Flexible wire and cable is beneficial across various industrial applications from crane hoists to conveyors. It’s important to understand that this flexibility doesn't happen by accident. It’s achieved by maximizing best practices and using high-quality materials throughout each and every wire and cable product.
Now more than ever, better designs are crucial for developing wire and cable that stands the test of time. In this blog, Mary Gannon, senior editor at Design World, spoke with the problem-solvers at TPC Wire & Cable® for expert advice on achieving flexible cable.
What Makes TPC’s Wire and Cable so Flexible?
- We offer finely stranded, nickel-plated copper conductors that maximize flexibility and extend overall conductor life.
- Our high strand counts = more flexibility — 2 ½ times more than conventional market offerings
- We use longer-lasting insulation to preserve wire and cable materials against environmental threats.
- We carry a variety of sizing options to meet a wide range of application-specific needs.
- Our custom cable build options help to address specialized application demands.
- As a value-add service, our custom assembly and connector options help save time and promote on-site safety.
- We hold our cable accountable by subjecting it to flex tests and harsh environments to make sure it withstands.
TPC’s David Sedivy and Tim Hannigan discussed the benefits of using flexible wire and cable in this excerpt from "Cabling Flexibility and Speed Reign in Industrial Motion Cables" in Wire and Cable Tips (a Design World publication) by Gannon:
"David Sedivy, senior product manager, and Tim Hannigan, cable engineer, at TPC Wire & Cable Corp., Macedonia, Ohio, said that in their most recent custom applications, flexibility has been one of the most requested qualities. And when they talk about flexibility, Sedivy said, it’s not just in bending radius, but also the cables’ ability to function in extreme temperatures, corrosive environments and applications with high tension."
'You want the cable to be able to have a life, and ensure that it’s not going to destroy itself in the flexing environment,' said Hannigan. 'One of the things that we’ve been able to do is use insulation systems that can withstand multiple repeated flexing cycles that you don’t need a real thick wall on. You can use a thin wall so it reduces the size. Any time you can reduce the size of the cable and offer a more flexible product, you’re going to extend its life.'"
Read the full story here: WireandCableTips.com
For additional insight on how to increase savings and production time by using flexible wire and cable, download our flexing case study.