Battery Cable Assembly-The Ultimate Guide You Need To Know

Battery Cable Assembly

Battery cables are used in a wide variety of applications to power your electrical systems. You need to use a battery cable to establish a connection between the battery and the vehicle’s electrical peripherals, RV, golf cart or solar panel.

There are many types of battery cables available depending on the application, and sometimes you may be confused about the required battery cable. Do you distinguish the blown battery cable from the booster battery cable? Can you tell the difference between the ring terminal and the stud top?

You can find all the information about the battery cable and its applications in this helpful guide and determine which ones are right for you.
You can also contact our support team to customise your cable assembly.
Let’s start reading right away.

Chapter 1 – What is the Battery Cable Assembly?

Battery cable assembly or harness is a set of cables of varying length. You can use the cables to hook up one or more batteries to the electrical system of cars, trucks, boats, solar power systems and other equipment.

The battery cables come with terminated ends to easily connect with your battery. You can also choose from a wide range of terminals and boots based on your application for meeting the needs of different jobs.

The battery cables are generally exposed to harsh conditions like vibration, heat, corrosion or moisture as they run from the battery to different parts of the automobile. For this reason, they make use of good quality and thick wires which can withstand extreme conditions.

Battery cables are built according to specifications dictated by OEMs and manufacturers. But you can also order custom battery cables of varying size, length, types, terminals, and colour.

Unlike other cables, battery cables are meant for use only with batteries and electrical systems. They are not general purpose wires that you can use, for example, connecting a device to the power source.

Battery cables often come in the form of harnesses and provide many advantages over loose cords and wires. They are bounded into a harness so that even you can save space and make them withstand adverse conditions like corrosion and vibration. Also, if they came in the form of loose wires, you will need to extend them all over your automobile.

Battery cables are designed to last for a long time and reduce the risk of shorts. You can also expect a standard process of installation as the terminals can easily connect to the battery and the electrical system without any confusion.

 Without battery cables, all our vehicles, boats and equipment would sit idle. You will need battery cables to provide power to the electrical system and make them functional.

Now that you know what a battery cable is let us proceed to discuss the different types of battery cables.

Chapter 2 – Types of Battery Cable

Battery cables can be of different types, and it is crucial that you know what their specific uses. In this section, you will find out the difference between battery leads, automotive primary leads, welding leads and marine duty wires.

2.1. Tapered Post-Battery Cable Assembly

Tapered post battery cable assemblies are used for cable applications for all major OEMs. You can also take their help for grounding cable and switch to starter cables. These are suitable as top post battery cables and come with straight battery terminals for easy installation.

The tapered post terminals can be ordered in stamped brass, lead or forged bronze and may or may not have an internal steel reinforcement ring. You can also choose from different plating options, lengths, and double-headed nut configurations.

Tapered post battery cable assemblies are made to withstand abrasion, oils and liquids, coolants, diesel fuel, ethanol, and other harmful elements. You can even customise heat shrink and covering options according to the needs of your project.

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2.1.2. Ring to Ring Battery Cable Assembly

Ring to ring cable assemblies feature a ring terminal on both ends and are useful for various applications. They are ideal as threaded post battery cables, or you can use them as the switch to starter cables.

Ring to ring cable assemblies are also suitable for power distribution, and you can easily connect them using the ring terminals. They may also be applied for point to point grounding and you can crimp many wires in the same terminal.

The cables have high pull strength and come with additional corrosion resistance for long life. You can choose from brass and copper options and go for different plating combinations.

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2.1.3. Flat/Ground Strap Battery Cable Assembly

A  Flat/Ground Strap Battery Cable Assembly is used for grounding purposes and can suits traditional, wind, biofuel and solar power sources. Many industries such as transportation, OEMs, military, aerospace, medical and commercial sectors use the cable assembly for their grounding needs.

In the case of automobiles, the ground strap assembly is utilised to connect the negative terminal of the car battery to your car’s chassis. Ground straps act as the foundation of the entire electrical system.

Flat or ground strap battery cable assembly can be flat or round and come with terminal options like an open barrel, lug, stamped thimble, and lead cast. The cables are generally flexible and devoid of insulation so that they take up minimum space so that you can route them without any problems.

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2.1.4. Booster Battery Cable Assembly

Booster battery cable assembly is generally used to carry battery power through your vehicle. The assemblyis made in a way that it suits limited space requirements for transferring power. You may also use booster battery cable to jump start another car with a weak or dysfunctional battery.

The battery cable assembly comes in different gauge sizes, and you can also go for the moulded or printed stripe to differentiate the conductors. It is also designed to match specialised cutting tools you use for circuit splitting and ideal for coiling operations right out-of-the-box.

Like other cable assemblies, you can customise the length and thickness of the booster cable assembly.

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2.1.5. Fused Battery Cable Assembly

Fused battery cable assemblies allow you to establish a safe and simple interconnection between the battery and electrical systems and components. The assembly is suitable for high-current applications, and the fuse is tuned to adjust to the particular operating specifications.

The fuse protects the electrical system of your car or equipment by disconnecting the power when the current crosses the specified limit. You can customise your fused battery cable with different form factors like INMEGA, INMIDI, and Maxi fuse.

Existing products can also accommodate custom design fuses so that you don’t have to order a new batch of cables. The cable assemblies can withstand high temperatures of over 100-degree Celsius.

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Now we will explore the different types of battery terminals.

2.2Battery Terminals

Battery terminals refer to the electrical connectors at the end of the battery cables used to connect the battery and different electrical systems. You can find terminals of different types, sizes and features and here are few of them-

2.2.1. Elbow Top Post Battery Terminal

Elbow top post battery terminals feature an elbow-shaped connector and come along with nuts and bolts for easy installation. You can purchase a right or left elbow terminal based on your needs.

The terminals are useful when you have limited space and can even provide different looks. Generally, elbow top post terminals are a bit expensive than other connectors. 

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2.2.2. Side Post or Stud Top Terminals

Many OEMs use heavy duty side post or stud top terminals as a replacement for cable connectors for high-current applications. You can find them mostly in new car models, and they are suitable for use with stud top industrial batteries. 

The side posts come in the same sizes, and you should check the polarity to avoid incorrect connections.

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2.2.3. Double Barrel Stud Top Terminals

You can connect multiple stud top batteries in a parallel connectionusing double barrel stud top terminals. They are similar to flag terminals and come with holes so that you can accommodate several batteries.

The terminals are also ideal for grounding in the centre of a ground cable. The connectors are generally electro-tin plated for corrosion resistance and better conductivity. 

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2.2.4. Ring Terminals

Ring terminals or ring connectors are used in low-voltage DC applications. You can either crimp them or solder them to the cable to establish conductivity. The size of terminal rings depends on the diameter of the terminal ring and size of compatible cable.

2.2.4.1. Ring Terminal or Lug

Ring terminal or lugs are used to connect a deep cycle battery, starter, alternator or solenoid. The terminals are made of thick metal and are wide and expensive.

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2.2.4.2. Heavy Duty Battery Terminal

Heavy duty battery terminals use more metal and are durable than other connectors. They can also feature a 45-degree or 90-degree bend and come in different sizes. Heavy duty battery terminals are similar in appearance to ring terminals.

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In the next chapter, we will find out the applications of battery cables.

Chapter 3 – Battery Wire Applications

Battery wires have a wide-ranging application in different industries and equipment like cars, boats, battery banks, and golf carts. Let’s check out some of the applications-

3.1. Automobiles

Battery cables are most commonly found in automobiles and transfer electric current from the battery to the vehicle’s electrical parts. You will generally find two cables- the positive cable which connects to the starter and the ground cable which connects to the engine block or the chassis.

Most of your automobile’s electrical components will ground to the chassis or engine block. Battery cables enable you to start your engine and provide power to different electrical parts.

3.1.1.Advantages and Disadvantages

One of the main advantages of battery cables is that it is used to power the electrical of your automobile. You will not be able to operate your automobile without a proper battery cable assembly.

A disadvantage of automobile battery cable is that you cannot use it for other purposes. You may also need to replace them after some years as they withstand harsh conditions, vibrations, and abrasion daily. 

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3.2. Gauge Golf Cart Cables

Golf Carts form a unique application of battery cables. You will need a battery wire for your golf cart to connect the electrical parts if you have installed extra batteries. People who modify their golf carts with larger motors will also require battery wires.

You can customise the terminals to match the needs of your final application.    

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3.3. Cables for Solar Battery Banks & RVs

Solar panels are connected to sets of batteries to store the power generated from the sunlight. You will have to use a battery cable to connect the solar panels to the battery banks for transferring the power.

If you are driving an RV, you may also require battery cables to connect extra batteries to various electrical peripherals like lights, TV and other gadgets.

Battery Cable Assembly

3.4. Braided Ground Cables

Braided ground cables come in use when you are mostly dealing with restoration projects. You can order flat braided cables that perfectly match the stock cables in your vintage car including the terminals.

Generally, they come with a ring terminal on one end and a top post terminal on the other. 

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3.5. Booster (Jumper) Cables

Booster cables, also known as jumper cables are necessary when you need to jump start another vehicle.

Booster cables can have either universal clamps or parrot clamps. Universal clamps are suitable for connecting to side post terminals in restricted spaces.

Parrot clamps come handy when you are connecting to top post terminals. 

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In the last chapter of our post, we will discover the implications of positive and negative battery cables.

Chapter 4 – Positive Battery Cable Vs. Negative Battery Cable

4.1What is Positive Battery Cable?

Battery Cable Assembly

You will need a positive and negative battery cable to power your car’s electrical systems. The positive cable is red and connects to the positive terminal of the battery and the car’s motor and electrical system.

4.1.1Termination

You can purchase a pre-terminated positive battery cable or use a crimper to terminate your connectors. If you are buying pre-terminated cables, ensure that the terminators match those of your vehicle’s electrical systems, battery and starter motor.

4.1.1.1. Battery Cable Crimper

You can use a crimper to terminate positive and negative battery cables manually.

4. 1.1.2. Battery Clamp

Battery clamps enable you to hook the battery cable with the positive or negative ends of your battery. The size of the clamp should match the end of your battery for appropriate connection.

4. 1.1.3. Battery Cable Lugs

You can find O-shaped and U-shaped lugs on positive battery terminals to connect to your engine block and car’s chassis. O-shaped lugs are mainly used for bolt-on applications while U-shaped lugs are suitable for screw terminals.

4.2 What is Negative Battery Cable?

Negative battery cables are marked with a negative sign and generally black. It is a large cable and may have smaller wires coming out of the battery connector side.

Negative cables connect to the engine block and supply grounding for the ignition system. The smaller wires go into the chassis and enable a return path for the electrical components.

4.2.1 How to Replace Negative Battery Cable?

Battery Cable Assembly

  1. Trace the negative battery cable where it connects to the electrical parts and your battery.
  2. Remove the cap from the terminal of the battery and use a wrench to undo the clamp.
  3. Now twist and turn the cable to detach it from the battery post.
  4. Next, detach the smaller wires from the electrical parts and unbolt from the engine block.
  5. Remove the negative cable.

4.2.2 Difference between Positive and Negative Cables

Battery Cable Assembly

Positive battery cables are larger and red. They are used to connect the battery to the starter motor and the electrical system.

Negative cable is smaller and black. It is used to ground the electrical parts and connect to the negative post of the battery.

