Understanding the colors and markings on your custom cabling.
The basics of custom design cables’ markings and symbols, and what the Markings on Custom Cables mean for your product.
Custom design cables may have a series of markings on them that are intended to denote their function and proper usage. As a cable customer, you want to ensure that your cabling complies with industry standards and norms to avoid confusion while making installation and maintenance as simple as possible for the end user. Here are some of the common Markings on Custom Cables along with indicators that often appear on quality customized cable.
The Lettering and Markings on Custom Cables
When designing cable, the manufacturer will often print lettering on the product’s jacketing during production. The purpose of this lettering is to let users know about the product’s specifications before installing it. Below are some of the letters that are commonly used in custom cable design and what they mean.
- H – This indicates that the wire is safe to use in temperatures that will not exceed 75°C.
- HH- This combination means that the cables or wiring were designed to withstand temperatures that will not exceed 90°C.
- T – The letter “T” indicates that the custom cables have thermoplastic jacketing. This type of jacketing is made of a durable material that has the ability to insulate and protect your wiring – even in rugged or industrial uses.
- X- The “X” typically indicates that the wire’s jacketing is made of a thermoset material. Thermosets have a higher heat tolerance than thermoplastics, which typically makes them more suitable for higher temperature applications.
- W – “W” typically indicates that the product is safe for use in conditions that may be damp or involve contact with water.
- N – This wire has a nylon coating, the benefit of nylon is that it can protect your product from abrasions and from several corrosive materials such as oil and gas.
The Color of Your Custom Cable
Many of these combinations will depend on the geographic location of the final product and the standards there. To avoid confusion, it is important to ask your manufacturer to research this before making a final decision.
It is also important to note that the different color combinations used in wiring projects vary based on a number of additional factors including the type of project, the number of conductors associated with it, and the aesthetic of the final project. Because of these factors, you will likely need to rely on your wire manufacturer and designer to determine the most appropriate color combinations for your product’s cable or wire.
At Meridian, we have the capability to design custom cable in a variety of colors and color combinations to match the aesthetic of your product, speed up installation, and promote safe maintenance. We also have the ability to manufacture these products, producing prototypes along the way to ensure your product’s efficiency and functionality.