Different Types of Cable Assemblies


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.