Custom Data Cable with Strain Relief


Custom Data Cable with Strain Relief

A company that works with construction and mining machinery came to Allied 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’ length of data cable for outdoor suspension.

The customer contacted Allied 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 8 PVC-insulated conductors. At the center of the cable lies the critical custom element: a nylon-covered galvanized steel cable which 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 was able to expand the PUR jacket from a 0.032” to 0.040” wall.

Allied 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 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 & 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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