between stranded conductors and solid conductors, and even the various conductor plating specifications that are at play, is easy. You just need to keep a few key things in mind. Even a general understanding of the wire flexibility requirements, current draw, and the operating environment will help guide you toward the best bulk cable design options that exist.

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What You Need To Know Before High-Volume Cable Production

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on October 23, 2019 at 9:19 AM

There are countless details that must be explored before moving into high-volume production for custom cable assemblies. And, if manufacturing is expected to occur offshore, there are even more considerations aside from the 12-hour time change, geographical distance, and language barrier.

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The Impact of Measurement Units on Your Cable Assembly

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on October 18, 2019 at 9:52 AM

Scientists and engineers are sticklers about the units for any measurement, and rightfully so. The technique of using units cancellation remains one of the fundamental concepts taught in all higher education STEM courses. Whether the course is chemistry, physics, thermodynamics, or even aerodynamics, the criticality of units is ever-present throughout lecture, calculations, and lab studies.

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Applying Artwork In Overmolded Cables

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on October 1, 2019 at 9:18 AM

Overmolded cables are used in countless applications across almost every industry. The reasons to use an overmolded cable design are numerous, but the primary reason is to protect the electrical contacts while offering strain relief.

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Using Wire-To-Board PCB-Mounted Connectors In Your Cable Assembly

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on July 23, 2019 at 8:51 AM

In simple terms, cable assemblies are comprised of two primary elements: the conductor and the connector. Rightfully so, the conductor’s sole purpose is to pass current at a given voltage, while the connectors job is to affix the cable assembly securely to a mating interconnect.

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Overview of the Shielded Cable Process

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on February 25, 2019 at 8:14 AM

We're all aware of the far-ranging uses and necessity for cables within electronics. With their widespread use and cables' inherent sensitivity to electromagnetic energy, the shielding methodology of a cable can be even more important than the conductor and jacket specifications.

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Defining Standard Wire Jacket Colors in Cables

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on February 20, 2019 at 10:31 AM

While it's true that The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has long issued a series of recommended standards for electrical and electronics design, those standards do not actually specify wiring color purposes in the way that a lot of people think they do. This is surprising given that those standards do contain extensive discussion on wiring and power cables.

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Consider the Cable: How to Improve Product Design with Big Picture Planning

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on February 6, 2019 at 10:36 AM

Look around at your desk, work station, or wherever you’re siting while reading this blog post. The odds are favorable there are multiple cables within reach right now!  It’s true, everyone needs and uses cables. Not just in one’s personal life, but also in the workplace, in industry, and even in combat.

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