Ribbon cables are widely used in the telecommunications industry. They are most commonly found in the internal wiring of computers, hard drives, CD drives, and floppy disk drives. Flat ribbon cables consist of multiple conductors, usually stranded copper, running parallel to each other.
Also known as multi-planar cables or flat cables, ribbon cables are color-coded to prevent reverse connections. A ribbon cable's flat shape makes them popular for use in flat spaces since they can fit multiple conductors into one space. they
Our Custom Ribbon Cable Solution
One customer approached Allied Wire and Cable to help design a cable for an LED light in marine environments. Since this application required certain specifications, they knew stock cable would not get the job done. This customer needed a custom flat flexible cable that displayed water resistance.
The customer knew they needed a ribbon cable specifically because the flat construction made for greater flexibility and the ability to lay flat against surfaces in a tight space. They requested an 18 AWG, four-conductor, co-extruded, heat bonded ribbon cable with PVC insulation, a PVC jacket, and a custom color code. This custom ribbon cable was rated to 300 volts and was UL recognized for 720 hours of sunlight resistance. This flat ribbon cable was designed to go with IDC connectors. These IDC connectors replace the need to strip the cable for easier installation. This ribbon cable assembly saved this customer time and money.
Before designing this custom cable with Allied Wire and Cable, the customer had been regularly dissatisfied with the stock IDC ribbon cable they had been buying from another provider. However, they were extremely satisfied with our excellent service, short lead times, and high-quality products, and have been a loyal customer ever since.
If you are in need of a custom cable for a unique application, contact Allied Wire and Cable. We will work with you to produce a cable solution that suits your needs. Visit our Custom Cable Design Center or call 800-472-4655 to be put in touch with an Allied Wire and Cable custom cable expert today!