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Custom Coil Cables Designed for Even the Toughest Conditions

Improve your product’s functionality with custom coil cables

custom coil cables
custom coil cables

 

Custom Coil Cables

If you’re in the market for custom coil cables, consider asking your manufacturer if coiled cabling is an option for your product. Custom coiled cable has many key benefits that other types of wire cable simply can’t offer. These cords are capable of being bent, pulled on or twisted during everyday use. Traditional straight cable cannot handle this level of stress without bending and eventually causing metal fatigue. Coil cords are made with this in mind, and their protective plastic jacketing prevents this type of wear and tear.

img-icon-interfaceBecause coiled cords can hold up to these rough conditions, they are often ideal for use on construction sites or other industrial areas. While we tend to think of these cords as being rather thin, and the ones used in corded phones typically are, they can be manufactured to carry higher voltages or multiple signals to accommodate heavy duty usage. These cords are also suited for portable equipment, like cameras and sound equipment, where long cords are easily tangled. An additional benefit is that because of their spring-like nature, coil cords don’t have to be tediously rolled up to prevent snags and impossible knots like traditional cables do.

This type of cord can be custom manufactured to carry more than just electrical currents, though. Custom cable can be filled with wire that can transmit anything from electricity for powered tools to data and signal in the telecommunications industry.

This type of custom cabling can even:

  • House fillers to retain the cord’s shape
  • Be jacketed in materials that are resistant to UV rays
  • Have Teflon or other strengthening agents added to the jacketing material to make them cut resistant

These are just a few of the benefits of custom cables, but you can see how working with a manufacturer opens up a wealth of additional materials that can be added to your product’s design. To avoid waste and save money in the production process, it’s important that you work with a manufacturer who will look into these details to assess your exact needs as a cable customer. Each project has its own unique set of specifications that must be addressed to manufacture the best cabling cord for your product’s demands.

If you need a custom designed coil, contact the Meridian Team.

Custom Coil Cables Designed for Even the Toughest Conditions

Custom Cable Cable Assembly Manufacturers

With so many custom cable assembly manufacturers out there, how do you choose one?

Choosing the right Custom Cable Cable Assembly Manufacturer can be broken down into a series of key points and actionable steps to ensure that your goals align with those of your manufacturer.

A quick Google search for custom cable cable assembly manufacturer results in an overwhelming number of results. How can customers determine which ones are able to produce custom wiring that meets their product’s needs? We’ve put together a list of key points to consider and things to look for while browsing the web for a cable assemblies manufacturer.

Custom Cable Cable Assembly Manufacturers
Custom Cable Cable Assembly Manufacturers

 

What’s Your Custom Niche?

It’s always a good idea to first identify which industries each custom cable cable assembly manufacturer thrives in. Working with a manufacturer that is experienced in your industry is a great indicator of success. It shows that this particular manufacturer understands the unique issues that can arise during the production process. Knowing each manufacturer’s area of expertise and the products that they’ve produced is a fast and simple way to determine if they can extrude products that meet the specific requirements that your custom cabling requires.

Steps towards quality assurance.

After ensuring that the manufacturer’s work is in a similar field, take a look at their certifications. This is a surefire way to determine the level of quality and expertise that they can provide. The exact certifications that your product needs will depend on its intended purpose and market. A great manufactured cable producer will have designers and engineers on-staff to help you determine this. As a best practice though, look for certifications issued by ISO and UL. These are two of the leaders in manufacturing best practices and quality assurance, their seal of approval holds a tremendous amount of weight in the design and manufacturing realm. Seeking out manufacturers who are certified by these organizations is a great way to safeguard against potential manufacturing errors and safety concerns. It’s also important not to overlook a manufacturer’s years of experience as this indicates their dedication to quality, their ability to meet deadlines and client’s needs.

Assessing the past work of a custom cable cable assembly manufacturer.

Another best practice for finding the right cable manufacturing facility is to learn more about their past products. You will likely find insights and examples of past products on their site, browse through these to gain a sense of their capabilities. Some questions to think about as you browse manufactures’ websites include:

  • Did this manufacturer design and produce these products?
  • Can customers choose the color, the finish, and which additional elements will be added to the product?
  • Will the manufacturer custom build your assembly cabling, or do they only provide off the shelf options? Because complex cables require a plethora of wires that must be stored in the assembly, it’s best to only choose a manufacturer that has a history of producing custom designs.
  • Do they provide examples of products that are relevant to your specific industry?
  • What kind of specialized materials do they have to offer for your cable assembly? For example, a cable assembly being used for heavy machinery will likely require heavy-duty materials like Teflon, while a custom cable assembly for use in the medical industry may require bio-sensitive materials.

Your involvement in the process.

No one knows the exact needs of your product better than you and your design team. Because of this, it’s important that your custom cable cable assembly manufacturer is willing to work with you; sharing their industry knowledge to help you make the best design decisions possible. Determining this can be difficult when relying solely on a website, but the manufacturer’s blogs and past work history should give you more insight into this.