If you want to connect the battery to different electrical parts, you will need a positive battery cable. On the other hand, negative cables are suitable when you want to ground your ignition system and provide a return path for the current from the electrical components.

Conclusion

We can help you zero in on the right type of battery cable to use in your car or solar panels. You can also place custom orders and specify the length, width, diameter, colours, terminators and other specifications. Cloom Tech provides tailor-made services to match your quality demands- contact us today to find out more!

Micro USB Cable – The Ultimate Guide On How To Choose

If you are using a cable to connect or charge mobile and compact gadgets like mp3 players, smartphones, cameras, printers or GPS devices, then most probably you are using a micro USB cable. Micro USB cables can be of different types. With the many choices out there, at times, it’s common to get confused with so many things to consider.

How do you know which micro USB cable to use with different gadgets and what are the types?

In this guide, we will tell you all you need to know about USB micro cables so that you can always pick the right cable for your purpose.

Chapter 1 – What is Micro USB Cable?

A micro USB cable is the smallest form type of the  Universal Serial Bus (USB) and comes with two connection types and USB 3.0. Micro USB cables provide convenient means to connect various devices and plug them to your chargers.

Micro USB cables are useful for devices where you cannot use standard or Mini USB connection ports because of their size or usability. All micro USB cables provide the same performance as you would expect from a standard size USB cable.

In the next chapter, we will discuss the different types of micro USB cables that you can find in the market.

Chapter 2 – Types of Micro USB Cables

Before we dive into the types of micro USB cables, let’s find out a bit about the USB connection standard.

USB cables were introduced in 1994 by some tech companies to provide a unified connection standard for transferring data and electricity. These cables are widely used today for different devices and come in different generations like USB 1.0, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0.

 

USB 1.0 and 1.1 can transfer data at 12 Mbps and are mostly outdated. USB 2.0 is the most popular cable in use capable of achieving 480 Mbps transfer speeds. USB 3.0 can clock 5 Gbps while the newer USB 3.1 can reach 10 Gbps data speeds.

USB cables feature a forward and backward compatible technology which means you can use the cables irrespective of their generation (USB 2.0 or USB 3.0) as long as the connectors are the same. The cables will automatically adopt the lowest USB standard when you are using cross-generation devices.

Micro USB cables are also classified into USB-A, USB-B, and USB-C types, and feature different types of connectors. You can differentiate the cables with your eyes, but you can’t tell whether it’s a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 just by looking.

Micro USB Cable

The Common Types of Micro USB Cables Out There for You to Choose From

Here are the common types of micro USB cables-

1. Micro-A USB Cables

On the Go (OTG) devices commonly use the Micro-A USB cable and differs from the normal USB connection. You can establish communication between two devices using Micro-A USB without the need for a computer which acts as a mediator.

Micro-A USB cables come with a female, rectangular-sized connector. You can easily identify a Micro-A USB cable by looking at its compact 5 -pin design and white receptacle.

Micro-A USB cables often are compatible for use in conjunction with Micro-B USB gadgets. The OTG devices normally have a Micro-AB socket which provides ports for supporting both connection types.

Micro USB Cable

2. Micro-B USB Cable

You can find the Micro-B USB standard in most of the smartphones and various small electronic gadgets. There’s no difference between USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 in case of Micro-B ports, and they look the same.

The Micro-B USB cable is available with both male and female connectors so that you can use devices using different connection types. Generally, you will see a female connector on smartphones, whereas the cable comes with a male connector.

Micro-B USB connectors appear like a half-hexagon in shape, as the ports and connectors feature tapered edges. Generally, the cables have a black-colored receptacle and portable 5-pin design.

Micro USB Cable

3. USB 3.0 Cables

USB 3.0 cables can be compatible with both Micro-A and Micro-B USB ports. The cable connector size of USB 3.0 is a bit bigger than USB 1.0 and USB 2.0 standards and suitable for handling the high transfer speed of USB 3.0. You also have to keep in mind that Micro-A and Micro-B don’t use the same connection standards.

The new generation of USB 3.0 standard presents a double-socket connection port. The USB 3.0 devices generally use a cable that is divided into two connectors to ensure backward compatibility.

You can use one connector for older Micro-A or Micro-B cables, while the other one is reserved only for USB 3.0 connections.

Many new smartphones have started using USB 3.0 as it offers 10 times performance increase compared to USB 2.0. You can also take advantage of improved power efficiency and additional features like USB streams to leverage data throughput for storage devices

Smartphones using USB 3.0 generally have dual-mode device connection. The functionality enables you to use the single port as a peripheral port, while it can also play the part of a host port.

Now that you have an idea about different micro USB cables let’s find out more about its applications.

Micro USB Cable

Chapter 3 – Micro USB Application Options

You can use micro USB cables for a wide range of applications. Do you know you can even find a micro USB to HDMI cable to directly access all your favorite videos and movies?

Keep reading to find out more about micro USB cables and their applications.

1. Micro USB to HDMI Cable

Tablets and phones have their displays to help you watch movies, play games or see videos. But for many people, the screen size is too small, and they need something bigger!

Micro USB to HDMI cables enable you to connect MHL-enabled tablets and smartphones with TVs or other display devices using the HDMI port. It is a convenient and cheap method and doesn’t need you to get lost in a mess of cables.

The micro USB to HDMI uses the micro USB port of your tablet or smartphone and passes the signal to the adapter which converts it to HDMI format to connect with your TV. If your TV doesn’t support MHL, then you will need to connect a USB power cable to the converter which provides charge to your phone or tablet.

You can use the display of your TV to play games, browse the internet, watch movies in HD, see photos and more. The micro USB to HDMI cable supports both video and audio.

The recent standard of MHL can provide 8-channel surround sound and even play videos at 4K resolutions. Older versions can support 1080p video formats with 7.1-channel digital audio.

You should check if your tablet or phone is compatible with MHL first before buying the micro USB to HDMI cable.

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2. Micro USB Extension Cable

Do you find the length of your micro USB cable too short?  Can’t charge your phone sitting on your couch as the cable doesn’t reach the wall power outlet?

You could resolve your problems in a jiffy using a micro USB extension cable. The extra length of cable serves as an extension between devices or cables and help you cover more area than you can with a single cable.

The extension cables have a micro USB male port at one end and feature a micro USB female port on the other end. The extension cables can support USB 2.0 or USB 3.0, so you should consider your data transfer needs before choosing one.

The connectors at the end of the micro USB cables also vary. You can find micro-A ports, micro-B ports and some newer versions also come with Type-C port. So it’s necessary to check the ports of the devices you want to connect before buying a micro USB extension cable.

Some solar panels also use micro USB cables, and the extension cords can help establish connections over increased distances.

Micro USB Cable

3. Micro USB to Micro USB Cable

Micro USB to micro USB cables are used to connect two devices to transfer data or power. For example, you can connect two tablets, one tablet, and a smartphone or two smartphones to exchange data or charge the device.

Micro USB to micro USB cables have micro USB ports at both ends. One end of the cable is generally labeled as “Host” which you need to plug into the master device. The cable carries power from the master device at the host end to the other device while you can transfer data in both ways.

The cables come handy when you don’t have a charger nearby to emergency charge one device by sourcing power from another device. You can also establish a direct hardline connection between devices using the micro USB to micro USB cable and eliminate the need for extra adapters and lag in performance.

The device that you connect to the “Host” port must support On the Go (OTG) functionality. Most Android smartphones and tablets are OTG compatible, so you can be pretty sure your device can use micro USB to micro USB cables.

Micro USB to micro USB cables have a wide range of applications. Apart from connecting tablets and smartphones, you can also connect external hard drives or SSDs to carry out data read and write function.

You can also hook up other accessories using a micro USB to micro USB cable. For example, you can connect keyboards, cameras, and controllers to your tablet and smartphone using the cable. The accessories must have a micro USB port so that both the devices can work without any glitches.

Micro USB Cable

Till now we have discussed various types of micro USB cables like micro-A, micro-B and USB 3.0. Recently a new variant is available in the market called USB type-C. In the next chapter, we will discuss Type-C cables and find their difference with micro USB cables.

Chapter 4 – The Difference between Micro USB and USB Type-C

Are we looking to choose between a Micro USB and a USB Type C? You aren’t alone – there are many making that choice each day. While it was the former earlier, the latter is the choice for many these days. We will take a look at why.

What is USB Type-C?

You can find USB Type-C in new smartphones, laptops, and tablets. The new standard is slowly evolving to replace the older USB standards and even works for other technologies like Thunderbolt and DisplayPort.

USB Type-C features all the new improvements, and some smartphones have even replaced their 3.5mm audio jack with Type-C connectors. Type-C also supports new USB standards like USB 3.1 for achieving higher transfer speeds and improved power delivery using the USB connection.

The USB Type-C cables have a new type of connector which is similar in size to a micro USB connector. USB standards have moved from 1.0 to 2.0, and now we have USB 3.0, but the connectors never changed. USB Type-C introduces a new connector which meets the small needs of smaller and thinner devices available today.

You can also plug in a Type-C cable without needing to check its orientation as its reversible. Most of the current devices have transformed into USB Type-C so that you don’t need to carry around a bunch of different USB cables for different devices.

USB Type-C also improves the power delivery over older standards like USB 2.0 which can carry 2.5 watts of power. Type-C increases this limit to 100 watts and uses a bi-directional technology to send or receive power while you can exchange data simultaneously.

Some new laptops like Google Chromebook Pixel and MacBook provide USB Type-C ports for charging. In the future, all devices can switch over to Type-C to make it convenient to charge and transmit data.

Now let’s check out the differences between micro USB and Type-C.

Micro USB cable VS USB Type-C cable

Micro USB cables come generally have a micro-B USB connector at one end and the rectangular shaped Type-A USB connector on the other end.

Most of the micro USB cables use the USB 2.0 standard while some new smartphones feature the USB 3.0 standard. You can’t connect micro USB cables interchangeably, and they have to fit in only one way.

There are two hooks at the lower side of the connector to keep the cable in place. Micro USB connectors were introduced as an industry standard long time back to replace the proprietary connectors used by brands like Samsung and Nokia.

USB Type-C cables have the roundish, oblong-shaped connector which promises to bring unity in the field of different connectors. Though it looks a bit bigger than the micro USB connector, in reality, it is more streamlined and compact.

The Type-C connector is reversible, that means you can connect it any way you want. You don’t have to flip it numerous timesjust to make sure the right side goes in!

USB Type-C connectors mostly make use of USB 3.0 and 3.1 standards which means it can offer better performance than micro USB when it comes to data transfer speeds (5 Gbps to 10 Gbps). It can also support up to 100 watts of electricity, enabling you to charge even your laptop or cameras.

Some manufacturers offer Type-C connectors but use USB 2.0 standard due to the low power requirements of smartphones or tablets.

USB Type-C has the potential to replace the old Type A connectors in devices like tablets, smartphones, laptops, cameras, HDMI, game controllers, scanners, printers and more. USB Type-C is more versatile than micro USB and is not limited by design.

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Conclusion

Micro USB cables are still used widely across the world to connect tablets and smartphones and charge devices. We at Cloom Tech can help you know more about micro USB and the implications of manufacturing cables based on the standard.

Our expert and professional team cater to businesses of all sizes and helps them meet their custom micro USB needs. We can deliver high-quality cables accurately matching the specifications of your wiring diagram with a quick turnover time.

Get in touch with us as soon as possible for a private consultation to know more.

