Most people tend to walk through life not really thinking about what is going on around them, but for those involved in custom cable manufacturing, the future is always top of mind. For most folks, cables in the ‘stuff’ around them is just that, cables. There’s no rhyme or reason behind it except that if something happens to the cables, whatever they’re attached to will stop working. As rudimentary as it is, it’s all the layperson needs when it comes to cable manufacturing knowledge. For those involved with industries that rely on custom cable, however, they need more than just a passing knowledge of what a cable might do.
But what about the future? This is the sticking point here, and when it comes to custom cable manufacturing, it all comes down to one thing — the rise of technology and the transfer of data. As much as many of us may try to fight it, the world is quickly becoming a mechanized place, and with each passing day, the technology needed to keep it going has to be able to keep up. TV commercials from the biggest mobile phone companies are touting their ability to provide amazing data plans. Long-time computer manufacturers are showing consumers the newest versions of their desktop/laptop computers.
Even beyond the consumer-specific side of things, factories as a whole are (and have been) becoming much more automated, and there are still plans for greater amounts of tech to become part of the world we know. The big question remains — what does this really mean for the future of custom cable manufacturing?
It really comes down to whether cable manufacturers have the infrastructure in place at their facility to handle the changes that are happening. Churning out materials that need to meet a certain specification that’s a far cry from a standard that was in place just a few years ago may require changes in the machinery used in a facility, training provided to employees, and the need to hire new employees.
This can be quite problematic for a number of manufacturers, and if we’re being honest, not cost-effective in the least. Still, other manufacturers weather these changes & have done so for decades in the business, working with numerous industries & making various products. How do they do it? It’s all about being proactive, the idea of trying to think ahead five years, ten years, etc.. But this is the lifeblood of maintaining a longstanding presence in the custom cable manufacturing world.
It must be noted that much of what has been discussed here isn’t necessarily new information to cable manufacturers. They can usually boil down their survival to basic points: plan ahead for changes, make sure you have the facility/personnel to handle the changes, and keep an eye on the budget the whole time. Perhaps the single most important factor in how custom cable manufacturing needs to adapt for the future is being able to do everything it has to do in order to keep with a changing world while serving the customer. After all, customer care and satisfaction is priority number one, and if you don’t have happy customers, sleekness & innovation mean nothing.
LoDan Electronics, Inc. have been innovating custom cable manufacturing since they opened the doors in 1967. Contact LoDan & have one of their technical specialists help you today.