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What You Need To Know About Cable Assemblies
As your company assesses its processes from year to year, no doubt you’ve begun to look at the possibility of updating your cable assemblies. Depending on the type of machinery you are working with, the complexity of your specific assemblies will vary, and with this variation comes the need for decisions to be made regarding what type of cable assembly may suit your company best.
Assessment of your assembly needs is perhaps highest on the list in terms of the information most important to your company. In essence, is your current set-up doing the job well enough? If all signs point to the affirmative, then you may simply want to do some general upkeep. However, you may feel that a possible update to your current cable assemblies could make a significant difference in your company’s efficiency. This could, in turn, be a jumping point for finding out what options are available.
It must be understood that there can be a high level of customization when it comes to the manufacturing of cable assemblies. The customization depends on a number of factors which include the type of application for which they are needed, the environment to which they will be exposed (both in and around the current assembly set-up), and if you are of the belief that a whole new cable assembly system type is needed. You may also have to consider what type of cable may work best for your applications (i.e., coaxial cable, flat/ribbon cable, or multi-conductor cable), and you may even have to work closely with the assembly manufacturer to find out if custom pieces may be needed per your specs.
As your company moves into the quote process in order to find the right cable assembly manufacturer, it is important to make sure that a prospective company adheres to the current guidelines and requirements for the manufacturing of cable and cable assemblies. The two organizations that are of note regarding guidelines in the cable and wire world are the Wiring Harness Manufacturer’s Association (WHMA) and the Institute of Printed Circuits (IPC). Their joint efforts in maintaining a detailed regulatory guide for the cable and wire industry has elicited the IPC/WHMA-A-620 Standard. Using this standard as a litmus test for finding the right cable assembly manufacturer for your company does one major thing — it helps provide peace of mind to your own customers that you are abiding by the top standard of quality in, and through, your facility and your services/product.
Cable assemblies, as a whole, are meant to do fairly basic tasks in the name of efficiency. They create a neater, less jumbled look internally to various types of machinery, which makes maintenance and/or replacement much easier to do, which, in turn, saves time and money. This is key knowledge to have because in the end, cost-effectiveness and productivity are the name of the game, giving weight to the significance behind having the right cable assembly for you both in place and operational.
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