Technology has been able to make leaps and bounds in the past few decades thanks in no small part to cable technology advances. From the invention of flexible cables that had less susceptibility to physical stress and ruptures, to the development of layers for added safety when working with electronics, the next step is efficiency that goes hand in hand with safety and mobility. This is where braided cables come in. From exploring deep space, to wiring computer networks, manufacturing industry plants and even racecars, these braided cable assemblies make this technology possible. Here’s some helpful information about braided cables.
The focus of these cables is to allow for connectivity and transfer of information and electronics. They are the veins, the umbilical life support cord that allows your machinery to work. For this reason, cable assembly technology must be up-to-date and as cutting edge as the technology it supports. The main goals here are safety and mobility. You want these cords to be as safe to handle as possible for the user as well as kept safe from the environments that the cables themselves must operate in. The mobility issue focuses on keeping the cords as efficient as possible, meaning you don’t want a million cords and wires all over the place, you need the cable to rein them in and keep them safe, and the length of the cable is also crucial since too much will get in the way.
There are many different configurations of braiding, depending on the intended product use. Some types are metal, non-metal, expandable sleeving, flat, tapered, and can come in any length needed to meet your requirements. Traditionally of course wires used in braiding are metal such as copper, or copper-covered metals such as tin, bronze or silver, but they can also come in nylon or polyester.
Braided cables are also very layered, with the metal wires being the inner conductor, a dielectric aluminum foil encircling those wires, then a first and then outer conductor layer, all contained by a jacket that is made either from a fiber or rubber non-conductor since this is the safety mechanism where you are safe to touch the cable. There are new types of outer layers that are even resistant to fire, combustion or melting, and are even stronger than steel! Some nylon cable coverings are even resistant to chemical erosion.
These braided cables come with such a huge selection of choices and options that sometimes the best option, which many companies prefer, is to have custom cable assemblies made specifically for their use. The end result is exactly what you need, no more bells and whistles than is necessary, and no less than you need to function. The more efficient your braided cable, the less you lose in funds to repair cables that have ruptured or corroded, the less money you have to spend on replacements, and the more insured you are that the custom cable assemblies will suffer no damage that other cables would be susceptible to. To learn more, click here!