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Ask a Cable Assemblies Manufacturer: Prototyping 101

Ask a Cable Assemblies Manufacturer: Prototyping 101

There are many reasons to create a prototype for your custom cable assembly, but one of most compelling is that it helps you ensure your finished assembly will function as expected.

Prototyping makes it possible to extrude a cable with the appropriate voltage, required wire gauge, and optimal heat rating without any guesswork. Even further, creating a prototype can help you simplify the production process because your cable assemblies manufacturer can work all the kinks out and address any issues before they produce the full run of the final product.

When working with clients, we have run into a few general questions about prototyping that we wanted to take a moment to address.

Is working with a cable assemblies manufactuer on a prototype expensive?

While there is certainly a cost associated with producing a prototype, doing so can help you save money overall. Creating a prototype also helps save time when it comes to choosing the right materials. If you don’t create a prototype, you may be in the position of experimenting with different types of products and wiring systems to determine what will be the best solution for your application. The cost of these experiments can add up.

An experienced custom cable assemblies manufacturer is able to produce a full-scale, fully functional (in most cases) prototype that allows them to determine whether the assembly is feasible and practical from a technical and financial standpoint. If design flaws are discovered, it’s much easier and cheaper to address them at this stage.

Will a prototype be an exact representation of the finished cable assembly?cable cross section

Yes and no. While it is possible to produce a prototype that looks and functions exactly as the finished product, it’s not always necessary. Each prototype is produced to have the level of functionality that is necessary for each project. This allows the manufacturer to isolate the specific design or manufacturing issues for each application. Your project may or may not require a fully functional prototype, but it is certainly possible to create one if necessary.

Are there any drawbacks to prototyping?

Producing a prototype gives a cable assemblies manufacturer the opportunity to test an assembly design in real-world conditions. While you may be focused on a few potential issues, it’s important to remember to test the prototype’s functionality in every way so design flaws can be addressed immediately.

It’s also a good idea to address any issues with ownership of intellectual property in the prototyping phase. In general, it’s much easier to clear up any issues with intellectual property before you have produced the final cable assembly.

Conclusion

Prototyping is a critical stage of the process when working with a cable assemblies manufacturer. Not only will producing a prototype allow engineers to refine their design, but they will also be able to get a handle on any manufacturing issues and test the cable assembly’s overall functionality. This can help you save money and time, and achieve more success over the long term. If you are ready to discuss producing a prototype of your next custom cable, contact the team at Meridian Cable. We look forward to hearing from you.

Custom Cables for Prototyping

Customized cable produced by a manufacturer specializing in prototyping and design can set your product apart.

Custom Cables for Prototyping
Custom Cables for Prototyping

 

When looking for high quality, fairly priced materials for creating a prototype, it can be a challenge to find the right wiring components for your specific product and industry. There is no shortage of options when it comes to custom wiring and it can be a challenge to determine which material will be best for your product and wiring needs. By partnering with a manufacturer on Custom Cables for Prototyping, you and your team will have a knowledgeable resource to turn to when making these decisions. This can be the difference between a successful prototype and one that does not live up to expectations.

Simplifying the Production Process

Consulting with a manufacturer capable of extruding small amounts of specialized wiring to enhance and perfect a product is an important step in the manufacturing process. There are so many choices to be made regarding wiring systems that opting not to work with an engineer, instead of making assumptions about the best type of wiring to use, can be dangerous. To determine a product’s voltage, required wire gauge, and optimal heat rating engineers work with a series of calculations to ensure that they are producing a safe and effective product. If these calculations are not performed correctly or are overlooked, the resulting product could overheat, cause shorts, fires, or even injury.

Reducing Costs by Partnering with a Cable Manufacturer to Produce Custom Cables for Prototyping

Cost is often seen as a barrier to working with a cable manufacturer. However, by working with an experienced cable manufacturing company, you can reduce the costs that are typically spent on experimenting with various products and wiring systems in an effort to determine which one will be most effective. Your manufacturer’s expertise and industry knowledge will guide you and your team to the systems that will be ideal for your product and its various functions. This will save time and the intensive research process that usually goes with choosing wiring materials without the guidance of an engineer.

Custom Cables for Prototyping Your Project

Custom Cables for Prototyping
Custom Cables for Prototyping

By utilizing custom materials, your product is likely to be streamlined and optimized for speedy manufacturing and assembly. This is beneficial if you intend to manufacture your product on a large scale, as much of the planning and manufacturing optimization will have been worked out previously. With a functional prototype of your project, you will be able to assess and make any modifications before it is produced on a large scale. This will cut costs while providing you with a highly customized wiring system designed for your specific product needs.

Testing Your Wire Harness or Cable Assembly

Product testing is another important part of the manufacturing process, assuring that everything works as planned and is durable enough to withstand the product’s intended conditions. Manufacturers utilize a variety of testing methods to assess quality including: advanced life testing labs, pull testing, and measuring the consistency of the product’s voltage. Understanding areas that could be improved on are important to a product’s functionality and acceptance in the marketplace. Product testing is an invaluable step in. ensuring that your product works as planned and does not need further adjustments or alterations before being manufactured on a large scale.

Working with a manufacturer is an important step in designing and producing custom wiring for a new product. By working with a manufacturer, you have the ability to create unique wires and cables that are optimized to work seamlessly with your product. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the Meridian Team to learn more about the options that exist for your next wiring project.

Custom Cables for Prototyping and Refining Your Process