Since coaxial cables and power cables serve two separate functions, they are often two separate cables. Coaxial cables are used to send video, data, and audio communications, whereas power cables are used for the transmission of electrical power. They are both used in various applications, often at the same time. In some applications, space is limited, so combining multiple cables into a single composite cable is necessary. This is when a custom cable is needed.
Shields provide extra coverage to cables in strenuous environments. When a composite cable is used in an application, it is especially important for it to remain protected so that the application doesn’t lose more than one function if damaged. It is especially important for a custom cable to remain intact to avoid replacement costs.
Our Custom Power Cable with Shield Solution
One customer who worked in electronic design and contract manufacturing approached Allied Wire and Cable with a design for a custom shielded power cable that they had named a “PowerAx” cable. This customer had previously built this cable overseas but contacted us when they began having issues with standard U.S. colors, gauge sizes, and specifications. They knew that Allied Wire and Cable was the best supplier to contact state-side because of our knowledgeable sales representatives and impressive lead times.
Custom power cables sometimes come sleeved for protection, but both this customer and their sales rep knew this cable needed more. This custom composite power cable featured a 10 gauge stranded tinned copper conductor, a yellow PVC jacket, and a tin-plated copper braid shield for extra protection. The cable combined the characteristics of both a power and a coaxial cable. It was used in a spark plug application.
Custom power cables are ideal for many applications. If your next application would function better with a single composite cable instead of two or more, Allied Wire and Cable can help. Whether you already have a design, need help building a custom wire from scratch, or just need customized cable sleeving, our dedicated sales representatives will be with you every step of the way. For more information, visit our Custom Cable Design Center or call 800-472-4655 to be put in touch with a custom cable expert today.