Whether the application is conducting information and power through your consumer electronics, ensuring telecommunications systems and public utilities function properly, or in military ground defense operations, custom cable assemblies are an essential part of how most modern technology functions. Cable assemblies are produced for a variety of needs and end purposes to transmit power and information in a number of different formats and media. Here is an overview of the types of assemblies out there and the types of industries that are currently making use of them.
Electrical wire is one of the most commonly found types of manufactured wire and cable found today. For instance, building wire, is used in millions of construction projects the world over and can be likely be found in the walls of your home. Usually these cables are made from a thin copper wire with thick PVC and/or nylon insulation for both indoor and outdoor use. However, home and building construction is not the only industry that uses this exact same type of power cable. You may also find it in machinery, both heavy and light, power tools, larger appliances, and circuits under 600 volts.
As the name implies, this cable is meant for rugged, industrial use. These cables are used in a number of different applications but specifically designed to be used outdoors in the rain and other elements, and to withstand being run over by heavy machinery or buried underground. They are also resistant to corrosion from exposure to acids, oil and gases, and other industrial chemicals. Mining operations and large scale construction projects use these heavy duty cables with regularity. The composition of the wire is typically a stranded or braided copper wire covered in a neoprene jacket for insulation and moisture protection.
Hook Up Cable
Hook up cable and wiring is used almost with exclusivity in the world of consumer electronics, computers, appliances, and business machines. These are often simple, small wires made of stranded copper and have a PVC outer. Typically this type of wire is used in applications requiring between 300 and 600 volts of power, and are the quintessential choice for the transmission of data and information between components in an electronic system or device. Since these wires are smaller and thinner than other types, they are perfect for fitting into tight electronics casings, but do not stand up to outdoor use.
Multi Conductor Wire
A multi-conductor wire is the type often found powering your speaker. The name refers to the fact that there are two separate conductors, usually copper wires, that can transmit power and information in two directions. These are also used on a variety of different electronics applications in their smallest and simplest form, up to military specification wire that is a multiconductor wire meant to handle rugged use on a military base or outpost.
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