Custom Data Cable with Strain Relief


Custom Data Cable with Strain Relief

A company that works with construction and mining machinery came to Allied Wire and Cable hoping to get a custom data cable with strain relief added to increase the durability of the cable. The extra support was essential for the customer’s application, which involved a 1,000-foot length of data cable for outdoor suspension.

The customer contacted Allied Wire and Cable to improve upon a custom cable design they were drafting based on a part from another manufacturer. Their cable had many of the electrical characteristics they needed but was lacking strain relief.

The data cable needed to be wear-resistant, oil-resistant and corrosion-resistant as well as extremely durable in outside weather conditions, so a rugged polyurethane jacket was chosen. The PUR jacket protects the inners of the cable, including eight PVC-insulated conductors. At the center of the cable lies the critical custom element: a nylon-covered galvanized steel cable that provides the strain relief the customer needed. A layered shield—aluminum polyester foil with drain wire and tinned copper braid—eliminates interference.

In addition to extra strain relief, the customer wanted to maximize the cable’s durability by increasing the jacket thickness. Allied Wire and Cable was able to expand the PUR jacket from a 0.032-inch to a 0.040-inch wall.

Allied Wire and Cable delivered the desired custom cable for this company with everything they requested, including cutting the cost. Had the customer gone back to the original manufacturer, there would have been a hefty price tag, but Allied Wire and Cable produced the custom data cable for a much lower cost.

If you’re in need of a specially made cable and need someone else to figure out the logistics of the design process, give Allied Wire and Cable a chance to show you how easy it can be! Visit our Custom Cable Design Center or call 800-472-4655 to speak with a custom cable expert.

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