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What is a cable assembly? Well, for starters, it is also known as a wire harness, cable harness, wiring assembly, or wiring loom. So hopefully that alleviates some confusion for you. Its’ basic function is to transmit a signal or electrical power. A cable assembly is just what it sounds like: an assembly of cables. This is typically done by binding cables together with ties, lacing, sleeving, tape, conduit, or a combination of those items.
Cable assemblies are used in a variety of applications. You’ll see them used in the auto and construction industries. The assembly provides a few advantages. By binding them together, they are more secure and less susceptible to vibration, abrasion, or moisture. It also saves space and reduces installation time (as the cables are bundled and not separate).
How are cable assemblies made? They are first designed according to exacting standards and requirements. A drawing is then provided and prepared for assembly. First, the wires are cut to length using machinery. The wires are often stamped with markings at this stage to identify them. Then, the shielding is stripped to expose the ends of the wires.
After construction, the cable assembly is tested for electronic functionality with the help of a test board. There, they can be tested one at a time or they can be tested in groups.
All in all, cable assembly is a way to make wiring more secure, less vulnerable to environmental concerns, and easier to assemble. For this reason, they benefit the cable industry and are a perfect topic of conversation at Cable Depo (but we also like to talk about connectors)! Be sure to check back often for more updates just like this. And thanks for stopping by!