SATA Cable: The Beginner’s Guide For How to Choice

SATA cable

Want to know what is SATA cable? And the classification and function of SATA cable, as well as the price of SATA cable and how to buy it?

If you want to learn about SATA cable, this article will be the best guide.

Let’s start.

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CHAPTER 1 – What is a SATA Cable?

 

SATA cables

SATA or Serial ATA or Serial Advanced Technology Attachment was introduced as an IDE standard for connecting hard drives and other optical drives to a motherboard in 2001. Any cable that is compatible with the IDE standard is called a SATA cable.
We know SATA cables replaced the older PATA cables used in computers and can transmit data much faster than the PATA cables. You must have seen a SATA cable with the seven-pin connector that connects your hard drive to the motherboard. The same cable is also used for connecting other SSD devices and carrying power to them.

The cables are generally thin, and flat the connectors also follow the same design pattern. You may also hook up external hard drives using SATA cables with the eSATA input of your CPU.

PATA Cables

Apart from being faster than PATA cables, SATA cables also permit hot swapping of devices, both external and internal. It means you don’t need to switch off the devices before removing them from SATA connections. On the other hand, your whole computer had to be shut down if you wanted to remove a hard drive using PATA cables.

And SATA cables are not compatible with some older technology and devices. In that case, you can purchase separate adapters to solve the problem.

For example, you can run your external SATA hard drive through USB by buying a SATA to USB adapter. These adapters can come handy when you are transferring data from older drives to newer ones or want to wipe them completely.es

CHAPTER 2 – The Types of SATA Cables

 You probably can find different types of SATA cables in the market for data transmission and provide power to your drives and SSDs. As a result, in this chapter, we will take a look at the most common types of SATA cables.

2.1 SATA Power Cable


SATA cables are generally used for connecting hard drives and the sort. However, if you happen to open your CPU, you will see many SATA cables which are used for supplying and distributing power to many internal devices.

The types of SATA power cables have power connectors at one end and utilize the friction caused by connector bodies to stay adhered. Generally, the SATA cables are flat and power the storage devices connecting them to the CPU power supply. And it has replaced the four pin Molex connectors which used to be used in older computers.

Cables differ according to the driver type and specifications of size. Sometimes you may be able to purchase a complete 22 pin SATA wire that combines the power and data connector, but they are not so flexible.

SATA power cable

SATA power cable

2.2 Monitor Power Cable


Monitor power cables are sturdy and thick and provide power supply to your monitor. It has a three prong connector at one end while the other end has a standard AC power plug.

You have to connect the plug end to the power outlet while the other end connects to the monitor. It is always better to go for good quality monitor power cables as it carries a significant amount of electric current.

2.3 Hard Drive Power Cable

The primary job of a SATA cable is to connect hard drives to the motherboard. However, the same type of cable is also used to power your hard drives. Your hard drive has multiple inlet ports among which you will also find a port to connect the SATA power cable.

One end of the power connector will go in your hard disk while the other is connected with the SMPS. You will generally find the wires supplied with your SMPS or hard drive, or you can also purchase them separately.

SATA hard drive power cables have replaced the older four-pin Molex connectors used in earlier times. The power cables are generally flat and thin to maximize airflow inside the CPU and lessen cable entangling.

2.4 PS4 Power Cable

Sony PlayStation or PS4 uses a power cable similar to audio cassette players of old days. The power cables come with a double end female connector at one end and feature a standard AC plug at the other end.

You have to connect the female end to the adapter provided with your PS4 while the plug on the other end goes into the power outlet. Different brands of wires are available for your PS4, but it is wise SATA cables go for original or high-quality cables to protect your device.

PS4 power cable

PS4 power cable

2.5 SSD Power Cable

SSD or solid-state drive storage devices have many advantages over the traditional mechanical hard drives. They perform faster and don’t suffer from performance issues like older drives. You can purchase external SSD drives for affordable prices, and that brings the question of the power cables.

You have to install the power cable correctly if you want to use an SSD as an internal device in your CPU. The SSD power cables are SATA cables with power connectors. They will be sticking out from the SMPS of the CPU, and you need to connect it to the SSD matching the connector.

The SSD power cable provides the power supply to your SSD drive.

2.6 USB Power Cable

You must have great use for the USB ports on your computer but did you know they also need power?

Of course, you are not going to need a separate power cable for them- the 20 or 24 pin connector cable provides the necessary electric from itself.

From your USB ports, there will be a single cable coming out; this wire is divided into two connectors at the other end which you have to connect with the motherboard.

2.7 Micro USB Power Cable

Micro USB is the mini version of USB that is ideal for connecting different devices like smartphones, cameras, and tablets to your computer. The Micro USB power cable has a USB connector at one end and the micro USB connector or pinheads on the other end.

The same cable can be used to transmit data or charge your devices as per your requirement. Generally, all micro USB power cables carry a standard of 5V of the power supply.

Be sure to purchase a matching connector with your device otherwise your micro USB cable may be of no use!

2.8 TV Power Cable

Older TV sets had their power supply cables built into the body, but modern devices have a separate power cable. The TV power cables resemble the monitor power cables with a standard AC plug at one end and a three-pronged or two-pronged female connector at the other end.

The power connector and type may vary according to the different brands and model. Inspect the input port of your TV power supply and then buy a parallel cable for hassle-free functioning.

Monitor Power Cable

Monitor Power Cable

You may be able to find SATA cables with a different type of connectors in use. We have provided an essential guide on the major categories, and next, we will be discussing a few more SATA cables.

CHAPTER 3 – SATA Cables

 Here is a few more SATA cable you can find in use. Some of them are quite common, and you may already know about them.
 

Computer Power Cable

You know that your computer or CPU will need a power source to function. The computer power cable is the main wire that supplies electricity to your computer. The cause is connected to an AC power outlet through the power plug while the output is connected via the female connector to the SMPS of your CPU.

Cables are made the heavy duty to transmit the required wattage for your computer to work. Some of the computer power cables are also compatible with scanners, printers, and monitors. The wires have a conductor made of metal and an outer layer of protective coating.

CPU Power Cable

CPU Power Cable and computer power cable is the same thing. CPU power cables also use a female connector that goes into the male outlet of your computer’s SMPS. Wires are of good quality and have thick insulation to transfer the current to your computer.

CPU Power Cable

CPU Power Cable

Power Supply Cable

Power supply cable is used for a variety of devices and provides electricity for them to function. You can use power supply cables for computers, CPUs, scanners, monitors, printers and more.

The power cable is compatible with any equipment that uses a three-pin power connector. There is a three-pronged grounded plug at one end which you need to connect to a power outlet. The other end comes fitted with a three pin female connector which is connected to your device.

The power supplies cable has a conductor which is generally made of aluminum or copper. The outer is layer is formed of a protective coating which covers the entire length. The wires are also heavy duty, but you shouldn’t expose them to moisture or physical damage.

Check the connector of your device or read the user manual to determine which type of power supply cable connector you need.

We have given you an excellent course on SATA cables and different types of power supply cables. Now the time has come to take things another step further in the next chapter.

CHAPTER 4 – Extending Knowledge

 Time has come to embark on the final quest of knowledge for everything related to SATA and SATA power supply cables. Therefore in this chapter, we have presented a few more things you ought to know!
 

4.1 Xbox One Power Cable

Xbox One comes with a power adapter which transforms AC to DC and sends it to your device. Then you will see a 1.1 meters long DC power cord which comes out of the adapter and connects to your Xbox One.

There is another detachable AC power cord which is around 1.2 meters long and connects to the power source. The other end of this cable is connected to the 100 – 240 V power adapter. So you can separately purchase the AC power cable though Microsoft recommends using only genuine replacements.

Most noteworthy, the connector plug which goes into the electric outlet on your wall can differ according to electrical standards of different countries.

4.2 In-Wall Power Cord and Cable Kit

If you want to do a professional job of setting up your TV or audio systems, then in-wall power cord and cable kit can be a handy resource. The kit comes complete with power cables, sealing tubes, power cords, fish duct tapes, gaskets, and everything to get your job done.

The idea is to set up a cable system through the tube where the wires don’t end up making a mess. Cells fit into your walls effortlessly, and you can run the power cables through the tubing from the power outlet to your device.

Furthermore, you can also run coaxial cables, audio video cables anything of the sort through the tubes to hide them from people’s sight. And the result is a neat and clean wall with a perfect working electrical system.

In-wall power cord and cable kit

4.3 AC Power Cable

AC power cables are used for transmitting AC to compatible devices. Remember the discussion we had about Computer and CPU power cords?

In general,  it is the same cable you can use for different devices like computer, monitors, printers, scanners and any equipment that uses a three pin connector plug.

Cables come with a 3 point female connector which connects to your device.

AC Power Cable

4.4 Xbox 360 Power Cable

Xbox 360 has a similar power adapter like the Xbox One. And the adapter connects with a DC power cable that directly plugs into your Xbox 360.

You will also find another AC power cable that goes into the power outlet in your wall supplying electricity to the adapter.

4.5 Porter Cable Power Tool

Porter is a leading American power tool manufacturer who sells different types of equipment to get your electrical tasks done. Tools are heavy duty and feature high-quality motors and parts.

You can get small drillers, circular saws, reciprocating saws, flashlights, compressor- anything and everything you need to install your cables and wires. The instruments run on lithium-ion batteries which retain a charge for a long time.

4.6 Power over Ethernet Cable

Power over Ethernet or PoE cables is used to transmit data and electricity over a network to devices such as computing systems, VoIP phones, and security cameras.

Same power cable carries both the data and electricity to any device connected to the Ethernet network. The setup can also be done for wireless networks using a PoE splitter and power cable hooked to a wireless access point.

PoE cable is the same Ethernet cable with twisted pair cabling.

After reading the guide, you must be wondering how to purchase SATA cables and related considerations. We will cover the topic for your convenience in the next chapter.

PoE Cable

CHAPTER 5 – Where to Buy SATA Cable

 Let’s start off with some tips for buying SATA cables.
 

5.1. Buying Tips

  • • Don’t go for cheap thin wires that might cause data or power loss.
  • • Check the different versions of SATA cables. Some have speeds of 1.5 GB/s while the new versions support up to 6 GB/s.
  • • As long as you have a good quality wire, there is not much difference between the 3 GB/s and 6 GB/s SATA cable.
  • • Check out the connectors to ensure that they are compatible with your device and power outlet.
  • • You can use the same SATA cable for different devices that are compatible.
  • • Compare the price from different dealers to get a good deal.
 

5.2. Going in for the Expert Help

If you are unable to find a SATA cable matching your preferences or need a custom one, we can help you out. We can create custom SATA and power supply cables that match your device or equipment for both residential and commercial purposes.

So, please get in touch with us today for more information.

Conclusion

 Your course on SATA cables has come to an end. We have discussed in details the different types of SATA cables for hard drives and SSDs along with the power cables for various devices.

Now, you have become an expert on the topic of SATA cables and will find no problem in handling your cable requirements. Maybe you can even help your friends out with their cable installations, and to get custom cables of different types including SATA cables from us for your home and office needs.

Consequently, contact us to get a complete overview of our products and to find out what we can do for you!

SAE Cable – the Ultimate Guide to How to Choose

SAE Cable

The SAE cable is a cable used to charge vehicle batteries and power various automotive and motorcycle accessories.

