Frequently Asked Questions: Flexible Cable


Flexible Cable

What is Flexible Cable?

Flexible Cable is a cable that possesses flexibility for challenging cable positioning. Alpha Wire defines "flexibility" as "that quality of a cable or cable component which allows for bending under the influence of outside force."


How many types of cable flexing are there?


According to Alpha Wire, there are four common types of cable flexing movements. These include rolling flex, bending flex or "tic-toc," torsional flex and variable/random motion flex.


In what types of applications would I use Flexible Cable?


Flexible Cable is utilized in numerous applications to withstand the extreme stress of flexing and motion. A few applications include: drag chain applications, applications with repetitive bending and torsion stress, machine tools, data processing equipment, robotics, assembly lines, automation networking, microprocessor and computer interconnects and many more.


Do Flexible Cables meet industry standards?


Allied Wire distributes Flexible Cable styles that meet various approvals. Flexible Cable may be UL Listed, CSA certified, CE marked and/or meet military specifications. However, every flexible cable is different, so make sure to specify if your flexible cable needs one or more standards to be met.


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