Cable & Wiring Harnesses
Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable is proud to offer a wide selection of robust, top-quality cable and wiring harnesses. Designed to organize and streamline multi-wire systems in aerospace, automotive, medicine, telecommunications, commercial buildings, and even home electronic applications, cable and wiring harnesses can be customized to meet almost any specification.
Understanding Wire Harnesses
While many professionals refer to cable assemblies and wire harnesses interchangeably, these multi-wire (or multi-cable) arrangements can be crafted differently to serve different purposes for unique environments and applications.
Simply put, a wire harness is the exterior covering, or sheath, that protects an inner conductor or bundle of conductors. These inner components may already have sheaths for insulation and protection, or they may rely on the wire harness to create an ideal operational environment. Either way, the wire harness provides critical organization at the heart of a system, and does so with a simple, straightforward, low-cost design.
Custom Wire Harnesses
Wires and cables are indispensable tools for a wide range of today’s home and industrial systems, and harnesses allow technicians to create orderly, carefully fitted wiring solutions for any type of environment. Depending on the specific needs of an application, these harnesses can be built to accommodate systems up to 600 volts (UL) or 3000 volts (military), with high performance at temperatures ranging from -65 °C (-85 °F) to 250 °C (482 °F).
When evaluating a new cable or wire harness solution, remember to carefully consider the specific environment it will be used in and the temperature and conditions it will be exposed to. Evaluate all of the different cable types you may be able to use; custom wire and cable harnesses can be crafted with nearly limitless style and material options, including:
Insulation materials of all kinds
Custom labeling or barcoding
Four-color ink stamping
Independent circuit IDs
Polypropylene, nylon, and paper fillers
In addition to ensuring optimal organization, a high-quality wire and cable harness will provide reliable insulation and protection for the conductors within. Harness materials should offer just the right fit for an application’s specific needs.
Some of the most common insulator materials include:
PVC, or polyvinyl chloride
SR-PVC, or semi-rigid polyvinyl chloride
EPDM, or ethylene propylene diene monomer
TPE/TPR, thermoplastic elastomers
PE, or polyethylene
Both low- and high-density polyethylene (LPDE and HDPE)
Cellular, or foam, polyethylene
PU, or polyurethane, as well as polyurethane and nylon blends
Low-smoke plenum copolymers
Polypropylene (PP) and cellular (foam) polypropylene
FEP, or fluorinated ethylene propylene
TFE, or tetrafluoroethylene
PTFE, or polytetrafluoroethylene
IRR/PVC, or irradiated polyvinyl chloride
XLPE, or cross-linked polyethylene
Post time: Dec-14-2018