You may be confused, how to choose the right SAE cable? Before answering this question, you need to learn some necessary knowledge.

That’s why we’ve prepared this guide to tell you everything you need to know about SAE cables.

So let us achieve.

SAE Cable

CHAPTER 1: What is SAE?

 

Definition

SAE or Society of Automotive Engineers is an international professional association which develops global standards for engineering industries. The standards of the organization harmonize the production of different types of cables and electrical equipment and offer a foundation for all manufacturers to be on the same page.

SAE standards enable manufacturers to improve their quality of products and meet safety guidelines. The SAE cable in the scope of our article is used to establish a connection between a battery and other devices.

Specification of SAE Cable

The SAE cable can be called a ‘hermaphrodite’ connector because it features both male and female connectors. The cables are generally used for automobiles and motorbikes though you can also use them for solar panels and alternative energy applications.

It is one of the components of a PCB that are soldered to provide it extra sturdiness.

The SAE cable comes with two conductors and commonly utilized to provide a maintenance charge to a car’s battery.

When harnessed with a battery system, the polarity of the terminals is designed to prevent any incidents of the short circuit even if the exposed ends come in contact with the metal vehicle chassis. For this reason, the exposed terminals of the cable are connected to the negative outlet of the battery. On the other hand, the positive end of a battery charger is often exposed and hooked up with the concealed SAE connector.

The circuitry of the battery charger also contributes to reducing any possible risks of short circuits. Lead-acid batteries have higher chances of experiencing short-circuits, so you need to use a good quality SAE cable to mitigate the risks.

SAE Cable

Next, we will discover the implications of SAE connectors and discuss the widely used SAE battery connector.

SAE Cable

 

 CHAPTER 2: SAE Connector

 The SAE connector is mainly used for automotive applications and solar solutions. But their versatility means you can also use them for other industries. One of the common types of SAE connector is the SAE battery connector. Let’s find out a bit about it!
 

SAE Battery Connector

 

SAE CableThe SAE battery connector is a simple cable that connects to your battery to other devices like chargers. It has rings or clips at one end to connect to the battery and features a standard SAE connector on the other end. The cable also has a 15 Amp to 25 Amp fuse in between for protecting the battery.

You can set up the cable and connect a battery tender to charge the battery of your vehicle or motorcycle.

The SAE battery connectors don’t have the risk of a short circuit even if the unexposed end comes in contact with a metal. For this reason, they are suitable for use with different types of automotive parts safely.

For example, you can use an SAE cable with a round end and SAE connector on the other end to hook up a heated vest. The SAE cable connects easily with the SAE cable connector to establish a connection. You can channel the SAE connector from the side of your bike and connect battery tender or other devices.

The SAE battery connector features two ring terminals which you have to connect to the positive and negative points of the battery. The terminals are generally colour-coded in red and black for your convenience.

You can buy longer SAE connector cables which can measure 25 feet. These are ideal for use in the garage where you need to have power access for the battery charger which can be located away from the vehicle.

Some manufacturers can use different types of connectors, but SAE is preferred because they are easy to use, affordable, easily available and safe.

In the next chapter, we will discuss SAE plugs and then take a look at SAE adapter.

 CHAPTER 3: SAE Plug

 SAE plugs can be used for basic wiring and general purpose applications in motorcycles and cars. The SAE plug at the end of the cable enables you to connect different accessories and charger boxes. Most of the SAE plugs are compatible with motorcycle tank bags.

The SAE plugs are used across different industries and applications such as alternative energy, utility and off-grid solutions, recreational vehicles, vehicle installations, emergency and more. Their versatility also makes them suitable for navigation equipment, mobile phones and laptops.

The SAE plugs are made for low-voltage though you can find many products which handle a higher amount of voltage for use in RVs, trucks and other heavy-duty applications. You can find different lengths of SAE plugs for automobiles of all sizes.

After the initial job of setting up the SAE, plugs are over. You can look forward to a tool-less assembly then onwards.

SAE Adapter

SAE Cable

You will be able to find different types of SAE adapters which can be used with a wide range of applications. For example, you can have a USB adapter right inside your vehicle (we will discuss in detail about SAE to USB a bit later) or take advantage of a male to female adapter to establish a connection.

Another type of SAE adapter is commonly used to connect traditional SAE chargers or jumpstart equipment to newer types of cables. These are sometimes used in power sports applications along with automobiles and provide an easy way to connect different equipment. Generally, the adapters are designed to achieve minimal power loss and maximum current flow.

One form of SAE adapter is quite common in cars and helps you light up your smoke. The convenient SAE to electrical lighter adapters sit comfortably in the dashboard of your vehicle and are connected to the battery on the other end.

Different accessories and equipment manufacturers also produce custom adapters to accommodate their products. For example, you can find custom adapters that fit with chargers, solar panels, heated clothing, GPS and other SAE devices.

SAE Cable

Now it turns to find out more about SAE to USB cable.

CHAPTER 4: SAE Cable

The other thing when it comes to choosing the right SAE cable is to know what type of cable you need it first.

SAE cables come in all shapes and sizes and are made to suit different needs. We have already discussed some of the applications like heated clothing and battery chargers that use SAE cables.

The advance of technology and change in our lifestyle have led to the development of new types of SAE cables to meet our modern needs. We use some gadgets as a part of our daily life which need a power source to keep functioning.

Many companies have started making SAE cables geared towards the gadgets like SAE to USB cable.

SAE to USB Cable

USB has become a popular format for the different electronics around the world. Having a common interface makes it easy to keep all your devices up and to run with simple charging options.

SAE to USB cables enable you to charge your cameras, mobiles, tablets, GPS navigation and more just by connecting them to the USB port.

SAE to USB cables has an SAE connector at one end and USB port at the other end. The SAE connector is hooked to the battery unit of your vehicle or motorcycle while USB connectors are placed on the dashboard or your fuel tank.

You can also find SAE to USB adapters, which are a portable box or dongle-shaped devices with UBS port and an SAE connector. You may need to use a separate SAE extension cable to connect the adapter to the battery.

The SAE to USB connectors delivers different levels of power such as 1.1 Amp, 2.1 Amp and 3 Amp. You should check the power compatibility of your device before connecting them to the UBS ports. A low power level automatically protects the battery from total discharge.

The voltage of your battery is also another important consideration as not all SAE to USB cables can sustain the same amount of voltage. Some can sustain as high as 12 Volts while others can support low outputs of 5 Volts.

You can find a single or multiple USB ports on an SAE to USB cable or adapter. The USB end sometimes comes with a protective cap to seal the ports when they are not in use.

There are also a few things that make your SAE to USB cable safe and efficient. You can look for safety features like protection for overheating, short circuit and high voltages. Also, it’s better to go for cables and adapters which are water, dust and weather resistant.

In our next chapter, we will give a brief overview of SEA connector extension cable.

CHAPTER 5: SAE Connector Extension Cable

SAE Cable

Many times you may not find the length of your SAE cable adequate for your purpose.

Sometimes the battery chargers need to be connected with wall AC outlet, and the SAE cable may not be able to reach the vehicle parked outside. You may also want to have a bit of freedom and charge your devices sitting by the side of your motorcycle. At times the standard battery SAE harness falls short in length leaving you in a fix!

An SAE connector extension cable comes to the rescue in such situations by offering you an extra length of the cable. You can connect them to the SAE plug and hook the other end to the battery charger or your device.

SAE cables have specific standards which define their scope and application. We will take a look at the common standards in the next chapter.

CHAPTER 6: SAE Cable Standard

SAE cables have different standards suitable for use in the automotive industry. J2183, J1127, J2863 are some of the standards in use. We will take a look at some common standards and find out what they are used for.

J2183 is single core SAE cable that can be used to supply DC electric between 60 Volts and 600 Volts. You can use them for high-energy applications like solar grids and also for high-power automotive needs of trucks and RVs. J20320 SAE cables are ideal if your job involves assembling ignition cables.

The J1127 is the commonly used low voltage battery cable used in motorbikes and cars to connect the battery to different devices using an SAE plug. The J1128 is the low voltage primary cable necessary to charge your vehicle battery and jumpstart it. J2863 is meant explicitly for automotive trailer tow connector and can withstand high loads of DC.

Usually, you don’t have to confuse yourself by remembering and evaluating all the SAE standards. The manufacturers of SAE cables duly declare the specifications of their products and the applications so that you can choose easily based on your needs.

We have almost arrived at the end of our article. Before wrapping things up, we will take a look at different types of SAE connector to cables.

CHAPTER 7: SAE Connector to Cable

SAE Cable

 Like we have already discussed, you can get your hands on different SAE connector to the cable. You need to determine your need and application in order to choose the right connector. We will explore the common type of connectors so that you can find it easy to make your choice.
 

SAE Connector with Leads

SAE connector with lead is used as automotive cables and suitable for rearview camera systems. The cables have a standard SAE plug at one end while the other end is exposed so that you can connect them to any wire or connector.

The SAE cables are designed to withstand high levels of heat, oil, solvent and abrasion. The insulation material allows the cable to have a low-temperature resistance and high scrape strength.

SAE to SAE Connector

The SAE to SAE connector comes with SAE plugs at both ends, as the name implies. You can use it for automotive wiring and connecting to various vehicle and motorcycle accessories. The cables are also suitable for military, industrial and agricultural use and work with older SAE models without any problem.

The SAE cables are also made to be solvent resistant, heat resistant and weather resistant. You can use them for any application which demands the transfer of DC power. Generally, the cables have a smaller over a mould which allows you to fit them in tight spaces.

SAE Connector with Battery Clamp

You can take help of an SAE connector with battery clamp to directly supply power to your devices from the battery. It features a conventional SAE connector in one end and two clips or clamps on the other to connect to the battery.

The clamps are colour-coded in red and black so that you know which one goes to the positive and which one connects to the negative.

Conclusion

SAE cables have a wide range of application in different industries such as automotive, agriculture, military and renewable energy. They come in different specifications which you must be aware of after reading this post. Knowing the specifications is necessary for choosing the right SAE cable and the success of your project.
 

Why Will You Love Us?

Specialized products like smartphones and laptops cannot be equipped with traditional rigid circuit boards without compromising on their compact design or lighter weight. An ideal solution is flexible PCB that is comparatively newer technology and is being used too widely in medical, automotive and consumer electronic products.

You can order SAE cables with custom specifications or international standards by getting in touch with us. We can manufacture high-quality and safe wiring solutions meeting your design and parameters. You can go for customized lengths, insulations, connectors and more depending on your project.

Custom Cables – The Ultimate Guide To How To Meet Your Needs

Custom Cables
Cables are one of the most common things in the electronic and communication industry. But you cannot always depend on general cables for critical and demanding applications. At times, you will need a cable built from scratch. Or, you may need help with an application, and the stock cables will not work. In that case, you need custom cables to match your needs and usage. But do you know which cable to use? Do you know that you can get custom cables manufactured as per your need?. If you want to meet your unique cabling needs, it is essential to go for custom cables. Here is all about how you can choose the right one.
Custom Cables

CHAPTER 1: What is a Custom Cable

 If you are looking for the right custom cable, expect a wide range and connectivity and network cables to choose from. However, it is essential to look for ones that have high standards and ensure that the cables are of high quality, which meets customer requirements for reliability, performance, and cost-effectiveness.

Here is a look at some of the advantages you will get by going in for a custom cable.

