Assessing the need for engineering services for cable assemblies requires significant attention to detail as the assemblies themselves can range from quite simple to quite complex in construction & function. Further adding the complexity of the task is consideration for operating budget, possible customization for improved performance, and preparation for changes in technology on the horizon.
In terms of directly addressing the question of knowing when a company needs engineering services for cable assemblies, the simplest answer is when they start questioning the productivity, performance, and efficiency of their current iteration. Other times, addressing the cable assembly question can be a little more nuanced. Company leadership may have their hand forced into making major changes in their technology from larger regulatory powers. This can come via updates in industry standards, as well as changes in government at the local/state/federal government.
Further assessment of whether engineering services are necessary continues by needing to understand the nuances of what the cable assembly(ies) does. Without a full breakdown of the application, there is no way to address every specification necessary to ensure the final product is sound and/or useful. In many respects, while there is pressure on the manufacturer to get things right from the beginning, the client undoubtedly plays a big role by providing the important details needed for the ideal cable assembly.
Still, there is one MAJOR event that stands out which screams for engineering services to step in for a complete shift in cable assembly redesign & manufacturing — failure. Remember that cable assemblies are vital in transmitting things like electrical power & data. But as important as they are, their construction can also be weak in design. A hard pull, continuous bends, or degrading due to exposure to extreme environments can all cause a cable assembly to fail.
Possible or full failure of a cable assembly(ies) highlights the need for finding the right manufacturer to step in. Their job will be to assess the situation in full, taking the time to find out:

  • the application in which the cable assembly(ies) is present & functions
  • the materials used in the original design
  • the amount of space available for the cable assembly in three dimensions
  • the temperature in the immediate area, as well as other environmental factors
  • mechanical stresses present
    It goes without saying these details are just to name a few. A prospective manufacturer will investigate possible avenues for materials that address any, and all, issues, not to mention how best to include mechanical safeguards to help prevent issues in the future.
    The ideal engineering services for cable assemblies rest with a manufacturer who brings quite a bit to the table. Experience and longevity play a crucial role finding the right manufacturing partner. A casual online search of cable assembly manufacturing returns a hefty list of possible choices. However, upon closer look, one thing stands out: the year the company was established & the work experience of their employees are paramount to their success.
    As mentioned earlier, adhering to compliance standards is non-negotiable. Furthermore, should a client operate facilities around the globe, a manufacturer may be called upon to meet and/or exceed compliance standards across borders. Engineering services will also have to work to a client’s budget & schedule to make sure that as they design cable assemblies for a project, there will be no issues or hang-ups in supply chains.
    LoDan Electronics, Inc. of Illinois has set a global standard for high-quality, cost-effective, highly-engineered interconnect solutions since 1967. We work with a variety of clients across a number of industries, securing years-long partnerships with them by way of our dedication to excellence. Here at LoDan Electronics, Inc., our engineering services for cable assemblies is just part of what we do. Contact us today.