Steps Toward Choosing the Right Custom Cable Assemblies

Gain an understanding of how your Cable Manufacturing partner produces cables and assemblies to meet your needs.

Highly technical products require highly technical solutions and tooling only available from a team with quality cable manufacturing capabilities. To avoid working with a low-quality product, it’s important to understand the wiring options that are available to you and how you can utilize them as effectively as possible. One of the first things that must be determined is whether or not you need a cable, a wire, or a custom cable assembly.

Choosing between these products is not nearly as simple as it sounds and will depend almost entirely on your product’s intended functionality. One of the most popular products available is custom cable assemblies. These products are popular because of their various uses and durable nature. Instead of having one thin wire or strand of cable, these custom assemblies are capable of housing several different types of wiring. This is ideal for products that need to reliably transport several different types of signals ranging from data in the telecommunications industry to signals in the medical industry.

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Because custom cable assemblies can transport multiple signals using the same basic infrastructure, they are an excellent option for busy industries where time is vital. Instead of having to find, unroll, and connect multiple wires – a cable assembly can house all of the necessary connectors and different types of cabling in one. This benefits most industries as tediously rolling and unrolling cables is a time-consuming hassle. While it may simply be an inconvenience to some, the time saved using a single organized wiring system can be major in the medical industry where seconds count. Because of this, it’s important that your manufacturer’s designs are able to meet the specific needs that your product’s custom cable requires.

There’s more to it than designing cabling custom made for a single product and the types of data and signal that it must transport. Another important factor that must be considered during the production process is how the cable assemblies’ wiring will hold up to a variety of conditions. The wire’s insulator is perhaps the most important factor in ensuring a product’s durability. Some popular insulators to consider and ask your manufacturer about include:

  • Polypropylene – This is a great choice for a cabling assembly that will be stored within another product and will not need to be bent or coiled. This is because it is a rather stiff material that is not effective for products that require extreme heat resistance.
  • Chlorinated Polyethylene – This is a more cost effective and versatile option for protecting assemblies’ wiring, as it is resistant to many different types of chemicals and their corrosive properties.
  • Thermoplastic Vulcanizate – This is an effective insulator for coating a product’s wires as well. Its ability to resist weathering and chemical corrosion are among its major benefits.

These are just a few of the materials that can benefit your cable assembly, add to its life span and make it more efficient for your team to use. There’s an array of products and designs out there that can benefit your product and make it more efficient. Because of this, it’s important to build a strong relationship with your manufacturer and to feel comfortable asking questions about the design and cable manufacturing choices being made.

For more information about assembly cabling and examples of how we have helped our customers design, manufacture, and service their cables’ wiring – contact the Meridian team today!