Better Performance – Custom projects have custom needs. You cannot match specific stock specifications with them. With custom-made cable, you can get optimal performance, and have the materials and ratings you need to carry off your project successfully.

Last Longer – When you are going in for custom cables, you can expect a better shelf life of the equipment. It is because the cable is made for that particular application, and understands the environment it is functioning in. It has all the attributes and ratings it would need to last in those specific conditions.

Save You more money – While you may think that custom made cables cost more, it may turn out otherwise over the longer run. Yes, the other benefit to having a custom cable is that you will not have to worry about system failures anymore, as you would otherwise when you go in for short stock options.

You get to Start from Scratch – Since you get to start from scratch with custom cabling, you can ensure that all the needs are met. So, you can even alter certain aspects of the existing cable to suit your equipment needs better.

We will now take a look at the types of customizable cables that you can get your hands on.

1.1 Customizable Cable Type

You can choose from different cable assembly products which include RF, copper, fiber and specialty harnesses. When choosing the cables, do go for one manufactured in industry standards.

Fiber Patch Cords and Jumpers

You can find simplex and duplex jumpers for all compatible industry applications.

The different products under this category include simplex fiber jumpers, duplex fiber jumpers, pigtail fiber jumpers, and micro-armored fiber jumpers. The cables provide optimized optical performance with low loss connections. You can order a custom length of the cable to reduce congestion and cable stack. The cables come with a wide range of connectors such as SCA, SC, FCA, FC, LCA, LC, for supporting various applications and have extended re-mating capabilities.

You can also specify the cable type you want and choose between single mode and multi-mode fiber types. The simplex and duplex cables have a of 1.2mm, 1.6 mm, 2.0mm and 3.0mm. You can order the cables in custom boot colors and custom labeling and Brady identification.

Fiber Assemblies

You have different types of fiber cable assemblies such as single mode patch cords, multimode patch cords, mode conditioning patch cords, fiber ribbon cables, and fiber multi-count trunk cables.

The single mode patch cords come with high bandwidth and performance and are Bend Insensitive. The SMF-28e cables do not lose light when the cable is bent or twisted as a part of cable management. The nanostructure technology sends the light back to the fiber core preventing any loss of signal or current. You can bend the wires without any problems and experience full bandwidth.

The multimode patch cords are used for LAN applications as they cost of LED transceivers are low. You can also use them for telephony applications and other compatible purposes. The cables utilize the technology to offer a high range of bandwidth, 10 to 20 times of regular multimode patch cords.

The fiber ribbon cables are ideal for plug and play applications. The cables are inspected for performance before they are shipped to increase reliability.

Copper Cable Assemblies

You can choose from a full range of copper connectivity solutions to transmit electrical signals between electromechanical equipment and communication devices. The copper cables are meant to deliver high performance and come with application-specific connectors for different purposes.

Copper cables are ideal for short distance applications which use relatively low bandwidth. They also have a low cost of production and can save receiver and transmitter cost. The different products in this category include Ethernet cables, office telecom cables, desktop cables, serial cables, audio/video assemblies, USB and SCSI cables.

The copper cables can be used to connect various computer accessories such as printers, Local Area Networks, and monitors. They are also suitable for audio video communications such as HD TVs and set-top boxes. The company also manufactures copper cables for offices, data centers, air traffic control towers, and network divisions.

Zone Cabling

Zone cabling is what you need for data centers and enterprises. The solution can provide a seamless performance over homerun cabling that can disrupt workflow when you change workstations. The zone cabling is routed through a series of consolidated points which connect to a cluster of workstations. The cabling enables the organization to reduce their downtime and costs and can be delivered on a need basis.

RF Assemblies

Braided and corrugated offer high RF performance. They are suited for critical network applications over a wide range of frequency. The cables are produced with the highest standards required for WiMax and 4G LTE technologies and outdoor and indoor DAS installations.

The different products under this segment include antenna jumper cables, transmission line feeder cables, mobile cell tower applications, indoor and outdoor DAS installations, and internal radius combiner boxes.

The cables come with Low Passive Intermodulation and quick production lead times. They offer long-term durability as they are made with repeatable automated termination process.

Now you know the different type of customizable cables that you can get, we will talk a bit about the custom cable assemblies.

CHAPTER 2: Custom Cable Assemblies

 

2.1 Custom Cable Sleeving Kit

Cable sleeving makes cable management easier by bunching cables and making them easier to identify. The sleeving also protects the cables from hazards, liquids, chemicals, and abrasions. You have different types of cable sleeving to buy, including expandable and side entry sleeving.

Expandable Sleeving

Expandable cables come with woven fiber which gives it some flexibility. The sleeving is solid in circumference, so you have to apply the sleeving by passing the cable through it. The sleeving is ideal for irregularly shaped areas of cables and keeps them secured inside the sleeving.

You can find both reliable and expandable sleeving from Custom Cable. You need an application will determine the type you will need.

Side Entry Sleeving

Side entry sleeving is also referred to as wrap-around or split sleeving. They come with a slit, and you have to wrap it around the cable instead of feeding it through the sleeving. The installation process is more natural than expandable sleeving, and you can conveniently wrap the cable isolating the connectors without any need to unplug any cable.

You can also take out any cable easily just by slipping through the slit.

2.2. How to Connect Custom Cables?

If you have different types of connectors, you need different cables for matching the applications.

For example, the fiber ribbon connector comes with MTP/MPO connector whereas the ribbon patch cord features MTP/APO connectors. The ribbon fan-out cables have different connectors such as FC, LC, MU, SC, and ST.

You can choose a cable with a specific connector depending upon your purpose.

In the next chapter, we will explore the Custom Cable adapters.

CHAPTER 3: Custom Cable Adapters

 You need different types of adapters and connectors for their cables. For example, you can use coupler style adapters to establish a connection between the same type of connectors. The adapters can also help you secure an existing cable with a new piece of hardware or a new cable to an existing piece of equipment.

You can find different such as FAS9A-E2E2-1PM-FF-CUP, FAS9A-FCFC-1PM-FF-CUP, FAS9F-MJMJ-2PM-FF-CUP, FAS9U-FCST-1CC-FF-ADP, FAS9U-FCSC-1CC-FF-ADP and more.

CHAPTER 4: Custom Cable Services

 Wondering how custom cable services work? We will take a look at how Our PCB does it.

Assembly Division

Cloom delivers dedicated fiber and copper detail engineering for different business processes. The processes of the assembly division are used for material conformance, performance specification compliance and component and assembly design. The company employs various personnel such as process engineers so that they can create quality assurance, increase production efficiency and accommodate engineering changes.

The staff helps us provide their services through tooling requirements, equipment maintenance, and process implementations so that they can serve their customers according to their needs.

Network Services Division

Cloom offers on-premise network infrastructure services to businesses of all sizes on local and national levels. The company provides its services based on time, materials, staff augmentation, unit price and contract to different customers according to their requirements. The customers are assigned dedicated account and project management team so that a consistent level of quality and service can be maintained. The company offers the services through qualified and trained personnel who are fully equipped to carry out the job.

The Network Services Division and the Assembly Division collaborate on different projects to enable a single source of delivery for the customers. The projects are controlled on an auto-pilot basis starting from design and development to assembly and installation. The company derives value from its direct supply chain and integrates it with corporate commitment to serve as a trusted network partner for enterprises.

The Network Services Division and the Assembly Division collaborate on different projects to enable a single source of delivery for the customers.

The projects are controlled on an auto-pilot basis starting from design and development to assembly and installation. The company derives value from its direct supply chain and integrates it with corporate commitment to serve as a trusted network partner for enterprises.

Cloom delivers its service through a team of qualified and experienced professionals who include technicians, project managers, Registered Communications Distributions Designers, and others. The company employs its fleet of fully equipped vehicles which can cater to emergency requirements and deployments of short orders. Cloom offers its services to different industries such as office space, retail, data centers, hospitals, distribution centers and so on.

The network services of the company include-

Assessment and Design: The service comprises many steps such as site surveys, design and needs analysis, implementation planning, materials selection, and wireless mapping.

Implementation and Installation: The company offers copper and fiber infrastructure, wireless networks, equipment installation, sound masking, fiber splicing and testing, last mile FTTx and CCTV installations.

Maintenance and Upgrade: This service involves UPS upgrades, WiFi overlays, and upgrades, network move, add or change, bit error rate testing, fiber characterization, commissioning/decommissioning and others.

We have discussed the services of OUR PCB company. Now let us take a look at the solutions of OUR PCB.

CHAPTER 5: Custom Cable Solutions

 Cloom delivers connectivity solutions for a wide range of industries. The solution can be customized based on the need of the industry and specific business. The different solutions of the company include-

Telecommunication Solutions

The company offers both fiber optic and copper connectivity solutions for broadcasting and telecommunications. The network cables are used for data centers, campuses, enterprises, and residential applications as they enable quick transfer of data. Cable technicians can use the custom cables for meeting critical network needs. The cables are also applicable for high-speed internet which requires the exchange of high amounts of bandwidth.

Military and Defense

The military uses custom cables to connect different units and secure highly confidential communication. The cables meant for military use are extra durable as they have to withstand harsh weather conditions and exposure to hazardous materials. The defense industry also uses high bandwidth optic fiber cables to transfer data and critical mission information.

Intelligent Traffic Systems

Cloom offers connectivity solutions for intelligent traffic systems. The solutions apply to air traffic control towers which need a quick and effective exchange of information and data.

Original Equipment Manufacturers

Various manufacturers make use of Custom Cable solutions in their facilities. The cables are used to power different equipment and assembly line machines.

In the next chapter, we will talk about how it’s like to work in Cloom.

CHAPTER 6: Custom Cable Careers

 

Wondering how it is to work in the cabling industry?

A typical day at work involves working with the team to get the materials ready for production. You have to put in around 10 to 12 hours of work each day, but the plus point is getting to meet other professionals and grow your network.

You will get work in a warehouse environment with a large shift of workers. The department you are allotted depends on your qualifications and expertise. The normal shift is of 9 hours with a half hour lunch break and two 15 minutes breaks.

Cloom offers a full range of network and connectivity solutions and services. The company operates under two divisions- Assembly Division and Network Services Division. They aim to provide the highest quality and service by directly dealing with the customer. It encourages a corporate culture which results in the growth and profitability of the company.

We need a wide range of human resources to support their huge scale of production. They are looking to hire the best talents and promising personnel in the industry to support their business. You can get a good job if you happen to clear the interviews in a progressive and growing company.

The management of Cloom is encouraging and supportive to the employees. They gather feedback and opinions of the employees before making any important decision. The leadership of the company also sends employees to trade shows and industry events to further their knowledge and skills and learn about new concepts. You can keep checking with the company website to find out if they have any opportunities or career options for you to join.

CHAPTER 7: Conclusion

 Cloom is a reputable manufacturer of cables and connectivity solutions. You can design a cable according to your specifications and get it shipped. We also fulfill custom cable orders built with highest standards matching your design parameters. You can also choose the cable length and color and go for other customizations based on your application.

Get in touch with us today to order your custom cable with your chosen connectors. We can ensure a fast production time delivering the solution when you need it.

 

VGA to HDMI – The Ultimate Guide on How to Achieve the Best Conversion

VGA to HDMI

For people that are new to the all the new inputs and outputs, it can be quite confusing knowing all the new devices and methods out there.

You may face situations that require you to switch your display technologies. 

