The First-Timer’s Guide To Buying Custom Cable Assemblies

If this is your first rodeo with custom cable assemblies, you may be scratching your head, wondering just where to start. The world of electronics and communicative technology can be daunting, particularly if you are setting up operations with wire structures. A great company with professional and efficient representatives can make a big difference for the person placing his first custom order. The difficulty lies in discovering the right company and being able to convey your requests for your industrial needs.

First, check out the company’s certifications.

Almost every professional (and non-professional!) business has a list of acronyms for the many certifications and trainings available. For many of these businesses, these acronyms aren’t much more than that. Most people do not pay attention to them, in fact. But for the world of cable manufacturers, these certifications do actually matter. These certifications often indicate that the company is adhering to industry standards and has passed international inspections and has undergone rigorous training. This is important, because faulty configurations can lead to expensive damage and, worse, injury or death. So it is vital to know that the company you have chosen is paying attention to safety and proficiency.

Next, identify your needs.

It is important when purchasing custom cable assemblies to identify what it is you need and why you need it. The function of the cable should influence its structure while the outer jackets should be adapted to fit the environment in which the cable will be placed. Dust, heat, sunlight and moisture are just a few environmental factors that can damage wires. Choosing materials based on the environment is not only the most efficient way to build an assembly, it is also the most cost-effective, as it can prevent the need for future repairs.

If you are unsure where to start when communicating your requirements, then begin with a sketch of the area in which you will place your custom cable assemblies. Blue prints and actual photographs are ideal. Note any special functions for which you are searching, and make special note of the environment.

Do not be afraid to ask about the different components.

It is always optimal when you understand what it is you require from your cable. Knowing the components can help. But this is not always feasible, particularly if you are responsible for other functions of your business. So be sure to ask about the jacket and the insulating material. If a term is mentioned and you are unfamiliar with the word, then ask. A great company will assign a representative to answer all your questions.

Looking for a great manufacturer to handle your custom cable needs? Contact LoDan Electronics today for more information!