Different Types of Cable Assemblies

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Cable assemblies come in a variety of options to include multi-conductor, coaxial/RF, wire and cable harnesses, complex military, flat ribbon, custom electro-mechanical, and more. Although there are similarities, there are variations as well.

For instance, surface mount assemblies, which are sometimes referred to as wiring assemblies or cable harnesses, consist of a group of cables, wires, and subassemblies used for transmitting electrical power or signals.

However, there is an actual cable assembly that should not be confused with a harness assembly. The primary difference between these is that a harness has numerous branches and ends that run in different directions and on each branch are multiple terminations whereas with a cable assembly, there are just two ends.

Among harness assemblies are different types, one being basic. Depending on the exact product, this might include only three discreet components whereas a classic type harness could be designed with several more, as well as various other components that are passive or possibly active. Usually, there are dozens of wires and in some instances, hundreds of unique terminations and components.

For ribbon assemblies, there are also many different options such as split or multi-branch, high-speed, non-PVC, custom twisted, flat ribbon, shielded and jacketed, and more. As in the case of ribbon cables, these consist of parallel wires, making them perfect for applications with issues pertaining to space constraints.

Ribbon assemblies are made in both standard and pre-notched, with the latter providing benefit of bulk cable or jumpers but without the higher cost of equipment used for notching. These cable assemblies can be customized, thereby offering an ideal solution for any need. In addition to custom, ribbon assemblies are made as solid tinned, stranded tinned and stranded topcoat.

For instance, ribbon assemblies that are stranded tinned, the design includes a conductor formed from flexible wires, each tin-coated and carefully twisted together that in turn improves flexibility. Then with stranded topcoat ribbon assemblies, the conductor is flexible and constructed from bare wires that again are carefully twisted together, followed by being tin-coated. With this, problems of frayed exposed tips of wires are eliminated.

Regardless of the cable assemblies that customers need, the professional team with Star Engineering, Inc. has the special training and expertise to assist. One aspect of the company that helps it stand out from the competition is that instead offering cookie-cutter solutions they provide the right solution on a customer-by-customer basis that is both high quality and competitively priced.

Different Uses for Cable Assemblies

Cable assemblies are used in a variety of industries, as well as various applications within those industries. Those serviced most often include military, aerospace, automotive and transportation, medical, electronic, and lighting.

Electronic cable assemblies can be customized according to specific need. Used for a wide range of devices and equipment, these assemblies are essential to proper operation for end-users. Cable assemblies can be designed for simple point to point connection, or complex multi-function configuration. The team of engineering professionals at Star Engineering, Inc. follows strict company and industry standards to meet, if not exceed customer expectations. Resulting in complete turnkey production of the customers unique cable requirements.

There are numerous types of cable assemblies available high voltage, low voltage, high temp, low temp, coaxial and hundreds more. Cable assemblies can be designed in multiple configurations for multi-conductor interface, power, connector-to-board, electrical, lighting, underwater and many, many more.

Regardless of the customer’s needs from an assembly that consists of two wires to hundreds, stock connectors to unique, smallest gauge to mammoth, less than an inch to wrap round the building length, Star Engineering, Inc. manufactures to the highest ISO9001:2008 standards with UL approval for small or large quantity, quality remains the key component. The team of engineering professionals can manufacture prototypes and then follow through into full production of the final product.

As stated, cable assemblies are developed for many industries to include medical. For medical solutions, the company can create state-of-the-art assemblies used for therapeutic, testing, monitoring and numerous other medical services. Every assembly is manufactured to exact specifications that ensure reliability, consistency, and accuracy.

Cable assemblies for the military are also in high demand. All of the cable assemblies for this particular industry are ruggedized in order to handle wear and tear but also harsh environmental risks to include sand, dirt, and water. In addition to being manufactured to military requirements, the cable assemblies are ISO compliant. Star Engineering, Inc. is an ITAR registered company and subscribes to the spirit of the Dodd-Frank Act as it pertains to conflict minerals and with REACH.

No matter the need, whether small or large, the professional team at Star Engineering is 100% dedicated to meeting every detail. In addition to turnkey solutions, the company has the capability of developing customized products of superb standards.

Everything the customer needs from prototype to production is offered. Star Engineering, Inc. manufactures custom cables, creates CAD prints, offers quotes for small quantities of prototypes to full production runs, revises build during production, and ultimately manufactures the electronic military assemblies available. With first piece and 100% production run inspection quality is a first priority.

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