Your video signals can be adapted in both direction between VGA and HDMI, but it is useful to know about the different limitations and cost differences that come with each connection.

 

VGA to HDMI

This guide is a great way for you to better understand certain connection situations, like connecting VGA to HDMI.

We’ll help you gain a better understanding of the difference between VGA to HDMI, the various directions to use, as well as the most efficient ways to connect various types of technology in the best cost-efficient and effective way:

CHAPTER 1: VGA to HDMI

VGA to HDMI

 Before getting into any conversion methods, you’ll first need to understand what VGA an HDMI means. VGA stands for “Video Graphic Array.” 

In previous years, VGA became the fundamental lowest denominator for every computer graphics system. Meanwhile, HDMI stands for “High-Definition Multimedia Interface.” 

It is the now more common interface that works to transmit both audio and video signals digitally using an HDMI-compatible source.

There are two main definitive differences between HDMI and VGA sources. 

The first difference is the type of interface, with VGA being analog and HDMI being digital. 

The second one is that VGA only provides you with video transmission whereas HDMI involves both audio and video transmission.

Due to these differences, you will require not only a cable when connecting an HDMI device to a VGA device, but for the conversion to properly occur, you will need an adapter as well. 

That being said, it’s great to know that these adapters are compact and very cheap, most of them averaging around 20$.

Generally, devices with a VGA interface provide reduced video resolution in comparison to newer HDMI devices. PCs that makes use of VGA interface have to work with lower video resolution due to limitations with the video card. 

As for previous displays using the VGA interface, you usually have a problem with screen resolution.

CHAPTER 2: Can VGA to HDMI Carry Sound? 

VGA to HDMI
 
   I think it’s safe to say that you now know that VGA interfaces are incapable of transmitting an audio signal. It is also accurate for situations where VGA is converted to HDMI, even though HDMI does provide audio.

To utilize audio support in such cases, you’ll have to get a separate cable that acts as an audio channel. Usually, a PC or TV set comes with the basic 3.5mm audio port. 

It resembles a regular headphone jack, and in laptops and computers is the main headphone port.
Occasionally, your TV set can also come with an audio port as well as an HDMI port just for the exact purpose of connecting your computer that makes use of a non-HDMI interface (such as VGA or DVI). 

In these situations, you’re in luck since you’ll only require the 3.5mm audio cable without any other conversion technology.

Sometimes there are audio inputs seen in devices known as RCA connectors. These audio connectors can also be called component audio connectors. However, a regular person would be able to recognize them more easily as the colored ports in a TV: red, yellow and white.

A video is transmitted using the yellow port, whereas the white and red RCA ports are designated for audio signal transmission. 

In case your TV monitor needs an RCA for its audio, i.e., only the red and white, then you have to get an affordable 3.5mm audio port to the RCA device converter.

 CHAPTER 3: VGA to HDMI Converter

 It’s pretty obvious that a lot of technical things need to happen simultaneously, to change a VGA signal into HDMI. 
These things usually involve connecting these two interfaces. For this to happen, it is essential to transmit the VGA signal using a converter, that will send the VGA’s analog signal along with your stereo’s audio to change them both into digital transmissions.

These will then be relayed out through your HDMI cable to connect with a monitor that has an HDMI connector. 

The converters register the analog signals that are delivered to them from the computer or any other device and then convert those signals in digital so that the HDMI monitor can read them.

This process occurs without any obvious breaks or input, so all you have to do is connect the devices. While the conversions between the two different signals are happening between the device and converter, the video images are simultaneously being fit according to size and format for your display monitor.

Most converter scaling is also able to accommodate image resolution changes for widescreen monitors. That said, you need to be aware when choosing one of these products to ensure that the converter has the necessary input connectors you will need.

Certain VGA to HDMI converters can also come with something that is known as composite video input, basically a round, yellow RCA connector. Others come with the previously discussed composite three-colored RCA connector. Either way, both will try to change into the digital HDMI signal.

While these input devices aren’t exactly “VGA,” they are still commonly known as VGA to HDMI converters. Most of the typical VGA to HDMI converters can differ, with the main differences being:

1.The type of connector that is accepted, which can be VGA, composite, component or S-video)

2.The accepted base resolution

3.Which aspect ratio or ratios the converter can work with (regular 4:3 or widescreen 16:9)

4.The provision of any additional switcher that will allow users to work with multiple inputs (that said, having multiple inputs doesn’t technically mean that you can alternate between them)

5.The provision of any DVI output connector (HDMI and DVI share similar video signal characteristics with the absence of audio, within a separate connector package)

6.The resolution of the output, which can be 480p, 720p, and 1080p

7.The power sources

8.The option of having TOSLINK digital audio connectivity

9.The converter settings, which can vary between automatic, manual, or even automatic along with manual overriding.

Section 3.1: VGA Output to HDMI with audio support

Since a converter does not provide audio, you’ll need additional support. That’s where an audio adapter comes in. You can find multiple options or packages of converters that come with audio adapters suited for your PC, TV or laptop. 

They’re usually inexpensive and can work well with most older devices. That said, you need to make sure the cables and adapters are compatible with your ports and system requirements00.

Section 3.2: How do I connect VGA output to HDMI?

 

Now that we know about the different interfaces and their connection and conversion methods, it’s time to start the main task. Connecting an older VGA interface to any monitor or TV using an HDMI device is simple, but you will have to undertake some purchasing on your part:

  • Step 1: Get any VGA output to HDMI converter box.
  • Step 2: Find your VGA cable, which generally comes along with any computer.
  • Step 3: Connect the VGA cable into the computer’s VGA output.
  • Step 4: Plug the remaining side of your VGA Cable into the VGA input of the converter box.
  • Step 5: Connect the HDMI output to your converter box.
  • Step 6: Plug the HDMI input part of your HDMI cable into the TV set or computer monitor.
  • Step 7: Once you have turned on the computer and your HD Device, you will be able to display the computer video on the HD device.

 CHAPTER 4: VGA Output to HDMI Cable

VGA to HDMI

 The first component of the conversion system is a converter cable. It is important to note that for the VGA source to be converted to HDMI and vice versa, your converter will have to be an active device in comparison to a passive device. 
It means that one component is going to provide passive conversion without any switches between the directions.

Now to understand the VGA output to HDMI cable. This type of converter will not be able to connect a VGA system to an HDMI one since VGA sources receive analog signals as opposed to HDMI sources receiving digital ones. 

Using a cable for transmission will only cause a passive connection since either device won’t read the signals. That is why you require an actual conversion to allow connection between the systems.

That said, the cable can be used with an appropriate adapter to get you the appropriate conversions. These cables are also very cheap and easy to connect. Even so, converter boxes are generally more ideal since they do the entire active process.

 CHAPTER 5: VGA Output to HDMI Adapter

 One other way to connect your old PC device to an HDMI input present in a monitor or TV is by using an adapter. If your PC only comes with a VGA output, you will require a converter. 
To use the converter, you necessarily need a VGA to VGA cable (male connections_ along with an audio cable. Use either stereo mini to RCA or an RCA to RCA (both connections being male), which depends on the output you get with your sound card.

It’s obvious that you’ll also require the HDMI cable to plug the VGA output to HDMI adapter into your HD device. If the computer utilizes a DVI output, you’ll have to get a DVI to HDMI cable, or else you can get a DVI to HDMI adapter along with a regular HDMI cable.

These options are typically more restricted if someone has a notebook computer, which typically does not come with any HDMI output since you are not able to switch your graphics card. 

Even if this were a possibility, you would still not be able to incorporate the HDMI output into your notebook chassis. In the end, the only options you have are to get a converter as we discussed previously, or get yourself a more modern notebook computer.

 CHAPTER 6: HDMI Female to VGA Male

VGA to HDMI

 An HDMI output to VGA converter is generally an inexpensive cable. It is capable of transmitting an HDMI signal from a device to a VGA interface on a much older display. Since VGA is now growing scarcer with time, you should only use this connection choice as a last resort.

You should know that an HDMI cable can send both audio and video signals through the one cable. That said, VGA cables are only able to transmit a video signal. 

In case you want to have both audio and video, you will have to get yourself a converter that comes with a VGA cable, along with a separate audio cable or USB device that has audio capability. The process is pretty similar to VGA output to HDMI conversion.

Now, here’s where it gets a bit tricky. You may either choose between male HDMI to female VGA converters or vice versa. That definitely will sound very confusing to anyone new to the technology world. However, there’s no need to worry. The difference between a female and a male connector is pretty simple.

The idea is quite basic. Male cables or devices generally have a pin that sticks out. You have to add this into a plug or input. Female devices, on the other hand, come with plug-in holes which are meant to receive the male pins. 

The only exception to the rule is a DC Jack. In this case, the receptacle comes with a pin while the line comes with the hole.

Depending on your device ports and receptors, you can choose between either converter. The function remains the same. It only indicates the type of cable or input you have.

 CHAPTER 7: Mini HDMI to VGA

VGA to HDMI

 A mini HDMI to VGA converter is a straightforward device that can convert from HDMI to VGA. It allows you to use it with any VGA projector or VGA monitor. Similar to conventional converters, this device needs no power source and utilizes the basic technique of ready-to-play.

This converter is ideal for laptops or PCs that require a short connection distance. It’s easy to plug in, simple to use and convenient for simple device conversions. These cables also have reduced the risk of damage with shorter connections.

Conclusion

 In conclusion, VGA output to HDMI converters is positive in today’s digital world. Nowadays you can find a large number of different electronic devices that can come with either port. So, such converters can help you transmit signals without any hassle or connection issues. 
Not just that, but VGA output to HDMI converters are finally becoming much more widely accessible.

Some useful tips and tricks to remember include always setting your television’s image resolution to the ideal fit. It will enable your converter to work effectively. Contact proper professionals and experts in case of any issues. 

Different companies provide different converters, but it is helpful to know the main features of your converter.

Well, hopefully, this detailed guide has provided you with a better understanding of the digital world. Whether you’re looking for some media playing at home or looking for some quick conversion solutions at an IT department for your job, this article should fill you in with the best conversion solutions and options.

Medical Cables – The Ultimate Guide to How to Improve Quality

A place where life or death situations unfold needs to be equipped with highly durable and reliable equipment. The equipment needs to be in top shape at any time in preparation for any emergencies that might require their use. Hence, a medical cable must be manufactured with strict adherence to industry standards. Industry standards hold that a medical cable must have high degrees of properties such as flexibility, durability, and resistance to sterilization methods. Also, medical cables must be capable of repelling airborne chemicals and particles, as well as EMI interference. Also, the medical wires you use around MRI machines must be free of any trace of magnetic materials like iron. Such cables must be made from medically transparent resins. This dossier sheds insightful light on these medical cable properties and much more, exploring the world of medical cable inside out.

CHAPTER 1: Medical Cable

 A medical cable is a sophisticated cord made from the highest grade of materials due to the sensitivity of its applications. Medical cables are usually made of silicon and low-friction coating, which imbue them with excellent capabilities and long-standing durability.

Medical cables can also be made from other medical grade materials such as TPE and polyurethane.

Medical cables are critical to the safety and performance of medical devices. As such, they’re critical to a medical device’s chances of success in FDA tests.

They help facilitate proper interconnections in medical facilities. Medical cables also facilitate potting and pressure tests, as well as the control of statistical process and serialization.

A medical cable is usually highly flexible to prevent kinking. Medical cables are also normally temperature-resistant because you’ll most likely subject them to sterilization on a frequent basis.

