Factors to Consider When Designing A Cable Assembly
- When it comes to cable assembly design, a number of factors need to be considered such as work load, abrasion, cycle life, and flexibility, environment, cost and safety.
- The larger the cable diameter, the greater the work load capacity. For most applications, use a 5 to 1 safety factor when designing an assembly. For critical safety or shock load applications an 8 or 10 to 1 safety factor is needed.
- The larger the diameter of cable, the less flexible it will be. Example: 1/8” 7 X 19 cable is more flexible than 1/8” 7 X 7 cable, but the 7 X 7 construction is more abrasion resistant.
- Stainless steel cable is more corrosion resistant than galvanized but has a slightly less tensile strength.
- Coated cable can greatly extend the life of the assembly in most applications. If using coated cable, the coating must be stripped off when swaging to achieve the maximum strength.
- The tighter the tolerance of your cable assembly, the higher the cost of the cable.
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