Be it a complex multi-termination assembly or simple point-to-point assemblies, industries now rely on custom cable assemblies for a wide range of applications. Assembly manufacturers now offer innovative solutions to cater to the specific needs of the companies. Right from oil and gas, automotive, aeronautics, to manufacturing, custom assemblies are now used by a wide range of industries.
Apart from being customized as per the application, these assemblies come with several additional features too. While the assemblies can have multiple additional features as per the requirement, five of the standard features that can be expected by cable assembly manufacturers are as follows-
1. Encapsulation and Potting
Encapsulation and potting involve encasing the assembly generally with a thermosetting material, which can protect the assembly from vibration, shock, corrosion, and moisture. With encapsulation, the assembly is contained inside encapsulation for protection whereas in potting, the assembly is insulated to keep it protected from external factors and application.
The cable assemblies are also ruggedized to ensure superior performance in most demanding of environments. Ruggedized assemblies are manufactured to withstand many different types of conditions, like UV exposure and heavy duty applications. These ruggedized assemblies are very commonly used for aerospace, military, solar, agriculture, and industry manufacturing applications.
3. Custom Braiding
Braid, the tubular sheath in assemblies which is made from metal strands and braided around the central cable, protects the assembly from electromagnetic interference. The central conductor carries signal while the braid is grounded. Apart from protection from electromagnetic interference, braiding is also used for mechanical protection or to give torsional strength to the assembly. Depending on the application, even the braiding can be customized in custom assemblies.
4. Flat Ribbon/IDC
Custom assemblies can also feature flat ribbon cable with IDC Connector based on the application. These cables are highly flexible when they are bent in the plane of their cross-section, making them very useful for applications where high or continuous flexing is required. As all the insulation and conductors share the tensile loads equally, these cables have excellent strength.
5. Soldered Terminations
Soldered termination is known to allow stronger electrical and mechanical connection. Moreover, soldering also enables the use of a cable with smaller conductor rather than the one for which the conductor was designed. Crimping doesn’t create a tight bond in this scenario, making soldering the most viable option.
These are five of the most common features of custom assemblies. Custom cable assembly manufacturer can also add a number of other additional features based on the requirement of the client. However, make sure that you get the standard features when buying custom cable assembly. Lastly, make sure you choose the right manufacturer; one that can understand your needs and customize accordingly.