However, many medical cables are disposable, depending on the application they are using. Moreover, there are medical cables for hundreds of various healthcare applications.

These include patient monitoring, electro-surgery, bionics, cardiac therapy, nuclear medicine, optical enhancements, ultrasound, and lots more.

Each of these applications has different requirements for medical cables. Hence, a medical cable assembly manufacturer must be able to meet various specifications according to the peculiarities of its application and devices.

They must be capable of creating excellent cable designs such as connectors, custom over-molding, moisture proof, and disposable and reusable, lots more. In general, reusable cables are usually resistant to chemicals and sterilization techniques such as steam, gamma, ETO, and many others.

Wiring configurations, as well, as intermittent connections, can make or mar the efficiency of a medical cable. As such, many manufacturers subject medical cable assemblies to electrical tests to eliminate the possibilities of these defects.

Medical cable manufacturers deploy thorough-going inspection processes at various stages of the fabrication processes as quality checks.

Now, let’s give you a closer look at the various applications of medical cables and their unique medical cable requirements.

CHAPTER 2: Medical Cable Application

 

Cosmetic Surgery

Medical cables are critical to the successful use of ultrasound, RF, microwave, and other medical technologies to execute cosmetic procedures. These applications have intricate energy delivery and process monitoring requirements. Due to the nature of their application, cosmetic surgery medical cables usually come in ergonomic aesthetically-pleasing packaging. Also due to the nature of their application, many medical cables come with applicators that can be changed quickly and easily.

Defibrillation

For cables used in emergency response medical facilities, durability and reliability are the two most critical qualities. Medical cables for emergency response facilities are used both within the hardware and the paddle assemblies that come in contact with the patient. They also provide safe, reliable and straightforward energy delivery solutions for such applications.

Electrophysiology

Medical cables for this application facilitate the collection of data points that facilitate the monitoring of low electrical pulses in the heart.

In order to do so, these medical cables usually support excellent signal integrity. They generate signals that help identify the site where the occurrence of arrhythmias must be eliminated through ablative energy.

You’ll find that they usually come with high-density connectors. They’re usually sturdy and reliable, as they must be used repeatedly for precise heart mapping intelligence.

Electrosurgical Applications

Due to the nature of this application, medical cables for this application are usually single-use, disposable types, for cost-effective risk management.

Imaging

The use of imaging is gaining more use in diagnostics, surgery, therapy delivery, and so on. It is especially true in applications such as fluoroscopy, MRI, X-ray, PET, CT, and many more.

This proliferation of use is, in turn, giving rise to a growing need for medical cables that enhance image quality cost-effectively.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Medical cables are critical to image delivery in minimally invasive surgical procedures, such as those involving the use of endoscopes. They help minimize trauma in surgery patient, helping accelerate healing by extension.

Medical cables for endoscopy are usually made of fiber optics and fiber materials.

These cables must facilitate the delivery of high-quality images on numerous iterations after several sterilization cycles, as efficiently as they deliver on first-time use.

Patient Monitoring

Medical cables for patient monitoring are designed to facilitate reliable transmission of patient information to those looking after patients. They’re critical to the verification of the efficacy of the treatment you administer to a patient.

Patient monitoring medical cables are usually designed with ergonomics and aesthetics as critical considerations. Moreover, since you’ll most likely be using them frequently, they usually very durable, safe and easy to deploy.

Now, each of the applications mentioned above uses different types of medical cables. The following chapter delves into the various types of medical cables.

CHAPTER 3: Medical Cable types

Single-Use Medical Cable

To minimize the risks of spreading infections, you need to dispose of a medical cable that’s attached to a patient after a single use. Disposable medical cables are cost-effective risk-minimization measures that come in handy especially in public medical facilities.

You’ll find disposable medical cables used regularly in electrosurgical devices, ultrasonic scalpel, surgical monitoring, and so on.

Since they’re to be disposed of after the first use, they usually come pre-packaged and sterile. Some disposable medical cables are designed to withstand autoclave sterilization so that they can be suited to repeated use (only just a few times, though).

Power Supply Cables

The UL regulation 60601 stipulates the acceptable standards for power supply medical cables. The provision holds that power plugs must be made of solid brass, and exhibit strain relief, with minimal current leakage.

The provision also states that the cords must pass the proper grounding tests.

Every equipment operates with a unique circuitry, hence the variety of power-plug blades of hospital equipment. There’s a particular blade configuration that’s the most appropriate for each unique circuitry.

Coiled Cables

These types of cables are the most appropriate for use in equipment where mobility and foldability are crucial factors. These include equipment with sliding and rotating components, including X-ray machine heads, MRI and CAT scan machines.

Retractable cords can also help you avoid the dangers of working with dangling power cords on portable mobile equipment. Unlike long cords, you won’t have to deal with entangled and knotted cords when using coiled cords.

It can significantly enhance the convenience of use of equipment. It is even more beneficial in the use of machines that run with large bunches of cords.

Patient Monitoring Cables

Devices that monitor patient information such as blood pressure, respiration, EEG, ECG, and vital signs, need cords with plenty of connectors. Since you’ll most likely make use of numerous electrodes on a patient, you’ll need various connectors.

Also, for a number of reasons, including for coming into direct contact with the patient, many monitoring cables are disposable by design. For starters, connectors are used to connect individual leads. Moreover, the leads are susceptible to wear, so you need to replace them regularly.

However, the lead components are usually the only responsive element in patient many monitoring cables, hence the low maintenance needs of these cables.

All in all, patient monitoring cables are usually made of flexible, durable materials with excellent strain relief qualities. They come with a slender finish that prevents abrasion or adhesion to a patient’s skin.

Ultrasonic Cables

Due to the need for mobility in the use of ultrasonic equipment, ergonomics is at the heart of the designs of ultrasonic cables. Because they’re carried continuously around by technicians during use, ultrasonic devices require cables that are lightweight and flexible.

The flexibility of high wires is usually a result of the multiple copper wire strands components.

Now, to shed more light on all of these medical cord types, we’ll show you details of how they assembled. The next chapter covers medical cable assembly.

CHAPTER 4: Medical Cable Assembly

 Medical cable assemblies are primarily used to connect medical and laboratory equipment. A medical cable assembly comprises of a band of individual cables attached to connectors on at least one end.

They’re usually designed to transmit power, data, and electrical pulses.

In order to minimize the risk of scratching and sticking on patients, they usually possess low surface friction qualities. In addition, they usually come with anti-abrasion jackets that also enhance their durability.

Other standard features of medical cable assemblies include high flexibility to prevent kinking. Another is temperature resistance that allows them to last through several turns of autoclave sterilization.

However, note that it’s advisable to check for the biocompatibility of a medical cable if its outer jacket is to contact the patient’s body.

Types of Medical Assemblies

Equipment and Sub-assembly Interfaces

These types of assemblies come installed in equipment from the factory. However, you can replace them to make upgrades and retrofits.

You’ll find these types of assemblies in nuclear imaging devices.

Communications Interfaces

These cables are usually made from fiber optics, serial or local area network.

Patient Interfaces

Although they have good durability, these types of medical cable assemblies come in need of replacement multiple times during an equipment’s lifecycle.

You can provide performance upgrades for certain patient interface components instead of completely replacing them. However, you’ll eventually need to replace them due to age-related and use-induced degradation.

There are many sub-categories in the patient interface category. There is the long-life patient interface, used mainly in ultrasound imaging and ECG diagnostics.

There’s also the limited-use interface, used mainly in ICU and CCU monitors. They come with a limited shelf-life because they’re frequently exposed to mechanical stress and sterilization procedures.

There’s also the use-only interfaces used majorly in neural simulator lead sets, fetal monitoring cables, catheters, and electro-surgical devices. They’re designed to be discarded after a single use.

All in all, these cable assemblies are usually produced in line with medical cable industry security standards and certification criteria.

CHAPTER 5: Medical Cable Security and Certificate

 The main factors that differentiate medical cables from those of other industries include the provisions for bio-compatibility, sterilization, and lumen generation.

Medical cables are usually manufactured in compliance with application-specific safety and regulatory provisions. An example of such regulations includes the ISO 10993-1.

Another typical example is the requirements set by the FDA for the 510 (k) submission of medical devices. There are also the ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 standards.

Nonetheless, every country has unique sets of regulations for the production of medical cable assemblies. These regulations are usually much more elaborate when it comes to medical cables for connected devices.

All in all, these regulations help safeguard both the patient’s recovery as well as the working environment wherein the recovery takes place. As such, compliance with these regulatory standards requires validation, testing, and inspection of medical cord assemblies.

Many public health facilities also implement their own in-house medical cable safety and security measures. Examples of such measures are cable tethers.

Cable tethers help prevent patients from taking expensive bedside monitoring leads with them from high-traffic units to other places in the medical facility. They secure the cables by affixing them to other components.

With the cable tethers, monitoring leads can only be removed from a room by authorized staff who have the keys to loosen the security screw and detach the cables. This measure can help hospitals save up on the costs of replacing expensive monitoring leads frequently.

Another frequently used safety measure is the mounting pads. These provide excellent solutions for attaching equipment safely to a wall.

To use them, you need to fix the mounting pad on the targeted area using an adhesive of your choice. Moreover, then, fix the tether eye-loop to the mounting pad together with the security screw.

Still curious about the processes involved in the production of medical cable assemblies? The next chapter delves into medical cable manufacturing.

CHAPTER 6: Medical Cable Manufacture

 As stated earlier, there are stringent regulations in place to ensure that manufacturers always provide you with high quality, wear-resistant products. These standards ensure that manufacturers provide you with highly reliable interconnection solutions for your medical devices.

Regardless of the application which you want to use a medical cable for, there’s a constant need for reliability and durability.

Even if the medical cable’s only flaw is the failure to withstand cleaning chemicals used for sterilization properly, it still exposes users to risks.

Sterilization, which is the process of eradicating biological contaminants such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and so on, It is a key consideration for medical cable manufacturing.

Most medical manufacturers use similar measures for ensuring their medical cord assemblies stand up to sterilization procedures.

Key Requirements for Medical Cord Manufacturing

A Deep Repertoire of Application Knowledge

There are vast interconnection needs required by the various applications for medical cords. Medical cable manufacturers need to be well-informed about the interconnection needs of your medical cable.

They must design your interconnection solutions with wonderful insights.

Material Expertise

A medical cable manufacturer must also be very conversant with the various qualities of medical cable materials. They must be able to provide you with veracious advice on which material is best-suited to your intended use.

A Deep Understanding of Manufacturing Principles

The manufacturer must be conversant with the industry-best methodologies for manufacturing medical cable assemblies. They must also be well-versed in the integration of interconnects and cable bundles.

Cable Bundle Optimization

Manufacturers must be able to assemble cables accurately based on your unique propositions.

In-house Testing

The manufacturers must test cable assemblies consistently at various phases using test tools such as force measurements, medical grade disinfectant washers, TDRs / VNAs, and so on.

Expertise in Hybrid Cable Assemblies

Manufacturers need to be highly knowledgeable in the production of hybrid assemblies that comprise electrical, fluidic, pneumatic and optical components.

Conclusion

 Cleanliness, quality, and handiness are the most crucial qualities of any medical equipment. Regardless of the volume of the assembly produced, these three attributes must be keenly considered.

