How Manufacturers Choose The Right Components For Your Custom Cable Assemblies

The world of custom cable assemblies can be a daunting one to enter, particularly if you have no experience with cables. Fortunately, a great, experienced manufacturer knows exactly where to begin when fulfilling a custom order. Communication and trust between supplier and purchaser is key, so as to mold the wire structure to the specifications of the industrial or personal use. To better understand the process of customizing a cable, take a look at the following guide:

First, a representative is assigned to your order.

When a potential purchaser first makes contact with a manufacturer, a representative is usually assigned to an order. This helps personalize the process and extract the details necessary to make the proper adjustments. A good representative will also be able to explain the process to a new customer and help him or her address all the pertinent aspects. Communication between the rep and the buyer is key, as the company won’t know which adjustments to make for the custom cable assemblies, unless the buyer explains exactly what it is he or she is looking for.

Second, the specifications of the environment is addressed.

Customizations in the world of cable manufacturing is based in large part upon the environment in which the cables will be housed. Heat, intense sunlight exposure, vibrations, moisture in the air, dust and rain can all affect the performance and durability of a wire configuration. For offshore oil rigs, salinity in salt water can rust certain cable assemblies. For military bases in the Middle East, sand and dust storms can lodge within a cable construction. For industrial factories, strong vibrations can move unstable routers. A cable assembly must be adjusted properly to accommodate the harsh realities of the environment.

Next, each component of the assembly is considered.

In order to make adjustments to the environment, a good manufacturer must understand the different components of a cable assembly and have a solution to modify the construction. The outer jacket can act as a protective shield to the insular parts. Copper is generally a safe choice for the jacket, as well as the insular parts. The insulation protects the inner wires while a conductive material should be used to transmit signals. Outer routers and brackets help maintain a fixed stability for some cable assemblies while still connecting the wires with other fixtures. Assembling the wires within a structure requires the wires to be color-coordinated and stable, as well.

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