A location that works for you.

Your manufacturer’s location is crucial to the success of your product. Having custom cable assembly manufacturers nearby is unlikely, but knowing that they can easily be reached and have locations in multiple timezones makes the production process more efficient. Manufacturers with multiple locations will give you options as to where your materials will come from, and where the product will be produced to reduce overall shipping costs. This is also beneficial to the success of your product, as your manufacturer will be able to provide faster service in the event that production in one facility is slowed or if your product’s production requires additional resources.

Conclusion

Choosing a custom cable cable assembly manufacturer for your cable assembly doesn’t have to be a lengthy or overwhelming process. Much of your initial vetting can be done by browsing their site to get a sense of the products that they produce, how they measure quality, where their factories are, and their willingness to work with your existing product team. This can be time-consuming, but it will simplify the process in the long run, ensuring that you only have a tailored list of companies to contact.

 

A Cable Manufacturer’s Confirmation of Quality

Cable Manufacturer

A Cable Manufacturer’s Confirmation of Quality

When looking for a manufacturer, every client searches for the one that can produce the highest quality product and researches every Cable Manufacturer’s Confirmation of Quality . But when it comes to cables and wiring, quality is not only important to the longevity of the product – it’s also a safety concern. When working with a manufacturer to produce wire harnesses or cable assemblies, it’s important to ask about the steps and assurances they take to produce safe, high-quality goods.

Cable Manufacturer's Confirmation of Quality
Cable Manufacturer’s Confirmation of Quality

Qualifications to Look for When Choosing a Wire Harness and Cable Assembly Manufacturer

It’s hard to know where to begin when looking for qualified cable assembly manufacturers. Fortunately though, there are several quality assurance groups and certifications that respected manufacturers associate themselves with. Asking manufacturers about their qualifications and the industry groups they belong to will help you determine which manufacturer will be able to meet your needs based on your product’s scale and intended market. Certifications and qualities to look for when choosing a qualified manufacturer include:

UL (Underwriters Laboratories)

Ask potential manufacturers if they are capable of producing products that will meet the various compliance standards put in place by UL. If you’re not familiar with UL, it’s an independent body that is known for testing, inspecting, verifying, and certifying that products meet various international safety standards. Working with a manufacturer who can meet the necessary requirements to certify your product will ensure that it’s safe. This will also help your product to succeed in competitive markets where this group’s seal of approval bears a great deal of weight.

ISO 9001:2008

This rather lengthy series of letters and numbers is actually a manufacturing certification issued by ISO. ISO is a globally recognized organization known for setting the standard for quality management. Manufacturers with this certification are trained in the best practices for ensuring that customers receive consistent, high-quality results. This system is focused on making the manufacturing process as efficient and streamlined as possible, which will ultimately save everyone time and money. Looking for a manufacturer that understands and utilizes these practices is a great way to guarantee that you’re working with a group capable of producing great results in an efficient manner.

Experience

Choosing a manufacturer with years of experience may be one of the best ways to ensure quality and ingenuity. Talk to potential manufacturers about the work that they have done in the past to get a sense of their niche and the scope of their work. Some questions to consider are:

  • Do they have experience in a similar industry?
  • How long have they been operating, and are they capable of producing custom parts?
  • Where does this company manufacture their goods and how do they source their materials?

These questions will give you a sense of the manufacturer’s organizational process and workflow. It’s important that your manufacturer’s scale and capabilities align with yours and the goals that you have for your product.

Testing Procedures for Cable Assemblies and Wire Harnesses

Aside from asking about credentials and experience, ask the manufacturer how they test their products. What protocols are in place to guarantee that their products are capable of withstanding expected conditions, voltages, and frequent use? Visually inspecting products and using prototypes are helpful steps that should be incorporated into the testing process. However, there are quite a few additional tests that can be used to gauge the quality of your wire harnesses and cable assemblies. Ask your manufacturer about the following testing options for your product:

Advanced Life Testing Labs

Simulating the everyday wear and tear that products undergo is one of the best ways to ensure that they meet your quality expectations. Your manufacturer should be able to design a series of tests to see how durable the final product actually is. This is particularly beneficial for new product designs, giving you a feel for the way that they function during everyday use.

Third Party Test Systems 

Bringing on a third party to test your product and ensure that it’s working exactly as planned is an effective way of testing it. Third party testers can detect and troubleshoot issues like shorts or mis-wires, if conductors were contaminated, and a variety of other issues. Having an independent party test products gives both the client and manufacturer peace of mind.

There are several steps that can be taken by the manufacturer to produce wire harnesses and cable assemblies capable of handling anything from office use to arctic conditions and polar bears. Meridian Cable possesses the certifications and experience necessary to produce quality, specially designed cords that meet your product’s unique needs.