We leverage our state-of-the-art equipment and our wide breadth of experiences to provide you with excellent interconnection solutions for your medical devices.

We help you simplify the nature of your medical cable assembly, and enhance the user experience of your medical devices. Reach out to us whenever you’re ready to acquire a medical cable, and let’s help you simplify everything.

 

Cable Assembly – all you need to know

cable assembly
Introduction: The world of engineering and technology is moving so fast that each day we are witnessing new advancements coming up.With this fast-paced, moving engineering world, there are plenty of opportunities available for engineers now. As the essential aim of engineering, today is to make smaller designs that can take less space and are efficient.The base of every engineering project is its wiring. The cable assembly is the best approach when it comes to accommodating complicated installation into simpler structures that can save much space. In this guide, you are going to learn about first cable assembly, custom cable assemblies, types of different cable assemblies, cable assembly manufacturing and processing and how to get your hands on first order.
cable assembly

 CHAPTER 1: What Is Cable Assembly

 A cable assembly is defined as the group of cables that are coupled together in a group for making a single unit. They are also known as wiring looms or cable harnesses. Cable assemblies are often available with different types of cable customizations and constructions. You will find cable assemblies of various lengths, sizes, and colors depending on the application.

Cable assemblies are often designed by being taped, bound with cable ties or are also available with a sleeve that is applied overall. This type of cable design is used for grouping the cables by providing them with protection and most importantly helps you to use limited space. Terminations that are often available in these cable assemblies are socket and plug arrangements.

Figure 1 shows the cable assembly.

cable assembly
 

 CHAPTER 2: Custom Cable Assembly

 
  • Ribbon cable assembly:

Ribbon cable assembly is used to a great extent for making internal peripheral connections within an electronic system.

Commonly used in connecting PCs to floppy, CD and hard disk, ribbon cable assemblies are made from multi-conducting cables that are flat and thin.

Typical examples of ribbon cable assemblies which you will find in PCs include 40 – wire cable, 34 wire cable and 80 wire ribbon cable. 34 wire ribbon cable assembly is often used for connecting the floppy disk to the motherboard. 40 wire ribbon cable assembly is used for connecting IDE (ATA) CD drive. 80 wire ribbon cable assembly is used for IDE (ATA) hard disks.

Figure 2 shows the ribbon cable assembly.

Ribbon cable assembly Ribbon cable assembly

  • Throttle cable assembly:

Throttle cable assembly is used for linking accelerator pedal to the plate of the throttle. The primary function of throttle cable is to open the throttle and it then further allows the air to get into the air for acceleration.

It is to be noted here that most of the modern vehicles today are embedded with an electronically controlled throttle system. It is also known as “drive – by – wire.” Conventional and old mechanical throttle cable assemblies are called accelerator cables.

Figure 3 shows the throttle cable assembly.

Throttle cable assemblyThrottle cable assembly

  • Cable harness assembly:

Cable harness assembly is used for transmitting electrical power or signals. It exhibits an assembly of wires or electrical cables that are coupled and bound using sleeves, electrical tape, cable lacing, cable ties, and conduit or extruded strings. And cable harness assembly is also known as wiring loom, wiring assembly or wire harness.

You can use cable harnesses in construction machinery and automobiles. They have some advantages as compared to the use of loose wires. If you are binding cables and electrical wires into a cable harness, they will be protected against adverse conditions like moisture, abrasions, and vibrations.

Figure 4 shows cable harness.

Cable harness assembly
 

 CHAPTER 3: Cable Assembly Manufacturing And Usage

 It has been seen that today cable assemblies are used in plenty of industries for the vast number of applications. You will find cable assemblies being preferred for their rigidity. The best thing about cable assemblies is that they have decidedly fewer chances of getting short-circuited.

You will find cable assemblies extensively used in planes, cars and so on. Cable assemblies are considered significant for handling the high volume of cables and electrical wires as they are great for making maximum use of given space. They are also used for making electrical architecture where required.

Cable assembly wires’ advantages speak on their great scalability, reliability, safety and above all, they are high with saving time, cost and are great with ease of use. They also do not require much expertise in handling.

More often you will see cable assemblies in aircraft and automobiles where so many buses are complicated wiring and electrical cables. Embedded cable assembly helps them to get into single wiring structure which in turn saves much time and optimizes much power.

 

 CHAPTER 4:Cable Assembly Manufacturing

 
  • Xbox one power cable:

The length of the Xbox one power cable is almost 1.2 meters. The classification of Xbox one power cable is as under:

  • DC power cord:

Dc power cord of Xbox power supply consists of hard wire and produces direct current. It gets plugged directly into the Xbox. The length of this power cord is 1.1 meters long. The end of the DC power cord is attached with a permanent proprietary power connector. It has been specially designed for original Xbox One and Xbox One S power sockets.

  • AC power cord:

he AC power cord of Xbox is connected to the wall socket by means AC power cord which is detachable. The length of AC power cord is 1.2 meters which makes it 5 feet 9 inches long. You must remember one thing, using any power cord that is not designed for your power supply will ultimately bring damage to your Xbox and power supply.

Figure 6 shows the Xbox one power cable.

Figure 6: Xbox one power cable

  • In-wall power cord and cable kit:

Do you want to mount any of your system on the wall by routing the cables behind the wall? You can do this by using in-wall power cord and cable kit. These in-wall cords are found running in – wall from your electronic system to AC outlet.

No electrical wires or cable assembly is exposed in this structure. The top and bottom sides of the box’s outlet are attached with specially designed components that are known as “snap – fit.”

The good thing about in-wall power and cable management system is that they do not need any experience or electrical certification from the user as they are much more comfortable in use.

Consisting of approximately 5 inches cord, exhibiting the feature of drywall saw and embedded with pre-wired outlet box, in-wall power cord, and cable kit is for hiding cables below any wall mounted electronic system.

Figure 7 shows in-wall power cord and cable assembly kit.

Figure 7: In-wall power cord and cable assembly kit

  • Ac power cable:

Ac power cables are designed for carrying out alternating current. Alternating current implies to the fact that the flow of electrical current is in reverse direction.

AC power cables measure current by keeping in view its cycles. AC power cables are used for systems or devices that are running on batteries and do not consist of any other power source. The primary purpose of AC power cables, when attached to any system like computer laptop, is to alleviate the need for using the standardly sized power supply.

Figure 8 shows the AC power cable.

Figure 8: AC power cable

  • Xbox 360 power cable:

The power supply unit of the Xbox 360 consists of two power cables, i.e., DC power cable and AC power cable. DC power cable is fundamentally hardwired and is based on producing direct current. Om contrary, alternating current power cable is attached to the power point.

  1. DC power cable:

    Attached to the power supply unit permanently and connected to Xbox 360 console, DC power cables usually are 1.1 meters long. A permanent proprietary power connector is attached to DC power cable’s end. It has been specially designed for Xbox 360 power socket control.

  2. AC power cables:

    Designed to get detached from the central power, AC power cable is approximately 1.8 meters long. It consists of two to three holes. Three holes are present for making correspondence to the power supply unit’s number of prongs.It is to be always remembered that you should use either two – prong power supply unit with cable which enables connection with two holes or three – prong power supply unit which is primarily used for connecting to three holes on PSU. Do not use any other power cable assembly other than the specially designed one as it will damage your Xbox 360 console or your power supply unit.

Power connectors:

The three connectors that you will find for Xbox 360 console are as under:

  • 203 – watt connector
  • 175 – watt connector
  • 150 – connector

Figure 9 shows the power connectors used for the Xbox 360 console.

Figure 9: Power connectors used for Xbox 360 console

  • Power over Ethernet cable:

Commonly known as POE, Power over Ethernet is defined as the technology that allows electrical energy to be carried out by network cables. There are two types of connections used in the technology of Power over Ethernet (POE), i.e., network connection and power connection.

It is to be noted here that if the device under POE technology is used, the only network connection is used. Under network connection, the connected device will also take electrical power from cable.

You will find technology of Power over Ethernet being used in different applications which include VoIP phones, wireless – Wifi and Bluetooth APs, RFID readers and IP cameras. The advantages of using Power over Ethernet technology are as under:

  • Scalability
  • Reliability
  • Safety
  • Time-saving
  • Cost saving
  • Flexibility

There are two routes available by which you can add POE (Power over Ethernet) to your network. You need to choose any of the following routes depending upon the nature of your application:

  1. POE switch – this network switch is known to have built-in Power over Ethernet injection
  2. Midspan (POE injector): This route is mainly used for making non – POE network links compatible to POE

Figure 10 shows the working of Power over Ethernet by keeping in view the example of IP camera.

Figure 10: Working with Power over Ethernet

 

 CHAPTER 5: Cable Assembly Manufacturing And Processing

 

Fitting and manufacturing – cable assembly:

We found cable assembly in different lengths, wire ranges, and diameters. They are known for giving users incredible ease of use as they are very good with quick installation. As their assembly is so simple, they allow users to build electrical applications all by the need.

Cable assemblies are manufactured using outer sheaths. These outer sheaths protect the cable assembly from ultraviolet radiations, moisture, oil, heat, fire, and cold. It makes them resistant to any plethora condition. That is great about cable assembly’s manufacturing that it can go beyond any environmental conditions.

Many cable assemblies are made from recyclable materials that are friendly to the environment. One of the most significant advantages which manufacturing cable assemblies include they are found with an extensive range of available connectors and terminals. These connectors and terminals are primarily used for output and input of control, data and electrical current.

Cable assembly processing:

The cable assembly is also known as wiring assembly, or cable harness exhibits an integrated and systematic cable arrangement that is encapsulated within an insulating material. The primary purpose of cable assembly processing is the transmission of the signal and electrical power.

The design of the wire harness or cable assembly is based on the required geometry and on the electrical specification of equipment used for following the applications. The board of cable assembly is known as a pinboard. The pinboard of the cable assembly is also known for working as harness workbench.

There are plenty of different cable assembly processes available. The manual methods used for cable assemblies include:

  • Installation of terminated wires that are found in various lengths
  • Use of sleeves and conduits through cables and routing wires
  • Breakouts and taping
  • Use of multiple crimps for conduction
  • Components to be bounded with cable ties, clamps and tape

Please note that most of the times manual production is considered great for cable assembly processing. Just because there are many difficulties involved in automated processes. Manual handling of the cable assembly is deemed to be great as it is cost – effective and can produce batches of small sizes.The method of production takes some days to weeks to finish. And it is dependent on how complicated your design is. The production time is longer for complex circuitries.

 

 CHAPTER 6: Cable Assembly Ordering

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We have a huge experience with manufacturing custom cables for our clients from all over the world. All wiring looms, cable assemblies, cables, and harnesses available with us pass IPC – standards. Our products are thoroughly inspected, designed and tested.

We keep quality and customer’s satisfaction on the top note. Most importantly we are best for providing manufacturing processes on the short scale to mass production.From soldering to termination and from wrapping to testing, we are covering all your cable assembly needs. We are, and we are designing all in accordance to your budget. We are giving our customized cable assemblies in industries like medical, military, aerospace and engineering. Our engineers make sure that you got the right product under the given guidelines. We know how to meet your best standard. You can contact us at any hour of the day. We will get back to you as earliest as possible.

 Conclusion

Today readers and beginners who have not worked with cable assemblies and wire harnesses. Want to learn the basics. This report has helped users to build basic concepts regarding cable assemblies and is going to help you on your way towards creating your first project.

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